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Regular Season, Updated: 7/19/18



Projections:  QB | RB | WR | TE | K | DEF | DL | LB | DB

Rankings with Outlooks:  QB | RB | WR | TE | K | DL | LB | DB

Rankings:  QB | RB | WR | TE | K | DEF | DL | LB | DB | Dynasty | Rookie-Only | Print Version | MFL Power


Legend:   Upside = Upside   Risk = Risk   ADP = Average Draft Position
ADP courtesy of FantasyFootballCalculator 
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Chg Rank Player Tm Bye
  1 J.J. Watt HOU 10
  2 Khalil Mack OAK 7
  3 Chandler Jones ARI 9
  4 Joey Bosa LAC 8
  5 Calais Campbell JAC 9
Tier 2
6 Aaron Donald LAR 12
  7 Melvin Ingram LAC 8
  8 Cameron Jordan NO 6
9 Demarcus Lawrence DAL 8
  10 Danielle Hunter MIN 10
  11 Cameron Heyward PIT 7
  12 Everson Griffen MIN 10
  13 Ziggy Ansah DET 6
  14 Vic Beasley ATL 8
  15 Carlos Dunlap CIN 9
  16 Jason Pierre-Paul TB 5
  17 Olivier Vernon NYG 9
Tier 3
  18 Myles Garrett CLE 11
  19 Trey Flowers NE 11
20 Jabaal Sheard IND 9
  21 Akiem Hicks CHI 5
  22 Muhammad Wilkerson GB 7
  23 Yannick Ngakoue JAC 9
  24 Chris Jones KC 12
  25 Mario Addison CAR 4
  26 Brandon Graham PHI 9
  27 DeForest Buckner SF 11
  28 Malik Jackson JAC 9
  29 Ndamukong Suh LAR 12
  30 Frank Clark SEA 7
  31 Damon Harrison NYG 9
  32 Emmanuel Ogbah CLE 11
  33 Robert Quinn MIA 11
  34 Jurrell Casey TEN 8
  35 Harold Landry TEN 8
  36 Marcus Davenport NO 6
  37 Linval Joseph MIN 10
  38 Cameron Wake MIA 11
  39 Kawann Short CAR 4
  40 Geno Atkins CIN 9
  41 Solomon Thomas SF 11
Tier 4
  42 Julius Peppers CAR 4
  43 Gerald McCoy TB 5
  44 Jerry Hughes BUF 11
  45 Derek Wolfe DEN 10
  46 Leonard Williams NYJ 11
  47 Olsen Pierre ARI 9
  48 Stephon Tuitt PIT 7
  49 Fletcher Cox PHI 9
  50 Shaq Lawson BUF 11
  51 Michael Bennett PHI 9
  52 Markus Golden ARI 9
  53 Michael Johnson CIN 9
  54 Bennie Logan TEN 8
  55 Takkarist McKinley ATL 8
  56 Grady Jarrett ATL 8
  57 A'Shawn Robinson DET 6
  58 Mike Daniels GB 7
  59 Nazair Jones SEA 7
  60 Kerry Hyder DET 6
  61 Dante Fowler, Jr. JAC 9
  62 DaQuan Jones TEN 8
  63 Malcom Brown NE 11
  64 Willie Henry BAL 10
  65 Anthony Zettel DET 6
  66 Derek Barnett PHI 9
  67 Jonathan Allen WAS 4
  68 Dion Jordan SEA 7
69 David Irving DAL 8
  70 Brandon Williams BAL 10
  71 Michael Pierce BAL 10
  72 Deatrich Wise NE 11
Tier 5
  73 Adrian Clayborn NE 11
  74 Trevon Coley CLE 11
  75 Kenny Clark GB 7
  76 Jordan Willis CIN 9
  77 Larry Ogunjobi CLE 11
  78 Wes Horton CAR 4
  79 Eddie Goldman CHI 5
  80 Tyrone Crawford DAL 8
  81 Allen Bailey KC 12
  82 Alex Okafor NO 6
  83 Dalvin Tomlinson NYG 9
  84 Noah Spence TB 5
  85 Sam Hubbard CIN 9
  86 Kyle Williams BUF 11
  87 Taco Charlton DAL 8
  88 Shelby Harris DEN 10
  89 Davon Godchaux MIA 11
  90 B.J. Hill NYG 9
  91 Matthew Ioannidis WAS 4
  92 Denico Autry IND 9
  93 Cassius Marsh SF 11
  94 Vinny Curry TB 5
  95 Tyson Alualu PIT 7
  96 Javon Hargrave PIT 7
  97 William Hayes MIA 11
  98 Brian Robison MIN 10
  99 Danny Shelton NE 11
  100 Jarran Reed SEA 7
  101 Breeland Speaks KC 12
  102 Jonathan Bullard CHI 5
  103 Domata Peko DEN 10
  104 Da'Ron Payne WAS 4
  105 Michael Brockers LAR 12
  106 Dominique Easley LAR 12
  107 Dontari Poe CAR 4
  108 Chris Baker CIN 9
  109 William Gholston TB 5
  110 Clinton McDonald DEN 10
  111 Zach Kerr DEN 10
  112 Steve McLendon NYJ 11
  113 Justin Ellis OAK 7
  114 Corey Liuget LAC 8
  115 Adolphus Washington BUF 11
 
