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Bye = Week 11

Key Losses: Jordan Phillips (DE)

Key Additions: Josh Norman (FA, CB), A.J. Klein (FA, LB), Vernon Butler (FA, DT), Mario Addison (FA, DE), A.J. Epenesa (Rookie, DE), Quinton Jefferson (FA, DE)

Analysis: The Bills defense allowed the 2nd fewest points in the NFL last season and this off season likely got even better. The signing of Josh Norman should help an already good secondary, and so should getting 8 games vs bottom 10 projected offenses. The Bills should be looked at as an elite fantasy option with #1 overall finish potential.

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Bye = Week 8

Key Losses: None of significance

Key Additions: Calais Campbell (FA, DE), Derek Wolfe (FA, DT), Patrick Queen (Rookie, LB)

Analysis: The 4th best defense from last season only got better during free agency and the draft. That combined with the offense controlling the run game is a throw back to the run-heavy days of NFL yesteryears. This is a top 5 defense and should be drafted as such.

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Bye = Week 11

Key Losses: DeForest Buckner (DE),

Key Additions: Javon Kinlaw (Rookie, DT)

Analysis: The third ranked defense from 2019 should be in the mix for the top spot again in 2020 with little changes carrying over from the previous season. They were top 5 in sacks, fumble recoveries and points allowed. If they can get an increase in their interceptions in 2020, they could become the best unit.

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Bye = Week 8

Key Losses: Javon Hargrave (DT)

Key Additions: Chris Wormley (FA, DT)

Analysis: The 2nd best fantasy defense returns practically unchanged and looks to improve in 2020 if they can get some help from their offense which will have a fully-healed Big Ben. They have top 5 defense written all over them.

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Bye = Week 10

Key Losses: None of significance

Key Additions: None of significance

Analysis: The Chiefs defense that ranked 6th in fantasy points in 2019 is relatively unchanged. They have one of the best secondaries in football, led by All Pro Tyrann Mathieu who helped the defense finish top 5 with 16 interceptions. This defense benefits immensely playing opposite the best offense in the NFL. They are always fresh and play mostly in positive game scripts which results in more passing from behind from opposing offenses which in turn leads to more turnovers and potential pick six opportunites. They can and should be drafted with confidence in 2020 as a top 10 defensive option.

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Bye = Week 6

Key Losses: Kyle Van Noy (LB), Jamie Collins (LB), Danny Shelton (DT)

Key Additions: Josh Uche (Rookie, DE), Anfernee Jennings (Rookie, DE), Kyle Dugger (Rookie S)

Analysis: The Patriots had one of the best fantasy seasons of all time in 2019, much of that coming against pretty cake schedule for the first half of the season. It's a near lock for them not to repeat that performance as no defense in the past 20 seasons has had back to back #1 finishes in fantasy, especially when you pair that with the loss of Tom Brady and the Patriots' offense not being able to sustain drives as long, keeping opposing offenses on the field longer. This defense will be tested more than it has in quite some time. The losses of Van Noy, Collins and Shelton are big. The defense will have to rely heavily on the thier secondary lead by All-World corner Stephon Gilmore to carry them while their incoming rookies develop. Having said that, there are still enough pieces to allow this defense to finish top 10 in 2020.

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Bye = Week 9

Key Losses: Dante Fowler (DE), Cory Littleton (LB), Eric Weddle (S), Clay Matthews (LB)

Key Additions: Leonard Floyd (FA, DE), Terrell Lewis (Rookie, DE), Nickell Robey Coleman (FA, CB)

Analysis: The Rams have a lot of turnover going into 2020 with the biggest losing Defensive Coordinator, Wade Phillips. Finding continuity may be a challenge, but the Rams have arguably two of the best at their positions in DT, Aaron Donald and CB Jalen Ramsey. They also have 7 games vs bottom 10 projected offenses which is enough to make them a top 10 defense going into 2020.

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Bye = Week 7

Key Losses: Trae Waynes (CB), Mackensie Alexander (CB), Xavier Rhodes (CB)

Key Additions: Jeff Gladney (Rookie CB)

Analysis: Head coach Mike Zimmer had his defense performing at a high level in 2019, and while their secondary definitely appears to have been downgraded for 2020, they are still at top 10 defense.

