The Best (and Worst) Fantasy Football Defenses Over the Last 5 Years
Projecting how well a team or player is going to perform based on his upcoming schedule is a difficult task. In the NFL, there's not only so much turnover each year, but small sample sizes can really skew the way we view certain aspects of the game.
In fantasy football, that doesn't mean you should just ignore schedules completely because of the year-to-year variance we see -- you still want every advantage you can get. Take, for instance, a recent article from our own Aaron Watson on schedules and fantasy football quarterbacks. Having information like that in your back pocket can be really helpful during your draft.
The purpose of this particular piece isn't to necessarily dig into certain players or positions entering 2015. And to many, that may mean this article is completely worthless. But if you're interested, I've compiled a list showing the fantasy points per game averages each team has allowed over the last five years.
Again, this isn't specific to positions -- it actually includes all positions. So, if a team, say, allowed 72 fantasy points per game in a particular season, that means the quarterback, wide receiver, running back and tight end compiled 72 PPR fantasy points per contest.
I've sorted the table below by the team's median fantasy points allowed. The top team won't surprise you, nor will most of the list. But it's an interesting exercise in showing which defenses we've generally avoided in fantasy football over the last half decade (Seattle), and which ones we've targeted (Washington).
|3||San Francisco 49ers||66||61.17||57.21||57.36||67.52||61.17|
|4||New York Jets||74.48||72.15||64.04||60.92||60.44||64.04|
|6||Kansas City Chiefs||64.79||69.85||75.7||66.26||65.44||66.26|
|10||St. Louis Rams||66.96||69.46||68.22||71.99||66.34||68.22|
|12||San Diego Chargers||68.65||73.49||68.11||71.11||55.67||68.65|
|16||Green Bay Packers||69.67||78.62||68.6||78.98||55.7||69.67|
|19||New England Patriots||68.15||72.6||71.99||78.44||69.78||71.99|
|25||New York Giants||76.36||66.57||73.4||77.52||63.8||73.4|
|26||New Orleans Saints||79.83||62.09||88.09||73.91||58.05||73.91|
|30||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||77.47||73.98||78.79||83.31||63.94||77.47|