COMMENTS
  J.J. Watt, HOU: Watt is recovering from back surgery but is on track for another monster IDP season. He may be a little more risky than in previous seasons, but he's still the best overall option.

  Khalil Mack, OAK: Mack gets the DE designation this season and that puts him in Watt's tier. A bona fide superstar and one of the best players in the league.

  Chandler Jones, ARI: Jones makes a a ton of tackles and belongs in the conversation for best all-around defensive player. Safer than Watt, not as much upside as Mack.

  Joey Bosa, LAC: Bosa is good enough to surpass everybody in this tier if things fall his way, because he's capable of eclipsing 20 sacks. Tackle totals are solid but not Watt-esque.

  Calais Campbell, JAC: Perhaps the most accomplished DL behind Watt, Campbell is on a dominant defense and stands out as a stat stuffer in all categories.

Aaron Donald, LAR: Donald seems committed to reestablishing himself as an elite talent and is on a defense where he may be expected to do a little more this season. He's a good bet for a bounce back stat-wise.

  Melvin Ingram, LAC: Ingram gets forgotten because he's another DE/LB guy but he's in a great scheme opposite Bosa and he racks up stops and sacks.

  Cameron Jordan, NO: Jordan has always ben excellent, but he really had a breakout season and added 11 PDs. He could see a dip in production but is worth a look in the Top 10.

Demarcus Lawrence, DAL: Lawrence could se a minor regression from his otherworldly 2017 numbers, but he's still a Top 5 DL. A pass rusher with strength and speed to post 3-5 sacks in any game.

  Cameron Heyward, PIT: The "other" Cameron had a career high in sacks (12) and anchors the Pittsburgh D line.

  Everson Griffen, MIN: Griffen has been playing through plantar fasciitis but is still worth a Top 15 selection. He still posted monster numbers in 2017.

  Ziggy Ansah, DET: Ansah is coming off a 12-sack season and projects inside the Top 15 DL.

  Vic Beasley, ATL: Beasley at DE is a lot easier to stomach than at LB, where his production dipped considerably in 2017. He should be back to his 8-12 sacks this season.

  Carlos Dunlap, CIN: Dunlap may not have any more 13 sack seasons in him, but he hasn't missed a game in several seasons and he's a steady contributor.

  Jason Pierre-Paul, TB: JPP finds a new home in Tampa and will immediately add a huge pass-rushing and run-stopping presence by the bay.

David Irving, DAL: 4-game suspension.

  Corey Liuget, LAC: 4-game suspension.