2012 Draft Kit
College fantasy defenses have become tougher and tougher to predict over the years. Gone are the days when you could ride the Beamerball defense or draft a speedy Miami (Fl) or Florida State squad and expect multiple turnovers and a chance at a defensive touchdown.
Some of the stingiest defenses in the country have failed to live up their fantasy billing due to lack of turnovers, sacks or defensive scores. Partially because they spend less time on the field, limiting turnover opportunities. On the flip side North Carolina State flourished last fall with 38 sacks and 39 turnovers, despite giving up nearly 25 points and 355 yards per game.
With that said, I highly urge you to plug in your league's defensive scoring system before checking out our defensive rankings/projections.
Tyrann Mathieu and the LSU Tigers lead our list. The defensive line should be one of the best in the country and the Honey Badger's knack for relieving opponents from the burden of carrying the football provides opportunities for bonus points.
Find out who is a close second to LSU in our 2012 Draft Kit.
If you're in a league that puts a high value on points and yards against, the SEC is where it's at. The SEC placed five teams in the top ten in total defense last fall, and they are expected to do the same again in 2012.
If your league is turnover and sack-heavy, then you can get a little more creative. Speedy defenses like Oregon and defenses from the pass happy Big XII become more valuable.
Whatever your system, be sure to check our defensive rankings/projections in our 2012 Draft Kit.