We have officially made it to week 1 of the NFL season! Which also means week 1 of the fantasy football season. If you have a late draft and are not sure what defense to pick, or are like me and like to stream defenses by the week this article may help you out. Here are my picks for NFL fantasy football week 1 defense starters.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DEF (vs Dallas Cowboys)
This defense could have a killer week 1 performance. And no it is not because they play the Dallas Cowboys. First, home field advantage the Bucs are at home and as many people know a crowd can play an advantage. Second, they have returned all of their starters from their Super Bowl run. Just this morning Ndamukong Suh was activated off of the Covid list, currently the Bucs have no names on this list. The Dallas Cowboys on the other hand have a significant offensive guard on the Covid list Zack Martin. Who has been quoted by teammates as the best player on offense. This blow to the offense I expect the Bucs defense to take full advantage of. Last year fantasy football wise this team did have its inconsistencies. This is one of those games where I believe they will be on.
Denver Broncos Defense (@ New York Giants)
This defense had a killer 2021 preseason and that was not even all due to their starters. How killer you ask? This defense did not let a single touchdown happen during preseason. Not only this fact but Von Miller will be back after sitting out with season ending injury last September. This guy will be a leader for this defense. Will they be as good as their 2015 Super Bowl defense? This game will give a preview to how good they can be. They are on the road for week 1 but it is against a weak offense known as the New York Giants. They were 31st of 32 teams in points scored last season. Personally I do not know if they have made enough changes to improve this which the Broncos can take full advantage of as they also revamp their team.
Los Angeles Rams DEF (vs Chicago Bears)
This defense is ranked the #1 defense going into the season and I believe they can repeat performance. Last season they were ranked first against the pass, first in total yards allowed and gave up the fewest points in the league. Week 1 they are at home against the Chicago Bears. The Bears are either going to start Andy Dalton or rookie Justin Fields which could be met with some nightmares on defense. Last season when these two teams played the Rams DEF had 14 points in fantasy football. Key turnovers were the factor. Can last years performance repeat itself? As someone who drafted this defense my answer is YES.
Week 1 Defense Starters Summary
If you have not drafted my suggestion is to grab a defense like the Rams and Ravens. Both may be good enough to keep full season but have favorable matchups week 1 if you go the streaming way. If you have already drafted the Broncos Defense may have somehow made their way to the wavier wire. Panthers vs Jets could also be a defense to add for a week and drop. These are just suggestion for NFL fantasy football week 1 defense starters. As the season moves forward look for defenses that are either consistent, at home or play a weak team.
If you need other advice on starts and sits of week 1 be sure to check out this article. Be on the lookout for more fantasy football content as the season continues!
~Josie Averitt (JosieAve on Twitter)
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