Seattle Seahawks: Why the Defense Will Be a Top 5 Option in Fantasy

Travis WakemanCorrespondent IIAugust 22, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 12:  Chris Clemons #91 of the Seattle Seahawks motions to the crowd as the defense tries to stop the St. Louis Rams near the goal line at CenturyLink Field December 12, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. Seattle won 30-13. (Photo by Jay Drowns/Getty Images)
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Fantasy football is just around the corner, and some leagues have already held their drafts.

While players are eagerly drafting point machines like Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Arian Foster, fantasy veterans know that the league is won by the gems you find and take gambles on. The defense of the Seattle Seahawks could be just that.

Most players in your league will be high on the 49ers and the usual Ravens, Steelers and Bears. But the Seahawks are a very solid option.

In 2011, the Seahawks finished the season No. 11 in total team defense, yielding 19.7 points per game. They were also ninth best against the pass and had 21 interceptions as a team, good for fifth best in the league.

There are several playmakers in the secondary, including Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner and Earl Thomas. If your league awards points for sacks, you could earn points thanks to guys like Chris Clemons, Jason Jones and the rookie Bruce Irvin.

Most leagues combine defense with special teams, and the 'Hawks feature one of the game's most electrifying return men in Leon Washington. Last year, he averaged a solid 25.2 yards per return.

Aside from those reasons, the Seahawks also play in the NFC West, meaning you are guaranteed multiple games against teams like the Cardinals and Rams. I don't know about you, but the thought of my fantasy defense having a chance to feast on guys like Kevin Kolb, John Skelton or the hapless Rams is very enticing.

They also have games against Minnesota and Miami, both of whom will be starting young quarterbacks this year and would be very favorable matchups for the Seahawks D.

Another factor is the way this team plays at home. For my money, Qwest Field may be the loudest stadium in the NFL, and the defense responds. Last season, the team gave up just over 19 points a game at home and defeated a strong Baltimore team along with handing the Philadelphia Eagles a 17-point defeat.

Defense and special teams is a position many players swap out of their roster multiple times during an average fantasy season, but getting 10 to 15 more points than your opponent in that category in your game can be the difference between a win and a loss.

When drafting your team this year, consider the Seahawks at this position; you could do much worse for yourself.