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2014 Fantasy Draft Top 20 Defenses/Special Teams: NFL Champ Seattle is No. 1

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It will be somewhere in the middle of your fantasy football draft that some shrewd soul will select Seattle’s No. 1-ranked defense and special teams.

It was the Seahawk’s “D” that shut down Peyton Manning and the Broncos in this year’s Super Bowl and provided the city of Seattle with its first NFL title. During the 2013 season, they were No, 1 in total defense, No. 1 in passing defense and No. 7 in rushing defense. If the Seahawks are going to repeat as NFL champions, then they'll do it with a superior defense and special teams.

The San Francisco 49ers are being pressed by division rival St. Louis for the No. 2 spot in defense and special teams, but the AFC champion Denver Broncos could potentially move past both teams in 2014.

A survey of popular fantasy football sites has the Cincinnati Bengals locked in as No. 5 with the Carolina Panthers at No. 6 and Arizona at No. 7.

  1. Seattle Seahawks
  2. San Francisco 49ers
  3. St. Louis Rams
  4. Denver Broncos
  5. Cincinnati Bengals
  6. Carolina Panthers
  7. Arizona Cardinals
  8. New England Patriots
  9. Kansas City Chiefs
  10. Buffalo Bills
  11. New Orleans Saints
  12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  13. Houston Texans
  14. Pittsburgh Steelers
  15. Chicago Bears
  16. Baltimore Ravens
  17. Green Bay Packers
  18. Cleveland Browns
  19. Philadelphia Eagles
  20. New York Giants

SLEEPER PICK: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

If you look at the credentials of new head coach Lovie Smith, you can see why the Bucs are the "Sleeper" pick. Smith believes in a strong defensive-minded team and Tampa Bay has a nice mix of young and veteran talent.

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