KFFL.com's analysis of fantasy
football sleepers and undervalued players for the 2009 season will be updated
weekly this season. We have released the evaluations earlier than ever before!
friends at MockDraftCentral.com can be thanked for the average draft placement
(ADP), and each of these figures will also be current to provide you the most
accurate information available. According to Mock Draft Central,
the following information is from performance leagues without point-per-reception
scoring and has been updated weekly.
Bears | Average draft placement: 175.8 | Last week: 175.9
so soon forgotten the once-mighty Bears defense? Fantasy
owners are all about the "what have you done for me lately" mantra, which is probably
why Chicago is being drafted as the 12th unit, on average. The Bears
have been overvalued in recent years, but this year owners seem to be overlooking
a few key reasons why the defense should bounce back.
Three of the team's
top defensive ends are entering contract years, which should help motivate them.
The offense should be better with quarterback Jay
Cutler at the helm, meaning the defense won't be as tired as they have been
after so many sputtering offensive drives of recent years. Linebacker Pisa
Tinoisamoa figures to be the starting strongside linebacker, and he is an
upgrade over anyone the Bears could play at the position.
A recovering secondary: The Bears experienced a lot
of bad luck by way of the injury bug in 2008.
Fantasy value: We never
recommend counting on a special teams unit to propel your fantasy defense, because
of what happened to the Bears last year through Devin
Hester's inability to score, but we have to at least give Hester acknowledgment
as a lethal return man. Chicago is a midtier No. 1 defense this year, and they
are being drafted at the bottom of the barrel for starting units.
Orleans Saints | Average draft placement: 217.1 | Last week: 209.1
Saints defense is rarely considered for fantasy ownership,
and there has been little reason owners should have considered them in the past.
The re-signing of middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma,
a second year for defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis,
the addition of cornerbacks Jabari Greer and Malcolm
Jenkins - all of these moves should only strengthen the Saints
on this side of the ball.
Oh, we almost forgot the hiring of aggressive
defensive coordinator Gregg Williams! There is
fear of a four-game suspension for defensive ends Charles
Grant and Will Smith due to the ongoing legal
battle over tainted supplements. Even if they are suspended, the Saints
have depth with Bobby McCray.
value: As expected, no one is drafting the Saints, on average, for their fantasy
squads. If you play in a league with two defenses, roll the dice on this unit
as your backup. If you are feeling bold and don't like your options after holding
off on drafting your No. 1 defense, the Saints merit
some consideration as the last defense or two off the board.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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