2013 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses

Drafting a defense is something that is often overlooked by fantasy owners (much like kickers), but can make a major difference at year’s end.  Let’s take a look at how our rankings currently look heading into the season:

  1. Seattle Seahawks
  2. San Francisco 49ers
  3. Chicago Bears
  4. Denver Broncos
  5. Houston Texans
  6. Cincinnati Bengals
  7. New England Patriots
  8. Pittsburgh Steelers
  9. Green Bay Packers
  10. St. Louis Rams
  11. Baltimore Ravens
  12. New York Giants
  13. Arizona Cardinals
  14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  15. New York Jets


  • The Seattle Seahawks allowed just 15.3 points per game in 2012 and added to their defense with Michael Bennett, Cliff Avrill and Antoine Winfield, as well as others.  They are going to be very difficult to face this season and are the clear-cut elite unit in the league.  Oh, and adding Percy Harvin to the special teams certainly doesn’t hurt…
  • James Harrison is 35 years old and is clearly on the backside of his career.  That said his presence alone will have an impact on the Bengals, helping to push them to the next level.  As it is they allowed just 20.0 points per game and 319.7 yards per game last season, putting them in the top portion of the league.
  • The New York Giants let Osi Umenyiora walk via free agency and then the news broke that Jason Pierre-Paul needed surgery. The team needs Pierre-Paul to be healthy, while Jason Tuck rebounds and Mattias Kiwanuka transitions back to defensive end full-time.  That’s a lot of questions and, while they added a few bodies to the defensive line (Johnathan Hankins, Damontre Moore) and took a risk on Aaron Curry, they need their stars to step up if they want to be one of the better defenses in the league.

Make sure to check out all of our 2013 preseason rankings:

2013 Rankings: Top 15 Kickers
2013 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers

One comment

  1. J Hentsch says:

    I think you are forgetting about the Fins. They were the 7th best team in points allowed and they brought in Brent Grimes as a shutdown CB to replace Sean Smith, Danelle Elerbe and Phillip Wheeler at LB to replace two aging vets, and traded up for Dion Jordan the best pass rusher in the draft to compliment Cameron Wake.

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