Just when we got the highest DST performance of the season in Week 12 from the Falcons, the Patriots then went and one-upped them in Week 13 with a massive 29 point score against the hapless Chargers in a 45-0 shutout. The massive score came thanks to a pair of special teams touchdowns, with one from a Gunner Olszewski punt return, and the second from a blocked field goal returned 44 yards by Devin McCourty. Throw in a pair of interceptions, three sacks and zero points allowed and if you were lucky enough to start the Patriots last week, you had a match-winning position in a crucial end of fantasy regular season week.
No other team came close to the Patriots last week, but seven other teams gave you a double digit return, including both the Jaguars and Vikings who filled their fantasy DST boots with a combined six sacks, six turnovers, a safety and a defensive score.
My top streaming option in the Washington Football team put up a better real life defensive performance than they did in fantasy scoring as they handed the Steelers their first loss of the season. They gave you just three fantasy points thanks to a game-sealing interception at the two-minute warning but were otherwise a bit of a dud fantasy wise.
Here we are again and into the fantasy playoffs and people are still ignoring the Giants as a legitimate fantasy defense. Just 15% rostered as the DST8 on the season and flying high as the NFC East leaders, the Giants’ arrow is very much pointing up. The Cardinals come to Metlife Stadium riding a three game losing streak and Kyler Murray playing like a shadow of his earlier season self, so the Giants should feel confident of leaning on their defense and securing another vital victory as they look to strengthen their playoff hopes. And you should feel confident as you start your journey through the fantasy playoffs.
Week 14 D/ST Rankings