2011 Fantasy Football Rankings: Defenses

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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.

Updated 9/1

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:

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers. Bye: 11.
  2. New England Patriots. Bye: 7. (Dolphins Week 1)
  3. Green Bay Packers. Bye: 8.
  4. Detroit Lions. Bye: 7.
  5. Philadelphia Eagles. Bye: 7.
  6. Baltimore Ravens. Bye: 5.
  7. New York Jets. Bye: 8.
  8. Chicago Bears. Bye: 8.
  9. San Francisco 49ers. Bye: 7. (Seahawks Week 1)
  10. Cleveland Browns. Bye: 6. (Cincinnati Week 1)
  11. Arizona Cardinals. Bye: 6. (Carolina Week 1)
  12. San Diego Chargers. Bye: 8. (Minnesota Week 1)
  13. Buffalo Bills. Bye: 7. (Kansas City Week 1)
  14. New York Giants. Bye: 7.
  15. Denver Broncos. Bye: 6.
  16. Houston Texans. Bye: 11.

  17. St. Louis Rams. Bye: 5.
  18. Dallas Cowboys. Bye: 5.
  19. Washington Redskins. Bye: 5.
  20. Miami Dolphins. Bye: 5.
  21. Kansas City Chiefs. Bye: 6.
  22. New Orleans Saints. Bye: 11.
  23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bye: 8.
  24. Oakland Raiders. Bye: 8.
  25. Minnesota Vikings. Bye: 9.
  26. Atlanta Falcons. Bye: 8.
  27. Indianapolis Colts. Bye: 11.
  28. Seattle Seahawks. Bye: 6.
  29. Tennessee Titans. Bye: 6.
  30. Jacksonville Jaguars. Bye: 9.
  31. Cincinnati Bengals. Bye: 7.
  32. Carolina Panthers. Bye: 9.

Rotating Fantasy Football Defenses:

As I said, I love to rotate fantasy defenses based on matchups. Click on the link to read more about it.

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.

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