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Free Fantasy Football Defenses Cheat Sheet

We have ranked the top defenses for the 2008 Fantasy Football draft.  There doesn't appear to be a very dominant defense in the 2008 fantasy draft.  Therefore, we do not advise spending a draft pick on a defense in the early rounds.  It is best to wait until the later rounds or select a defense that will have a good matchup come playoff time in your league.

The Chargers and Vikings were two of the top defenses in scoring last season and should continue to be this year as well.  The Vikings were 8th in the NFL in total sacks in 2007 and will only improve on that in 2008 with the addition of Jared Allen who registered 15.5 sacks alone last year.  The Chargers defense got stronger as the 2007 season went on and as the team adjusted to the new coaching staff.

Sleeper Pick:  New Orleans Saints
Without a doubt the New Orleans Saints are the Sleeper Pick on Defense for 2008.  The Saints acquired Jonathan Vilma, Randall Gay, Bobby McCray, and Aaron Glenn in the offseason.  Those players should make a big impact on a defense that finished near the bottom in defensive scoring in 2007.

Potential Bust:  New England Patriots
The Patriot's defense is aging and have gotten even older with the signing of John Lynch.  The Patriots also lost some very good talent in their secondary to free agency, namely Asante Samuel and Randall Gay.  The pressure to live up to the expectations of last season is going to be very difficult for this team. All you have to do is just look at the recent the history of how teams fared coming off a loss in the Super Bowl.  Let's also not forget the unfavorable schedule the NFL laid out for the Patriots (4 separate West Coast trips).

** San Diego Defense has been DOWNGRADED from #1 with the recent news of Shawne Merriman's two torn knee ligaments. The Chargers draft ranking rests on whether Merriman will play or have surgery.

** New York Giants Defense has been DOWNGRADED from #5 with the news of Osi Umenyiora's season ending knee injury.
 

2008 Draft Defense Rankings
Rank Player

Team

Bye Week

1 Minnesota Vikings

MIN

8

2 New England Patriots

NE

4

3 Dallas Cowboys

DAL

10
4 San Diego Chargers

SD

9

5 Chicago Bears

CHI

8

6 Seattle Seahawks

SEA

4

7 Pittsburgh Steelers

PIT

6

8 New York Giants

NYG

4

9 Green Bay Packers

GB

8

10 Jacksonville Jaguars

JAC

7

11 Tampa Bay Buccaneers TB

10

12 Indianapolis Colts

IND

4

13 Tennessee Titans

TEN

6

14 New Orleans Saints

NO

9

15 Arizona Cardinals

AZ

7


The defense draft is based on a scoring system whereby: 
Defensive TD or Kick/Punt return = 6 points,
Sack = 1 point,
Turnover = 2 points,
Allowed 0 points (10)
Points Allowed 1-6 points (7)
Points Allowed 7-13 points (4)
Points Allowed 14-20 points (1)
Points Allowed 21-27 points (0)
Points Allowed 28-34 points (-1)
Points Allowed 35+ points (-4)
Safety (2)
Block Kick (2)



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