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Regular Season, Updated: 8/22/19


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

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

Rankings:  Top 200 | QB | RB | WR | TE | K | DEF | DL | LB | DB | Print | 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 Aaron Donald LAR 9
Tier 2
  3 Joey Bosa LAC 12
  4 Danielle Hunter MIN 12
  5 Myles Garrett CLE 7
  6 Calais Campbell JAC 10
  7 Cameron Jordan NO 9
Tier 3
  8 DeForest Buckner SF 4
9 Demarcus Lawrence DAL 8
  10 Frank Clark KC 12
  11 Chris Jones KC 12
  12 Melvin Ingram LAC 12
  13 Dee Ford SF 4
  14 Trey Flowers DET 5
  15 Carlos Dunlap CIN 9
  16 Nick Bosa SF 4
  17 Ziggy Ansah SEA 11
  18 Akiem Hicks CHI 6
Tier 4
  19 Cameron Heyward PIT 7
  20 Kenny Clark GB 11
  21 Yannick Ngakoue JAC 10
  22 Jurrell Casey TEN 11
  23 Jonathan Allen WAS 10
  24 Fletcher Cox PHI 10
  25 Damon Harrison DET 5
  26 Clelin Ferrell OAK 6
  27 Brandon Graham PHI 10
  28 Jabaal Sheard IND 6
  29 Olivier Vernon CLE 7
  30 Jerry Hughes BUF 6
  31 Da'Ron Payne WAS 10
  32 Ndamukong Suh TB 7
  33 Geno Atkins CIN 9
34 Christian Wilkins MIA 5
  35 Mario Addison CAR 7
  36 Quinnen Williams NYJ 4
  37 Bruce Irvin CAR 7
Tier 5
38 Everson Griffen MIN 12
  39 Grady Jarrett ATL 9
40 Marcus Davenport NO 9
  41 Vic Beasley ATL 9
  42 Stephon Tuitt PIT 7
  43 Carl Nassib TB 7
  44 Denico Autry IND 6
  45 Michael Bennett NE 10
  46 Romeo Okwara DET 5
47 B.J. Hill NYG 11
  48 Kawann Short CAR 7
  49 Linval Joseph MIN 12
  50 Leonard Williams NYJ 4
  51 Derek Barnett PHI 10
  52 Brian Burns CAR 7
  53 Sam Hubbard CIN 9
  54 Ed Oliver BUF 6
  55 Larry Ogunjobi CLE 7
  56 Trent Murphy BUF 6
  57 Emmanuel Ogbah KC 12
  58 Zach Allen ARI 12
  59 Derek Wolfe DEN 10
  60 Takkarist McKinley ATL 9
  61 Margus Hunt IND 6
  62 Javon Hargrave PIT 7
  63 Mike Daniels DET 5
  64 L.J. Collier SEA 11
  65 Allen Bailey ATL 9
  66 Robert Quinn DAL 8
  67 Sheldon Richardson CLE 7
  68 Dean Lowry GB 11
  69 Oshane Ximines NYG 11
  70 Henry Anderson NYJ 4
  71 Rashan Gary GB 11
  72 Matthew Ioannidis WAS 10
  73 Kerry Hyder DAL 8
  74 Jason Pierre-Paul TB 7
  75 Shelby Harris DEN 10
  76 Willie Henry BAL 8
  77 Alex Okafor KC 12
  78 Michael Brockers LAR 9
  79 Dexter Lawrence NYG 11
  80 Ronald Blair SF 4
81 Tyrone Crawford DAL 8
  82 Jarran Reed SEA 11
  83 Lawrence Guy NE 10
  84 Solomon Thomas SF 4
Tier 6
  85 Vita Vea TB 7
  86 Eddie Goldman CHI 6
  87 Malcom Brown NO 9
  88 Benson Mayowa OAK 6
  89 Arden Key OAK 6
  90 Adam Gotsis DEN 10
  91 Montravius Adams GB 11
  92 Deatrich Wise NE 10
  93 Shaq Lawson BUF 6
  94 Arik Armstead SF 4
  95 Taco Charlton DAL 8
  96 Kemoko Turay IND 6
  97 Stephen Weatherly MIN 12
  98 Dalvin Tomlinson NYG 11
  99 Rodney Gunter ARI 12
  100 Brandon Mebane LAC 12
  101 Quinton Jefferson SEA 11
  102 Adrian Clayborn ATL 9
  103 Brandon Williams BAL 8
  104 Michael Pierce BAL 8
  105 Da'Shawn Hand DET 5
  106 Davon Godchaux MIA 5
  107 Corey Peters ARI 12
  108 Robert Nkemdiche ARI 12
  109 Vinny Curry PHI 10
  110 Nazair Jones SEA 11
  111 Isaac Rochell LAC 12
  112 Poona Ford SEA 11
  113 D.J. Reader HOU 10
  114 Jacob Martin SEA 11
  115 Mario Edwards, Jr. NO 9
  116 Marcell Dareus JAC 10
  117 Derek Rivers NE 10
  118 Chris Smith CLE 7
  119 DaQuan Jones TEN 11
  120 Andrew Billings CIN 9
  121 Angelo Blackson HOU 10
  122 Tyler Lancaster GB 11
  123 Kerry Wynn CIN 9
  124 Antwaun Woods DAL 8
  125 Charles Harris MIA 5
  126 Carl Lawson CIN 9
 
COMMENTS
  J.J. Watt, HOU: Watt missed nearly all of 2016-17 with injury but rebounded with a dominant 2018, racking up 16 sacks and 18 TFL. He's still the best in the business for IDP purposes, though Donald is nipping at his heels.

