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Fantasy Football 2014 rankings and stat projections: Defense

Fantasy Football 2014 rankings and stat projections: Defense Photo: Pouya Dianat/SI

How do we best assess the defense/special teams position in fantasy? Turnovers. That stat is the most important one of all because it sets up a chance for a touchdown on a return, it stops more scoring and it stops more yardage. Sacks are nearly as important because they are most often the event that forces the turnover (or a near-sack “hurry” in the case of an interception).

POSITION PRIMERS: QB | RB | WR | TE | K | DST

In short: You want a DST that creates the most sacks and turnovers.

Find all our DST fantasy rankings -- as well as stat projections -- below.

FANTASY FOOTBALL POSITION RANKINGS AND PROJECTIONS:

DEFENSE
  TEAM BYE VALUE TDS SACKS INT FUMBLES TIER
1 Seattle Seahawks 4 $5 6 40 24 9 1
2 San Francisco 49ers 8 $3 5 36 21 12 2
3 Cincinnati Bengals 4 $3 5 41 18 10 2
4 Carolina Panthers 12 $3 5 43 16 10 2
5 St. Louis Rams 4 $3 6 42 14 9 2
6 Denver Broncos 4 $2 5 42 15 11 3
7 Arizona Cardinals 4 $2 6 40 15 10 3
8 New England Patriots 10 $2 4 42 19 9 3
9 Baltimore Ravens 11 $1 4 39 17 10 4
10 Kansas City Chiefs 6 $1 5 39 15 9 4
11 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7 $1 5 33 19 10 4
12 Cleveland Browns 4 $1 4 38 18 9 4
13 Houston Texans 10 $0 4 38 15 11 5
14 Miami Dolphins 5 $0 4 37 14 9 5
15 Pittsburgh Steelers 12 $0 4 36 14 9 5
16 Chicago Bears 9 $0 4 34 15 10 5
17 Buffalo Bills 9 $0 3 40 13 8 5
18 New Orleans Saints 6 $0 3 37 15 8 5

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