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Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Defensive Linemen Rankings 2019

Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Defensive Linemen Rankings 2019

Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Defensive Linemen Rankings 2019

Those that play in fantasy football leagues that include Individual Defensive Players (IDPs) know what they are looking for in a defensive lineman. The guys that are most appealing are typically those that fill up one particular category – sacks.

After all, seven linemen wound up in the top 10 (really 11 because of ties) in sacks last season, led by Aaron Donald's 20.5. But Donald's dominance as a pass rusher wasn't the only reason he picked up his second straight NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. He also forced four fumbles and was credited with two recoveries. Guys like Donald, J.J. Watt (tied for NFL lead with seven forced fumbles), and Danielle Hunter (scored a TD) aren't popular fantasy choices just because they can get to the quarterback.

So the only question becomes how early do you take one of the stud DLs in your fantasy draft. It's safe to say that Donald, Watt, Joey Bosa and probably Myles Garrett will likely be among the first to go, but that doesn't mean you can't find value later in the draft either. Seventeen (17) different defensive lineman recorded double-digit sacks in 2018, one of which wasn't Bosa, who had 5.5 in an injury-plagued campaign that saw him play just seven games.

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That group does include Khalil Mack, Bradley Chubb and Chandler Jones, who may have had dual eligibility at DL and LB last year, depending on the league/site. That may not be the case this year (and they are not included in the DL rankings below), so just be sure to check positional eligibility before making out your cheat sheet. Then again when it comes to Mack, he won't last long in drafts regardless of whether he's DL-eligible again or just a linebacker.

2019 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I DL I LB I DB

2019 Defensive Linemen (DL) Rankings

Rank

Player

Team

Bye

1

Joey Bosa

LAC

12

2

Aaron Donald

LAR

9

3

J.J. Watt

HOU

10

4

Danielle Hunter

MIN

12

5

Myles Garrett

CLE

7

6

Cameron Jordan

NO

9

7

Melvin Ingram

LAC

12

8

Frank Clark

KC

12

9

Calais Campbell

JAC

10

10

Chris Jones

KC

12

11

Demarcus Lawrence

DAL

8

12

DeForest Buckner

SF

4

13

Everson Griffen

MIN

12

14

Dee Ford

SF

4

15

Carlos Dunlap

CIN

9

16

Akiem Hicks

CHI

6

17

Justin Houston

IND

6

18

Brandon Graham

PHI

10

19

Cameron Heyward

PIT

7

20

Kenny Clark

GB

11

21

Nick Bosa

SF

4

22

Trey Flowers

DET

5

23

Jurrell Casey

TEN

11

24

Ed Oliver

BUF

6

25

Olivier Vernon

CLE

7

26

Fletcher Cox

PHI

10

27

Damon Harrison

DET

5

28

Michael Bennett

NE

10

29

Marcus Davenport

NO

9

30

Jonathan Allen

WAS

10

31

Yannick Ngakoue

JAC

10

32

Grady Jarrett

ATL

9

33

Jarran Reed

SEA

11

34

Jerry Hughes

BUF

6

35

Geno Atkins

CIN

9

36

Mario Addison

CAR

7

37

Linval Joseph

MIN

12

38

Ezekiel Ansah

SEA

11

39

Henry Anderson

NYJ

4

40

Romeo Okwara

DET

5

41

Rasheem Green

SEA

11

42

Quinnen Williams

NYJ

4

43

Larry Ogunjobi

CLE

7

44

Trent Murphy

BUF

6

45

Carl Nassib

TB

7

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