Week 1 Defensive Studs

We’ve all heard the saying “offense sells tickets,” but here’s a new one: “defense wins daily fantasy football contests!” Here are my top 5 defenses ready to dominate Week 1 of the 2015 NFL season.

1. Kansas City Chiefs Defense vs. Houston Texans – Kansas City has the makings to be the No. 1 overall defense in the league not just for week 1, but for the entire season. They have playmakers on every level of the defense, led by pass rushers Tambi Hali and Justin Houston. They face a Texans offense minus RB Arian Foster that will be starting journeyman Brian Hoyer at QB. This seems like a recipe for disaster for the Texans.

2. Carolina Panthers Defense vs. Jacksonville Jaguars – These two cats get ready to tangle week 1 in Florida. The Panthers will head south with an ornery defense led by All-Pro middle linebacker Luke Keuchly. Jacksonville was the 31st-ranked offense in the NFL in 2014, so they went out and added TE Julius Thomas to provide a spark to their unit. Unfortunately, Thomas will miss the first three games of the season after undergoing hand surgery. Jacksonville’s offensive line must keep QB Blake Bortles upright, after allowing 71 QB sacks (most in NFL) in 2014.

3. Denver Broncos Defense vs. Baltimore Ravens – Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips takes over a unit loaded with talent. LB’s Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware harass QB’s in passing situations. Denver boosts 3 Pro Bowl players in the secondary, CB’s Aqib Talib, Chris Harris, and safety T.J. Ward. Phillip’s defensive units have always ranked near the top in total defense and should be continuing the trend this year. Baltimore lacks the offensive firepower to score a lot of points against the Broncos. Look for Phillips to blitz often and make Ravens QB Joe Flacco very uncomfortable.

4. New York Jets Defense vs. Cleveland Browns – New York’s QB situation may be unsettled, but the defense is a sure thing to be one of the best in the league in 2015. The Jets brought two familiar faces back to their secondary in Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, and also added defensive lineman Leonard Williams to an already strong front seven with the 6th-overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft. Cleveland will come to town with QB Josh McCown leading an offense that’s has very few playmakers. Bottom line: the Jets’ defense should smother the Browns’ offense.

5. Detroit Lion Defense vs. San Diego Chargers – No Suh, No Fairley, No Problem for these hungry Lions! Haloti Ngata takes the place of Ndamukong Suh in the Lions’ dominant front seven, and LB Stephen Tulloch returns from an ACL injury to team up with play-making LB DeAndre Levy. The Chargers have QB Phillip Rivers, however he’ll be missing one of his favorite targets in Pro Bowl TE Antonio Gates, who’s serving a four game suspension. Detroit will look to take advantage of the Chargers’ suspect offensive line and put pressure on Rivers all day long.

London Fletcher

London Fletcher

London Fletcher is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL). Undrafted in 1998, he was signed by the St. Louis Rams as a rookie free agent and became a Super Bowl champion with the team. He was also a member of the Buffalo Bills, where he played for five seasons, and the Washington Redskins, where he played for seven seasons. Fletcher was well known for never missing a game in his career, being one of only four players in NFL history to play in over 250 consecutive games. Fletcher also holds the record for consecutive starts at the linebacker position. He eventually finished his career with 215 consecutive games started, which ties him for 6th all time along with Alan Page and Ronde Barber. London has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user.

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