2011 Fantasy Football Composite Rankings: Defense

GREEN BAY, WI - FILE: Trent Edwards #5 of the Buffalo Bills tries to avoid Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 19, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. According to reports on July 30, 2011 Edwards has agreed to a one year contract with the Oakland Raiders. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)


Team Defenses are very difficult to gauge since there is so much turnover from one year to the next.  Every year you see teams reaching for defenses that under-perform.  It's a given fact.  Tell that to all the owners that over-drafted the Jets D last year, or the Ravens Defense every season.  Despite all of this, we at Fake Teams did our very best to rank the 32 teams for you even though you'll only need 12 or so.

Defense Rankings after the jump compiled by the best of the best: TJ Mahoney (mahoney1213), Evan Levine (eklevine),and Scott Kaliskia (dukeallstar).  Kenny has been busy with his excellent team-by-team pieces, so he gets a hall pass for these rankings...

If you're looking for other rankings, check out Fantasy Rundown, which provides rankings from other sources on the internet.

 

TM

EL

SK

1

Packers

1

3

1

2

Steelers

4

1

3

3

Jets

3

5

2

4

Eagles

2

2

9

5

Patriots

6

9

4

6

Ravens

10

4

7

7

Giants

5

12

6

8

Bears

13

6

5

9

Saints

7

8

10

10

Chargers

14

10

11

11

Lions

9

20

8

12

Chiefs

12

13

12

13

Cowboys

8

16

15

14

Falcons

16

11

13

15

Dolphins

19

7

20

16

Rams

20

14

16

17

Vikings

18

15

23

18

Bucs

22

22

15

19

Cardinals

15

27

18

20

Raiders

23

18

21

21

Texans

11

21

32

22

Browns

28

17

19

23

Bengals

17

25

25

24

49ers

21

30

17

25

Colts

24

23

26

26

Jaguars

27

19

30

27

Redskins

25

28

27

28

Titans

29

31

22

29

Panthers

32

26

24

30

Seahawks

26

29

28

31

Bills

31

24

29

32

Broncos

30

32

31

 

The Super Bowl Champions and their counterparts in the game unsurprisingly went 1-2 in our ranks.  The Defensive-minded Jets and new-look Eagles follow at 3 and 4, respectively.  The Patriots poor pass D is ignored as they come in at # 5.  From then on, it's a mad house; teams are all over the board.

My 2 cents: Play the match-ups.  You're best-suited to start off the season with a "winner," and then start playing the match-ups as the season unfolds.  Target the bottom-feeders and pick up their opponent.  Carolina playing against Arizona?  Pick up the Cards D and hope they pick off some balls.  Don't over-reach for a defense when there is so much value on the board elsewhere.  You don't want to miss the mid-round sleeper running back that can help you win your title.

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