These 2011 Fantasy Football Defense Rankings will be updated often throughout the summer, so make sure you check back from time to time. Also, be sure to check out my other 2011 Fantasy Football articles, including sleepers, busts, tons of 2011 Fantasy Football mock drafts and other material. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.
I don't believe in drafting fantasy defenses until the final couple of rounds. In every fantasy draft, someone always reaches for a defense way too early. I prefer to grab as many running backs and receivers as possible, and then wait on a defense in the final round. I then play matchups with my defenses. I'll explain this later, but here are my brief 2011 fantasy defense rankings:
I've identified this teams as probable crappy offenses you can go against:
Cincinnati Bengals - Andy Dalton's a rookie who overthrows his receivers.
Seattle Seahawks - This offense is awful. Why is Tarvaris Jackson still starting?
Carolina Panthers - Cam Newton isn't ready to be an NFL passer yet.
San Francisco 49ers - Alex Smith stinks.
Miami Dolphins - Is Chad Henne really going to start another season?
Minnesota Vikings - The Vikings have major offensive line issues.
Kansas City Chiefs - Matt Cassel is really going to regress this season because Charlie Weis is gone. Also, the offensive line isn't very good.
That's just a preliminary list. If a quarterback goes down and his backup sucks, that team will obviously be added. I'll rank all the fantasy defenses each week during the regular season, so make sure you check back for that.
I don't dislike the Peppers pick for the Dolphins, but if you think he is a safety and not a LB then it won't happen. Jones and Peppers don't make a great coverage combo. The Dolphins are more likely to roll the dice on Nate Allen for the year, who seems a better compliment to Jones than Peppers, who seems a clone. I don't know so much about the guy, but the Dolphins are more likely to go guard or LB than S and most likely to go CB. Well, they will almost assuredly trade down, but that isa different point.