When you spent an 8th round pick in 2013 on the Bears defense, you were hoping to get the Bears from 2012 who led standard fantasy defenses in scoring with 212 points. Well….. That didn’t quite happen this year. The Bears finished the fantasy season with 79 points and ranked 23rd. While playing the matchups from week to week is a viable option, it gives fantasy owners piece of mind to own a defense that averaged 13.3 fantasy points a game like the Bears did in 2012, and owning that type of defense can help take you to a championship. Here is a break down of the top 10 fantasy scoring defenses from this past year, and their average draft position in a 12 team league.
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Some of the most staggering numbers that jump out at me from this information is that 80% of the top 10 defenses were drafted during or after the 10th round, but 60% of them were drafted during or after the 12th round. Some of these teams were probably still available on your waiver wire during the first few weeks, but if you drafted them or picked them up, you were much happier than the person who drafted the Texans in the 8th round. Only five of the top ten teams from 2012 repeated their performance as a top ten fantasy defense in 2013, so it can be a crap shoot picking a team in hopes that they will repeat themselves from a year ago. The Bengals and Seahawks appear to be on the safer side to find themselves in the top ten in 2014, but anything can change from year to year.
So what does this all mean? The data shows that you might not even have to draft a defense to end up with one finishing in the top ten, but the average drafting position of the top five picks were in the 10th round. For the majority of my teams this year, I either drafted the Bengals or picked up the Chiefs from the waiver wire. This data tells me though that I could hold off on picking a defense until the later rounds in 2014, and the odds will be in my favor to either draft a good team or picking one off the waiver wire.
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