Preseason CFB Fantasy Defense Ranks

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Dont'a Hightower leads one of the best defenses in the nation.

Dont'a Hightower leads one of the best defenses in the nation.

Fall college fantasy football drafts are right around the corner and Athlon is here to help win your league in 2011. Over the next three months, look for updated rankings, player profiles and strategy pieces every week. As we dive into our preseason research, expect plenty of tweaks to the rankings before the season starts.

Scoring system rankings based upon -

1 passing touchdown = 4 points
Rushing/receiving = 6 points
25 passing yards = 1 point
10 rushing/receiving yards = 1 point
1 reception = 0.5 points
1 fumble = -1 point
1 interception = - 1 point
Field goals 39 yards and under = 3 points
Field goals 40-49 yards = 4 points
Field goals 50+ yards = 5 points

Defense scoring -

0 points allowed = 15 points
2-6 points allowed = 10 points
7-13 points allowed = 7 points
14-20 points allowed = 4 points
21-27 points allowed = 2 points
28-34 points allowed = 0 points
35+ points allowed = -2 points
Safeties = 2 points
Fumbles/Interceptions recovered = 3 points
Sacks = 1 point
Defensive/Special Teams touchdowns = 6 points

Updated: June 6

Rank Team
1 Alabama
2 Boise State
3 Florida State
4 Virginia Tech
5 Nebraska
6 TCU
7 Ohio State
8 Oregon
9 Florida
10 South Carolina
11 LSU
12 Missouri
13 Texas
14 Boston College
15 Iowa
16 Oklahoma
17 Notre Dame
18 Georgia
19 Miami
20 Arkansas
21 Texas A&M
22 Penn State
23 Connecticut
24 North Carolina
25 West Virginia
26 UCF
27 Arizona State
28 NC State
29 BYU
30 USC

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<p> Athlon continues its release of the 2011 college fantasy football draft kit with the first look at team defense rankings.</p>
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