When most people think of fantasy football they think of the top offensive players in the NFL. Guys like Adrian Peterson, Tom Brady and Larry Fitzgerald all top the list of marquis fantasy football players that are almost guaranteed to be your big point scorers in any given week. But when doing your pre-season research, don't forget about your fantasy football defense and the impact they could have on your season.
When researching a fantasy football defense it is a much easier process than trying to figure out your whole offensive lineup. Typically, fantasy football leagues will allow you to play one team's defense each week and get points for categories like interceptions, fumble recoveries, safeties, sacks, points allowed and defensive TD's.
Some leagues mix things up a little by allowing you to choose one or two defensive players that can score individual performance points, but this category is not very common. Most fantasy leagues are set up so the offense is the main source of scoring, for obvious reasons.
With this in mind, it's still important to do a little homework on what the top NFL defenses have done during the off season. Have there been any trades or is anyone injured. Most of the time, if a defense is good, it will remain a power house for many years down the road.
During the off season, it's always good to keep an eye on the teams who had a strong offense but weak defense the prior year. These are the teams that will most likely be drafting to build their defense and may get some players to boost their performance and status in the upcoming season.
Another thing to remember is to not downplay the importance of a solid fantasy football defense. Many games during the fantasy season are won by a point or less and a win can often be the result of solid defensive play. It's true that when you're waist deep into your draft the last thing on your mind is what defense you will be choosing. But when that time nears, it is important to pick at the right time to get the best defense possible.
Your fantasy football defense may not have the most powerful or glamorous role on your roster, but they are nonetheless important and can help make you a winner. Even if they are the reason you win one or two weeks of the season, it will make up for the research you did to pick a consistently high performing team.