A top fantasy football defense in a league that awards good points to that position can give your team a big boost each week.

But the value between the best defenses and the middle-of-the-pack ones still isn’t strong enough to warrant a high pick on one.

When you’re sitting on the clock and it appears that the quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end depth has been depleted, it looks awfully tempting to snag the best defense on the board. But you have to resist that temptation.

Bury your head in your paperwork and find a skill position player that could have upside. It’s better to take a swing and miss on a player with a high ceiling than to play it safe and draft a great defense with a low one.

Make sure you have filled out your starting lineup — with the exception of the kicker — before you draft a defense.