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Regular Season, Updated: 9/4/17



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

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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 7
Tier 2
  2 Joey Bosa LAC 9
  3 Danielle Hunter MIN 9
  4 Cameron Jordan NO 5
  5 Olivier Vernon NYG 8
  6 Melvin Ingram LAC 9
  7 Muhammad Wilkerson NYJ 11
  8 Calais Campbell JAC 8
  9 Jason Pierre-Paul NYG 8
  10 Brandon Graham PHI 10
  11 Carlos Dunlap CIN 6
Tier 3
  12 Kawann Short CAR 11
  13 Fletcher Cox PHI 10
  14 Cliff Avril SEA 6
  15 Everson Griffen MIN 9
  16 Ndamukong Suh MIA 1
  17 Cameron Wake MIA 1
  18 Myles Garrett CLE 9
  19 Cameron Heyward PIT 9
  20 DeForest Buckner SF 11
  21 Noah Spence TB 1
  22 Akiem Hicks CHI 9
23 Jonathan Allen WAS 5
  24 Jerry Hughes BUF 6
  25 Ziggy Ansah DET 7
  26 Hau'oli Kikaha NO 5
  27 Leonard Williams NYJ 11
Tier 4
  28 Trey Flowers NE 9
  29 Derek Wolfe DEN 5
  30 Damon Harrison NYG 8
  31 Stephon Tuitt PIT 9
  32 Solomon Thomas SF 11
  33 Michael Bennett SEA 6
34 Corey Liuget LAC 9
  35 Emmanuel Ogbah CLE 9
  36 Yannick Ngakoue JAC 8
  37 Aaron Donald LAR 8
  38 Kyle Williams BUF 6
  39 Gerald McCoy TB 1
  40 Marcell Dareus BUF 6
  41 Taco Charlton DAL 6
  42 Geno Atkins CIN 6
43 Sheldon Richardson SEA 6
  44 Jurrell Casey TEN 8
  45 Julius Peppers CAR 11
  46 Malik Jackson JAC 8
  47 A'Shawn Robinson DET 7
  48 Michael Johnson CIN 6
  49 Johnathan Hankins IND 11
  50 Linval Joseph MIN 9
  51 Malcom Brown NE 9
  52 Jared Crick DEN 5
Tier 5
  53 William Hayes MIA 1
  54 Brandon Williams BAL 10
  55 Robert Ayers TB 1
  56 Andre Branch MIA 1
  57 Grady Jarrett ATL 5
  58 Dontari Poe ATL 5
  59 Takkarist McKinley ATL 5
  60 Chris Baker TB 1
  61 Sheldon Rankins NO 5
  62 William Gholston TB 1
  63 Allen Bailey KC 10
  64 Mike Daniels GB 8
  65 Brian Robison MIN 9
  66 Frank Clark SEA 6
  67 Maliek Collins DAL 6
  68 Timmy Jernigan PHI 10
  69 Charles Johnson CAR 11
  70 Tyrone Crawford DAL 6
  71 Mario Addison CAR 11
  72 Eddie Vanderdoes OAK 10
  73 Chris Long PHI 10
  74 Domata Peko DEN 5
  75 Henry Anderson IND 11
  76 Abry Jones JAC 8
  77 Chris Jones KC 10
  78 Damontre Moore DAL 6
  79 Bennie Logan KC 10
  80 Cornelius Washington DET 7
  81 Adolphus Washington BUF 6
  82 Eddie Goldman CHI 9
  83 Javon Hargrave PIT 9
  84 Alan Branch NE 9
  85 Jarran Reed SEA 6
  86 Corey Peters ARI 8
Tier 6
  87 Kendall Langford IND 11
  88 Ahtyba Rubin SEA 6
  89 Michael Brockers LAR 8
  90 Tyson Alualu PIT 9
  91 DaQuan Jones TEN 8
  92 Jamie Meder CLE 9
  93 Caleb Brantley CLE 9
  94 Haloti Ngata DET 7
  95 Earl Mitchell SF 11
  96 Kony Ealy NYJ 11
  97 D.J. Reader HOU 7
  98 Derek Barnett PHI 10
  99 Vinny Curry PHI 10
  100 David Irving DAL 6
101 Terrell McClain WAS 5
  102 Adrian Clayborn ATL 5
  103 Mario Edwards, Jr. OAK 10
  104 Jordan Phillips MIA 1
105 Ziggy Hood WAS 5
  106 Star Lotulelei CAR 11
  107 Denico Autry OAK 10
  108 Jihad Ward OAK 10
  109 Ricky Jean-Francois GB 8
  110 Jason Bromley NYG 8
  111 Josh Mauro ARI 8
  112 Austin Johnson TEN 8
  113 Sylvester Williams TEN 8
  114 Danny Shelton CLE 9
  115 Arik Armstead SF 11
  116 Wallace Gilberry CIN 6
  117 Romeo Okwara NYG 8
  118 Christian Covington HOU 7
  119 Pat Sims CIN 6
  120 Rodney Gunter ARI 8
 
