Editors Note: With the NFL set to start in earnest, fantasy drafts are beginning to take place. In this post, Just A Guy gives you top three fantasy defenses with insight from the experts at FanDuel.
In fantasy football, defense does not really get the recognition it deserves. Sure, every team needs to draft a defense, but it is usually not high on the list of priorities. With that being said, here is a look at the top 3 options to consider this upcoming year. They should all be able to provide consistent value every single week.
Most people will wait until the 2nd to last around in a fantasy football draft to take a defense. However, there are some people who will actually look at Seattle as a defense that could be taken as early as the 8th round. Defense is said to win championships on the field, and Seattle certainly proved that last year when they took home the Super Bowl victory against the Denver Broncos. They do need to find a way to replace some players who left for free agency, but this team is still legitimate all over the field. Their secondary alone combined for 20 interceptions last year, and that makes them the most dominant defense to go after this year.
San Francisco 49ers
The defense for San Francisco is almost up there with Seattle, but some losses in the secondary with them at number 2. Donte Whitner and Carlos Rodgers are both gone, and their replacements will be a fairly significant step backwards. Everywhere else on defense, San Francisco looks to be pretty much loaded. They do have some injuries and suspensions that could limit them early on in the year, but they will get stronger and stronger as the season goes along.
There are a ton of questions surrounding Carolina and their passing game this upcoming year, but the defense should be able to keep them in most games. They have replaced some of their losses fairly well, and that should keep them in playoff contention. Adding Roman Harper and Thomas DeCoud was definitely a positive for Carolina in the off-season. They also signed Antoine Cason, and all 3 of those players should be able to provide plenty of fantasy football value as a unit. The main calling card for Carolina is their ability to get to the opposing quarterback. Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy combined for 26 sacks, and they have other guys who can put pressure on the offense as well. – James Graves