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15 hours ago, Captain Cranks said:

Eh, not really.  There are a ton of guys who are more consistent (kawann short for one) AND outscore Quinn.  This obviously depends on your league's scoring, but on a PPG basis he was 30th for DL in 2015 and 7th in 2014.  

He makes for a great DL2, but horrible DL1, IMO.  

I am not sure how you can say that Kawann Short is more consistent than Quinn.  Short has had one solid year but before that he maxed out at 3.5 sacks with an average of 20 tackles per season. 


Quinn on the other hand has put up 10.5 sacks (or more) in three of the last four seasons and if you extrapolate his sacks from last year (5 sacks in 8 games played) he would have had another 10 sack season making it four straight seasons.


Quinn is good for 10+ sacks and 30+ tackles a year when he is healthy.  Short is definitely on the rise but I wouldn't  say he is more consistent than Quinn.


Sounds to me like your scoring is tackle heavy so most DL are going to be inconsistent because the tackle numbers aren't there and they are heavily reliant on sacks.

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Game-to-game consistency, not season-to-season.

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11 minutes ago, Tick said:

Game-to-game consistency, not season-to-season.

DL is typically about the sack so anyone with double digit sacks is usually consistent for the DL.  I realize some of these guys can go 3 sacks in a game that will make the double digit sack season less consistent week to week but that is just the nature of the DL beast in most cases. 


Overall I wouldn't say that Short is more consistent than Quinn because the longevity hasn't been there for Short.  Another season or two like 2015 and I would agree they are in the same boat and I think Short will get there.   I just wouldn't give up on Quinn due to one injury hampered season.  He is still elite.

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It's pretty typical for DTs to be inconsistent season-to-season, but more consistent game-to-game than DEs.

You get a top DE and he's typically good for 5+ years.  At good DT is good for a season from what I've seen.

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8 hours ago, Gally said:

Sounds to me like your scoring is tackle heavy so most DL are going to be inconsistent because the tackle numbers aren't there and they are heavily reliant on sacks.

All the IDP leagues I'm in attempt to create scoring rules so that scoring is relatively balanced across all positions.  I don't know if that equals "tackle heavy" though.  

Regarding Quinn, while he's a sack monster, it feels like those sacks come in over 5 games.  I equate him to a low volume, TD-dependent wide receiver.  Those guys are great as WR2, but too boom-or-bust to be considered high-end WR1s.  I like to reserve those spots for guys not likely to give me goose eggs.    

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14 hours ago, Captain Cranks said:

All the IDP leagues I'm in attempt to create scoring rules so that scoring is relatively balanced across all positions.  I don't know if that equals "tackle heavy" though.  


Tackle heavy usually means a sack to tackle ratio of 3:1 or less.  It may be that your league scores each position on a separate scale so DL get 5 pts per sack while LB's get 2 pts per sack.  Something like that to try and boost the positions that are more sack dependent over tackle dependent to even out scoring.  Regardless comparing Quinn to other DL is the question.


Quinn has the following:

2015 - sacks in 4 of 6 games where he played the full game (2 games he played very little and didn't get a sack and he missed 8 games)

2014 - sacks in 6 of 16 games

2013 - sacks in 11/16 games

2012 - sacks in 8/16 games


Based on that it appears that Quinn in fairly consistent in that he gets sacks about every other game.  For DL I think that is what I would consider top tier production.  Now what might drop him a notch is that he averages about 2 tackles a game so in games he doesn't get sacks he does very little (so about half of his games).  Again, I think most DL fit in that category.  There are only about 10-15 DL each year that get 40+ tackles a year.  And maybe half of those have potential for 10+ sack seasons.  Quinn has averaged about 35 tackles and 10+ sacks per year since 2012.  I believe that is top tier and at a sack every other game played I think that is consistent for DL not named Watt.

