It’s time to pick your 2021 fantasy football defense and special teams team. That means, at least for me, that I take a hard look at the first one to four games and look for a team or teams with a good schedule, preferably against poor or rookie quarterbacks. It doesn’t always work, but I much prefer to stream defenses rather than use a valuable pick on the Rams or Steelers and then need to find a replacement when they play a top offense.
2021 Fantasy Football rankings: D/ST
at Giants, at Jaguars, vs. Jets
The Broncos aren’t going to be the cheapest draft pick, but they have a great chance to be a dominant defense while also getting to face Daniel Jones and two rookie quarterbacks in the first three games of the season.
New York Giants
vs. Broncos, at WFT
The Giants defense was their strength last season and they should remain at least a matchup worthy unit this season. They’ll face Teddy Bridgwater and Ryan Fitzpatrick to start the season. It’s not optimal, but it’s not awful either.
vs. Jets, vs. Saints, at Texans
The Panthers defense isn’t going to scare anybody, but they get a nice schedule with Zach Wilson, either Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill and Tyrod Taylor to start the year.
New England Patriots
vs. Dolphins, at Jets, vs. Saints
I like the Patriots defense this year as it is, so taking on Tua Tagovailoa in New England, then a rookie quarterback and then Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill works for me.
New York Jets
at Panthers, vs. Patriots, at Broncos
The Jets could get Sam Darnold, Mac Jones, and Teddy Bridgewater to start the year.
vs. Steelers, at Dolphins, vs. WFT, vs. Texans
Ben Roethlisberger may be someone to target this year, but I don’t think I’d want to face the Steelers offense in Week 1. But after that, it gets much easier.
Green Bay Packers
at Saints. vs. Lions
It’s tough to bet against Sean Payton and Alvin Kamara, but overall the Saints are breaking a new quarterback in and have very few consistent receivers. Then the Packers get the Lions.
The Texans are going to be bad. I like Tyrod Taylor as a backup quarterback, but Houston has very little going for them and will have real trouble putting up a fight this year.
Defense/Special Teams rankings for 2021 fantasy football leagues
|1||Los Angeles Rams|
|3||San Francisco 49ers|
|4||New Orleans Saints|
|5||Washington Football Team|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|9||New England Patriots|
|14||Kansas City Chiefs|
|16||Los Angeles Chargers|
|19||Green Bay Packers|
|22||New York Giants|
|25||New York Jets|
|32||Las Vegas Raiders|