Fantasy Football Rankings 2011: The 16 Best Defensive, Special Teams Units

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Fantasy Football Rankings 2011: The 16 Best Defensive, Special Teams Units
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Success for the Packers again in 2011?

Defense and special teams.

The red-headed stepchildren of the fantasy football universe, and yet they can make or break a lineup if you get it wrong.

Clearly at this point of the season the average fan's head is swimming with the swathe of draftees, free agent pickups, retirements, trades, free agent losses and injuries, all of which can upset the balance of power in both the NFL and fantasy football.

So we come to it: Which teams benefited in 2011? Are 2010's powerhouses the same teams to pick up in 2011? Who to shun?

I've conveniently ranked the top half of the NFL (and avoided the cellar dwellers and fantasy football lepers) to give an indication of fantasy football prospects for the 2012 season.

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