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On ‎1‎/‎7‎/‎2016 at 10:25 AM, onionsack said:

Defensive End

1. J.J. Watt HOU

2. Robert Quinn STL

3. Ezekiel Ansah DET

4. Carlos Dunlap CIN

5. Everson Griffin MIN

6. Chandler Jones NEP

7. Fletcher Cox PHI

8. Muhammad Wilkerson NYJ

9. Demarcus Lawrence DAL

10. Vic Beasley ATL

11. Oliver Vernon MIA

12. Cameron Jordan NOS

13. Greg Hardy DAL

14. Jabaal Sheard NEP

15. Jurell Casey TEN

16. Mario Williams BUF

17. Michael Bennett SEA

18. Calais Campbell ARI

19. Dante Fowler JAC

20. Jerry Hughes BUF

21. Leonard Williams NYJ

22. Jason Pierre-Paul NYG

23. Mario Edwards OAK

24. Cameron Heyward PIT

25. Cliff Avril SEA

26. Sheldon Richardson NYJ

27. Allen Bailey KCC

28. Corey Liuget SDC

29. Danielle Hunter MIN

30. Stephon Tuitt PIT

31. Robert Ayers NYG

32. William Gholston TBB

33. Chris Baker WAS

34. Owamagbe Odighizuwa NYG

35. Mike Daniels GBP

36. Henry Anderson IND

37. Derek Wolfe DEN

38. Michael Johnson CIN

39. William Hayes STL

40. Andre Branch JAC

41. Derrick Shelby MIA

42. Brian Robison MIN

43. Cameron Wake MIA

44. Rob Ninkovich NEP

45. Kony Ealy CAR

46. Malik Jackson DEN

47. Jacquies Smith TBB

48. Kerry Wynn NYG

49. Desmond Bryant CLE

50. Devin Taylor DET

51. Randy Gregory DAL

52. Timmy Jernigan BAL

53. Arik Armstead SFO

54. Kendall Langford IND

55. Jason Jones DET

56. Chris Long STL

57. Datone Jones GBP

58. Quinton Dial SFO

59. Charles Johnson CAR

60. Frank Clark SEA

61. George Johnson TBB

62. Eugene Sims STL

63. Jarvis Jenkins CHI

64. Jared Crick HOU

Where would you guys put Deforest Buckner?

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Top 10 for sure in dynasty leagues. Rock solid production even in a 3-4, and only going to get better. I'm starting to put together my rankings heading into the new season and will post them in a few days.

