Ranking the 32 Defenses for the 2021 NFL Season. (17 of 32) #wherestheD #IDP
16. San Fransisco 49ers
2020 Record 6–10
Key additions: Zach Kerr, Tavon Wilson, James Burgess, Maurice Hurst,
Fantasy Football Starters: Nick Bosa, Fred Warner, Dre Greenlaw, Dee Ford, Arik Armstead in deeper leagues
Best Position group: DL
The San Fransisco 49ers are an organization that enters the 2021 season with high hopes, and lofty expectations from the media. They are a favorite to win the NFC West, currently sitting at even odds with the LA Rams (+190) to win the division. It would be an impressive turnaround for an organization that finished last in their division.
The 49ers did not sign a single starter to their defense, instead hoping for health. 75% of their starting Defensive Linemen have questionable tags; Nick Bosa, Dee Ford, Javon Kinlaw. DL Arik Armstead will be asked to keep offensive lineman off their play maker, LB Fred Warner.
Warner is arguably one of the best interior LB in the NFL. He has excellent coverage skills and sideline to sideline tackling ability. He is not a top 10 LB for fantasy purposes but worth a starting roster position in almost all formats.
For as great as their DLs and LBs are, their DBs are far from it. This is the glaring issue in the 49ers defense, as it was last year as well. It will be difficult to keep QBs Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray, and Matthew Stafford from scoring with a weak secondary. There may be a great deal of hype for this team, but the reality of this being a middle of the road of the defense with a few great games is a very real one.
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