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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2022 Draft Rankings

Buffalo Bills Note
Buffalo Bills photo 1. Buffalo Bills BUF (vs . NE)
Buffalo's D is slightly overrated from last year. To open the season, they get the Rams and Titans - two offenses that aren't exactly the prime matchups you'd expect from the No.1-ranked DST. Still, they rank inside the top-5 after boasting the league's No. 1 pressure rate per dropback with Von Miller added into the fold.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Note
Tampa Bay Buccaneers photo 2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers TB (at ATL)
It's a tough first four games for the Buccaneers DST to start the season. On the road versus a high-powered Dallas offense followed by a Divisonal road matchup versus the Saints, who have owned Tampa during the regular season. After that, it's home versus a non-turnover prone Aaron Rodgers and then Kansas City.
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San Francisco 49ers Note
San Francisco 49ers photo 3. San Francisco 49ers SF (vs . ARI)
You want the 49ers defense in fantasy football drafts. Their two first matchups - Chicago, Seattle - should allow them up to dial up pressure on fringy QBs. They were PFF's 4th-highest graded pass-rush unit a season ago and added USC pass-rusher Drake Jackson in the second round of the draft.
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Indianapolis Colts Note
Indianapolis Colts photo 4. Indianapolis Colts IND (vs . HOU)
The Colts are likely due for some defensive regression with all the turnover they had on that side of the ball this offseason, but it's hard to ignore their two juicy matchups to start the year: @HOU and @JAC.

They are definitely worth drafting if you can't get a better option, but don't view them as an elite unit. Two road Divisonal games may not be as easy as they look on paper. Indy also tied Dallas with the highest turnover differential in 2021, despite ranking 31st in pressure rate (18%).
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Los Angeles Rams Note
Los Angeles Rams photo 5. Los Angeles Rams LAR (at SEA)
New Orleans Saints Note
New Orleans Saints photo 6. New Orleans Saints NO (vs . CAR)
The Saints still possess a top-tier defense, and therefore should not be overlooked with a cakewalk of easy matchups. Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Carolina round out New Orleans' first 3 games. Two are against pushovers at QB, while Tampa is a matchup the Saints have dominated since TB12's arrival. In four regular season games versus Brady's Buccaneers, the Saints have never scored fewer than 16 fantasy points.
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Denver Broncos Note
Denver Broncos photo 7. Denver Broncos DEN (vs . LAC)
The Broncos fit all the criteria you are looking for a draft-able fantasy DST. They boast an elite real-life defense that features the likes of Randy Gregory, Bradley Chubb and Pat Surtain II. Denver will pose problems for their two first opponents: Seattle and Houston.
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New England Patriots Note
New England Patriots photo 8. New England Patriots NE (at BUF)
The Patriots tend to be one of the more reliable units from season-to-season - top-12 DST since 2018 - and 2022 is no different. They open up against Miami and Pittsburgh, who will feature QBs that should scare no fantasy GM.
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Dallas Cowboys Note
Dallas Cowboys photo 9. Dallas Cowboys DAL (at WAS)
Dallas owned the No. 1 turnover differential in the NFL in 2021, which is likely going to regress. 26 interceptions is just not repeatable. It's hard to draft them confidently with that in mind, considering they also open the season versus Tampa Bay and the Bengals.
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Los Angeles Chargers Note
Los Angeles Chargers photo 10. Los Angeles Chargers LAC (at DEN)
The Chargers obviously boast a ton of talent on the defensive side of the ball, but their two matchups to start the season against AFC West foes might make them tough to trust right out of the gates.
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Green Bay Packers Note
Green Bay Packers photo 11. Green Bay Packers GB (vs . DET)
Miami Dolphins Note
Miami Dolphins photo 12. Miami Dolphins MIA (vs . NYJ)
Miami's defensive is legitimately one of the best-built units in the NFL. They are stacked nicely at all three levels and ranked third in pressures a season ago. They are in play as a fringe DST1 at home versus New England in Week 1, who routinely drop the ball every time they play in South Beach.
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Baltimore Ravens Note
Baltimore Ravens photo 13. Baltimore Ravens BAL (at CIN)
Week 1: Jets. Week 2: Dolphins. Health withstanding, expect the Ravens to regain top-5 form sooner rather than later. They are overdue for positive TO differential after finishing five-worst in that category from a season ago.
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Cleveland Browns Note
Cleveland Browns photo 14. Cleveland Browns CLE (at PIT)
The Browns are strong across the board on defense and get dream matchups during the first month of the year. At Carolina, home versus the New York Jets, home versus the Steelers and at Atlanta should result in double-digit fantasy points from Myles Garrett and company. It's by far the easiest schedule for any DST to open the season.
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Philadelphia Eagles Note
Philadelphia Eagles photo 15. Philadelphia Eagles PHI (vs . NYG)
Pittsburgh Steelers Note
Pittsburgh Steelers photo 16. Pittsburgh Steelers PIT (vs . CLE)
Kansas City Chiefs Note
Kansas City Chiefs photo 17. Kansas City Chiefs KC (at LV)
The Chiefs have the NFL's most difficult strength of schedule, and it starts right from the get-go. You can't trust them as a draft-eligible fantasy DST.
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Cincinnati Bengals Note
Cincinnati Bengals photo 18. Cincinnati Bengals CIN (vs . BAL)
Tennessee Titans Note
Tennessee Titans photo 19. Tennessee Titans TEN (at JAC)
At home versus the turnover-prone Daniel Jones and New York Giants in Week 1.
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Arizona Cardinals Note
Arizona Cardinals photo 20. Arizona Cardinals ARI (at SF)
Minnesota Vikings Note
Minnesota Vikings photo 21. Minnesota Vikings MIN (at CHI)
Carolina Panthers Note
Carolina Panthers photo 22. Carolina Panthers CAR (at NO)
Washington Commanders Note
Washington Commanders photo 23. Washington Commanders WAS (vs . DAL)
Chicago Bears Note
Chicago Bears photo 24. Chicago Bears CHI (vs . MIN)
New York Giants Note
New York Giants photo 25. New York Giants NYG (at PHI)
New York Jets Note
New York Jets photo 26. New York Jets NYJ (at MIA)
Seattle Seahawks Note
Seattle Seahawks photo 27. Seattle Seahawks SEA (vs . LAR)
Jacksonville Jaguars Note
Jacksonville Jaguars photo 28. Jacksonville Jaguars JAC (vs . TEN)
Las Vegas Raiders Note
Las Vegas Raiders photo 29. Las Vegas Raiders LV (vs . KC)
Detroit Lions Note
Detroit Lions photo 30. Detroit Lions DET (at GB)
Atlanta Falcons Note
Atlanta Falcons photo 31. Atlanta Falcons ATL (vs . TB)
Houston Texans Note
Houston Texans photo 32. Houston Texans HOU (at IND)