2023 Fantasy Football Rankings: PFN Consensus Top 32 DST Rankings

It's not easy to know which DSTs to draft in fantasy football -- the PFN Fantasy Staff put together consensus rankings to make it easy for you going into 2023!

Fantasy football rankings are absolutely everywhere nowadays. You can find people’s opinions on these players on essentially every single website out there, but that doesn’t mean that they’re necessarily the most accurate or well thought out, right?

At Pro Football Network, we’re committed to providing you with the best possible fantasy football advice that we can. That’s why we’ve compiled our PFN Consensus Rankings for 2023 right here for you to easily take with you into your draft!

(These rankings are comprised of Kyle Yates’, Kyle Soppe’s, Jason Katz’s, and Derek Tate’s rankings for season-long leagues and are in half-PPR format.)

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What DSTs Should You Draft in Fantasy Football?

1) San Francisco 49ers | SF
2) Philadelphia Eagles | PHI
3) Buffalo Bills | BUF
4) Dallas Cowboys | DAL
5) New York Jets | NYJ
6) New England Patriots | NE
7) Denver Broncos | DEN
8) Baltimore Ravens | BAL
9) Miami Dolphins | MIA
10) New Orleans Saints | NO
11) Kansas City Chiefs | KC
12) Pittsburgh Steelers | CLE
13) Cincinnati Bengals | CIN
14) Washington Commanders | WAS
15) Tampa Bay Buccaneers | TB
16) Los Angeles Chargers | LAC
17) Cleveland Browns | CLE
18) Green Bay Packers | GB
19) Jacksonville Jaguars | JAX
20) Los Angeles Rams | LAR
21) Seattle Seahawks | SEA
22) Carolina Panthers | CAR
23) Indianapolis Colts | IND
24) Tennessee Titans | TEN
25) New York Giants | NYG
26) Minnesota Vikings | MIN
27) Detroit Lions | DET
28) Chicago Bears | CHI
29) Arizona Cardinals | ARI
30) Atlanta Falcons | ATL
31) Houston Texans | HOU
32) Las Vegas Raiders | LV

The Top DSTs To Draft in 2023

San Francisco 49ers

If you are going to be among the first fantasy managers to select a defense, you may as well select the best one. This San Francisco 49ers unit boasts the best linebacker duo in the league with Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw, added versatile S Ji’Ayir Brown in the draft to pair with Talanoa Hufanga, and — oh, yeah — don’t forget this defense also has the reigning Defensive Player of the Year in Nick Bosa terrorizing opposing QBs.

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This unit is still among the most talented in the NFL and well worth the investment of selecting them as the first defense off the board.

– Derek Tate, Fantasy Football Analyst

Washington Commanders

When drafting a defense, I care about exactly one thing: Week 1. That’s it. No defense has a better Week 1 matchup than the Commanders.

The theme of streaming defenses for the 2023 season is going to unsurprisingly be attacking the Arizona Cardinals. The clearly tanking Cardinals are completely bereft of offensive weapons beyond Marquise Brown. They are going to be starting either Clayton Tune or Josh Dobbs at QB.

This team is going to be projected for under 14 points in most games. The Commanders at home against the Cardinals could very well be the highest scoring defense in Week 1.

– Jason Katz, Fantasy Football Analyst

Philadelphia Eagles

A defensive unit that finished with a jaw-dropping 70 sacks and 17 interceptions in 2022 somehow managed to add Jalen Carter, Nolan Smith, Sydney Brown, and Kelee Ringo to the mix. Yikes.

Philadelphia’s unit is going to absolutely terrorize opposing offenses in 2022. Draft the Eagles with confidence and start them every single week, regardless of matchup.

– Derek Tate, Fantasy Football Analyst

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