Getting Defensive: A good chance your D will come up big this week

Updated: November 20, 2008, 3:33 PM ET
By KC Joyner | ESPN

In Week 11, the defense/special teams position once again proved to have just as many high-value starters as most other positions. To illustrate this point, let's start by taking a look at how many 10-plus point totals were posted in each position last week:

  • Running backs: 26
  • Wide receivers: 17
  • Quarterbacks: 16
  • Defense/special teams: 10
  • Kickers: 10
  • Tight ends: 1

Now imagine a standard 12-team, two running back/two wide receiver/one flex/one quarterback/one defense-special team/one kicker/one tight end league in which each one of these double-digit scorers actually started. What percentage of starters at each position would be at the 10-plus point mark (assuming the flex position was split with six at running back and six at wide receiver)? Here are those numbers:

  • Running backs: 86.7 percent
  • Wide receivers: 56.7 percent
  • Quarterbacks: 100 percent
  • Defense/special teams: 83.3 percent
  • Kickers: 83.3 percent
  • Tight ends: 8.3 percent