When fantasy football owners do their drafts, they have to assess needs and decide which positions are the most important to emphasize on. Team defense is a position that is widely undervalued in fantasy football; many owners even feel that it is a waste of a pick to even draft a defense and choose to stream defenses week to week.
The streaming strategy is fine, however, there are occasions when it does work out. The problem is that with all of the waiver wire decisions that you agonize over week in and week out, the peace of mind you can have knowing you have a reliable defense can make everything much easier.
The Cincinnati Bengals are the prime target that owners should go for when it comes to team defense in 2014, as this is a team that is the ultimate value pick. According to fantasyfootballimpact.com, the Bengals were drafted on average in the 13th round of standard drafts in 2012. The Bengals have made rapid improvement as a fantasy defense over the past four years. In 2010, Cincinnati ranked No. 28; then in 2011, they moved up to No. 12. In 2012, they reached No. 5, and then in 2013 they were No. 3.
The Bengals’ defense would be the most consistent performers for such a late round pick. They had bad luck with many injuries on the defensive side of the ball and are still a top 10 fantasy defense. Their value will only increase as they get back to full strength in 2014.