Tier 1: Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears
Tier 2: Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tier 3: Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Rams, Dallas Cowboys, Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns
Tier 4: New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Washington Football Team
The rankings above are straight forward, so there’s not much to expand upon in terms of how the teams compare. Matchups always play a key role in terms of a defense’s standing from week to week, with only a few elite defenses serving as weekly plays. The strategy for drafting a defense depends significantly on your league’s scoring system. If the categories in your league provide for defenses to play a large role in scoring, then it’s understandable if you want to select a top team defense once your starting QB, WRs and RBs, along with a few key backups, are all in hand.
Conversely, if defenses have tame scoring numbers in your league, then you should pick your team or teams towards the end of your draft.
As referenced above, playing the weekly matchups game with defenses is advised. I’ll note for 2020, there’s no team that overwhelmingly stands out as a DEF / ST pillar, which means that you should avoid being the first in your league to draft one. More than any year, 2020 serves as the ideal year to play a matchup based DEF / ST strategy, which includes being active on the waiver wire to pick up teams facing friendly matchups.
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