2011 Team Defense Rankings: 2011 Team Defense Rankings
2011 Team Defense Rankings: 2011 Team Defense Rankings

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In team defense scoring, touchdowns are king. The most common team D scoring formats give one point for a sack, two for a turnover and six for a defensive touchdown. But defensive touchdowns are near-impossible to predict; generally, it's fair to pencil in each team in for about three each season, and consider anything above that a bonus. That also makes the New York Giants' 2010-11 fantasy season even more impressive. The G-men tied with New England for the third-highest fantasy point total in the league last year without recording a single defensive touchdown. The other teams in the top five - the Steelers, Packers, Patriots and Cardinals - had at least three; Arizona had seven. When ranking team defenses in terms of fantasy potential, we try to remove the element of luck as much as possible. That means we're not looking at touchdowns, interceptions or fumble recoveries - once a ball hits the turf, it's a 50-50 proposition who recovers. We are looking at sacks and fumbles forced. Tea

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