While many fantasy football owners think about who to draft as their team’s fantasy defense, the Seattle Seahawks may be the first team to pop into a lot of people’s minds. There is good reason to as well — Seattle’s defense is stout, intimidating and physical. Also, if anybody tuned into the Super Bowl, then you must have seen them absolutely bury future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning and the high-powered Denver Broncos offense. While they may have lost a few pieces to their defense during the offseason, this defense still has the look of one that set this team up for a repeat championship run.
Let’s just say for arguments sake that you happen to choose the first defense in your entire league. Defenses generally don’t get drafted until the later rounds, since they aren’t considered a high-priority position. At times, the Seahawks’ defense looked unstoppable, so it may seem like a no-brainer to choose them as the first defense. However, they may not necessarily be the best option in terms of fantasy football. While it was the absolute best in the passing defense, they weren’t as impressive against the running game. Many times their passing defense was so good that it would actually mask just how average the rush defense was for them.
Don’t get me wrong, the Seahawks’ defense will still be one of the top selections for team defense in fantasy football, I just believe there are better defenses to be selected than Seattle. The ability to create turnovers is another way for fantasy owners to generate easy points and should be taken into account when selecting a defense. The Seahawks’ defense doesn’t create many turnovers; they are more of a shutdown defense, which doesn’t always equate to higher fantasy scores.