By Adam McGill @adammcgill83twitter.com on August 1, 2014
Most fantasy owners wait until the end of the draft to grab a defense, but sometimes a star-studded unit falls right into your lap. To help identify some sleeper defenses, here are five underrated units to look for this summer.
Defense has always been the pride of Bill Bellihick’s team and the acquisition of CB Darrelle Revis during the offseason simply proved it. Not to mention the Pats play six games each year against the Bills, Jets, and Dolphins each season. The Pats will get plenty of opportunities to make plays against these three lackluster offenses and it will only add to the unit’s fantasy value.
Cincy took the fantasy world by storm last season by finishing fifth against the run (96.5 yards/game) and fifth against the pass (209 yards/game). Luckily, the unit is still somewhat flying under the radar. they won't come with the history of the Seahawks or 49ers, but the Bengals will be a safe bet to finish the season within the top-10 fantasy defenses.
St. Louis already had a strong pass rush anchored by 2014 3 sack leader Robert Quinn and Chris Long, but first round pick Aaron Donald has looked spectacular this summer. The defensive tackle will give the Rams another dynamic body on the line and will only make this defense more dangerous. They will rank among the top-five in sacks all season long.
Denver brought in CB Aqib Talib, S TJ Ward, and Pro Bowl DE DeMarcus Ware this offseason. The trio will fit in nicely with LB Von Miller LB Danny Trevathan, to form a very formable defense. The Broncos may be getting up there in age, but all their big names have to pan out to some degree. Look for Denver to quietly finish as a top-five unit this fall.
Through the first seven weeks of the 2013 season, Kansas City’s pass rash racked up an astonishing 35 sacks, including 15 sacks from Justin Houston and 9 sacks from Tamba Hali. The duo suffered injuries down the stretch and ended up missing most of the second half. Luckily, they will be healthy this season and will be aided by rookie Dee Ford. KC will be one of the elite pass rushing defenses in 2014 and they will rack up sacks game after game.
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