Every year in fantasy football there is one or two weeks that always seem to rely on a defensive effort or a kicker to win you the game. Well this year maybe you should think about taking one of these top 5 ranked defenses a little earlier in the draft, just to ensure you can pick up the win later on. A defense in fantasy is very important because they are usually a huge contributor in your league. If you take the top defense in points from the last defense in points it is usually a very extreme amount, so don't get caught this year off guard and consider a defense earlier than often. Here is an inside look at what five defenses, I believe will have a huge year.
#1 - San Francisco 49ers - To me this is an easy answer, the 49ers are a very young team that always finds a way to execute and stop plays. They are ran by the best young linebacker in the game in Patrick Willis, and have a few studs around him who have been very good. The 49ers last season where ranked fourth last season in yards allowed with 4931 yards. There defense had tons of huge plays from rookie Aldon Smith last year, who will be able to contribute more this year since he understands the system. Watch out of the niners to come in right away and be the toughest team to score on in the league.
#2 - Pittsburgh Steelers - Pittsburgh has not done very much to improve their already nasty defense, but it doesn't seem like they need to do too much ever to be successful. The Steelers have found a way to keep teams from scoring for years now, and this year will be no different. Last year they were ranked #1 overall when it came to yards allowed, and I could see that happening again. They very rarely give up the big play, because they are very well coached. The players understand the game plan and execute it week in and week out.
#3 - Houston Texans - Wade Phillips knows a thing or two about solid defenses, and he has been putting together a very good product down in Houston. With big studs like JJ Watt, Brooks Reed, Brian Cushing and Connor Barwin, the Texans look to improve on their already tough defenses from last year. I can almost guarantee a playoff spot for these guys this year, because their defense is ruthless. They look very good and Coach Phillips does a good job at making sure the players know their assignments.
#4 - Baltimore Ravens - I know they lost Terrell Suggs, but that is fine, because they drafted his replacement in Courtney Upshaw. As long as Ray Lewis is on the Baltimore Ravens, whether it is on the sidelines or on the field the Baltimore defense will be tough. Who wouldn't play way harder when you have that guy on the side of you telling you to get fired up. You better get fired up, that is the best thing that Ray does, he gets you hype. Even if you don't like him, he is a very tough player and a stud linebacker, who will end up being a first ballot Hall of Famer.
#5 - Miami Dolphins - I am not sure about their offense, but I know very well that their defense will be ready. Last year, the Phins gave up 5522 yards the entire year, and they were very tough to score on. I love the maturity of Cameron Wake, who is their main man in Miami, but watch out for their secondary this year. I have a feeling that Sean Smith and company will have a very good year. I don't know why but I think the Dolphins will be harder to beat then others. I guess because I am in their division, but you best keep an eye on them.
Some very good sleeper defenses include, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs. Remember these are just in my opinion, but I think people are sleeping on these teams.