Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Defensive Linemen Rankings 2019

Aaron Donald has been a fantasy stud the past few seasons

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.


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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