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Regular Season, Updated: 6/17/19


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

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

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.