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Regular Season, Updated: 9/2/19


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

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.

  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.

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.

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.

  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.

  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.

  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.