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Continuing our idea of covering the less important positions in fantasy football first in a “Too Soon” draft preview, we move on from kickers to give you our rankings of NFL defense and special teams packages.

In the actual game of football, a stellar defense is extremely important. But just like in a real NFL game, a fantasy D/ST can only be as good as the team’s offense coupled with how bad the opponent’s offense is. You can have a defense that only allows 50 yards a game and still get screwed if those 50 yards are accumulated in the red zone over and over again because your quarterback keeps throwing picks and your running back can’t hold onto the football.

Unless you pick up a top 5 defense, chances are you are going to trade or release yours when the Bye Week comes, so why worry too much about it?

We will get more in depth with all positions as the NFL season draws closer but, for now, here is our D/ST rankings list based on:

a) Strength of defense.

b) Turnover ratio.

c) Opponent scoring potential/strength of schedule.

d) Special teams ability.

Have questions about defense/special teams rankings? Or just want to tell me how ridiculous my rankings are? Go ahead and comment, or yell at me on Twitter @Patrick_AE

Fantasy Football Pre-Rankings 2015
Updated: 8-22-2015
Defense/Special Teams
Player Team Rank Bye Week
Seahawks D/ST SEA DEF1 9
Texans D/ST HOU DEF2 9
Packers D/ST GB DEF3 7
Dolphins D/ST MIA DEF4 5
Rams D/ST STL DEF5 6
Jets D/ST NYJ DEF6 5
Vikings D/ST MIN DEF7 5
Ravens D/ST BAL DEF8 9
Bills D/ST BUF DEF9 8
Cardinals D/ST ARI DEF10 9
Patriots D/ST NE DEF11 4
Panthers D/ST CAR DEF12 5
Eagles D/ST PHI DEF13 8
Bengals D/ST CIN DEF14 7
Broncos D/ST DEN DEF15 7
Chiefs D/ST KC DEF16 9
Chargers D/ST SD DEF17 10
Colts D/ST IND DEF18 10
Cowboys D/ST DAL DEF19 6
Browns D/ST CLE DEF20 11
Lions D/ST DET DEF21 9
Giants D/ST NYG DEF22 11
Steelers D/ST PIT DEF23 11
49ers D/ST SF DEF24 10
Buccaneers D/ST TB DEF25 6
Falcons D/ST ATL DEF26 10
Saints D/ST NO DEF27 11
Jaguars D/ST JAC DEF28 8
Bears D/ST CHI DEF29 7
Titans D/ST TEN DEF30 4
Raiders D/ST OAK DEF31 6
Redskins D/ST WAS DEF32 8
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