By Derek Lofland.
Just like tight ends, kickers and defenses can be an afterthought in fantasy football drafts.
While these positions are not going to be early selections, picking the right one in the later rounds can be the difference between winning close games and losing close games. Every point counts.
Below are our 2009 Fantasy Football's Defenses Rankings.
1. Steelers – The best defense in the NFL in 2008. Not only did they stop teams from scoring, but also they were second in the NFL in sacks with 51 and tied for sixth with 20 interceptions.
2. Ravens – Led the NFL with 34 takeaways and were a top-five defense in terms of stopping the run, pass, and points allowed. Only concern is that linebackers Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, and Bart Scott are all free agents.
3. Titans – Were second in points allowed and tied for sixth in picks with 20. Their 44 sacks were fifth in the NFL. A tremendous and reliable unit to have.
4. Eagles – Very solid scoring defense at 18.1 points per game. Tied for third in the NFL with 48 sacks and had 15 picks. As long as Jim Johnson keeps using the blitz, this is going to be a very productive fantasy defense.
5. Cowboys – With this team, it is all about the sacks. They led the NFL with 59 sacks. That is 15 more than the Titans who were tied for fifth in the. If they could improve on their eight interceptions and 22.8 points per game allowed, they could be the best fantasy defense in the NFL.
6. Vikings – Same problem as the Cowboys. Had 45 sacks, which was fourth in the NFL. Only 12 picks and the team gives up 20.8 points per game, which is 13th in the NFL. They need to improve their scoring defense if they want to compete. We have them ranked behind Dallas because of the difference in sacks and the owner. Jerry Jones is going to spend more money to upgrade this defense any offseason.