2013 Fantasy Football: Defenses Coming Up Huge This Year

By Adam McGill
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The 2013 fantasy football season has been one of the most productive seasons for defenses in the history of the sport. More and more defenses are coming up huge on a weekly basis and it has completely shaken the landscape of the fantasy world.

Here are some of the defenses that have been lights out fantasy owners this year.

Chicago Bears – Chicago was the number one defense in fantasy last season and is showing it why this year. They have an amazing +6 turnover differential and have always had a knack for scoring with their defense. The veteran leadership of Julius Peppers/ Charles Tillman will always keep this unit hungry and a strong weekly performance is all but guaranteed.

Interceptions: 5

Sacks: 5

Takeaway Differential: +6

Touchdowns: 3

Pass Defense: 1st (146.7 passing yards/game)

Rush Defense: 12th (95 rushing yards/game)

Kansas City Chiefs – Kansas City has been able to get to the quarterback with ease this year. They lead the entire NFL in sacks, and with stars like Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, they don’t appear to be slowing down. KC will be one of the most aggressive defenses all season long and could put up some huge numbers in their two games agasint the Oakland Raiders last in the season.

Interceptions: 4

Sacks: 15

Takeaway Differential: +9

Touchdowns: 0

Pass Defense: 5th (185.0 passing yards/game)

Rush Defense: 25th (124.0 rushing yards/game)

Seattle Seahawks – Seattle may not have scored any defensive touchdowns in 2013, but they have recorded seven sacks, five picks, and even recorded a safety. Their defense is one of the most intimidating in the game and they will get plenty of picks with ball-hawks Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, and Kam Chancellor roaming the secondary. Seattle has earned a starting spot in weekly formats.

Interceptions: 5

Sacks: 7

Takeaway Differential: +6

Touchdowns: 0

Pass Defense: 24th (294.3 passing yards/game)

Rush Defense: 8th (88.7 rushing yards/game)


Dallas Cowboys – Dallas had a game-changing opening week for fantasy owners. The team recorded five sacks, forced/recovered three fumbles, picked off three passes, and scored two touchdowns. They have continued to get to the quarterback week after week and will only get better as they get healthy.

Interceptions: 3

Sacks: 13

Takeaway Differential: +3

Touchdowns: 2

Pass Defense: 23rd (274.7 passing yards/game)

Rush Defense: 2nd (66.3 rushing yards/game)


It wasn’t long ago that people drafted a defense with one of their last picks, but the spot has truly become a key fantasy contributor this season. If you own any of these top-tier fantasy defenses, make sure to hold onto them on bye weeks.


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Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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