Since there are far fewer defenses drafted then the skill positions I have previously handicapped I am going to change the format to include both leagues in this top five list.
Once the top six or seven defenses are gone it becomes a crap shoot when choosing a defense so if the teams on this list are gone I would suggest waiting until as late as possible to draft a defense.
When drafting your fantasy defense keep in mind the fact that the biggest numbers come from teams that create turnovers, stack up sacks and get in the end zone.
This may sound like a no brainer, yet imagine there is a solid defense that limits big plays and "bends but does not break." This team may limit opponents to 10-17 points a week.
Then you have a defense that gives up occasional big plays because thy are aggressive and that same aggressiveness results in a number of turnovers, a few of which get returned for touchdowns. This team could give up 14-24 points on any given Sunday.
The latter would not be the more impressive defense statistically, yet they would be more beneficial for fantasy owners over the long haul.
The top five defenses for fantasy owners in 2009 are...