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2007 Player Rankings: Defenses
Updated: September 3, 2007
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Tier 1
Chicago Bears YEAR FF PTS INT FUM SACK SF STTD DFTD
Huddle Rank: 1
Keeper: 1
Auction 10: 5%
Auction 12: 5%
2004 109 17 12 32 3 1 6
2005 104 24 10 40   1 4
2006 138 24 20 40   5 4
Avg 117 22 14 37 1 2 5

The #1 fantasy defense last year, and there’s no reason to think they shouldn’t be ranked #1 coming into this season. Edge rusher Mark Anderson is a year older and wiser. They added the speedy Dan Bazuin for even more pass rushing power. The addition of veteran DB Adam Archuleta should stabilize the sometimes-shaky backfield. And don’t forget the playmakers in Nathan Vasher and Devin Hester.

Baltimore Ravens YEAR FF PTS INT FUM SACK SF STTD DFTD
Huddle Rank: 2
Keeper: 2
Auction 10: 3%
Auction 12: 3%
2004 127 21 13 39   2 7
2005 91 12 14 41   1 3
2006 136 28 12 60     6
Avg 118 20 13 47 0 1 5

The Ravens started 2006 off hot but then had a four-game cold stretch that forced frustrated owners to dump them to seek other options. Many owners will be weary again this year, especially with the departure of LB Adelius Thomas. Well, the Ravens still have Ray Lewis, an improving Terrell Suggs and Ed Reed should start the season healthy.

Tier 2
New England Patriots YEAR FF PTS INT FUM SACK SF STTD DFTD
Huddle Rank: 3
Keeper: 3
Auction 10: 2%
Auction 12: 2%
2004 112 20 16 46   1 4
2005 63 10 8 33     2
2006 85 22 13 44   1  
Avg 87 17 12 41 0 1 2

The Pats added Adelius Thomas to an already steady linebacking corps and several young defensive linemen and backs. They started the 2006 season off rather rough, but had several big games down the stretch. Look for them to have plenty of big games this season.

Jacksonville Jaguars YEAR FF PTS INT FUM SACK SF STTD DFTD
Huddle Rank: 4
Keeper: 4
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2004 69 16 12 37 2    
2005 93 19 9 47   1 2
2006 71 20 4 35   1 1
Avg 78 18 8 40 1 1 1

Everyone knows that the Jags have a solid defense, but some under-rate them as a solid fantasy defense. The addition of FS Reggie Nelson will improve the defensive backfield. The Jags face the Texans twice and both Buffalo and Oakland, teams that may struggle in 2007. The possible downside is the fact that they do face the Colts twice and New Orleans once, teams that will put up plenty of points. Fortunately the Jags play the Colts very tough.

Dallas Cowboys YEAR FF PTS INT FUM SACK SF STTD DFTD
Huddle Rank: 5
Keeper: 5
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
Movement:
2004 57 13 9 33 1    
2005 75 15 11 37     2
2006 95 18 13 34   1 4
Avg 76 15 11 35 0 0 2

The Cowboys have slowly built themselves a pretty fearsome defense. This may be the year they put it all together and have a solid fantasy season too. They now have the hardest-hitting secondary with Roy Williams and Ken Hamlin and they have a terrific pass-rushing corps. Their schedule isn’t the best, in terms of possible fantasy output from a defensive standpoint, but they have the playmakers to put up stats regardless of opponent.

San Diego Chargers YEAR FF PTS INT FUM SACK SF STTD DFTD
Huddle Rank: 6
Keeper: 6
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2004 76 23 10 29 1 1 1
2005 78 10 10 46     2
2006 107 16 12 61     3
Avg 87 16 11 45 0 0 2

The heart and soul (and fantasy importance) of this team lies with LB Shawne Merriman. With Donnie Edwards departed, Merriman will have to step up his game on the field and improve his locker room presence. The Bolts started 2006 off with a big fantasy game but didn’t really put up huge numbers for the rest of the season. They were, however, very steady and have a very favorable 2007 schedule.

Pittsburgh Steelers YEAR FF PTS INT FUM SACK SF STTD DFTD
Huddle Rank: 7
Keeper: 7
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2004 106 19 13 42 1   5
2005 85 15 15 47 1   1
2006 86 20 9 39   1 2
Avg 92 18 12 43 1 0 3

The Steelers have a pretty tough 2007 schedule but have reloaded their defense with young studs like Lawrence Timmons and Lamarr Woodley. SS Troy Polamalu is one of the best playmakers in the NFL and could propel the Steelers into the top-5 this season.

Carolina Panthers YEAR FF PTS INT FUM SACK SF STTD DFTD
Huddle Rank: 8
Keeper: 8
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2004 90 26 12 34     3
2005 105 23 19 45     3
2006 75 14 8 41     2
Avg 90 21 13 40 0 0 3

The Panthers were another fantasy defense that may have been overrated coming in to the 2006 season. They have a pretty good 2007 schedule and any team with Julius Peppers on it has the chance to put up huge fantasy stats. Rookie LB Jon Beason should provide depth and insurance for Dan Morgan. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Panthers were a top-5 fantasy defense yet again.

Denver Broncos YEAR FF PTS INT FUM SACK SF STTD DFTD
Huddle Rank: 9
Keeper: 9
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2004 70 12 8 38     2
2005 85 20 16 29 1   3
2006 79 17 13 35 1   2
Avg 78 16 12 34 1 0 2

Denver added the high-motor pass rusher Jarvis Moss, who will instantly improve the front line. Dre Bly comes over from Detroit to play opposite Champ Bailey. That could be a pretty fearsome and play-making cornerback duo. And the cherry on top may be the moving of D.J. Williams to MLB, where he’ll be making plenty of big plays for the defense. The Broncos play the Raiders and Chiefs twice each, games which could net plenty of fantasy defense stats.

Miami Dolphins YEAR FF PTS INT FUM SACK SF STTD DFTD
Huddle Rank: 10
Keeper: 10
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2004 75 15 10 36 1 1 1
2005 92 14 17 49 3   1
2006 96 8 19 47 2   3
Avg 88 12 15 44 2 0 2

The Fins improved their linebacking corps with the addition of Joey Porter. Matt Roth could prove to be a solid pass-rusher opposite Jason Taylor. The interior of their line is old as dirt, but the linebacking corps and rush ends are difference makers.

   
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