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THE QUICK READ
The Steelers return all the key players from the best front seven in the NFL, highlighted by pass rushers James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley. This unit is a lock to be at or near the top in sacks again, and Troy Polamalu and the secondary have the ball skills to take advantage of the mistakes that pressure creates. Pittsburgh's DEF/ST should be the first off the board.
2 New York
Even though the Giants lost coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, under Bill Sheridan (the team's linebackers coach the past four seasons) the defense will look very similar to the unit that was one of the better fantasy squads of the past two years. Adding linemen Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard and linebacker Michael Boley will help too. Expect a return to 2007's dominance.
3 San Diego
[ON THE RISE] The Chargers' DEF/ST isn't the redoubtable No. 1 anymore. But sack specialist Shawne Merriman will be back after sitting out last year due to a left-knee injury, the team added edge rusher Larry English in the first round of the draft, and punt returner-kick returner Darren Sproles hasn't morphed into a full-time running back. All those add up to a return to relevance.