Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley, left

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Fantasy Football Preview: Hot/Cold Defenses

Keep an eye on the Packers and Falcons defenses, writes Jack Thomason.

Jack Thomason
August 30, 2018 - 5:45 pm

(670 The Score) We continue our look at overvalued and undervalued fantasy football players at various positions by focusing on running backs today.

The intent is exactly what it sounds like -- to identify who we're hot and cold on, by position, from an average draft position (ADP) standpoint. I'll preview a different position each week. You can check out my past work here, including updated positional rankings.

I'm using FantasyPros ADP as a barometer and welcome all dialogue and banter as well. Feel free to engage on Twitter here.


Seattle Seahawks -- The losses for the Seahawks defense seem insurmountable. The "Legion of Boom" is no longer intact with Richard Sherman heading to San Francisco, Earl Thomas holding out and Kam Chancellor retiring. They also lost key pass rushers in Cliff Avril to retirement and Michael Bennett to the Eagles. The lone bright spots are linebacker Bobby Wagner and special teams ace Tyler Lockett, who will also be counted on heavily in the passing game. Lockett also has an extensive injury history, so it will remain to be seen if that limits his special teams' usage. I'm not interested in selecting this unit. (ADP: DST15; My rank: DST24) 

Kansas City Chiefs -- The Chiefs are in a similar situation to the Seahawks. They lost their best cornerback, Marcus Peters, in a trade with the Rams, and their best special teams player is also their No. 1 receiver in Tyreek Hill. They've also lost previous defensive stalwarts such as Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson. They have some key cogs still in Justin Houston and Chris Jones, but I'm not a believer that it will be enough to make a major impact on a bottom-five defense in yardage. If you taking the Chiefs, you're playing them when they're at home unless there's significant improvement. (ADP: DST14; My rank: DST22)


Green Bay Packers -- The Packers dealt with a lot of injuries last year and gave up the seventh-most points per game (24). Just getting Aaron Rodgers back to sustain drives offensively will help, but the Pack also invested their first two draft picks in quality cornerbacks. The additions of Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson will pay huge dividends for Green Bay’s defense. Add in a healthy Clay Matthews and another year of experience for Kenny Clark, and we have a recipe for success. (ADP: DST20; My rank: DST11)

Atlanta Falcons -- The Falcons continue to be underrated -- I even question whether my No. 14 ranking is high enough. The Falcons will be better offensively this year, which should help their defense. Atlanta coach Dan Quinn continues to add speed and playmakers, assembling a defense similar to what he had in Seattle. The Falcons have defensive stars in Deion Jones and Keanu Neal as well as up-and-coming pass rushers in Vic Beasley and Tak McKinley. I can see this being one of the top defensive units by flying around on their home turf to create pressure and turnovers at a high rate. (ADP: DST19; My rank: DST14)

Jack Thomason is 670 The Score’s fantasy football expert. Follow him on Twitter @jthomason77 and feel free to ask fantasy questions.