Fantasy Football 2013: 5 Defenses That Will Disappoint

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Fantasy Football 2013: Five Defenses That Will Disappoint

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When setting their lineup on a week-to-week basis people usually have their set routine. A big part of that is studying your team’s matchups for the upcoming week. Then you look at the teams as a whole that are playing. Based on who’s playing, you choose your defense. Though maybe not the most important part about your fantasy draft, what defense you put in is something that can needs to be thought of. What defense you decide to put in can definitely make or break you in points for the week. To choose a solid defense is to break down each player, look at their ability and also the ability of their opponent.

You treat it like another player, matching it up with who you think is going to be playing the best game. In a close fantasy match-up, it usually comes down to a defense. Hence the faithful saying “defense wins championships”. Most people have their go-to defense, whether it’s performance based or fan biased. However, defense is always changing. Defensive coordinators are constantly trying to tweak their plays to try to fix any gaps they see or to try to even get one more sack or to cause one more fumble. To detour you from putting too much emphasis on a certain defense, I’m listing five defenses that I think will be disappointing this fantasy season. My list is not only based on last year's stats, but also the condition of the team as a whole.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a tough year in 2012 in regards to their defensive play. The reason why they will be a disappointment is because the Buccaneers spent $16 million on signing an extension with cornerback Darrelle Revis and $41.25 million on Dashon Goldson. There’s a lot of hype that these players will greatly influence the defense and turn it around. My belief: Tampa Bay is putting all their defensive eggs in one injured and expensive basket.

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Detroit Lions

Detroit
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Last season they had a potentially good defense but always gave up points -- an average of 27.3 points per game. There was a lot of talk about how great they were going to be that never materialized. Even though there are some positive changes going on, they are still a little ways away from being as great as the hype is about them. I would hold off on choosing the Lions just yet.

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Denver Broncos

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Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Their best defensive player, Von Miller, received a four-game suspension after violating the league's substance abuse policy. Elvis Dumervil has left after an unfortunate mix-up with a fax machine made him a free agent. Until Miller comes back, maybe wait a few games on these guys.

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Pittsburgh Steelers

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Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Many of their players are in their 30s and are hitting the end of their careers. Include Dick LeBeau's ending career, and the defense is basically a retirement home.

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New York Giants

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Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Aging and injured players is a recipe for a big defensive mess. The biggest question is Jason Pierre-Paul’s injury and whether or not he’s going to play.

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Fantasy Football 2013: Five Defenses That Will Disappoint

defense
David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

When setting their lineup on a week-to-week basis people usually have their set routine. A big part of that is studying your team’s matchups for the upcoming week. Then you look at the teams as a whole that are playing. Based on who’s playing, you choose your defense. Though maybe not the most important part about your fantasy draft, what defense you put in is something that can needs to be thought of. What defense you decide to put in can definitely make or break you in points for the week. To choose a solid defense is to break down each player, look at their ability and also the ability of their opponent.

You treat it like another player, matching it up with who you think is going to be playing the best game. In a close fantasy match-up, it usually comes down to a defense. Hence the faithful saying “defense wins championships”. Most people have their go-to defense, whether it’s performance based or fan biased. However, defense is always changing. Defensive coordinators are constantly trying to tweak their plays to try to fix any gaps they see or to try to even get one more sack or to cause one more fumble. To detour you from putting too much emphasis on a certain defense, I’m listing five defenses that I think will be disappointing this fantasy season. My list is not only based on last year's stats, but also the condition of the team as a whole.

2 of 6

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

buccaneers
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a tough year in 2012 in regards to their defensive play. The reason why they will be a disappointment is because the Buccaneers spent $16 million on signing an extension with cornerback Darrelle Revis and $41.25 million on Dashon Goldson. There’s a lot of hype that these players will greatly influence the defense and turn it around. My belief: Tampa Bay is putting all their defensive eggs in one injured and expensive basket.

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Detroit Lions

Detroit
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Last season they had a potentially good defense but always gave up points -- an average of 27.3 points per game. There was a lot of talk about how great they were going to be that never materialized. Even though there are some positive changes going on, they are still a little ways away from being as great as the hype is about them. I would hold off on choosing the Lions just yet.

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Denver Broncos

broncos
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Their best defensive player, Von Miller, received a four-game suspension after violating the league's substance abuse policy. Elvis Dumervil has left after an unfortunate mix-up with a fax machine made him a free agent. Until Miller comes back, maybe wait a few games on these guys.

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Pittsburgh Steelers

steelers
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Many of their players are in their 30s and are hitting the end of their careers. Include Dick LeBeau's ending career, and the defense is basically a retirement home.

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New York Giants

giants
Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Aging and injured players is a recipe for a big defensive mess. The biggest question is Jason Pierre-Paul’s injury and whether or not he’s going to play.


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