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DFW IDP rankings are based on the following scoring setup: Tackles: 1 pt (0.5 for assists); Sacks: 4 pts (2 for assists); Tackles for loss: 1 pts; Interceptions: 4 pts; Passes defensed: 1 pt; Fumbles forced: 2 pts; Fumbles recovered: 2 pts; Defensive TD: 6 pts; Safeties: 5 pts.

QB | RB | WR | TE | DL | LB | DB | Rookie QB | Rookie RB | Rookie WR | Rookie TE | Rookie DL | Rookie LB | Rookie DB
RankPlayerPos.AgeTeamBase DefenseGary BeaudetteBill CerviSean KirbyBruce KimbroughAvgChangeSkinny
1JJ WattDE25HOU3-411111Watt is the best DE in the game, your team has a significant weekly advantage if you roster him
2Chandler JonesDE24NE3-433232.75Impressive tackle volumes are a result of NE's dynamic defensive front, including some OLB usage.
3Robert QuinnDE24STL4-322653.75The 2013 sack leader didn't record a sack until week 7 but continually pressured the QB and finished strong.
4Calais CampbellDE26ARI3-454344On the growing trend of elite IDP 3-4 DEs, Campbell posted a top 10 finish despite missing 2 games, thanks to high tackle volumes.
5Jason Pierre-PaulDE26FA65424.25JPP was a stud in 2015, but uncertainty arises from his injury history and free agent status.
6Everson GriffenDE27MIN4-347575.75Griffen broke out in 2014 and should return to a similar role in Zimmer's 2nd year as head coach.
7Carlos DunlapDE25CIN4-376766.5Dunlap's a consistent tackler and excelled in the absence of Michael Johnson. He's a safe DE1.
8Muhammad WilkersonDE25NYJ3-4891099Richardson and Wilkerson were producitve 3-4 DEs with Rex Ryan in town, we'll see if that changes with regime.
9Ezekiel AnsahDE25DET4-3988139.54On limited snaps, Ansah hit both double digit sacks and 40+ tackles. Elite potential is there if he played 90% snaps.
10Cameron JordanDE25NO3-4111114811Jordan relies on sacks while posting modest tackle volumes, limiting his upside and consistency.
11Cameron WakeDE33MIA4-31312111713.2512 sacks and positive PFF grades didn't make up for meager tackles in 2014, as he was a DE2 in most formats.
12Rob NinkovichDE31NE3-41614121113.25Similar to Chandler Jones, NE's 3-4 allows Ninkovich to rack up tackles, partially as an OLB.
13Mario WilliamsDE30BUF3-41017181214.25-3The switch to a 3-4 is a major red flag, but DE's can be productive in Rex Ryan's scheme. That won't matter if he's an OLB.
14Sheldon RichardsonDE24NYJ3-41913171014.75Richardson and Wilkerson were producitve 3-4 DEs with Rex Ryan in town, we'll see if that changes with regime.
15Olivier VernonDE24MIA4-31221131916.25Although not dreadful, Vernon's season was disappointing after his 2013 breakout.
16Fletcher CoxDE24PHI3-4361091417.255Cox is a solid tackle producer but needs to add sacks to enter the truly elite tiers.
17Gerald McCoyDT26TBTampa 22616161518.25McCoy signed a 100 million dollar contract and excelled in the Bucs Tampa-2 when healthy.
18Jurrell CaseyDT25TEN3-42515152419.75Elite tackle #s and 7 sacks made Casey a DE1 and a top 6 play in tackle heavy scoring.
19Greg HardyDE26FA1819202520.53The elite talent spent 2014 on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission List and his off-field issues aren't resolved.
20Chris LongDE29STL4-31718222821.25Playing too little and too late in 2014, we know Long should play better next year.
21Jerry HughesDE26FA2420192622.25-6Hughes is a FA and a risk for becoming an OLB if he sticks around in Rex Ryan's 3-4.
22Michael JohnsonDE27TBTampa 21527262122.25After getting a big contract, Johnson's production dropped after leaving Cincy.
23Demarcus WareDE32DEN4-31425272322.25-3Ware seemed to tire out down the stretch after posting all 12 of his sacks in the first 11 weeks.
24Corey LiugetDE24SD3-42722212924.75Boasting great tackle volumes and moderate sacks, Liugets a great value in tackle-heavy scoring.
25Charles JohnsonDE28CAR4-33324232025A decent finish didn't make up for a dreadful start in 2014, but 72 QB hurries/hits hint at what could have been.
26Cameron HeywardDE25PIT3-42333282727.75Heyward was a very consistent, low ceiling DE2-3 in a starting role, which shouldn't change much in 2015.
27Marcell DareusDT25BUF3-42829323230.25Dareus was a top tier option in DT-required leagues, but Rex Ryans arrival likely changes that.
28Jared AllenDE32CHI4-32044431630.75-3The 32-year-old started a bit slow, but posted well-rounded #s. He could shift to OLB in CHI's new 3-4.
29DeMontre MooreDE22NYG4-33523244331.254Moore is a break out candidate for 2015, as NYG could move on from JPP and/or Kiawanuka.
30Sen'Derrick MarksDT27JAX4-3373134303335 tackles and 9 sacks were enough for a top 6 finish among DTs.
