The fantasy football draft for 2009 is just around the corner. Preseason will kick off and before you know it fantasy players will once again be sitting at the internet watching a stat tracker hoping for that elusive touchdown. Perhaps fantasy football players will be hoping for a defensive score? Because let’s face it. That’s sometimes a make or break fantasy football statistic. Drafting a good defense can be the difference between adding 10-15 points to your score or in some leagues going backward. In this article we’ll tell you who the top five defensive lines are.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers-Not only is it freezing in Pittsburgh in the second half of the season and opposing players can’t thaw out before the time has expired, but the Steel Curtain is alive and well these days. Blessed with a great core of linebackers, great defensive ends and a tough secondary, the Steelers will be the first defense to go in most fantasy football leagues in 2009. And rightfully so!
2. New York Giants-Osi Unmenyora and Justin Tuck. Need I say more. The two Pro Bowlers will step up and make the Giants one of the hardest teams to run against. Let alone opposing quarterbacks will find it hard to have time to pass with the Giants system in their face all day. The Giants are a rock solid pick for defense in fantasy football until they lose some of these guys to free agency.
3. Baltimore Ravens-With a solid core at linebacker the Baltimore Ravens will be a tough out for NFL running attacks this season. The defensive line is not perhaps as good as some others. But who wants to pass against such a great secondary and who will have time with Ray Lewis crushing bones? The Ravens are a good steal in fantasy 2009 if you can’t get the Steel Curtain or Giants.
4. Tennessee Titans-So what if they lost Albert Haynesworth. How about Jovan Haye as a replacement?
The Titans are good defensively because Jeff Fisher knows defense wins games. Tennessee doesn’t give up a whole lot of points and probably never will under Fisher because he puts defense first. The Titans are never a gamble in fantasy football defense. And they certainly aren’t in 2009!
5. Washington Redskins-Washington immediately got better with the pickup of Albert Haynesworth. The Redskins weren’t horrible before so they could easily slip into the top three statistically in fantasy football if Albert stays healthy. It won’t be pretty for NFC teams trying to run against the Skins in 2009. I don’t think Washington’s defensive line is a sleeper anymore. So pick them quick after you see the previous four teams leave the fantasy football draft board.