The Denver Broncos finished among the top defense/special teams (D/ST) in fantasy football last season, and while that is not necessarily a predictor of success in 2017, they should still be a top option.
In looking at the D/ST stats from 2016, the Broncos’ numbers figures weren't inflated by fluky touchdowns. Rather, Denver finished third in sacks (42) in the league. The Broncos did have four defensive touchdowns, but none on special teams. There were no big losses personnel-wise in the offseason, so this Von Miller and company should remain solid and be one of the first DSTs off of the board in fantasy drafts.
When looking at a D/ST, previous performance is key, but schedule, coaching and player movement (both new and those who have departed), are important too. Take for example Jacksonville. The Jaguars finished near the bottom of the D/ST rankings (Athlon scoring) last season, but enter 2017 in the top 10. This is a defense that is young, added reinforcements in the offseason and has plenty of potential. That said, be careful to not reach for any D/ST in your draft, regardless if it’s an established commodity or an up-and-coming option.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.
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