2021 Fantasy Football Rankings: Defenses




These 2021 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 2021 Fantasy Football articles, including sleepers, busts, tons of 2021 Fantasy Football mock drafts and other material. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

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I don't believe in drafting fantasy defenses until the final couple of rounds. In fact, I usually don't even draft a defense, opting instead to select as many sleepers as possible and then eventually adding a defense the Saturday of Week 1.

Someone always reaches for a defense way too early in every fantasy draft. Don't be an idiot like that. There's a new top defense every year. Plus, you can play matchups with defenses. I'll explain this later, but here are my brief 2021 fantasy defense rankings, which will be much different than most publications because of my matchup strategy:

  1. Los Angeles Rams. Bye: 0.
  2. San Francisco 49ers. Bye: 0.
  3. Miami Dolphins. Bye: 0.
  4. Baltimore Ravens. Bye: 0.
  5. Pittsburgh Steelers. Bye: 0.
  6. Chicago Bears. Bye: 0.
  7. Buffalo Bills. Bye: 0.
  8. New Orleans Saints. Bye: 0.
  9. New England Patriots. Bye: 0.
  10. Denver Broncos. Bye: 0.



  11. Los Angeles Chargers. Bye: 0.
  12. Cleveland Browns. Bye: 0.
  13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bye: 0.
  14. Indianapolis Colts. Bye: 0.
  15. Washington Redskins. Bye: 0.
  16. Minnesota Vikings. Bye: 0.
  17. Seattle Seahawks. Bye: 0.
  18. Kansas City Chiefs. Bye: 0.
  19. New York Giants. Bye: 0.
  20. Green Bay Packers. Bye: 0.



  21. Tennessee Titans. Bye: 0.
  22. New York Jets. Bye: 0.
  23. Arizona Cardinals. Bye: 0.
  24. Philadelphia Eagles. Bye: 0.
  25. Dallas Cowboys. Bye: 0.
  26. Las Vegas Raiders. Bye: 0.
  27. Atlanta Falcons. Bye: 0.
  28. Houston Texans. Bye: 0.
  29. Detroit Lions. Bye: 0.
  30. Cincinnati Bengals. Bye: 0.
  31. Carolina Panthers. Bye: 0.
  32. Jacksonville Jaguars. Bye: 0.


Rotating Fantasy Football Defenses:

As I said, I love to rotate fantasy defenses based on matchups. I'll identify several teams as having probable crappy offenses that you can go against once the schedule releases.


Terrible Offenses:



It's also worth noting that you can luck into landing a great defense using this strategy. Several years ago in one league, I picked up the 49ers early because they had a matchup versus rookie quarterback Andy Dalton. They were doing so well that I just decided to keep them, but always signed another defense if San Francisco matched up against a potent offense. The same happened with Carolina in one of my leagues last year.




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