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Defensive Tackle

1.       Ndamukong Suh MIA

2.       Sheldon Rankins NOS

3.       Geno Atkins CIN

4.       Fletcher Cox PHI

5.       Kawann Short CAR

6.       Gerald McCoy TBB

7.       Linval Joseph MIN

8.       Malik Jackson JAX

9.       Corey Liuget LAC

10.   Marcell Dareus BUF

11.   Johnathan Hankins NYG

12.   Malcom Brown NEP

13.   Damon Harrison NYJ

14.   Nick Fairley NO

15.   Danny Shelton CLE

16.   Grady Jarrett ATL

17.   Maliek Collins DAL

18.   Dontari Poe KCC

19.   Brandon Williams BAL

20.   Brandon Mebane LAC

21.   Clinton McDonald TBB

22.   Eddie Goldman CHI

23.   Star Lotulelei CAR

24.   Bennie Logan PHI

25.   Michael Pierce BAL

26.   A’Shawn Robinson DET

27.   Vernon Butler CAR

28.   Dominique Easley RAM

29.   Michael Brockers RAM

30.   Adolphus Washington BUF

31.   Terrell McClain DAL

32.   Tom Johnson MIN

33.   David Parry IND

34.   Abry Jones JAX

35.   Jarran Reed SEA

36.   Ra’Shede Hageman ATL

37.   Sen’Derrick Marks JAX

38.   Alan Branch NEP

39.   Kyle Williams BUF

40.   Derrick Shelby ATL

41.   Ahtyba Rubin SEA

42.   Desmond Bryant CLE

43.   Domata Peko CIN

44.   Caraun Reid LAC

45.   Glenn Dorsey SFO

46.   Roy Miller JAX

47.   Corey Peters ARI

48.   D.J. Reader HOU

49.   Tony McDaniel SEA

50.   Letroy Guion GB

51.   Javon Hargrave PIT

52.   Karl Klug TEN

53.   Beau Allen PHI

54.   Jay Bromley NYG

55.   Haloti Ngata DET

56.   Henry Melton TBB

57.   Sheldon Day JAX

58.   Jordan Phillips MIA

59.   Brandon Thompson CIN

60.   Sharrif Floyd MIN

61.   Jordan Hill SEA

62.   Tyrunn Walker DET

63.   Sylvester Williams DEN

64.   Stacy McGee OAK

65.   Destiny Vaeao PHI

66.   Mike Purcell SFO

67.   Austin Johnson TEN

68.   Andrew Billings CIN

69.   Steve McLendon NYJ

70.   Khyri Thornton DET

71.   Akeem Spence TBB

72.   Will Sutton CHI

73.   Tyler Davison NOS

74.   Vince Valentine NEP

75.   Michael Bennett JAX

76.   Rodney Gunter ARI

77.   Jamie Meder CLE

78.   Al Woods TEN

79.   Earl Mitchell MIA

80.   Sealver Siliga TBB

81.   Carl Davis BAL

82.   Dan Williams OAK

83.   David Onyemata NOS

84.   Corbin Bryant BUF

85.   Marcus Hardison CIN

86.   Xavier Cooper CLE

87.   Xavier Williams ARI

88.   Kyle Love CAR

89.   John Jenkins SEA

90.   Jonathan Babineaux ATL

91.   Stefan Charles DET

92.   Pat Sims CIN

93.   Kedric Golston WAS

94.   Paul Soliai CAR

95.   Stephen Paea CLE

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Defensive End

1.       Joey Bosa LAC

2.       Khalil Mack OAK

3.       J.J. Watt HOU

4.       Aaron Donald RAM

5.       Jason Pierre-Paul NYG

6.       Danielle Hunter MIN

7.       Olivier Vernon NYG

8.       Cameron Jordan NOS

9.       Ezekiel Ansah DET

10.   DeForest Buckner SFO

11.   Everson Griffen MIN

12.   Leonard Williams NYJ

13.   Carlos Dunlap CIN

14.   Calais Campbell ARI

15.   Muhammad Wilkerson NYJ

16.   Frank Clark SEA

17.   Brandon Graham PHI

18.   Jadeveon Clowney HOU

19.   Michael Bennett SEA

20.   Jerry Hughes BUF

21.   Cliff Avril SEA

22.   Sheldon Richardson NYJ

23.   Aldon Smith OAK

24.   Emmanuel Ogbah CLE

25.   Mario Edwards OAK

26.   Noah Spence TBB

27.   Mario Addison CAR

28.   Andre Branch MIA

29.   Jurrell Casey TEN

30.   Dante Fowler JAX

31.   Kerry Hyder DET

32.   Cameron Heyward PIT

33.   Trey Flowers NEP

34.   Chris Jones KCC

35.   Derek Wolfe DEN

36.   Jabaal Sheard NEP

37.   Yannick Ngakoue JAX

38.   Demarcus Lawrence DAL

39.   Akiem Hicks CHI

40.   Shaq Lawson BUF

41.   Jeremiah Attaochu LAC

42.   Stephon Tuitt PIT

43.   Robert Ayers TBB

44.   William Gholston TBB

45.   Kony Ealy CAR

46.   Chris Baker WAS

