Fantasy Football 2011 Preview: Defense

The start of the 2011 NFL season is only a few weeks away, and that means fantasy football owners everywhere should be preparing themselves for their upcoming drafts if they hope to make a strong run for their league’s title this year.  We here at know that it is important to get an edge on your opponents prior to draft day, and we want to give you that edge with our Fantasy Football position-by-position previews.

Today we take a look at the defense position.

The Top 5:

1. Green Bay Packers – The Packers ranked in the top three in the entire NFL in sacks, interceptions and defensive touchdowns last season.  With playmakers like Clay Matthews and Charles Woodson still around, they should be among the best fantasy defenses once again in 2011.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers -The Steelers ranked second among defensive units in fantasy football last season, thanks in large part to their league-leading 48 sacks.  They also recorded an impressive 21 interceptions and 14 fumble recoveries, and if Troy Polamalu can stay healthy, there is no reason to believe that they can’t finish in the top three once again.

3. New York Jets – Rex Ryan has built his team around a stingy defense.  They didn’t rank in the top five in sacks, interceptions, defensive touchdowns or points against, but they still finished sixth among defensive units in fantasy points in 2010.  They should improve on a few of those totals, moving them into the top five in 2011.

4. Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles didn’t even finish in the top 10 in fantasy points among defensive units in 2010, but they made some major improvements with the off-season additions of Jason Babin, Domonique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha.  that should be enough to place them among the NFL’s elite defenses this season.

5. New England Patriots -the Patriots finished the 2010 season ranked first among defensive units in fantasy points thanks to a league leading 25 interceptions to go along with six defensive touchdowns.  While it may be tough to duplicate that production, the fact that their offense can usually give them the lead should give their secondary plenty of opportunities to make plays.


Detroit Lions – The Lions defense wasn’t exactly a force to be reckoned with last season, but they did finish the year with an impressive 44 sacks, 15 fumble recoveries and three defensive touchdowns.  With the likes of Ndamukong Suh, Kyle Vanden Bosch and rookie Nick Fairley patrolling the defensive line, the Lions could put up some big fantasy numbers.


Baltimore Ravens -While many still rank the Ravens among the best fantasy defenses, you’d be surprised to hear that they ranked 16th in the NFL in fantasy points last season among defensive units.  That doesn’t even make them a worthy starting defense on most weeks.  With only 27 sacks and eight fumble recoveries in 2010, we wouldn’t expect much out of the Ravens in 2011.