Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Bust Projections

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IAugust 16, 2009

TAMPA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Defensive end Gaines Adams #90 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers waits for play against the New Orleans Saints during a week-two NFL game on September 16, 2007 in Tampa, Florida.  The Bucs won 31-14. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

In every aspect in life there is sexy and then there is not-so-sexy. Well my friends, the defensive side of the ball in fantasy football is the not-so-sexy part of the game. But that doesn’t mean you should blow it off. No way, no how!

In fact, every year such teams as the 2008 Tennessee Titans and Chicago Bears come bringing either a platter full of goodness (Titans) or one that has you grabbing for the infamous bottle of “Pepto” (Bears)

In this article we will be exploring three teams, the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tennessee Titans, bringing to you reasons that we feel all three will not produce as well as players that draft them will hope.

With that in mind we bring you the 2009 Bruno Boys “Bring out the Pepto” Defense/Special Teams Rankings.

Ranking System: The higher the “Bring out the Pepto” ranking, the more likely a player is to bust.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Let’s start off by commending the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the season they has on the defensive side of the ball in 2008. Um, ok, there really wasn’t much to brag about, unless you want to consider that they were stingy when coming down to giving up rushing touchdowns to opposing offenses.

Their pass defense was also adequate, allowing less than 200 yards per game, 187.3 to be exact. And while they still remain a team that deserves to have a place on your roster if you play in larger leagues that carry at least two DST’s, there is plenty of cause for concern.

The Buccaneers have three offensive juggernauts in their division with the Carolina Panthers rushing attack, the New Orleans Saints passing attack and the very well balanced Atlanta Falcons.

This years Tampa Bay team will be tested on an almost weekly basis, having to face offensive minded after offensive minded team, all looking to put up plenty of points.

Plus, the Tampa Bay offense has so many question marks that odds are they will see many three-and-outs throughout the season.

This will force the defense to be on the field often and wear down an otherwise pretty solid defensive group that faces a tough schedule. Think mediocrity when drafting the Buccaneers in 2009.


New York Jets - The New York Jets entered 2008 with lots of hope and optimism, having gone out and spent millions to try and upgrade a defense that had struggled miserably in years past.

Outside of a few solid weeks it once again failed miserably as the Jets averaged numbers of 22.2 points per game allowed (18th) and 329.4 yards per game allowed (16th).

Add to that a horrific pass defense that allowed whopping 234.5 yards per game through the air and you have yourself a less than desirable defensive unit.

In fact the only bright side to this defense was that you knew for the most part that they could stop the run, allowing only 94.9 yards on the ground, ranking seventh in the league. 

Despite bringing in defensive minded head coach Rex Ryan, it won’t get any easier for the Jets’ defense, as gone are offensive players, quarterback Brett Favre and wide receiver Laveranues Coles.

You may ask why these players leaving will impact the defense as they are offensive players, but the answer is that they were big parts of the New York offense and without them the likelihood of their offense struggling will come into play.

Like the situation in Tampa Bay, this will leave their defense on the field more, creating opportunities for more things to go wrong.

Entering 2009 many people have the Jets’ defense on their radar as an every week defense but don’t expect that to be the case. New York will face an onslaught of top-notch offensive teams led by the New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons and worst of all, having to play the New England Patriots not once, but twice.

If you draft them make sure you do so with caution and have quick trigger to find a better match-up.


Tennessee Titans - Why would we, the Bruno Boys put one of the top-rated fantasy football defenses for 2008 on this list? Let us first start by saying that we expect the Tennessee Titans to have another solid season in 2009 and to be used as a No. 1 D/ST just about every week.

The reason that they make this list is because the loss of Albert Haynesworth will cause the No. 1 rated rushing defense in the NFL last year to come back to reality.

That in turn will give opposing offenses the ability to run the football on a more consistent basis and extend drives by doing so.

Another reason to be concerned about the Titans’ defense in ‘09 is the offenses they will face.

Match-ups against the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers and two meetings against the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans mean the Titans’ have their hands full from time to time.

Most weeks you should start them but on some weeks if the match-up isn’t right, don’t be afraid to bench this year's Titans’ defense.