47.   Romeo Okwara NYG

48.   William Hayes RAM

49.   Michael Johnson CIN

50.   Jaye Howard KCC

51.   Timmy Jernigan BAL

52.   Carl Nassib CLE

53.   Benson Mayowa DAL

54.   Mike Daniels GBP

55.   Rob Ninkovich NEP

56.   Cameron Wake MIA

57.   Josh Mauro ARI

58.   Jared Odrick JAX

59.   Vinny Curry PHI

60.   Allen Bailey KCC

61.   David Irving DAL

62.   Brian Robison MIN

63.   Jacquies Smith TBB

64.   Arik Armstead SFO

65.   Robert Nkemdiche ARI

66.   Karl Klug TEN

67.   Lawrence Guy BAL

68.   Charles Johnson CAR

69.   Kerry Wynn NYG

70.   Jonathan Bullard CHI

71.   Owamagbe Odighizuwa NYG

72.   Adam Gotsis DEN

73.   Kenny Clark GBP

74.   Marcus Smith PHI

75.   Evander Hood WAS

76.   Brooks Reed ATL

77.   Henry Anderson IND

78.   Cornelius Washington CHI

79.   Tyrone Crawford DAL

80.   Paul Kruger NOS

81.   Tyson Jackson ATL

82.   Armonty Bryant DET

83.   DaQuan Jones TEN

84.   Leger Douzable BUF

85.   Nate Orchard CLE

86.   Charles Tapper DAL

87.   Devin Taylor DET

88.   Mario Williams MIA

89.   Tyson Alualu JAX

90.   Ronald Blair SFO

91.   Kendall Langford IND

92.   Wallace Gilberry CIN

93.   Jack Crawford DAL

94.   Desmond Bryant CLE

95.   Jared Crick DEN

96.   Willie Henry BAL

97.   Ricky Jean-Francois WAS

98.   Jihad Ward OAK

99.   Hassan Ridgeway IND

100.                        Chris Long NEP

101.                        Bronson Kaufusi BAL

102.                        Will Clarke CIN

103.                        Denico Autry OAK

104.                        Brent Urban BAL

105.                        Wes Horton CAR

106.                        Hau’oli Kikaha NOS

107.                        Quinton Dial SFO

108.                        Arthur Jones IND

109.                        Mitch Unrein CHI

110.                        Ed Stinson ARI

111.                        Frostee Rucker ARI

112.                        Daryl Tapp NOS

113.                        Randy Gregory DAL

114.                        George Johnson TBB

115.                        Eugene Sims RAM

116.                        Ufomba Kamalu HOU

117.                        Jarvis Jenkins KCC

118.                        Margus Hunt CIN

119.                        Ego Ferguson CHI

120.                        Tyrone Holmes CLE

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1.       Luke Kuechly CAR

2.       Bobby Wagner SEA

3.       Kwon Alexander TBB

4.       C.J. Mosley BAL

5.       Lavonte David TBB

6.       Ryan Shazier PIT

7.       Alec Ogletree RAM

8.       Deion Jones ATL

9.       Telvin Smith JAX

10.   Jamie Collins NEP

11.   Vontaze Burfict CIN

12.   Christian Kirksey CLE

13.   Navorro Bowman SFO

14.   Benardrick McKinney HOU

15.   Zach Brown BUF

16.   Jatavis Brown LAC

17.   Jaylon Smith DAL

18.   Sean Lee DAL

19.   Eric Kendricks MIN

20.   Kiko Alonso MIA

21.   Deone Bucannon ARI

22.   Jordan Hicks PHI

23.   Jerrell Freeman CHI

24.   Von Miller DEN

25.   Vic Beasley ATL

26.   Myles Jack JAX

27.   Chandler Jones ARI

28.   Mark Barron RAM

29.   KJ Wright SEA

30.   Justin Houston KCC

31.   Melvin Ingram LAC

32.   Reggie Ragland BUF

33.   Nigel Bradham PHI

34.   Whitney Mercilus HOU

35.   Markus Golden ARI

36.   Tahir Whitehead DET

37.   Dont’a Hightower NEP

38.   Preston Brown BUF

39.   Denzel Perryman LAC

40.   Leonard Floyd CHI

41.   Ryan Kerrigan WAS

42.   Thomas Davis CAR

43.   Darron Lee NYJ

44.   Robert Quinn RAM

45.   Lawrence Timmons PIT

46.   Craig Robertson NOS

47.   Bud Dupree PIT

48.   Perry Riley OAK

49.   Lorenzo Alexander BUF

50.   Will Compton WAS

51.   Ramik Wilson KCC

52.   Mason Foster WAS

53.   Brandon Marshall DEN

54.   Shaq Thompson CAR

55.   Brian Orakpo TEN

