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You've gone through fantasy-draft season, and you heeded the advice to avoid defenses until late, right? If you didn't, shame on you, and you can probably ignore this.
If you did, you might want to look for a good matchup for Week 1 rather than the defense you drafted. Or, if you are really savvy, you avoided drafting a defense—along with kicker—altogether to maximize your roster potential until the last minute.
Here are some Week 1 defenses that may be available and could have nice weeks.
New York Jets
The Oakland Raiders didn't exactly look coherent on offense during the preseason, at least not in any meaningful game action. They head into Week 1 with questions at quarterback.
The Jets, meanwhile, have a fantastic defensive front and get to play the Raiders at home. Even with questions in the secondary, New York figures to have a solid outing against either depressing Matt Schaub or rookie David Carr.
True, the Falcons are going up against the New Orleans Saints. There is little reason to believe this won't be a shootout either.
Part of that shootout, however, could involve a return touchdown, and that is where the gamble lies with the Falcons.
Atlanta brought return specialist Devin Hester into the fold to shore up that part of the team. While he might not be in his prime, Hester is still capable of exploding for a touchdown on a punt.
This may be a bigger gamble than other defenses out there, but if you have few options, the Falcons might give you the best odds for a big day.
The Bears weren't very good on defense last season, but that doesn't preclude them from having a nice opening week.
The Buffalo Bills are coming to town with struggling quarterback EJ Manuel at the controls. He did nothing to instill confidence in any sort of cogent offensive attack, which could be good news for that Bears defense.