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Fantasy defense, special teams projections for all 32 NFL teams

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Seahawks, Panthers top Hasselbeck's list of fantasy defenses (0:58)

Tim Hasselbeck explains what fantasy owners should be looking for in drafting defenses, as well as when to draft them and which teams he likes going into this season. (0:58)

NFL Nation reporters are taking a position-by-position look at the teams they cover, with a fantasy spin. They covered starting quarterbacks Monday, running backs Tuesday, wide receivers Wednesday and tight ends Thursday.

Today's topic: Over/under on tight end performance in 2016, based on their ESPN fantasy projections. Click the links after each team to view the full posts.

Arizona Cardinals: The addition of Chandler Jones could pay big dividends in terms of sacks and interceptions for a talented Cardinals defense. Read more.

Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons should improve on their league-worst 19 sacks from last season with help from Dwight Freeney and second-year starter Vic Beasley Jr. Read more.

Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens picked up some young pass-rushers in the draft and should get back to pressuring opposing quarterbacks like they used to. Read more.

Buffalo Bills: Should you take a gamble on Rex Ryan and draft the Bills' defense this season? If you do, be sure to lower your expectations from ESPN's fantasy projections. Read more.

Carolina Panthers: With an emphasis on pressuring the quarterback to cover for the inexperience of rookie corners James Bradberry and Daryl Worley, defensive coordinator Sean McDermott will get even more creative. Read more.

Chicago Bears: The Bears' defense looks better on paper and should have more sacks, but the secondary and special teams lack playmakers. Read more.

Cincinnati Bengals: ESPN's fantasy projections have the Bengals reaching 43 sacks. Let's just say Cincinnati is talented enough in its front seven that 43 sacks could really be too low. Read more.

Cleveland Browns: The Browns have too many questions on defense and special teams and not enough playmakers to be considered a viable fantasy option. A potential upside would be the punt return ability of Corey Coleman. Read more.

Dallas Cowboys: As was the case in 2014, how well the Cowboys' defense performs will directly correlate to how well the offense performs. Expectations for the defense are low, which means they can only surprise people in a positive way. Read more.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos' defense might not be the fantasy juggernaut it was in 2015, but it still has Wade Phillips calling the shots and Von Miller rushing. Read more.

Detroit Lions: A reasonable schedule and a strong defensive front could bode well for the Lions' defense, but be wary of total yards allowed. Read more.

Green Bay Packers: With Clay Matthews moving back outside and Sam Shields healthy, the Packers should see more sacks and interceptions in 2016. Read more.

Houston Texans: The Texans are projected to have the eighth-best defense in the NFL this season. If J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney can stay healthy, the team has the potential to be even better. Read more.

Indianapolis Colts: The Colts' defense and special teams haven't been a serious fantasy option under coach Chuck Pagano, and with no significant changes this offseason, it's hard to foresee any uptick in 2016. Read more.

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars focused on their defense in the offseason, but untested pass-rushers in Dante Fowler Jr. and Yannick Ngakoue make the unit's fantasy value hard to predict. Read more.

Kansas City Chiefs: While Tamba Hali and Eric Berry could be available when the regular season starts, it's still unrealistic to think the Chiefs will be as strong defensively as they were last season, particularly early in the year. Read more.

Los Angeles Rams: The Rams' offseason was littered with key losses throughout their defense. This unit still has talent, primarily on the defensive line, but another step back might be inevitable. Read more.

Miami Dolphins: From a reality and fantasy perspective, Miami's defense was a huge disappointment in 2015. New coordinator Vance Joseph should be able to make a difference. Read more.

Minnesota Vikings: As the Vikings' secondary in particular grows more sound in its fundamentals, it should get more interception opportunities. Read more.

New England Patriots: The Patriots are unlikely to maintain their No. 2 ranking in sacks, but remain a strong fantasy option because of their depth, especially on the line. Read more.

New Orleans Saints: The Saints had one of the worst defenses in NFL history last season. But they have gotten off to a promising start under defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, so they can't help but be better in 2016. Read more.

New York Giants: The Giants' defense should be better this season and could be worth an occasional fantasy start based on matchup, but they're not an every-week option. Read more.

New York Jets: The Jets' potentially dominant line and coach Todd Bowles' aggressive approach should help push them toward the top tier of fantasy defenses. Read more.

Oakland Raiders: With the additions the Raiders made via free agency, the defense and special teams should be capable of putting up some big point totals in fantasy. Read more.

Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers have enough talent to make improvements defensively this season, especially if Bud Dupree takes an expected leap forward. Read more.

Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles are only ranked No. 30 in the preseason fantasy rankings on defense and special teams, but there's reason for optimism, especially with Fletcher Cox working in Jim Schwartz's attack scheme. Read more.

San Diego Chargers: The addition of nose tackle Brandon Mebane should improve the run defense up front, while rookie defensive end Joey Bosa will be a bonus once he's on the field. Read more.

San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers defense is flush with promising young players. Add those youngsters to established veterans and you have a group the organization hopes is ascending. Read more.

Seattle Seahawks: If you're looking for a safe -- and possibly the best -- fantasy choice, look no further than the Seahawks, who allowed the fewest points in the NFL last season and return nine of 11 starters. Read more.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: This Bucs team finished 17th in fantasy points last season. While the defense appears vastly improved, special teams is still settling in, with draft pick Roberto Aguayo missing an extra point in the Bucs' first preseason game. Read more.

Tennessee Titans: It's hard to project this group, as Dick LeBeau is now the Titans' defensive playcaller. The presumption is that this will be a far more aggressive blitzing team and that a stretch of corners playing fearfully far off their man at the snap is over. Read more.

Washington Redskins: The Redskins' overall defense has a high football IQ. They will be a gritty, tough bunch -- or at least they should be. But will they be a defense capable of causing lots of turnovers and sacks? Read more.