56.   Clay Matthews GBP

57.   Preston Smith WAS

58.   Mychal Kendricks PHI

59.   Derrick Johnson KCC

60.   Deandre Levy DET

61.   Jake Ryan GBP

62.   Nick Perry GBP

63.   Jonathan Casillas NYG

64.   Dee Ford KCC

65.   Avery Williamson TEN

66.   Gerald Hodges SFO

67.   Anthony Barr MIN

68.   Derrick Morgan TEN

69.   De’Vondre Campbell ATL

70.   Jelani Jenkins MIA

71.   Bruce Irvin OAK

72.   Erik Walden IND

73.   Trent Murphy WAS

74.   Paul Posluszny JAX

75.   Shane Ray DEN

76.   B.J. Goodson NYG

77.   Ray-Ray Armstrong SFF

78.   Todd Davis DEN

79.   Brian Cushing HOU

80.   Edwin Jackson IND

81.   Demario Davis CLE

82.   Sio Moore ARI

83.   D’Qwell Jackson IND

84.   John Simon HOU

85.   Jordan Jenkins NYJ

86.   Dannell Ellerbe NOS

87.   Kyle Van Noy NEP

88.   Stephone Anthony NOS

89.   Kamalei Correa BAL

90.   Connor Barwin PHI

91.   Danny Trevathan CHI

92.   David Harris NYJ

93.   Pernell McPhee CHI

94.   Kevin Minter ARI

95.   Korey Toomer LAC

96.   Keenan Robinson NYG

97.   Corey Nelson DEN

98.   Vincent Rey CIN

99.   Cory James OAK

100.                        Sean Spence TEN

101.                        Manti Te’o LAC

102.                        Devon Kennard NYG

103.                        Antonio Morrison IND

104.                        Junior Galette WAS

105.                        Alex Okafor ARI

106.                        Josh Bynes DET

107.                        Kyle Emanuel LAC

108.                        Willie Young CHI

109.                        Anthony Hitchens DAL

110.                        Aaron Lynch SFO

111.                        Nick Kwiatkoski CHI

112.                        Malcolm Smith OAK

113.                        Nick Bellore SFO

114.                        Terrell Suggs BAL

115.                        Wesley Woodyard TEN

116.                        Blake Martinez GBP

117.                        Joshua Perry LAC

118.                        Lorenzo Mauldin NYJ

119.                        Kevin Dodd TEN

120.                        Vince Williams PIT

121.                        Daryl Smith TBB

122.                        Joe Schobert CLE

123.                        Antwione Williams DET

124.                        Shilique Calhoun OAK

125.                        Shea McClellin NEP

126.                        Demarcus Ware DEN

127.                        Karlos Dansby CLE

128.                        Shaquil Barrett DEN

129.                        Matt Judon BAL

130.                        James Harrison PIT

131.                        Koa Misi MIA

132.                        Elandon Roberts NEP

133.                        Tamba Hali KCC

134.                        Akeem Ayers IND

135.                        Datone Jones GBP

136.                        Lamarr Houston CHI

137.                        Stephen Tulloch PHI

138.                        Elvis Dumervil BAL

139.                        Dan Skuta JAX

140.                        Nick Vigil CIN

141.                        Kelvin Sheppard NYG

142.                        Damien Wilson DAL

143.                        Kentrell Brothers MIN

144.                        Za’Darius Smith BAL

145.                        Ben Heeney OAK

146.                        Najee Goode PHI

147.                        Barkevious Mingo NEP

148.                        Christian Jones CHI

149.                        Martrell Spaight WAS

150.                        Jarvis Jones PIT

151.                        Tamba Hali KCC

152.                        Albert McClellan BAL

153.                        J.T. Thomas NYG

154.                        Michael Wilhoite SFO

155.                        Kyler Fackrell GBP

