Fantasy 2014: DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS

August 04, 2014

2013 STATS

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RANK TEAM BYE AUCTION PPG SACK SFTY INT FR DEF TD KR TD PR TD
1 Seahawks 4 $2 14.4 44 2 28 11 4 0 0
Last year's best defense returns all of its principal players, making it easily the best option once again.
2 Panthers 12 $2 15.1 60 0 20 10 4 0 0
Carolina's dominant pass rush helps make this unit incredibly consistent from week to week.
3 Bengals 4 $2 19.1 43 0 20 11 6 0 1
Remember how impressive Cincinnati was when DT Geno Atkins was healthy last year? Well, he's returning.
4 Rams 4 $1 22.8 53 1 14 15 5 0 0
St. Louis's defense goes overlooked not only in the league but also in its own division. Big mistake.
5 Cardinals 4 $1 20.2 47 2 20 10 5 0 0
Downgrade Arizona just a bit in leagues that don't pair special teams scoring with defense.
6 49ers 8 $1 17.0 38 1 18 11 5 0 0
Strange but true: The San Francisco defense is all of a sudden the worst fantasy option in the NFC West.
7 Patriots 10 $1 21.1 48 0 17 12 3 0 0
Adding CB Darrelle Revis and getting DT Vince Wilfork and LB Jerod Mayo back healthy will be huge lifts.
8 Texans 10 $1 26.8 32 1 7 4 1 0 1
With rookie LB Jadeveon Clowney joining DE J.J. Watt, Houston's pass rush will terrorize quarterbacks.
9 Broncos 4 $1 24.9 41 0 17 9 2 1 0
Already solid, Denver added DE DeMarcus Ware and CB Aqib Talib during the off-season—both good gets.
10 Buccaneers 7 $1 24.3 35 1 21 10 3 0 0
Free-agent signings DE Michael Johnson and CB Alterraun Verner make for a strong fantasy upgrade.
11 Ravens 11 $1 22 40 0 16 7 1 0 0
Rookie C.J. Mosley (Alabama) joins Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil to form potentially the best linebacking corps.
12 Browns 4 $1 25.4 40 0 14 7 4 0 0
A steadily improving D added LB Karlos Dansby, SS Donte Whitner and rookie CB Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State).
13 Chiefs 6 $1 19.1 47 0 21 15 7 0 0
Don't be fooled by Kansas City's huge fantasy numbers last year; this defense wasn't as good as it appeared.
14 Bears 9 $1 29.9 31 0 19 9 6 1 0
Chicago upgraded by signing DEs Lamarr Houston and Jared Allen and drafting CB Kyle Fuller (Virginia Tech).
15 Bills 9 $1 24.2 57 0 23 6 3 0 1
A squad that had 57 sacks last year got even more formidable after the theft of LB Brandon Spikes from the Patriots.

Auction value based on $100 pot

PHOTOJOE NICHOLSON/USA TODAY SPORTS (SEAHAWKS)TITLE DEFENSE The Lombardi Trophy winners lost little on D; expect them to deliver the boom—and ample fantasy points—again.

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Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
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