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Fantasy football rankings, Week 1: Defense/special teams

Fantasy football is back! Here are SB Nation’s consensus defense/special teams rankings for Week 1.

It's Week 1 of a new NFL season, but the top defense/special teams plays in fantasy to start the season will be the usual suspects. For the most part, the top defenses remain at the top regardless of opposition. Points allowed is a crapshoot, so it's all about looking at who will rack up some sacks or which opposing quarterback is susceptible to throwing interceptions.

The top defenses that deserve an extra look this week, especially for you DFS players, are Carolina and Seattle. Granted, Carolina plays on the road against the defending Super Bowl champions. But the Panthers are going up against a quarterback whose only regular season snap came in the victory formation. Seattle on the other hand, play host to a Miami Dolphins team under a new head coach with Ryan Tannehill under center. With DeVante Parker looking more and more likely to be out this weekend with a hamstring injury, Tannehill is going to rely heavily on Jarvis Landry, Jordan Cameron and dump-offs to Arian Foster.

The Rams and Eagles deserve a look this week against similarly questionable teams - the 49ers and Browns - that are implementing new offenses. The New York Giants face Dake Prescott making his NFL debut. The Giants may not have much long-term value, but they are worth a look for those of you that like to stream defenses.

Defense/special teams, Week 1

(ZS: Zach Senvisky, JM: Jason Marcum, AP: Adam Patrick, SK: Scott Kaliska, JG: Jeff Goldberg, KB: Kyle Bennett)

Rk Consensus Opp. ZS JM AP SK JG KB
1 Seattle Seahawks vs. MIA 3 2 1 1 2 2
2 Carolina Panthers at DEN 1 1 4 3 1 1
3 Houston Texans vs. CHI 4 3 3 2 3 5
4 Arizona Cardinals vs. NE 2 4 5 5 5 3
4 Denver Broncos vs. CAR 5 7 2 4 4 8
6 Los Angeles Rams at SF 6 5 7 6 6 4
7 Kansas City Chiefs vs. SD 9 6 6 7 7 7
8 Minnesota Vikings at TEN 7 8 8 12 8 14
9 Cincinnati Bengals at NYJ 8 13 10 8 11 10
10 Buffalo Bills at BAL 10 10 12 13 10 15
11 Green Bay Packers at JAC 13 9 21 9 9 9
12 New England Patriots at ARI 16 12 13 10 13 18
12 New York Jets vs. CIN 11 17 11 15 12 11
14 Philadelphia Eagles vs. CLE 18 11 14 11 14 6
15 Tennessee Titans vs. MIN 12 16 9 17 16 13
15 Pittsburgh Steelers at WAS 14 14 25 16 15 12
17 Baltimore Ravens vs. BUF 17 18 24 14 17 17
18 Cleveland Browns at PHI 21 19 18 19 18 19
19 New York Giants at DAL 25 15 20 18 19 16
20 San Francisco 49ers vs. LA 19 21 22 20 20 20
21 Oakland Raiders at NO 15 20 -- 21 -- 22
22 Dallas Cowboys vs. NYG 22 25 16 25 25 25
23 Washington Redskins vs. PIT 20 -- 23 -- 21 24
23 Jacksonville Jaguars vs. GB 24 22 -- 23 22 23
25 Detroit Lions at IND 23 23 -- 22 23 --
25 San Diego Chargers at KC -- -- 15 -- -- --
-- Chicago Bears at HOU -- -- 17 -- -- --
-- Indianapolis Colts vs. DET -- -- 19 -- -- 21
-- Miami Dolphins at SEA -- 24 -- 24 24 --