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D/ST rankings for post-season fantasy football

We take you through some of the best D/ST units going into the 2022 NFL post-season for fantasy football.

Micah Parsons #11 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after a sack during the second half against the Washington Football Team at AT&T Stadium on December 26, 2021 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

We have wrapped up the first 18-week regular season in NFL history and we are heading full steam into the playoffs. With the postseason upon us, that brings with it playoff fantasy football. Unlike the regular season, you draft just one lineup and it is comprised of players from the teams in the playoffs. You have to not only analyze their first matchup but future potential matchups and see who gets the upside from their team sticking around longer. With that in mind, here are the D/ST’s that you should be looking at for your playoff fantasy football lineup.

For example, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense has been solid at times this season with TJ Watt nearly breaking the sack record. But, they take on the Chiefs in the first round and are the heavy underdogs. It wouldn’t make sense to take them if you can avoid it because they likely won’t be advancing.

Alternatively, both the Green Bay Packers and the Tennessee Titans have a first round bye so you can’t get any points from them in Week 1, but they are already in the divisional round and will likely have a favorable matchup. Tampa Bay and Dallas top the rankings with their D/STs, mainly due to their first round matchups and how dominant their defense was in the regular season.

2022 NFL playoff rankings, D/ST

Rk Name Opp
Rk Name Opp
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers TB
2 Dallas Cowboys DAL
3 Buffalo Bills BUF
4 New England Patriots NE
5 Green Bay Packers GB
6 San Francisco 49ers SF
7 Kansas City Chiefs KC
8 Arizona Cardinals ARI
9 Los Angeles Rams LAR
10 Tennessee Titans TEN
11 Philadelphia Eagles PHI
12 Pittsburgh Steelers PIT