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Fantasy Football D/st

What is d/st in fantasy football? Get ready to learn what it means to use d/st when playing FF.

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

  • The D/ST is playing a low-scoring offense
  • The D/ST ranks in the top ten in points allowed per game
  • The D/ST has several superstar players that are known for their ability to record sacks, interceptions and forced fumbles

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