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Tagged: Fantasy Defenses (22 Results)

Around the NFL: BountyGate 2?

The Jets hired Gregg Williams as their new defensive coordinator recently, which in terms of his background is both promising and controversial. Williams had previously worked in Cleveland, whose defense had some surprising fantasy value last season. But he's probably best known for his work with the Saints, and the BountyGate controversy.   more »

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Factoid: Kansas City Defense

Kansas City fired defensive coordinator Bob Sutton last week, finding an easy scapegoat for the team's lousy defensive performance this past season. If only he'd been better at coaching Dee Ford (pictured) not to line up offside, his team would be playing in the Super Bowl next Sunday.   more »

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Andy Richardson: Streaming defenses

In a couple of leagues I jumped and drafted a defense early: the Jaguars, the Rams, the Chargers. But sometimes those defenses got away from me, and there was a run, and I ended up with a later one -- or in a couple of cases, didn't draft one at all. In those leagues, I will be a-streaming.   more »


Podcast: August 2 episode of the Fantasy Index Podcast available now

Ian Allan and Justin Eleff take yet another look at Doug Baldwin, discuss when exactly you should draft kickers and defenses (and which ones are worth targeting), take a whole-team look at the Dallas Cowboys, and pick out pairs of teammates who are currently being drafted in the wrong order. Sponsored by Affordable Trophies (  more »


Around the NFL: Seattle Defense

For a number of years, the Seattle fantasy defense was one of the first ones selected. Especially in leagues where points allowed is important, considering that four years in a row (2012-2015), it led the league in fewest points allowed. It wasn't always a great fantasy defense in sack- and turnover-based scoring systems (13th or worse in three of those years), but it wouldn't hurt you.   more »


Factoid: Broncos pass rush

The Broncos have had a strong pass rush for years -- ever since drafting Von Miller back in 2011, in fact. They ranked in the top-10 in sacks in five of the next six seasons, with at least 40 in all of them (Minnesota was the only other team to manage that).   more »

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Factoid: The declining takeaway

Pushing some numbers around while considering the magazine story on fantasy defenses, one trend stands out. Takeaways are down since the turn of the century, and in fact it's been a steady, somewhat precipitous decline.   more »

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Factoid: Tennessee Titans Defense

Spoiler: the Tennessee Titans might be a little higher in the fantasy defense rankings than you'd expect this year. Last season they were just 18th, and even that was their first time finishing in the top 20 in six years. (In a scoring system of 1 point for sacks, 2 for takeaways and 6 for touchdowns.)   more »

Andy Richardson: Fantasy Defenses

There's an element of luck involved with fantasy defenses, and many would prefer to wait until the later rounds to select one. But few would deny the Jaguars were a difference-maker in most scoring systems a year ago. The Jaguars and the Rams, in fact, joined a fairly select group of fantasy defenses with their performance.   more »


Factoid: Catching takeaways with Honey

The Cardinals released Tyrann Mathieu the other day, after being unable to work out a paycut that would have retained him at a lower salary. The Honey Badger didn't take long to find work, signing with the Houston Texans. Looks like a really nice fit with a defense that needs him.   more »

Around the NFL: Ravens defensive coordinator signs on with Tennessee

Retirement isn't what it used to be. Just weeks after Baltimore Ravens coordinator Dean Pees hung it up for Baltimore to (reportedly) spend more time with his family, he's decided to join the Titans new coaching staff as its defensive coordinator. Fantasy-wise, it seems like he can only make things better for this defense.   more »

Around the NFL: Giants defense came up small

The struggles of Eli Manning and the Giants offense were the bigger national story, but it was even more shocking how bad the defense was last season. New York ranked outside the top 20 in both sacks and takeaways, one year after being above-average in both categories and having a top-10 fantasy defense.   more »


Around the NFL: Cardinals, Panthers among better fantasy defenses

The Arizona Cardinals hired former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks as their new head coach, and he's bringing Panthers linebackers coach Al Holcomb along as his defensive coordinator. Neither are big names, but they've worked together in Carolina for the last five years, and they look like a plus for Arizona's defense -- certainly its fantasy defense.   more »

Factoid: Defense versus Fantasy Defense

When the Minnesota Vikings host the New Orleans Saints this afternoon, they'll go to battle with the league's best defense during the season on their side. No team allowed fewer yards last year, and no team allowed fewer points. But that performance highlights the difference between the NFL and fantasy football. In many fantasy realms, Minnesota had a defense that could barely be used.   more »


Andy Richardson: Streaming defenses

I'm a big proponent of streaming defenses. If you draft a defense early, even if it doesn't disappoint, it seems like one or two regularly show up undrafted that perform even better on a weekly basis. That's not as common at quarterback, running back and receiver positions. Rare that one of those players isn't drafted and winds up among the league's best at a particular position.   more »


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