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FreeBallinLeaderboard DL   DEC 2014

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 Top 50 | 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
2Robert QuinnDE24STL4-322432.75Quinn didn't record a sack until week 7 but he has continually pressured the QB with 21 QB hits/hurries through the first 8 weeks
3Chandler JonesDE24NE3-433723.75Nearly doubled his tackles and sacks in his 2nd yr, Has been playing OLB in Pats 3-4, may miss the entire regular season w/hip INJ
4Calais CampbellDE25ARI3-454243.75Almost a lock for 40 solos and 7 sacks, should be a solid, safe #1 DE.
5Jason Pierre-PaulDE25NYG4-368365.75JPP is on pace for a 40+ tackle season but he needs to pick up on the sacks to reach elite tier production
6Everson GriffenDE26MIN4-347575.75Griffen is off to an amazing start this season and is on pace for a 50 tackle 15+ sack season, could finish among top 5 DE
7Ezekiel AnsahDE25DET4-396656.5Ziggy started the 2014 season slowly and he has been a bit injury prone but he is on pace for a 40 tackle 10 sack season
8Carlos DunlapDE25CIN4-3758107.5The loss of M. Johnson will put more attention on Dunlap, moves to RE consistent tackler.
9Muhammad WilkersonDE25NYJ3-4812999.510.5 sacks, 64 tackles in 2013. He wants a new contract and will play like he wants to get paid.
10Mario WilliamsDE29BUF4-31010131111Williams is a good fit in the Bills new 4-3 scheme and he is on pace for 40+ solos and 10+ sacks
11Cameron JordanDE25NO3-41111111211.25Jordan had a rough statistical start to 2014 season, but he is getting to the QB as evidenced by his 20 QB huirries thru 1st 8 weeks, sacks will come
12Olivier VernonDE24MIA4-3129102012.75Vernon broke out in 2013 notching 57 total tackles and 11.5 sacks, struggling with consistency mid way through 2014
13Cameron WakeDE32MIA4-31313151714.5Wake is on pace for double digit sacks but his tackle numbers are lacking
14Rob NinkovichDE30NE3-41614181415.5Pats are experimenting with a switch to 3-4 base D, affecting his production severly
15Chris LongDE29STL4-31718161817.25PLaced on Injured reserve/designated to return could return by week 9-10, should be a decent #2 DE
16Jerry HughesDE26BUF4-32417171618.5Hughes has improved on his breakout season and looks fantastic so far in 2014. he is on pace for a 40+ solo/15 sack season. Looks like top 10 DL
17Jurrell CaseyDT24TEN3-425241215194Casey has adjusted nicely to Horton's 3-4 scheme and is on pace for a 50+ solo/8 sack season and top 12 DL finish
18Sheldon RichardsonDE24NYJ3-41923142420Richardson is a 3-4 DE, but is on pace for his second consecutive 40+solo season and could hit 7 sacks
19Demarcus WareDE32DEN4-31420252320.5The Broncos will line up Ware opposite Von Miller,should provide double digit sack opportunities.
20Greg HardyDE26CAR4-3182537621.55He has been placed on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission List and will miss all of 2014
21Michael JohnsonDE27TBTampa 21527242121.75-7Is not playing well in Tampa, production dropped last year and big contract are reasons for long term concern
22Charles JohnsonDE28CAR4-33319221321.7512Had a slow start to the 2014 season but has started to come on last few weeks with quality sack performances
23Gerald McCoyDT26TBTampa 22616192922.5McCoy recently signed a 100 million dollar contract and he is excelling in under tackle role for Bucs new Tampa 2
24Corey LiugetDE24SD3-42722213125.25Liuget is a great match for the Chargers scheme and he could flirt with 40 solos and 10+ tackles this year
25Marcell DareusDT25BUF4-328212926264Dareus is flourishing in Schwatrz's 4-3 defense, he is on pace for a 40+ tackle 10+ sack season
26Willie YoungDE29CHI4-33234202227-9Willie Young out played Lamar Houston to start the season but has cooled off the last few weeks. Will be 30 next year.
27Michael BennettDE29SEA4-33815283328.5Bennett's snaps should increase this year and so should his numbers,, recording high % of hurries but sacks not there yet in 2014
28Jared AllenDE32CHI4-32043312529.75Allen turned 32 this year and his 40+ solo seasons may be behind him, has played better towards end of 2014 season
29Fletcher CoxDE23PHI3-43626273029.75Cox is a solid tackle producer but needs to add sacks to approach DE #1 production
30Geno AtkinsDT26CIN4-32928362730Slow start as he was not 100% from ACL injury last season, really starting to play better at the mid way point
31Kyle WilliamsDT30BUF4-33030352830.75Williams turned 30 this yr but remains a solid DL #3, 68 combined tackles and 10.5 sacks in 2013.
