The San Francisco 49ers have one of the best defenses in the NFL, and are consistently ranked near the top of the league in most categories.
Last season, the 49ers defense ranked 3rd in points allowed (17 a game), 5th in yards per game, 4th against the run and 7th against the pass.
They intercepted 18 passes, tied for 6th in the NFL, scored five defensive touchdowns and racked up 38 sacks despite their best pass rusher missing five games.
The 49ers did not allow a single team to put up 30 points on them last season and during one four game span, didn’t allow a team, including the eventual Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks, to break 2o points.
In the NFC Title game against Seattle, the 49ers had all but shutdown the Seahawks offense in the first half, holding them to a single field goal. In fact, you could argue that Seattle beat the 49ers on two huge plays in the second half, a 40-yard touchdown run and a 35-yard touchdown pass on 4th down but other than those two plays, Seattle’s offense was ineffective against the stout 49er defense.
Despite losing several starters from last season, the 49ers should remain solid in 2014.
Gone are Carlos Rogers, Tarrell Brown and Donte Whitner in the secondary along with linebacker Navorro Bowman for at least the first half of the season, which might have some fans on edge about just how effective the 49er defense will be in 2014, but as last season proved with the loss of Aldon Smith, the 49ers will be just fine.
They’ve added depth to each position, and are getting back pieces that were lost in 2013, like cornerback Chris Culliver, who could start opposite of Tramaine Brock.
The 49er are always one of the first handful of defenses to be taken in the early part of a fantasy draft.
They are usually available starting around the 6th round and probably no later than the 10th round. If you find them available past round 10, then consider it a gift, because the 49ers defense is one of the best in the NFL, and in fantasy, they are a solid and consistent pick.