2012 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses

Which defense would I most like to own?  Who do I think may be overrated?  Who could emerge?  Let’s take a look at my Top 15 team defenses for the coming year:

  1. San Francisco 49ers
  2. Baltimore Ravens
  3. Houston Texans
  4. Green Bay Packers
  5. Detroit Lions
  6. New York Giants
  7. Philadelphia Eagles
  8. Pittsburgh Steelers
  9. New England Patriots
  10. New York Jets
  11. Chicago Bears
  12. Buffalo Bills
  13. Cincinnati Bengals
  14. Seattle Seahawks
  15. Dallas Cowboys


  • The New York Jets defense has a lot of “name” value, as they talk a big game and get people to believe that they are among the elite.  They also have arguably the best defensive player in the league in Darrelle Revis.  However, for all the talking that they do, they allowed 22.7 points per game a year ago (20th most in the league).  Right now they are a lot of talk, but little results.  Don’t let Rex Ryan and company talk you into thinking they should be selected early in your fantasy draft.  While they have potential, they certainly fell well short of the hype a year ago.
  • The Buffalo Bills may have made the biggest splash to their defense this offseason when they added Mario Williams via free agency.  Obviously they needed the improvement, having allowed 27.1 points per game a year ago.  That said, I would expect them to take a major step forward with that type of presence on the offensive line.
  • Speaking of Williams, how much his departure hurt the Houston Texans?  Considering that they performed well without him for much of 2011 I wouldn’t be concerned.
  • If the Lions can control Ndamukong Suh and keep Nick Fairley on the field, this defense has the potential to be scary.  As it is, they should be considered one of the better options in the league with the ability to be a Top 3 group.

Make sure to check out our 2012 fantasy football rankings:

Top 100 For 2012: #81-100
2012 Fantasy Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers

One comment

  1. Sean says:

    I don’t think Seattle should be ranked 14. They finished in the top 5 last year and are way undervalued.

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