32Cameron HeywardDE25PIT3-42333264231-6Earned starting role last year, had 31 solos and 5 sacks in only 10 games as a starter.
33Justin TuckDE31OAK4-32140304935-11It looks like Tuck's production in 2013 was contract driven as he has slipped into fantasy irrelevance this season
34Jason HatcherDE32WAS3-43132423535Hatcher will play DE in Wash's 3-4D, big change from 3 technique he played in DAL, sacks and solos are down in 2014
35Akiem HicksDE25NO3-42236384836-3Hicks is not playing as well as last year and his numbers are suffering
36DeMontre MooreDE22NYG4-33529414337Da"Monster" lost the RE camp battle to Kiwi, Moore is a break out candidate for 2015
37Sen'Derrick MarksDT27JAX4-33731394437.75Marks got off to a great strat in 2014, needs to maintain production for 16 games
38Cedric ThorntonDE26PHI3-44435403438.25Thornton's tackle numbers exploded in 2013. He posted 60 combined tackles but only 1 sack.
39Cliff AvrilDE28SEA4-33445483239.75Avrill will still be involved in Seattle's DE rotation, sacks should be there but hard to count on tackles.
40Wallace GilberryDE29CIN4-34237345040.75Gillberry plays the majority of snaps opposite Dunlap, buthe is not consistent enough to be an impact fantasy player
41Kroy BiermanDE29ATL3-4232841.2514He's the tackle leader among DL through 13 weeks despite not playing every down.
42Aaron DonaldDT23STL4-34752333441.5Best 3 technique in the draft, should line up next to Quinn and give QBs nightmares.
43Demarcus LawrenceDE22DALTampa 25142324743-3A foot fracture, requiring surgery will sideline Lawrence >2 months, likely limiting his 2014 impact.
44Adrian ClaybornDE26TBTampa 246433644.256Clayborn moves to LE with M Johnsons arrival, will miss the entire 2014 season w/ a torn bicep
45Desmond BryantDE28CLE3-444453745.7531Bryant is having a career best season as far as solos and sacks are concerned
46Andre BranchDE25JAX4-348394947The Jags brought in several new DEs to bolster Dline, will play in rotation with Vets.
47Dion JordanDE24MIA4-34048495548Jordan may struggle to see significant reps again this year thanks to Vernon's break out season.
48Sharrif FloydDT22MIN4-345384828Floyd has Atkins like potential playing for Mike Zimmer and has top 5 DT potential
49Ndamukong SuhDT27DET4-33956465448.75Suh hasn't come close to his rookie #'s for 3 years now, unless must start DT he is depth only.
50Clinton McDonaldDT27TBTampa 23249.526
51Datone JonesDE24GB3-45638436249.75-5Jones should get a big opportunity to start at DE for the Pack this year.
52Lamarr HoustonDE27CHI4-35241505750-4Was supposed to replace Julius Peppers, has been outplayed by Willie Young and now will miss entire 2014 season
53Justin SmithDT35SF3-45552474650Smith's snap counts have continued to decline along with his production, turns 35 this yr.
54Dontari PoeDT24KC3-4533950.25351 total tackles and 4.5 sacks in 2nd year, ceiling is limited by his role as NT.
55Robert AyersDE29NYG4-355405121Ayers is on pace for his best season but his age and rotational role limit his sceiling.
56Brian RobisonDE31MIN4-343515951.25-4If Robison could get his t's in 40 solo range he would be a DL#1, more QB pressures than Quinn in 2013
57Kony EalyDE22CAR4-345544451.5-13#3 DE in CAR, but could see more reps later in the season. Potential 2015 breakout player depending on Hardy situation.
58Chis ClemonsDE33JAX4-3524551.518Clemmons started off slowly but he is now on pace for 35 solos and 10 sacks, will be 34 next season
59Jeremy MinceyDE30DALTampa 24151.754Mincey should get an opportunity to see a large snap count early in the season with the injury to DeMarcus Lawrence.
60Dee FordDE23KC3-45050516153-7Ford will be buried on the depth chart for 1-2 yrs may be designated a LB.
61George SelvieDE27DALTampa 24153.25-18Had his best year as pro in 2013, opportunity remains, potential 40 tackle 10 sack season.
62Margus HuntDE27CIN4-3475853.5-6Very raw, but physically gifted, will battle Gilberry and Geathers and Clarke for snaps.
63Mathias KiwanukaDE31NYG4-349546053.75-9Kiwi took a pay cut to stay with NYG and will work in a rotation at DE.
FreeBallinSkyscraper DL   DEC 2014