5 NFL defenses fantasy football owners must draft this season

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Changes in offensive schemes will impact fantasy draft boards this year. Fans can expect X-Factors like Justin Jefferson and Tyreek Hill to put up big numbers. Athletes of this caliber gain attention from owners with high draft capital to spare.

Oct 16, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis (56) reacts to sacking Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (not shown) during the second half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports /

Fantasy Football Defense

#5 New Orleans Saints

Adjustments during the off-season changed the dynamics within the division. A new wave of quarterbacks has taken over the NFC South. They are young and resilient but have a lot to prove. It will take time for inexperienced quarterbacks like Desmond Ridder and Bryce Young to adjust to NFL speed. We can expect opposing defenses to make the most of encountering weaker gunslingers twice a season. Especially units who’ve maintained a top-10 defensive ranking in three consecutive years.

Mickey Loomis and the Saints organization understand their position within the division. They hired Joe Woods as the new defensive coordinator with hopes of improving in the rankings. His two Super Bowl runs and 30 years of experience should take New Orleans’ defense to the next level.