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I'm guilty of not following my own advice on this one. When looking into who to start, sit and pick up off the waiver wire, rarely do I pay much attention to the last two positions: Defense/special teams and kicker.
Make sure you do. Champions will.
The Seattle Seahawks D/ST scored an impressive 17 points last week thanks to great defense and a special teams touchdown. They take on the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals in the final two weeks, both teams that will have their fates sealed by then.
The Seattle D/ST is owned in a mere 43 percent of ESPN leagues. There are several defenses like the Seahawks' that can help you, so take a close look at the matchup, the location (bad weather favors defense) and intangibles.
As for kickers, I don't care if you've had Stephen Gostkowski all year. Kickers are expendable in reality and in fantasy (Gostkowski is a terrible example this week, as he goes to the thin air of Denver, but you get my point, I hope).
At this point in the year, look for a kicker with a mediocre offense and a warm weather (or dome) matchup. These are the guys that get the most opportunities in the best environment for kicking. For instance, Robbie Gould looks great in Week 17 at Minnesota.
Take some extra time here. The defense and kicker points are often tiebreakers.