What is D/ST in Fantasy Football?
Defense and Special Teams, commonly abbreviated as D/ST, is a position in fantasy football. Unlike other positions which are based on individual player performances, D/ST pertains to a team's collective performance on defense and special teams throughout the course of a game. For example, in order to fill a wide receiver slot, a manager might draft Julio Jones, while filling the D/ST slot would require the manager to draft the Atlanta Falcons or any of the other 31 teams.
Drafting a D/ST
Most experienced fantasy players prefer to wait until later rounds of the draft to select a D/ST. Since having a solid D/ST is generally considered to be less valuable than having a superstar individual player (i.e. a top running back), D/ST is often drafted after all other starting positions have been filled.
A popular strategy when setting the D/ST spot in the lineup is to "stream" the position. Fantasy owners that stream defenses generally do not have one D/ST that they prefer to use each week and instead drop their current D/ST in exchange for one that is available for pick up on the waiver wire.
Streaming is a matchup based strategy. Fantasy owners tend to look for defenses that are facing a low-scoring offense on a given week, maximizing their chances for a high point output.
How to Identify a Solid D/ST
A solid D/ST can be identified using the following guidelines