MIAMI, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Looking for that winning edge to get to your fantasy football league's playoffs?
It might come from an unexpected source. Selecting the right options for the bottom of your lineup can mean the difference between a win and a loss at the most vital point of the fantasy football season.
Those spots are occupied by a defense/special teams unit and a kicker. Be on the lookout for consistent kickers who are part of explosive offenses, and keep an eye on weather reports for where your kickers will play this weekend. Also look at the schedule for possible defensive options that can help you for multiple weeks.
To help you figure out who to sit or start at the positions, take a look at my top 20 defense/special teams units and top 15 kickers for Week 13. You can also view my add/drops for the week and more positional rankings in the links below.
The Denver Broncos come in as my No. 3 defense this week with a matchup at Jacksonville. Although the Broncos' dominant unit has been giving up points lately, it has still managed to put up points for your fantasy football team by pressuring the quarterback. The Broncos have 13 sacks in its last four games. That unit also has a touchdown and seven forced turnovers in that stretch. The Jaguars' offense has 22 giveaways this season.
Cario Santos is my top-ranked kicker for Week 13. The Kansas City Chiefs leg has made multiple field goals in six of his last seven games.
Will Lutz should stay busy for the New Orleans Saints in what could be a shootout in a dome against the Detroit Lions. Lutz will always have opportunities for extra points, note the seven he made in Week 12, and is a good bet to try from distance while kicking at Ford Field.
|1||Cairo Santos||Kansas City Chiefs||vs. Atlanta|
|2||Stephen Gostkowski||New England Patriots||vs. Los Angeles|
|3||Matt Bryant||Atlanta Falcons||vs. Kansas City|
|4||Will Lutz||New Orleans Saints||vs. Detroit|
|5||Dan Bailey||Dallas Cowboys||at Minnesota|
|6||Justin Tucker||Baltimore Ravens||vs. Miami|
|7||Brandon McManus||Denver Broncos||at Jacksonville|
|8||Matt Prater||Detroit Lions||at New Orleans|
|9||Stephen Hauschka||Seattle Seahawks||vs. Carolina|
|10||Adam Vinatieri||Indianapolis Colts||at New York Jets|
|11||Dustin Hopkins||Washington Redskins||at Arizona|
|12||Mason Crosby||Green Bay Packers||vs. Houston|
|13||Dan Carpenter||Buffalo Bills||at Oakland|
|14||Caleb Sturgis||Philadelphia Eagles||at Cincinnati|
|15||Sebastian Janikowski||Oakland Raiders||vs. Buffalo|
The San Francisco 49ers might not sound like an appealing starting option, but I like this unit in its road matchup against the Chicago Bears. The 49ers are worth a streaming start if you are in a pinch. The Bears have allowed eight sacks and have turned the ball over seven times in its last three games.
Brandon McManus should stay busy for the Broncos against the Jaguars. McManus is on a roll, making multiple field goals in eight consecutive games. I expect that streak to continue against the struggling Jaguars.
|1||New England Patriots||vs. Los Angeles|
|2||Seattle Seahawks||vs. Carolina|
|3||Denver Broncos||at Jacksonville|
|4||Arizona Cardinals||vs. Washington|
|5||Baltimore Ravens||vs. Miami|
|6||Green Bay Packers||vs. Houston|
|7||Miami Dolphins||at Baltimore|
|8||Philadelphia Eagles||at Cincinnati|
|9||San Diego Chargers||vs. Tampa Bay|
|10||Buffalo Bills||at Oakland|
|11||Pittsburgh Steelers||vs. New York Giants|
|12||San Francisco 49ers||at Chicago|
|13||Minnesota Vikings||vs. Dallas|
|14||Cincinnati Bengals||vs. Philadelphia|
|15||Kansas City Chiefs||at Atlanta|
|16||Oakland Raiders||vs. Buffalo|
|17||Dallas Cowboys||at Minnesota|
|18||New York Giants||at Pittsburgh|
|19||Houston Texans||at Green Bay|
|20||Atlanta Falcons||vs. Kansas City|