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Seahawks defense should again be among fantasy's best

The Seahawks return nine of their 11 starters from last season and should again be one of fantasy's top units. Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire

The Seattle Seahawks allowed the fewest points in the NFL for the fourth straight season in 2015.

They return nine of 11 starters and should once again be an excellent fantasy option.

ESPN Fantasy Projection: 38 sacks, 17.1 interceptions, 8.5 fumble recoveries, 3.8 TDs, 306.7 points allowed, 4836.3 yards allowed.

The Seahawks finished tied for 16th in takeaways last year and should go over that number in 2016. Kam Chancellor will be with the team from Day 1. Earl Thomas is healthy. And the defense has more stability at cornerback with Jeremy Lane and DeShawn Shead instead of Cary Williams.

The team is expecting second-year player Frank Clark to provide a pass rush boost. With Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril still in the fold, the Seahawks should exceed the sack projections as well.

This is a deep, talented group, and many of the key cogs -- Thomas, Chancellor, Richard Sherman, Bobby Wagner and KJ Wright -- are under 30. The Seahawks have continuity in Pete Carroll's scheme, and defensive coordinator Kris Richard did a good job last season.

On special teams, Tyler Lockett is one of the most dangerous returners in the league, having scored two touchdowns as a rookie.

Once again, the Seahawks should be a safe fantasy choice.