Bills, Buccaneers and Broncos all top 5

When it comes to establishing ratings and drafting any position in fantasy football, defense can be one of the trickiest. The variability in defensive performance from year to year and even week to week can make position a somewhat poisonous gift. Consequently, a number of different strategies on how to approach the position have been developed. For those who want to write a foolproof fantasy defense in 2022, here’s our consensus ranking for the upcoming season.

1. Buffalo Tickets
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
3. San Francisco 49ers
4. Denver Broncos
5. Indianapolis Colts
6. New England Patriots
seven. New Orleans Saints
8. Los Angeles Rams
9. Dallas Cowboys
ten. Los Angeles Chargers


11. Baltimore Ravens
12. Kansas City Chiefs
13. Green Bay Packers
14. Miami Dolphins
15. Cleveland Browns
16. Pittsburgh Steelers
17. Tennessee Titans
18. Arizona Cardinals
19. Philadelphia Eagles
20. Cincinnati Bengals


21. Minnesota Vikings
22. Carolina Panthers
23. New York Giants
24. Washington Commanders
25. Chicago Bears
26. Las Vegas Raiders
27. Detroit Lions
28. New York Jets
29. Seattle Seahawks
30. Jacksonville Jaguars
31. Houston Texans
32. Atlanta Falcons

Which fantasy defense rankings vary the most in 2022 from last year’s final positions?

The Chargers and Ravens are the two biggest climbers among defenses in terms of rankings in 2022 compared to their End of fancy stitches 2021. The Chargers finished 27th last year, but have made significant improvements this offseason. JC Jackson was the big free agent acquisition, while Khalil Mack arrived via trade. The additions of Sebastian Joseph-Day and Austin Johnson provided huge upfronts, and that defense could be a force to be reckoned with in 2022.

Meanwhile, the Ravens’ additions may seem limited, although Marcus Williams and Michael Pierce are solid acquisitions, but the key for them is the combination of health and depth. Baltimore’s defense was plagued with injuries last year and will be hoping for better luck in 2022. However, they have also added depth at several positions. Kyle Hamilton is a valuable utility piece, and Jalyn Armour-Davis and Damarion Williams add intriguing secondary talent.

The other two big lifters this year are the 49ers and the Broncos. Both have made intriguing additions that could see them rank among the top five fantasy defenses this year after being in the middle of the pack last season.

Cowboys and Dolphins could struggle to match 2021 highs

The fact that the Dolphins and Cowboys are two of the top five biggest fallers in the standings is less of an indictment of their talents, but more of a sign of how difficult it is to compete as a top-five defensive fantasy. A lot of that is down to the points they added through defensive touchdowns. While the league average was 1.8 defensive touchdowns, they scored six and five respectively.

If they both regress towards the average in this category, that would result in drops of 25 and 19 fantasy points, respectively. That 19-point drop for the Dolphins would see them fall near the top 10 rather than the top five. If the Cowboys also slipped back a bit in interceptions after leading the league last year, they would also fall in that 5-10 region instead of being at the top of the tree.

Sure, both defenses could still have good years, but one has to be careful not to spend a high draft pick simply based on their results from last year.

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