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  • Brandon 9:02 am on August 6, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: bears, , , giants, jets, , , , titans,   

    Team defense rankings for 2009 

    Here are the team defense rankings for 2009. There are three basic categories for defenses, 1) those that are worth drafting, 2) defenses that are good if you need/want two so you can switch from week to week, and 3) defensive units that are only useful for spot-starts here and there throughout the season. Please note that these rankings are based primarily on just the defense aspect of a team and not as much for special teams. If your league rewards you for kick returns, your rankings may differ slightly (here’s a list of the top kick returners in the league.)


  • 1. Pittsburgh Steelers – They were dominant last year and it appears they’ll be just as good this season.
  • 2. Minnesota Vikings – Solid defense that stops the run and will score some touchdowns off turnovers.
  • 3. New York Giants – Osi Umenyiora returning from injury should improve the pass rush even more, forcing turnovers.
  • 4. Baltimore Ravens – They lost their coordinator in the off-season, but they’re still loaded with big names such as Lewis, Suggs and Reed.
  • 5. New York Jets – They got coach Rex Ryan from Baltimore, along with Bart Scott, plus Lito Sheppard adds some veteran experience.
  • 6. Dallas Cowboys – They led the league in sacks last year and played much better towards the end. Let’s see if it continues into this season.
  • 7. Philadelphia Eagles
  • 8. Tennessee Titans – The Titans defense has been dominant in the past, but they’ve lost Albert Haynesworth to Washington and their coordinator to the Lions. They still have a lot to work with though.
  • 9. Chicago Bears – They’re not quite as dominant as they’ve been in the past, but they still force a lot of turnovers.
  • 10. New England Patriots – They go into the season looking very healthy at this point, while young players Jerod Mayo and Brandon Meriweather have another year of playing under their belt. The high-powered offense will force opposing teams to abandon the run early and should get a lot of turnovers.
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    • Andrew 11:24 am on August 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t agree with the Chargers being so low in your rankings. They were at a loss of their leading defensive player last year and with the newly picked up Larry English, I see the Chargers being right back up there in the top.

      • Brandon 10:25 am on August 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        We’ll see, who knows that it wasn’t all the performance enhancing drugs that made Shawne Merriman so lethal.

  • Matt 5:45 pm on September 4, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: , giants, redskins   

    Who's startable tonight? 

    Giants vs. Redskins is a classic rivalry, one of the oldest and most cherished in the NFL, and undeniably a great way to kick off the NFL season. Last year’s surprise champs taking on their oldest divisional nemesis – what’s not to love? Like most football fans, I’ve been eagerly looking forward to it all week.

    Too bad it’s not too exciting from a fantasy football standpoint. I count four players who should be starters in most formats. Chances are, neither you nor your opponent has any of them. For most of us, it’s almost like the fantasy football season doesn’t really start tonight after all. If you’re chomping at the bit for fantasy action and thinking to yourself, What the heck, let’s see what this Devin Thomas kid can do, snap out of it! Go grab a beer, sit back, and just enjoy some football.

    Player ratings for tonight’s matchup after the jump. (More …)

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