Ranking the Best Fantasy Football Values at Defense on Draft Day

Alex SandersonCorrespondent IIIAugust 16, 2011

Ranking the Best Fantasy Football Values at Defense on Draft Day

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    Selecting the right team defense for your fantasy team is not very likely going to make or break your season. It can make a difference, however, in winning matchups that can be decided by the smallest of margins.

    Since not many points separate the team defenses, it's not just important which defense you select, but also when you select it. Here is a look at four defenses that should represent a good value on draft day.

4. Green Bay Packers

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    In winning the Super Bowl last year, Green Bay was missing two of its key playmakers: Ryan Grant and Jermichael Finley. They will be even better in 2011 with their presence.

    Yes, Green Bay is expected to be the first-team defense taken, but the pick should be worth it.

    The Packers are a good all-around team and, in most cases, will be playing from ahead. That fact alone helps an already talented defense, as the opposing offense will be under constant pressure.

3. Chicago Bears

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    Chicago has two of the best individual defensive players in the game in Julius Peppers and Brian Urlacher. The Bears almost made the Super Bowl last season behind their defense.

    Luckily for fantasy owners, you don't have to take the Bears among the best defenses to get them. They should have another solid, yet unspecatular, fantasy season and not present many headaches.

2. San Diego Chargers

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    San Diego represents an interesting late-team defense pick. Over the last couple of seasons, they have hovered around a top 10 defense.

    The story with the Chargers is that they are a talented team that never seems to put everything together for a full season. While injuries have always been at least a small part of that, there is no excuse for why they haven't been better.

    If something finally sparks this year, San Diego could make a push towards the top of the defenses. Even if not, you can still draft them late and they should at least be relavant in fantasy leagues.

1. New England Patriots

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    The New England Patriots were one of the better fantasy team defenses in 2010, but aren't quite ranked that way in 2011. But that's not exactly what makes them the best value.

    The addition of Albert Haynesworth to the lineup not only adds to the Patriots in real life, it can also certainly help in fantasy. He's one of the bigger talents in the game and can make everyone else around him better.

    New England is likely to be around late into the drafts, taken after at least a handful of other teams. Picking the Patriots should probably allow you to wait a round or two extra to get a defense, allowing you to notch another upside offensive player that you were coveting.