2009 Fantasy Football's Defenses Rankings (Updated)

Football ManiaxsSenior Writer IApril 2, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  (L-R) Troy Polamalu #43, James Farrior #51, Ike Tayloer #24, Aaron Smith #91, Bryant McFadden #20 and Deshea Townsend #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers get into position on defense against the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Steelers won 27-23. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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 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. Updated as of 04/01/2009.

1. Steelers – The best defense in the NFL in 2008, Pittsburgh, not only stopped teams from scoring, but they were also second in the NFL in sacks with 51 and tied for sixth with 20 interceptions. 

2. Giants – They had a respectable 42 sacks, and allowed only 18.4 points per game. After a strong start, they really tailed off at the end of the year. We moved them up to the second spot because we love the signings of DE Chris Canty, DT Rocky Bernard, LB Michael Boley and DE Osi Umenyiora coming back from injury. This great defense is going to get a whole lot better.

3. 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 NFL. 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. Adding Igor Olshansky and Keith Brooking should improve this already solid unit.

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