Draft Decisions for Fantasy Defense: Ravens, Broncos, or Saints?

The computer is constantly updating fantasy football projections, even in the off-season, and in our most recent update for defenses the Saints are number one, followed by the Ravens and the Broncos. The Redskins and Steelers are not in the very upper tier, but they are solid options as well. If you are looking to take a linebackers high in the draft the projection recommends Darius Leonard and Leighton Vander Esch. If you are looking for good starting defensive linemen, outside of the very top rated ones, consider Frank Clark or Jonathan Allen. Below are our top rated fantasy football team defenses and individual defensive players based on the projected total fantasy points. We also have their projected fantasy points per game. In cases where a player is a free agent we have their team from the 2018 season.

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Top 24 Defenses

There are currently no projected fantasy defenses that are sleepers as no one in these projected rankings is significantly better than they were in 2018. There are also no defenses projected to fall off signifantly from last season.

TOP 1-89-1617-24
Saints (NO) FP 182 | 11.4Redskins (WAS) FP 164 | 10.2Bills (BUF) FP 157 | 9.8
Ravens (BAL) FP 176 | 11Steelers (PIT) FP 164 | 10.2Panthers (CAR) FP 154 | 9.6
Broncos (DEN) FP 169 | 10.6Chargers (LAC) FP 163 | 10.2Jaguars (JAC) FP 153 | 9.6
Rams (LAR) FP 168 | 10.5Chiefs (KC) FP 163 | 10.2Colts (IND) FP 153 | 9.6
Seahawks (SEA) FP 167 | 10.4Vikings (MIN) FP 162 | 10.1Eagles (PHI) FP 150 | 9.4
Patriots (NE) FP 167 | 10.4Texans (HOU) FP 160 | 10Lions (DET) FP 148 | 9.2
Bears (CHI) FP 167 | 10.4Titans (TEN) FP 159 | 9.9Packers (GB) FP 145 | 9.1
Browns (CLE) FP 165 | 10.3Cowboys (DAL) FP 159 | 9.9Cardinals (ARI) FP 145 | 9.1

Top 30 Linebackers

The #6 ranked linebacker is Deion Jones with a projection of 145 total fantasy points. His projected rank this season is obviously much improved vs last season where he only appeared in 8 games. One player who is expected to slip in the fantasy linebacker rankings is Blake Martinez who last season was #9 but is projected to be #17 this season. With 118 total projected fantasy points he is still a starting fantasy linebacker.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
D. Leonard (IND) FP 186 | 11.6K. Alexander (TB) FP 134 | 8.4K. Mack (CHI) FP 116 | 7.2
L. Vander Esch (DAL) FP 171 | 10.7V. Miller (DEN) FP 125 | 7.8Z. Cunningham (HOU) FP 114 | 7.2
L. Kuechly (CAR) FP 160 | 10K. Alonso (MIA) FP 125 | 7.8T. Whitehead (OAK) FP 114 | 7.2
T. Watt (PIT) FP 149 | 9.3R. Smith (CHI) FP 124 | 7.8J. Davis (DET) FP 113 | 7.1
T. Smith (JAC) FP 146 | 9.1C. Mosley (BAL) FP 121 | 7.6L. Alexander (BUF) FP 113 | 7
D. Jones (ATL) FP 145 | 9D. Davis (NO) FP 119 | 7.4A. Ogletree (NYG) FP 111 | 7
C. Littleton (LAR) FP 141 | 8.8B. Martinez (GB) FP 118 | 7.4J. Houston (KC) FP 109 | 6.8
B. Wagner (SEA) FP 140 | 8.8M. Foster (WAS) FP 117 | 7.3K. Wright (SEA) FP 109 | 6.8
T. Edmunds (BUF) FP 140 | 8.7B. Chubb (DEN) FP 117 | 7.3M. Milano (BUF) FP 109 | 6.8
L. David (TB) FP 136 | 8.5R. Kerrigan (WAS) FP 116 | 7.3J. Collins (CLE) FP 108 | 6.8

