Good fantasy football defenses come and go extremely quickly throughout the year. Many “experts” recommend waiting until the very end of your draft to grab a defense since throughout the year there’s so much volatility. For example, the Ravens defense which has been so good for so long is suddenly horrible, and the Vikings D/ST who were on no one’s radar at the beginning of the year are a solid option this week.
Case in point, none of the three rankers agree on the #1 option this week. I think the Bears will have another great week against the visiting Panthers, Jeffrey has the Niners at #1, and Steve puts the Packers at Lambeau hosting the hapless Jags on top his rankings. Here’s the composite’s which give you a good idea of who to start based on the rankings of Jeffrey Littrell (JL), Steve Copps (SC), and me (ZT). NR is for those D’s not rated with counts as a 20 for averaging purposes.
|1||San Francisco 49ers||at Ari||2.0||2||3||1|
|3||Seattle Seahawks||at Det||4.3||4||7||2|
|Green Bay Packers||Jac||4.7||3||1||10|
|6||New York Giants||at Dal||6.7||8||6||6|
|7||Atlanta Falcons||at Phi||8.7||5||12||9|
|9||San Diego Chargers||at Cle||9.0||9||5||13|
|10||New England||at Stl||9.3||6||10||12|
|12||Miami Dolphins||at NYJ||13.3||15||NR||5|
|13||St. Louis Rams||NE||13.7||NR||14||7|
|14||New York Jets||Mia||14.3||12||11||NR|