156.                        Patrick Onwuasor BAL

157.                        Eli Harold SFO

158.                        Dadi Nicolas KCC

159.                        Bryce Hager RAM

160.                        Kevin Pierre-Louis SEA

161.                        Emmanuel Lamur MIN

162.                        Audie Cole MIN

163.                        Rey Maualuga CIN

164.                        Julius Peppers GBP

165.                        Mike Morgan SEA

166.                        Josh Mauga KCC

167.                        Justin Durant DAL

168.                        Aaron Wallace TEN

169.                        Joe Thomas GBP

170.                        Paul Dawson CIN

171.                        Paul Worrilow ATL

172.                        John Timu CHI

173.                        Kareem Martin ARI

174.                        Sam Barrington NOS

175.                        Donald Butler MIA

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1.       Marcus Peters KCC

2.       Vernon Hargreaves TBB

3.       Daryl Worley CAR

4.       Ryan Logan NEP

5.       Bashaud Breeland WAS

6.       A.J. Bouye HOU

7.       Malcolm Butler NEP

8.       Prince Amukamara JAX

9.       Delvin Breaux NOS

10.   Casey Hayward GBP

11.   Xavier Rhodes MIN

12.   Jalen Ramsey JAX

13.   Jalen Collins ATL

14.   Jason McCourty TEN

15.   Artie Burns PIT

16.   Jimmie Ward SFO

17.   Kareem Jackson HOU

18.   Ronald Darby BUF

19.   Kevin Johnson HOU

20.   Josh Norman WAS

21.   Marcus Cooper ARI

22.   E.J. Gaines RAM

23.   James Bradberry CAR

24.   Eli Apple NYG

25.   Brian Poole ATL

26.   Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie NYG

27.   Byron Maxwell MIA

28.   David Amerson OAK

29.   Damarious Randall GBP

30.   Lamarcus Joyner RAM

31.   Deshawn Shead SEA

32.   Joe Haden CLE

33.   Janoris Jenkins NYG

34.   Orlando Scandrick DAL

35.   Steven Nelson KCC

36.   Trumaine Johnson RAM

37.   Chris Harris DEN

38.   Darius Slay DET

39.   Robert Alford ATL

40.   Aqib Talib DEN

41.   Brent Grimes TBB

42.   Stephon Gilmore BUF

43.   Bradley Roby DEN

44.   Jason Verrett LAC

45.   Nolan Carroll PHI

46.   Xavien Howard MIA

47.   Dre Kirkpatrick CIN

48.   Terrance Mitchell KCC

49.   Tramon Williams CLE

50.   Brandon Flowers SDC

51.   Kevin Johnson HOU

52.   Shareece Wright BAL

53.   Richard Sherman SEA

54.   Jacoby Glenn CHI

55.   Brandon Carr DAL

56.   Jalen Mills PHI

57.   Senquez Golson PIT

58.   Jamar Taylor CLE

59.   Brice McCain TEN

60.   William Jackson III CIN

61.   Jeremy Lane SEA

62.   Kendall Fuller WAS

63.   Desmond Trufant ATL

64.   Nevin Lawson DET

65.   Juston Burris NYJ

66.   P.J. Williams NOS

67.   Tramaine Brock SFO

68.   Patrick Robinson IND

69.   Quandre Diggs DET

70.   Cre’von LeBlanc CHI

71.   Tony Lippett MIA

72.   Aaron Colvin JAX

73.   Trae Waynes MIN

74.   Quinten Rollins GBP

75.   Josh Shaw CIN

76.   Vontae Davis IND

77.   Phillip Gaines KCC

78.   Darrelle Revis NYJ

79.   Morris Claiborne DAL

80.   Ross Cockrell PIT

81.   Adam Jones CIN

82.   Antwon Blake TEN

83.   Buster Skrine NYJ

84.   Sam Shields GBP

85.   Jerraud Powers BAL

86.   Melvin Rashaan IND

87.   Eric Rowe NEP

88.   Josh Robinson TBB

89.   Kayvon Webster DEN

90.   D.J. Hayden OAK

91.   Darius Butler IND

92.   William Gay PIT

93.   Rashard Robinson SFO

94.   Captain Munnerlyn MIN

95.   Ladarius Gunter GBP

96.   Mackensie Alexander MIN

97.   Darqueze Dennard CIN

98.   Kayvon Webster DEN

99.   Sterling Moore NOS

100.                        Tavon Young BAL

101.                        Anthony Brown DAL

102.                        Nickell Robey BUF

103.                        Kyle Fuller CHI

