2018 Fantasy Football Top Defenses to Own
You may have heard the phrase “Defense wins Championships.” While the old adage is getting tested with the proliferation of shotgun formations, rules changes that benefit the offense and mismatches at the TE/RB position unlike ever before, you may be able to leverage the saying for your Fantasy team this year. Defenses are also finding new ways to get pressure and cover the back end. Pressure doesn’t only come from the “Blind Side” anymore (just ask coaches of the “Double A Gap” Blitz Scheme), and safeties don’t have traditional roles as “coverage” or “in the box” guys like Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas in Seattle just a couple of years ago.
When trying to find defenses this year, also remember that they (more than any other Fantasy position) show a ton of variance from year to year created by things like Pick-Sixes and Special Teams returns. This (combined with seeing Deshaun Watson and Andrew Luck four times this year) is one of the main reasons I’m not as high on the Jaguars this year. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see the Saints come back to Earth despite drafting a now rehabbing Marcus Davenport to add pressure opposite Cameron Jordan. On the flip side, the Vikings had only one punt return for a touchdown, zero defensive TDs and still were a Top 10 defense (more on them later). Would you buy the Colts to repeat their point total of 2017 aided by six DST scores? Or the Browns who had five, making them look respectable? It’s doubtful that I could interest you in those. The point is you need to focus on what you can control and for defensive stats it means zeroing in on teams that can pressure the QB for sacks, cover to WRs and get interceptions with a strong secondary. The three teams I profile here should be in the Top 5 this year based on improved health and new additions via trade, free agency and the draft. Here’s hoping one can fall to you!