When planning the rankings release schedule, getting rid of the Kickers and DST rankings as fast as possible was a priority for me. They are just soooo the opposite of what you really need to care about, that even implementing a strategy seems like a waste. Trust me, that time and energy is better spent elsewhere. Like Redtube. Or volunteering at your local shelter. Both scholarly pursuits in my honest opinion. Regardless, DEF is still a category, and leaving it off the rankings would seem like a missing tooth. Pittsburgh knows what’s up.
Despite how irrelevant I think DST AND Kicker’s are, it’s still a position, and this being ‘rankings’ time, we must go forth and use a numerical system to place these defense’s in order. Take out your knives and let us argue over everything henceforth!
It’s pretty much Seattle’s world (just like last year), and the other defenses are just living in it: And that world, I imagine, based on what has been shown during Seattle’s prime-time games, is just a 20 square-foot area where men in jumpsuits throw fish at each other and a Space Needle. That’s… about… it. The tiers are interesting, in that, you pretty much could just stream from leftovers and not suffer much. And while there really isn’t a scientific methodology here that I can draw upon, there’s plenty of tangible evidence that defense’s, in general, are a fickle thing to depend on. Injuries, personnel, and coaching can all contribute to a defense being dominant one year, to being a doorstop the next. And while it’s safe money that Seattle’s defense will be good, and that the top-10ish should be above average, everything else… seems like a crap-shoot.
We’re Going Streaming!: Honestly, don’t draft a defense until late, if at all. If you wanted the official Razzball strategy, it’s stream-stream-stream. You have to say it three times or else it doesn’t count. Target defenses that have play-making ability. A team like the Packers or Saints, who can be a bit porous, but is always looking for the interception and strip. Also keep in mind the opponent. If you don’t like the thought of rolling out a Jets defense, what if they are going against a Jaguars’ offense? Frankly, I’d start my grandmother against Jacksonville’s offense, and she’s been dead for twenty years.
Is There Anything Else I Should Know?: Eh, not really. Honestly, I’m going to copy and paste this from my kickers ranking, but the rule still applies here, which shows why these two cat’s really don’t deserve much of your time. Meow or later. (Sorry.)
I’d rather have:
Any of the top-25 Quarterbacks before I draft a DST.
Any of the top-65 Running Backs before I draft a DST.
Any of the top-75 Wide Receivers before I draft a DST.
Any of the top-20 Tight Ends before I draft a DST.
Also, act like you would around a dumpster fire in terms of the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Football Team.