RankingsAugust 15, 2011

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2011 Fantasy Football Rankings: Team Defense

By R.J. White

While not nearly as bad as kickers, fantasy defenses are often times hard to gauge at the beginning of the year. Because of that, it’s never been a good idea to reach for the top-rated defense in your drafts. In fact, I’ve had a great deal of success ignoring the quality of my fantasy defense and instead focusing on the quality of their opposition. In most leagues, only 12-14 defenses are owned at a time, leaving half the available options in a given week in free agency. Treat that stable of defenses as your own Wheel of Doom, picking up and dropping units on a weekly basis while playing matchups, and you’ll have a good shot at getting just as much value as the owners that grabbed an elite name early. Obviously strategies shift based on league settings — in fact, I was the second guy to take a defense in my 32-team league (went with the Packers, our co-leader). If you can’t fight the urge to roll with one defense and one only, review our rankings below.

QB | RB | WR | TE | PK | DF | IDP

RankTeam DefensesTeamAvg
1Pittsburgh SteelersPIT2.38
2Green Bay PackersGB2.38
3Philadelphia EaglesPHI2.88
4New York JetsNYJ4.25
5Baltimore RavensBAL6.63
6New England PatriotsNE7.00
7Chicago BearsCHI7.00
8Detroit LionsDET8.75
9Dallas CowboysDAL9.75
10New York GiantsNYG10.75
11New Orleans SaintsNO11.38
12Arizona CardinalsARI11.88
13San Diego ChargersSD12.75
14Oakland RaidersOAK12.75
15Atlanta FalconsATL13.50
16Minnesota VikingsMIN14.00
17Tampa Bay BuccaneersTB19.00
18Tennessee TitansTEN19.63
19Miami DolphinsMIA20.63
20San Francisco 49ersSF21.00
21St. Louis RamsSTL22.75
22Seattle SeahawksSEA22.75
23Kansas City CheifsKC22.88
24Cleveland BrownsCLE23.38

R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe, writes for FanDuel and Razzball and has previously written for FanHouse. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
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