31Kyle WilliamsDT30BUF3-43030393333Like Dareus, 31-year-old Williams' role will change with the arrival of Rex Ryan.
32Willie YoungDE29CHI4-33234373133.5-3Willie Young started hot in 2014, but faded down the stretch and needs to find a role in CHI's new 3-4.
33Michael BennettDE29SEA4-33826314234.25Increased snaps and positive real-life grades didn't translate to great IDP #s, as Bennett remained an DE3 in SEA.
34Kroy BiermanDE29FA37252235.255Bierman was somehow the DL tackle leader in 2014 despite playing limited snaps. He's a free agent currently.
35Aaron DonaldDT23STL4-34736332836He set the standard for rookie DTs in 2014 and could push to be top 3 at the position.
36Justin TuckDE31OAK4-32140364836.25It looks like Tuck's production in 2013 was contract driven as he was a DE3 in 2014.
37Geno AtkinsDT26CIN4-32928296337.25Hopefully Atkins' slow 2014 was health related, but he's been replaced by Gerald McCoy as the best DT.
38Cedric ThorntonDE26RFA4432413638.252 consecutive years with only 1 sack are discouraging, but he remains a high floor option thanks to tackles.
39Jason HatcherDE32WAS3-43140464440.25Hatcher's #s were underwhelming in a his first year as a 3-4 DE. He's got 3 years left on his contract.
40Demarcus LawrenceDE23DALTampa 25135304740.75A fractured foot ruined his rookie opportunity in Dallas. They'll still need him to contribute in his sophomore campaign.
41Akiem HicksDE25NO3-42246386442.5Hicks' 2 sacks wasn't a mistake, as he only posted 25 hits/hurries.
42Datone JonesDE24GB3-45638424044Jones was given a tiny role in 2014, playing drastically <50% snaps.
43Desmond BryantDE29CLE3-443403744.254Bryant was the DL to own in CLE in 2014. Unfortunately, that wasn't saying much.
44Cliff AvrilDE28SEA4-33445504944.5Avrill will still be involved in Seattle's DE rotation, sacks should be there but hard to count on tackles.
45Ndamukong SuhDT28FA3956354944.755Suh posted another decent year, especially in DT-required formats, but he's a free agent currently.
46Wallace GilberryDE30CIN4-34243455045-6Gilberry played decent snaps opposite Dunlap, but got his only 2 sacks in week 1 and didn't register enough tackles to be useful for IDP.
47Kerry WynnDE23NYG4-31845.75There's enough uncertainy on the NYG DL, that a young talent like Wynn could land a bigger role in 2015
48Kony EalyDE23CAR4-345425247.5Ealy had a rough rookie year, but is a potential 2015 breakout player depending on Hardy situation.
49Sharrif FloydDT22MIN4-3453847.75Playing for Mike Zimmer, Floyd has top 5 DT potential
50Dion JordanDE24MIA4-34048495548Jordan was productive per snap, but had too small of a role to assess. His dynasty stock is falling fast.
51Cornellius CarradineDE25SF3-4443548.253A new coaching staff and aging (retiring?) Justin Smith could help Carradine finally breakout.
52Lamarr HoustonDE27CHI4-35241475749.25After getting a big contract, Houston was underwhelming in 2014. He'll likely be a 3-4 DE this year.
53Andre BranchDE25JAX4-348396550.75Branch missed a lot of time in 2014 for injury and failed to earn a compelling role.
54Clinton McDonaldDT28TBTampa 23850.75-3There's hope for the only Tampa DE who didn't disappoint last year, as Adrian Clayborn may be moving on.
55Brian RobisonDE31MIN4-343515850.75Zimmer's scheme clearly gave more tackle opportunities to Griffen in year 1.
56Chis ClemonsDE33JAX4-3524551.25Posting 4 weeks with 0 combined tackles in 2014, the floor was low for Clemmons.
57Jeremy MinceyDE31DALTampa 24151.5Dallas is desperate for help up front, but also gets a healthy Demarcus Lawrence back next year.
58Mathias KiwanukaDE31NYG4-349545452Kiwi is subject to offseason movement and turns 32 before the 2015 season.
59Dee FordDE23KC3-45050486152.25Ford will be buried on the depth chart for 1-2 yrs may be designated a LB.
60Dontari PoeDT24KC3-4535153
61Quinton DialDT24SF3-44853.25With Justin Smith winding down, there's room for SF's youth to climb the depth chart.
62Margus HuntDE27CIN4-3475853.25Very raw, but physically gifted, 27-years-old is a bit old for a "project" buried on his own depth chart.
63George SelvieDE27FA416754
64Ryan DavisDE25JAX4-35354.5
65Justin SmithDT35SF3-455526054.535-years-old, Smith enters perhaps his final contract year in 2015.
66Robert AyersDE29NYG4-3555654.75
67Adrian ClaybornDE26FA466855.5-8Clayborn was trending down in TB even before suffering a torn biceps.
68Bennie LoganDT25PHI3-45956
69Michael BrockersDT24STL4-36357
70Ngata HalotiDT31BAL3-46657.75
71Scott CrichtonDE23MIN4-35457.75Zimmer has developed many nice DEs, will start as a rotational player.