At the end of every fantasy football season, we like to go back and recap how the players at each fantasy position fared. And as with every season, there’s always the good, the bad, and of the course, the downright ugly at each and every position.
In this sixth installment of our "The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly" series, we’ll take a look at the good defenses this season.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers have had a very solid defense for a while now, but no one could have predicted the type of year that this group of defensive men put together.
Led by James Farrior, James Harrison and Troy Polamalu, the Steelers racked up 1,125 tackles, 51 sacks, recovered 12 fumbles, had 20 interceptions, two defensive touchdowns, allowed 237.2 yards-per-game while also allowing only 13.9 points-per-game to opponents.
Going into the season they were expected to be a DEF1, but they performed as the best defense by far, easily putting together a better season than the Bruno Boys' No.7 overall rank had them doing.
2. Baltimore Ravens
Led by superstar defensive players Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, the Baltimore Ravens enjoyed a year almost as special as the Pittsburgh Steelers had.
Heading into the season we had the Ravens pegged at No.10 overall for defenses, as their age and reliability seemed to have been starting to show some cause for concern. However, they proved the fantasy football world wrong.
Their rush defense was as good as ever, but it was the performance against the pass, recording 26 interceptions which resulted in five defensive touchdowns, that stole the show. They allowed an average of 261.1 yards-per-game and 15.3 points-per- game throughout the season, easily ranking them second overall, inferior only to the Steelers.
3. New York Giants
We here at the Bruno Boys knew that the New York Giants were going to put together a DEF1 to be proud of, but we had them ranked at No. 8 overall, as they had just lost a pair of top defensive ends in Michael Strahan (retirement) and Osi Umenyiora (injury).
Surprisingly, the loss of those two stars did not seem to leave much of a negative impact, as the Giants were still able to accumulate 42 sacks on the season. They ranked fifth in points allowed, fifth in yardage allowed, eight in pass defense and ninth in rush defense, leaving one to believe that they can do even better next year if the defense comes back healthy as a whole.
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2008 Fantasy Football Top Seven Team Defense Units