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 like quite a few of your picks, but as a 49er fan your first sentence for their pick doesn't make sense. they have spent 1st rnd picks in consecutive years on 3-4 DE's (Armstead and Buckner). and with Saleh as the new DC, they may switch to a eagle down D that only uses 2 DT, sometimes they move speed rushers inside, so that would clog up the depth chart adding a 3rd Interior DL. They desperately need OLine help, and pretty much everything else, but DLine isnt really a need, it would just be nice to have another one. Not saying they wont pick Allen, just saying its not a dyer need right away. Good mock tho, dont mean to sound too negative!
Besides left tackle, running back is the only position the Browns do not need an upgrade. I don't care how good Fournette is, they can't afford to use a first rounder on him when they have holes at so many other positions. Also they already cut Josh McCown and Tramon Williams.