Fantasy football rankings 2017: Defense/special teams for NFL Week 5

Check out our weekly rankings for the top fantasy football defenses and special teams.

For the first time this season, the bye week is something you’ll have to deal with when setting your fantasy lineups.

The Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, and Washington will all be out of action this week. Of those four, the Broncos aren’t just one of the most popular fantasy defenses, but they currently rank first in points allowed to running backs.

Not having Denver means many fantasy owners are scrambling to find a new defense for one week. Thankfully, there are several good matchups for defenses still on waivers, including the Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, and Houston Texans.

Which of those units should you add as a one-week filler or even an upgrade over your current defense? Check out our rankings of the top fantasy defenses and special teams for Week 5 to find out.

Defense/Special Teams rankings, Week 5

(SK: Scott Kaliska; DG: Derek Gordon; KB: Kyle Bennett; ZS: Zach Senvisky; JM: Jason Marcum)

D/ST rankings, Week 5

Rk Consensus Opp SK JG DG AW ZS JM
1 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. JAC 2 1 1 1 2 1
2 Minnesota Vikings @ CHI 1 2 3 2 1 3
3 Houston Texans vs. KC 10 5 2 3 10 2
4 Buffalo Bills @ CIN 7 11 4 4 7 6
5 Seattle Seahawks @ LAR 3 8 8 9 6 7
6 Baltimore Ravens @ OAK 13 3 10 7 3 8
7 Kansas City Chiefs @ HOU 6 6 12 8 4 12
8 Detroit Lions vs. CAR 15 12 6 6 9 4
9 Cleveland Browns vs. NYJ 21 4 5 5 17 5
10 Arizona Cardinals @ PHI 8 10 9 10 14 10
11 New York Giants vs. LAC 9 7 7 12 20 9
12 Jacksonville Jaguars @ PIT 14 13 11 11 11 11
13 Philadelphia Eagles vs. ARI 4 17 16 13 5 17
14 Los Angeles Rams vs. SEA 17 9 13 16 12 13
15 Oakland Raiders vs. BAL 12 15 14 14 13 14
16 Cincinnati Bengals vs. BUF 11 14 15 17 16 15
17 Tennessee Titans @ MIA 16 16 17 15 15 16
18 Carolina Panthers @ DET 18 18 18 18 8 18
19 Green Bay Packers @ DAL 20 21 19 19 18 19
20 Dallas Cowboys vs. GB 19 20 22 19 21
21 Los Angeles Chargers @ NYG 19 22 23 20 22 23
22 Chicago Bears vs. MIN 24 20 21 21 24 20
23 New York Jets @ CLE 5
24 Indianapolis Colts vs. SF 23 23 22 23 23 24
25 San Francisco 49ers @ IND 22 25 25 25 21 25
Miami Dolphins vs. TEN 24 24 24 25 22
New England Patriots @ TB 25

Via SBNation.com