Top 30 Defensive Linemen

Myles Garrett is projected to average 6.3 fantasy points per game and his projected total of 101 points is good enough to be ranked #2 at his position. Last season, he finished as the #12 ranked player so we are projecting a big improvement in 2020. One player who is expected to slip in the fantasy defensive lineman rankings is Frank Clark who last season was #6 but is projected to be #11 this season. With 88 total projected fantasy points he is still a starting fantasy defensive lineman.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
J. Watt (HOU) FP 122 | 7.6F. Clark (SEA) FP 88 | 5.5D. Irving (DAL) FP 74 | 4.6
M. Garrett (CLE) FP 101 | 6.3J. Allen (WAS) FP 87 | 5.4N. Suh (LAR) FP 72 | 4.5
D. Buckner (SF) FP 101 | 6.3C. Jones (KC) FP 86 | 5.4A. Hicks (CHI) FP 71 | 4.5
A. Donald (LAR) FP 100 | 6.2D. Lawrence (DAL) FP 86 | 5.4C. Nassib (TB) FP 71 | 4.5
J. Bosa (LAC) FP 99 | 6.2K. Clark (GB) FP 86 | 5.4D. Autry (IND) FP 71 | 4.5
C. Jordan (NO) FP 99 | 6.2D. Hunter (MIN) FP 85 | 5.3J. Casey (TEN) FP 71 | 4.4
C. Jones (ARI) FP 97 | 6.1M. Addison (CAR) FP 79 | 4.9E. Ansah (DET) FP 68 | 4.3
J. Pierre-Paul (TB) FP 97 | 6.1M. Ingram (LAC) FP 78 | 4.8T. Flowers (NE) FP 68 | 4.2
C. Campbell (JAC) FP 96 | 6Y. Ngakoue (JAC) FP 75 | 4.7K. Short (CAR) FP 67 | 4.2
C. Dunlap (CIN) FP 89 | 5.6C. Heyward (PIT) FP 74 | 4.7R. Nkemdiche (ARI) FP 67 | 4.2

Top 30 Defensive Backs

With 119 total projected fantasy points Donte Jackson is ranked as the #14 defensive back. Last season, he finished as the #36 ranked player so we are projecting a big improvement in 2020. John Johnson is not projected to be as good in 2019 (#19) as he was in 2018 where he finished as the #6 defensive back. With 116 total projected fantasy points he is still a starting fantasy defensive back.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
J. Adams (NYJ) FP 166 | 10.4B. McDougald (SEA) FP 120 | 7.5T. Mitchell (CLE) FP 116 | 7.3
D. James (LAC) FP 143 | 9C. Geathers (IND) FP 120 | 7.5J. Bradberry (CAR) FP 116 | 7.2
A. Bethea (ARI) FP 127 | 7.9L. Ryan (TEN) FP 119 | 7.5H. Clinton-Dix (WAS) FP 116 | 7.2
J. Alexander (GB) FP 127 | 7.9D. Jackson (CAR) FP 119 | 7.4E. Apple (NO) FP 115 | 7.2
L. Collins (NYG) FP 126 | 7.8J. Poyer (BUF) FP 119 | 7.4M. Jenkins (PHI) FP 115 | 7.2
K. Moore (IND) FP 122 | 7.6R. Darby (PHI) FP 118 | 7.4J. Ramsey (JAC) FP 113 | 7
K. Neal (ATL) FP 121 | 7.6S. Williams (CIN) FP 118 | 7.4H. Smith (MIN) FP 112 | 7
Q. Dunbar (WAS) FP 121 | 7.6D. Slay (DET) FP 116 | 7.3M. Butler (TEN) FP 112 | 7
B. Baker (ARI) FP 120 | 7.5J. Johnson (LAR) FP 116 | 7.3T. Boston (ARI) FP 112 | 7
R. Jones (MIA) FP 120 | 7.5V. Hargreaves (TB) FP 116 | 7.3M. Lattimore (NO) FP 112 | 7