Aug. 29 (UPI) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams are my top fantasy football defense/special teams units entering the 2019 season.
You can check out the rest of my rankings below for both positions ahead of your fantasy football draft.
For kickers, I like to target players in great offenses first. Another factor for choosing a good kicker for your squad is checking on what type of weather they will be kicking in. Some kickers play home games in domed stadiums, meaning they are not impacted by outdoor elements, such as wind, rain, snow and more.
That is especially important later in the season, when you are trying to get into the playoffs or are already in the playoffs. You don't want to have a kicker trying to make field goals in the middle of a snowstorm or on a slippery surface.
For defenses you should first target units that have a good pass-rush and limit scoring from opposing offenses. After that, you should look at defensive units with easy schedules. You should also consider units that have skilled return men and can get you a touchdown on special teams during any given week.
While you shouldn't take a defense or kicker until the later rounds, don't underestimate the value of having difference makers at these roster spots. If you are in a close game, a long field goal, sack or touchdown return could be the difference between a win and a loss for your fantasy team.
Top 20 fantasy football defenses/special teams
1. Jacksonville Jaguars, Bye Week 10
2. Chicago Bears, Bye Week 6
3. New Orleans Saints, Bye Week 9
4. Los Angeles Chargers, Bye Week 12
5. Los Angeles Rams, Bye Week 9
6. Buffalo Bills, Bye Week 6
7. Minnesota Vikings, Bye Week 12
8. Denver Broncos, Bye Week 10
9. Tennessee Titans, Bye Week 11
10. Dallas Cowboys, Bye Week 8
11. New England Patriots, Bye Week 10
12. Kansas City Chiefs, Bye Week 12
13. Detroit Lions, Bye Week 5
14. Baltimore Ravens, Bye Week 8
15. Houston Texans, Bye Week 10
16. Cleveland Browns, Bye Week 7
17. Atlanta Falcons, Bye Week 9
18. Pittsburgh Steelers, Bye Week 7
19. Green Bay Packers, Bye Week 11
20. Philadelphia Eagles, Bye Week 10
Top 15 fantasy football kickers
1. Will Lutz, New Orleans Saints, Bye Week 9
2. Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams, Bye Week 9
3. Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs, By Week 12
4. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots, Bye Week 10
5. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens, Bye Week 8
7. Brett Maher, Dallas Cowboys, Bye Week 8
8. Matt Prater, Detroit Lions, Bye Week 5
9. Ka'imi Fairbairn, Houston Texans, Bye Week 10
10. Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles, Bye Week 10
12. Mike Badgley, Los Angeles Chargers, Bye Week 12
13. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers, Bye Week 11
14. Dan Bailey, Minnesota Vikings, Bye Week 12
15. Jason Myers, Seattle Seahawks, Bye Week 11