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.

  Joey Bosa, LAC: Bosa will get to play a full season, with a full camp in a new defensive scheme that new DC Gus Bradley thinks will benefit the former Ohio State star. He's our #2 DE and his upside is nearly immeasurable.

  Cameron Jordan, NO: Jordan played through injuries last season and still tallied 58 total tackles and 7.5 sacks. He's looking at another fine season.

  Olivier Vernon, NYG: Vernon has a higher ceiling than JPP but a slightly lower floor. He's worth a top IDP pick.

  Muhammad Wilkerson, NYJ: Wilkerson should rebound from a lackluster 2016 season where he played hurt most of the year. Sheldon Richardson is probably out the door, so Wilkerson and Leonard Williams will highlight the Jets new line and post excellent numbers.

  Calais Campbell, JAC: Campbell's new digs in Jacksonville promise a fill year as a DE with more opportunities as an edge rusher. He's a consistent IDP option.

  Jason Pierre-Paul, NYG: JPP isn't the game changing DL he was before his injuries and had surgeries to repair a few dings this offseason, but his talents and tackling abilities are undeniable.

  Carlos Dunlap, CIN: A brilliant edge rusher with solid tackling skills, Dunlap remains an elite IDP option with plenty of upside.

  Kawann Short, CAR: Short was the third-best DT last season behind Donald and Suh but gets more chances to make plays -- and he's just entering his prime.

  Fletcher Cox, PHI: Cox returns to Philly for another campaign and should remain a dominant stat stuffer this year, even if his numbers were down a bit in 2016.

  Everson Griffen, MIN: Griffen's labrum appears to be okay after 2016 surgery and while his numbers dipped a bit, he's still a worthwhile DL1/2 in fantasy.

  Ndamukong Suh, MIA: Suh is a tough veteran lineman coming off a career-high 72 total tackles. He's a standout presence with lots of upside.

  Cameron Wake, MIA: Wake is more of a rotational edge specialist now, but he's still a good bet for 8-12 sacks and is coming off an All-Pro year.

  Myles Garrett, CLE: Garrett is a bit of a wild card heading into his rookie season, but he'll have plenty of opportunities to make plays and could be a game changing talent,

  DeForest Buckner, SF: Buckner is still a solid bet for Top 20 DL numbers in 2017, but the presence of Solomon Thomas could take away some tackles and sacks, and the coaches plan on giving him more snaps off this season as he faded down the stretch in his rookie campaign.

  Leonard Williams, NYJ: Williams is a force at NT and should post solid tackle numbers and 6-8 sacks in his third season.

  Solomon Thomas, SF: Thomas was the PAC-12's best defensive lineman and looks to make a mark in his rookie season with the 49ers. He's got plenty of upside but comes with a little risk.

  Aaron Donald, LAR: Donald is skipping OTAs because of a contract dispute but remains a high quality IDP option as a DL. He's a consistent tackler and fantasy performer.