2014 Fantasy Football: Predicting 5 Biggest D/ST Flops

Predicting The 5 Biggest D/ST Flops In 2014 Fantasy Football

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The D/ST position in fantasy football is regularly overlooked, but oftentimes can be the difference between winning and losing any given week. Some fantasy drafters tend to look for value, which can lead to getting burnt. Here is a look at five who could flop in 2014.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers Troy Polamalu
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5. Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers Troy Polamalu
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The Steelers D/ST is taken many years on past reputation and name alone by inexperienced fantasy football players, which is a strategy to avoid. The likes of Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor lead an aging secondary into the season in a tough AFC North. Antonio Brown can be explosive in the kicking game, but one has to wonder how often the team wants to expose their WR1 on special teams. They should be avoided.

4. Indianapolis Colts

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4. Indianapolis Colts

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The Colts gave up a ton of total yards in 2013 (5,713, 20th overall) yet somehow managed to only give up 21.0 points per game -- which is a trend that can't continue -- and is likely more of a testament to the team playing in a weak offensive AFC South than their own skill alone. Griff Whalen will likely handle the kick return game and he is serviceable, but nothing amazing. Stay away.

3. Philadelphia Eagles

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3. Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles
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The Eagles defense was torched for 6,304 yards in 2013 (29th overall) and undoubtedly held back an explosive offensive team with promise. The team added some depth in the secondary with Nolan Carroll and Nate Allen but still project as an underwhelming unit. Damaris Johnson is super fast but took a step backwards in the return game in his second season. The Eagles will score and give up a ton of points in 2014 and should be avoided.

2. Cleveland Browns

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2. Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns Joe Haden
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Despite some hype heading into draft season, it's likely a better strategy to reach down a round and grab the Houston or Kansas City defense's rather than the Browns. Cleveland's secondary is improved since the team added Justin Gilbert in the draft -- who will learn from a great in Joe Haden -- but the team gave up 25.4 ppg in 2013 (23rd overall) and still has its weaknesses as a unit. And their return game is pedestrian, at best.

1. New England Patriots

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1. New England Patriots

 New England Patriots Darrelle Revis
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The Patriots, as usual, played 'bend but don't break' defense in 2013, as they gave up 5,969 yards (26th overall) yet only 21.1 points per game (10th overall). The loss of Aqib Talib to the Denver Broncos and the addition of Darrelle Revis is seemingly a wash statistically despite the hype. New England's kicking game is solid with Julian Edelman involved but they don't have a ton of depth. The unit is being overrated at 11.08 ADP.

Timothy Downs is a St. Louis Rams/NFL writer for RantSports.com. You can add him on Google or follow on Twitter @Tidow1212.

 


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