Fantasy football rankings, Week 17: Defense/special teams

Does the Seahawks’ late surge mean people were right to spend an early pick on them?

With one game left in the season, the No. 1 defense/special teams unit in our rankings is the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks’ defense took a circuitous route to this point; after a slow start to the season, they’ve put up double-digit fantasy points in five straight games, and now sit behind only Buffalo, Philadelphia, Houston and Detroit in season-long point total.

Some might look at that and say that it vindicates an early draft pick spent on the Seahawks in the preseason. After all, in the fantasy playoffs, when things matter the most, the Seahawks have been just about as good as anyone, and that’s where you make your money.

The flip side of that, though, is that the Seahawks struggled so much early in the year, and such an early pick had to have been spent on them, that people who drafted the Seahawks likely didn’t even reach the playoffs. On top of that, it’s true that the Seahawks’ last five weeks have been their best of the season. They’ve put up 64 fantasy points in that span. St. Louis and Buffalo, meanwhile, have put up 65 apiece.

If I had to guess right now, I’d say the Seattle defense will once again be the top fantasy defense in 2015 rankings. Based on their overall performance this year, I doubt the unit will be as overdrafted as it was this year, but I could see people looking at how they’ve closed the season – especially if they are strong in the playoffs – and diving on them early again.

I’ll drive it into the ground again next preseason, but don’t. You’ll regret it. The time to take a defense is the second-to-last round of your draft, right before the kicker. Always has been, always will be.

Let’s go to the rankings:

Defense/special teams rankings, Week 17

(DK: Daniel Kelley; DC: Dan Ciarrocchi; JD: John Daigle; SK: Scott Kaliska)

Rank Consensus Opponent DK DC JD SK
1 Seattle Seahawks STL 1 2 2 1
2 Houston Texans JAC 2 5 1 5
3 Baltimore Ravens CLE 4 1 11 2
4 New England Patriots BUF 7 4 6 3
5 Miami Dolphins NYJ 12 6 3 6
6 San Francisco 49ers ARI 6 7 7 8
7 Denver Broncos OAK 5 3 4
8 Minnesota Vikings CHI 17 10 4 10
9 Indianapolis Colts @TEN 3 15 10 15
10 Green Bay Packers DET 23 9 5 7
11 New York Giants PHI 13 13 9 13
12 Arizona Cardinals @SF 21 8 12 9
13 Buffalo Bills @NE 20 12 8 12
14 Philadelphia Eagles @NYG 8 11 25 11
15 Dallas Cowboys @WAS 11 14 15 17
16 Detroit Lions @GB 9 16 20 16
17 St. Louis Rams @SEA 10 19 19 18
18 Kansas City Chiefs SD 24 17 18 14
19 Cleveland Browns @BAL 14 24 13
20 Jacksonville Jaguars @HOU 16 18 19
21 Cincinnati Bengals @PIT 15 25 17 25
22 New York Jets @MIA 22 14
23 Carolina Panthers @ATL 19 22 21
24 San Diego Chargers @KC 18 23 24 24
25 Pittsburgh Steelers CIN 25 20 20
Oakland Raiders @DEN 16
New Orleans Saints @TB 21 22
Atlanta Falcons CAR 21
Tampa Bay Buccaneers NO 22
Washington DAL 23
Tennessee Titans IND 23
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