Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) sacks Los Angeles Rams quarterback Case Keenum for a nine-yard loss in the first quarter during pre-season game three at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on August 27, 2016. Photo by Gary C. Caskey/naipublishers.com | License Photo

Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker (9) celebrates a 27-yard field goal against the Detroit Lions during the first half of their NFL preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, August 27, 2016. Photo by David Tulis/naipublishers.com | License Photo

Seattle Seahawks free safety Steven Terrell (23) sacks Dallas Cowboys quarterback Jameill Showers (7) in the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington on August 25, 2016. The Seahawks beat the Cowboys 27-17. Photo by Jim Bryant/naipublishers.com | License Photo

New England Patriots kick team specialist Nate Ebner (43) takes down kick receiving team specialist Denarius Moore (17) on a kick off in the first quarter at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on November 23, 2015. The Patriots defeated the Bills 20-13. Photo by Matthew Healey/ naipublishers.com | License Photo
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MIAMI, Aug. 30 (naipublishers.com) -- Most fantasy players know that drafting a fantasy football defense or kicker too early prompts laughter and ridicule from your league-mates.

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Doing this, alone, will not ruin your fantasy football season, but it will put you in a hole at key positions and sacrifice the depth of your team. Still, there are several difference makers at these two positions. Some owners choose the later rounds to draft these positions, while others wait until the last two rounds in the draft to fill out their rosters with kicker and defensive/special teams selections.

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Don"t be afraid to wait here, because the sacrifice usually is not worth it. The landscape of the NFL changes from year to year. You can even be successful if you decided to "stream" a defense for the entire season. Streaming a defense means that you can pick one up from the waiver wire, depending on its opponent each week. You can also juggle two defenses early on in the season and play based on match up.

With kicker, usually you want a player who is part of a good offense and kicks plenty of extra points, or a kicker with a big leg, capable of putting up four or five points for your squad in a single kick. If you do extra research on the position, you can find out if you"re targeting kickers who play indoors or outdoors when at home. You can also figure out how many of their games on the road are at outdoor stadiums. It is also important to monitor cold-weather, outdoor, playing teams for later on in the season when conditions can alter your kicker"s ability to produce.

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At naipublishers.com, we have ranked our top 20 kickers and top 20 defense/special teams units for your 2016 fantasy football draft kit.


RANK TEAM BYE WEEK
1 Carolina Panthers 5
2 Denver Broncos 11
3 Seattle Seahawks 5
4 Kansas City Chiefs 5
5 Cincinnati Bengals 9
6 Arizona Cardinals 9
7 Houston Texans 9
8 Minnesota Vikings 6
9 Oakland Raiders 10
10 New York Jets 11
11 Green Bay Packers 4
12 New England Patriots 9
13 Los Angeles Rams 8
14 Baltimore Ravens 8
15 Pittsburgh Steelers 8
16 New York Giants 8
17 Jacksonville Jaguars 5
18 Indianapolis Colts 10
19 Philadelphia Eagles 4
20 Detroit Lions 10