  Aaron Donald, LAR: Donald took a few games to heat up after missing all of training camp last year, but finished with 20.5 sacks and was named 2018 DPOY. He's going to make a case this season as the best IDP option in 2019.

  Joey Bosa, LAC: Bosa presents a greater risk of injury than any of the previously mentioned lineman, and he missed over half of 2018 with a nagging foot injury. He's just 25 and should be considered high-risk, high-reward -- with J.J. Watt-type upside.

  Danielle Hunter, MIN: Hunter had a career-high 14.5 sacks in 2018 and is poised for another solid season. He's one of the best 4-3 ends in football and is just 24 years old.

  Myles Garrett, CLE: Garrett had a breakout in 2018 and could improve on his numbers this season. He's easily forgotten and will be a steal in IDP drafts if he slips.

  Calais Campbell, JAC: Campbell is a notch under Watt and Donald but racked up 53 solos and 10.5 sacks in 2018 -- a number that should increase.

  Cameron Jordan, NO: Jordan is 29 years old and coming off another excellent season for the Saints. He's a low-risk, solid-reward DL with plenty of upside.

  DeForest Buckner, SF: Buckner is a complete defensive lineman who made the Pro Bowl after notching 12 sacks in 2018. He's in his prime and has plenty of teammates that help him avoid being double-teamed.

Demarcus Lawrence, DAL: Lawrence had shoulder surgery but insists he'll be ready for Week 1. The operation is to repair a torn labrum, which normally has a 4-6 month timeline. He's a risk, but he's a no-brainer Top 15 DL if he's healthy by the end of training camp.

  Frank Clark, KC: The Chiefs spent a lot bringing Clark into the fold, but the new 4-3 needed a guy like him to bolster their pass rush. He's coming off a career-high 13 sacks in 2018.

  Chris Jones, KC: Jones skipped OTAs this offseason but is coming off a breakout third season in the league, notching 15.5 sacks. He'll be hard pressed to hit that mark again but we're optimistic about his chances to reach double digits.

  Melvin Ingram, LAC: Ingram looks to bounce back from a lackluster 2018 that saw him register just 7 sacks. He's looking to hit double digits in 2019.

  Dee Ford, SF: Ford, who has 25 sacks in his last 37 games, will help solve the 49ers' pass-rushing woes -- along with rookie Nick Bosa.

  Trey Flowers, DET: Flowers signed with Detroit ($90 million over five years) in a deal that makes him the top-paid defensive end in the league outside of DeMarcus Lawrence. He's got a very high floor as an IDP DL.

  Carlos Dunlap, CIN: Dunlap is coming off a 7.5-sack season -- a number he's hit each of the past five years. And he hasn't missed a game since 2012. He's a near lock for Top 20 DL stats.

  Nick Bosa, SF: Joey's little brother, Nick is already dealing with a hamstring injury but it's not supposed to be serious. A violent pass rusher with plenty of upside, he's just under Joey in the IDP projections.

  Ziggy Ansah, SEA: Ansah signed with Seattle and should fit right in on this unit. He just needs to stay healthy and recover from a shoulder injury that threatens his ability to be ready by Week 1.

  Akiem Hicks, CHI: Hicks is a robust playmaker who's emerged as major key in this defense -- in both the run defense and pass rush. He was Pro Football Focus' No. 3 interior lineman behind only Aaron Donald and Fletcher Cox in 2018.

  Kenny Clark, GB: Clark is another quiet producer in IDP land who has developed into one of the top interior 3-4 linemen in the league, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 6 interior lineman out of 119 qualifiers last season. He's a dominant player who's entering his prime.

  Jurrell Casey, TEN: Casey is a personal favorite with plenty of upside and a decent floor -- he just doesn't get a lot of press.

  Jonathan Allen, WAS: After losing much of his rookie campaign to a foot injury, Allen had a solid sophomore season with 61 total tackles and 8 sacks. He's an under-the-radar IDP asset.

  Damon Harrison, DET: "Snacks" is still one of the best DL in the league, and he skipped OTAs. He's looking for a new contract and has something to prove in his career's second act.

  Clelin Ferrell, OAK: While it's always hard to project how a college player's game translates to the NFL, Farrell is a rangy pass rusher capable of double-digit sacks who's also going to rack up tackles. I'm taking the over on 10 sacks.

  Da'Ron Payne, WAS: When Payne was a two-year starter at Alabama, his role was to eat blocks and control gaps rather than fill the box score in Nick Saban's 3-4. But his rookie season in the league was very productive -- 56 total tackles and 5 sacks.