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Bye = Week 6

Key Losses: Eli Apple (CB)

Key Additions: Malcolm Jenkins (FA, S), Zack Baun (Rookie, LB)

Analysis: The Saints flat out got after the quarterback in 2020, ranking top 5 in both QB hits and sacks. The defense remains mostly unchanged, except for the return of Malcolm Jenkins at safery after a 6-year hiatus in Philly. He brings a leadership aspect to the secondary that should help keep them as a top 10 option for fantasy in 2020.

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Bye = Week 11

Key Losses: Nick Kwiatkoski (LB), Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (S)

Key Additions: Robert Quinn (FA, DE), Jaylon Johnson (Rookie, CB), Tashaun Gipson (FA, S)

Analysis: While the Bears were not nearly as good for fantasy in 2019 as they were in 2018, they still have many of the pieces needed to return to form. The safeties are a concern as HaHa Clinton Dix was their best and they did nothing to replace him, but hopefully the signing of Robert Quinn (11.5 sacks in 2019) to line up opposite of Khalil Mack will do enough to make up for the lack of playmakers at the safety position.

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Bye = Week 10

Key Losses: None of significance

Key Additions: Kenneth Murray (Rookie, LB), Chris Harris Jr. (FA, CB)

Analysis: Close your eyes and try to imagine a Chargers defense that's fully healthy. Seems almost impossible, doesn't it. On paper they have had one of the best defenses for quite some time, but their bad luck with injuries has prevented them from reaching elite heights. This defense is oozing with talent lead by Joey Bosa, Derwin James, Melvin Ingram, Desmond King, Casey Hayward and newly added nickel corner Chris Harris. If they all remain healthy, watch out. A week 1 matchup against the worst team in football last year doesn't hurt either.

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Bye = Week 9

Key Losses: Malcolm Jenkins (S),

Key Additions: Darius Slay (FA, CB), Nickell Robey-Coleman (FA, CB), Javon Hargrave (FA, DT),

Analysis: Philly's biggest weakness over the past few seasons has been at corner. Opposing wide receivers have routinely shredded them. The addition of Slay should do wonders to help patch that up. The loss of Jenkins is tough, but the Eagles still have one of the stoutest defensive lines in the game and were 13th in sacks in 2019. With Slay helping shore up the secondary, this unit should be improved and can be drafted at the tail end of your drafts.

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Bye = Week 8

Key Losses: Chris Harris Jr.

Key Additions: Jurrell Casey (FA), A.J. Bouye (FA)

Analysis: The loss of Chris Harris is outweighed by the additions of A.J. Bouye and Jurrell Casey. Denver also gets Bradley Chubb back from his 2019 ACL tear.

2020 Outlook: Tier 2 Defense

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Bye = Week 13

Key Losses: None of significance

Key Additions: Antoine Winfield Jr. (Rookie, CB)

Analysis: The Bucs have perhaps the most stout defensive line in the NFL. Lead by Defensive Tackles Vita Vea and Ndamukong Suh in the middle and Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaq Barrett on the outside, this unit devoured the run game of opposing offenses all season. Their 73.8 rushing yards per game was by far the best in the NFL and the least amount given up since 2014. The problem with their defense last year had a lot to do with Jameis Winston's NFL record setting 30 interceptions. Because of that the Bucs defense had the worst average field position in the NFL. Insert Tom Brady who helped the Patriots have the best average field position in the NFL. This change could be just what the Bucs need to be the surprise "sleeper" top 5 defense for 2020.

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Bye = Week 7

Key Losses: None of significance

Key Additions: DeForest Buckner (FA, DT), Xavier Rhodes (FA, CB)

Analysis: The Colts traded their first round pick for the 2nd best DT in football, DeForest Buckner. An already stout run defense may have just become one of the elite options with his addition. Their issues lie in the secondary, but they're hoping the addition of former All-Pro corner Xavier Rhodes from Minnesota will help. That's hoping they get the version from a few years ago, and not the horrific version he was last season. If he can return to form, this could be a suprising defense in 2020. They are at the very least a great streaming option week 1 vs a bad Jaguars offense.

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