The Wildly Underrated Defense You Should Target in Fantasy Football Drafts

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Sep 01, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT
  • Fantasy football owners should wait until the final rounds before drafting a defense/special teams (D/ST) unit.
  • With this in mind, here's a D/ST going outside of the top 15 in fantasy football drafts that's poised to break out early.

Defense/special teams (D/ST) matters in fantasy football. Rightfully so, defenses get lumped in with kickers when talking about fantasy football draft strategy, but that doesn’t mean these two positions are exactly alike.

Yes, it’s optimal strategy to wait until the final two rounds of your draft to take a defense and kicker, if you draft them at all. But the reasoning behind this is that taking these two positions early gives you one fewer opportunity to take an upside skill position player who, if he pops, could change the landscape of your fantasy season.

However, the big difference between the two positions is that kicker scoring is exceptionally hard to project prior to the start of the season — unless you’re The Action Network’s Matthew Freedman — while defense is so matchup-dependent that it’s smarter to stream the position based on the opposing offense.

Similar to how I approach quarterbacks in fantasy football drafts, I look for defenses being ignored by most owners that also have really good early-season matchups.

And this year it didn’t take long to pinpoint one defense going outside of the top 15 that all fantasy football owners should target heading into draft day.