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Fantasy football rankings, Week 10: Defense/Special Teams

Why has the Miami defense not been getting more love for its fantasy dominance?

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Ten times in the 2014 NFL season, a defense/special teams unit has put up 20-plus fantasy points in a game. That's once each for Atlanta, Buffalo, Detroit, Green Bay, Houston, Kansas City, New England and Philadelphia, and two for Miami.

Seventy times this season, a defense/special teams unit has put up 10-plus fantasy points in a game. I'm not going to run through the entire list this time, but it maxes out at four for an individual team - except Miami, which has done it six times.

Early in the season, we started dismissing the fantasy value of Ryan Tannehill, because the team struggled a bit out of the gate, and there were murmurs about his benching. Heck, even an early-in-the-season Week 5 bye made it easy to overlook the Dolphins. On top of that, they didn't have any truly dominant games early on - good games, to be sure, but not dominant ones. Even today, sitting as the best fantasy defense in the league, the Dolphins are only the 16th-most owned defense in Yahoo! fantasy leagues, at 46 percent.

And the Dolphins still have two games against the Jets to go.

This week, successful defenses like the Patriots, Texans and Colts are on bye (as are San Diego, Washington and Minnesota). If you're without one of your defenses, time to check to see if you're in one of the 56 percent of leagues where Miami is available. Heck, if you have a defense playing this week, there's every chance Miami is a better option.

Maybe it won't continue. But a defense as dominant as Miami's has been needs to be owned.

Okay, on to the Week 10 rankings:

Defense/special teams rankings, Week 10

(DK: Daniel Kelley; DC: Dan Ciarrocchi; JD: John Daigle; SK: Scott Kaliska)

Rank Consensus Opponent DK DC JD SK
1 Seattle Seahawks NYG 1 4 2 5
2 Dallas Cowboys JAC (London) 2 1 8 2
3 Denver Broncos @OAK 8 2 3 1
4 Arizona Cardinals STL 4 8 1 4
5 Baltimore Ravens TEN 9 5 4 3
6 Cincinnati Bengals CLE 6 6 6 6
7 Pittsburgh Steelers @NYJ 5 3 14 8
8 Kansas City Chiefs @BUF 14 7 5 7
9 Detroit Lions MIA 13 9 7 9
10 Buffalo Bills KAN 7 13 10 13
11 Miami Dolphins @DET 3 11 19 11
12 Philadelphia Eagles CAR 15 10 11 10
13 Green Bay Packers CHI 20 12 9 12
14 New Orleans Saints SF 16 15 15 14
15 St. Louis Rams @ARI 18 16 13 17
16 Cleveland Browns @CIN 11 14 25 15
17 San Francisco 49ers @NO 12 18 18 18
18 Jacksonville Jaguars DAL (London) 10 22 16 22
19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers ATL 19 29 12 21
20 Carolina Panthers @PHI 17 17 22 16
21 New York Giants @SEA 24 21 17 20
22 Atlanta Falcons @TAM 25 19 21 19
23 Tennessee Titans @BAL 22 25 20 23
24 Chicago Bears @GB 21 23 23 25
25 New York Jets PIT 23 24 24 24