Charles Woodson: Injury to Star Safety Makes Packers Defense a Fantasy Dud

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 23, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30:  Strong safety Charles Woodson #21 of the Green Bay Packers  looks on against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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During Sunday's 30-20 win over the St. Louis Rams, Green Bay Packers veteran safety Charles Woodson suffered a broken collarbone and will be out six weeks, according to Fox’s NFL insider Jay Glazer.

Big loss for packers. Charles Woodson broken collarbone out 6 weeks

— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 22, 2012

While this is devastating news to the Packers and their fanbase, this is a big hit to the fantasy football community as well. Green Bay’s defense is 95 percent owned in Yahoo! Sports leagues, but the Packers' numbers will see a steady drop over the next six weeks.

With offensive lines able to double team a star like Clay Matthews without fear of an elite safety like Woodson making them pay, all the elite numbers will start to fall and the points allowed each week will climb.

If you are the owner of the Packers defense in your league, you must make a move now. All of the following team defenses are worth a waiver-wire acquisition.


Denver Broncos

At only 20 percent owned, most fantasy players will be able to stockpile the Green Bay defense on their bench for now or drop them outright in favor of one of the more underrated units in the NFL: the Denver Broncos’ defense.

With three defensive touchdowns, 18 sacks and 10 turnovers forced, fantasy owners looking to move away from the Packers' banged up bunch should consider the Broncos squad—especially as they continue to round into postseason shape.

Give me Von Miller and Champ Bailey any day.


St. Louis Rams

Another underestimated defensive unit this year has been that of the St. Louis Rams, but it was the addition of Cortland Finnegan at cornerback that has help open up Chris Long and the Rams' the front seven.

The team defense may have allowed 129 points this season so far, but the Rams’ 21 sacks are good enough for top five in the NFL.

Add in the eight team interceptions and elite playmaking from the secondary, and St. Louis is a great fantasy pickup.


Atlanta Falcons

Despite the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive unit getting all the praise, their defensive squad is one of the most dominant in the NFL.

With just 63 percent of fantasy teams owning Atlanta's defense, fantasy owners could snag them off the waiver wire or buy low in a trade.

So far in 2012, Atlanta has forced 17 turnovers, accumulated 16 sacks and has only allowed 107 points all year to opposing offenses.

While Green Bay may be the flashier defense, Atlanta boasts the better fantasy option.


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