104.                        Tracy Porter CHI

105.                        Jude Adjei-Barimah TBB

106.                        Bryce Callahan CHI

107.                        Quinton Dunbar WAS

108.                        Brandon Williams ARI

109.                        Leodis McKelvin PHI

110.                        Trevor Williams LAC

111.                        Damian Swann NOS

112.                        Johnathan Joseph HOU

113.                        Leonard Johnson CAR

114.                        Marcus Williams NYJ

115.                        Jimmy Smith BAL

116.                        Sean Smith OAK

117.                        Terence Newman MIN

118.                        Harlan Miller ARI CB

119.                        Bobby McCain MIA

120.                        Briean Boddy-Calhoun CLE

121.                        Patrick Peterson ARI

122.                        Cyrus Jones NEP

123.                        Ken Crawley NOS

124.                        Johnathan Jones NEP

125.                        Greg Toler WAS

126.                        Davon House JAX

127.                        Blake Countess RAM

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1.       Landon Collins NYG

2.       Keanu Neal ATL

3.       Reshad Jones MIA

4.       Harrison Smith MIN

5.       Karl Joseph OAK

6.       Eric Berry KCC

7.       Johnathan Cyprien JAX

8.       Morgan Burnett GBP

9.       Tony Jefferson ARI

10.   Barry Church DAL

11.   Tyrann Mathieu ARI

12.   Clayton Geathers IND

13.   Jahleel Addae LAC

14.   Su’a Cravens WAS

15.   Kenny Vaccaro NOS

16.   Ha Ha Clinton-Dix GBP

17.   Kam Chancellor SEA

18.   Sean Davis PIT

19.   Shawn Williams CIN

20.   Malcolm Jenkins PHI

21.   T.J. Ward DEN

22.   Tavon Wilson DET

23.   Rodney McLeod PHI

24.   D.J. Swearinger ARI

25.   Corey Graham BUF

26.   Eric Weddle BAL

27.   Miles Killebrew DET

28.   Eric Reid SFO

29.   Von Bell NOS

30.   Earl Thomas SEA

31.   Byron Jones DAL

32.   Daniel Sorensen KCC

33.   Antoine Bethea SFO

34.   Devin McCourty NEP

35.   Isa Abdul-Quddus MIA

36.   Kurt Coleman CAR

37.   Adrian Amos CHI

38.   Darian Stewart DEN

39.   Patrick Chung NEP

40.   Bradley McDougald TBB

41.   Calvin Pryor NYJ

42.   Darian Thompson NYG

43.   Jaquiski Tartt SFO

44.   Ricardo Allen ATL

45.   Kevin Byard TEN

46.   Donte Whitner WAS

47.   T.J. Green IND

48.   Deangelo Hall WAS

49.   T.J. McDonald RAM

50.   Keith Tandy TBB

51.   Derrick Kindred CLE

52.   Glover Quin DET

53.   Lardarius Webb BAL

54.   Da’Norris Searcy TEN

55.   Quintin Demps HOU

56.   Tre Boston CAR

57.   George Iloka CIN

58.   Micah Hyde GBP

59.   Harold Jones-Quartey CHI

60.   Jairus Byrd NOS

61.   Andre Hal HOU

62.   Reggie Nelson CIN

63.   Mike Adams IND

64.   Jordan Poyer CLE

65.   Duke Ihenacho WAS

66.   Dwight Lowery LAC

67.   Tashaun Gipson JAX

68.   Justin Simmons DEN

69.   Ibraheim Campbell CLE

70.   K.J. Dillon HOU

71.   Rontez Miles NYJ

72.   Ron Parker KCC

73.   Nate Allen OAK

74.   Duron Harmon NEP

75.   Aaron Williams BUF

76.   Marcus Gilchrist NYJ

77.   Maurice Alexander RAM

78.   Chris Conte TBB

79.   Jaylen Watkins PHI

80.   Rashad Johnson TEN

81.   Andrew Sendejo MIN

82.   Andrew Adams NYG

83.   Shamarko Thomas PIT

84.   Robert Blanton BUF

85.   Daimion Stafford TEN

86.   William Parks DEN

87.   Jayron Kearse MIN

88.   Rafael Bush DET

89.   Bacarri Rambo MIA

90.   Nat Berhe NYG

91.   JJ Wilcox DAL

92.   Ryan Smith TBB

93.   Robert Golden PIT

94.   Kelcie McCray SEA

95.   Tyvis Powell CLE

96.   Jeron Johnson SEA

97.   Kendrick Lewis BAL

98.   Dashon Goldson ATL

99.   Michael Griffin CAR

100.                        Matt Elam BAL

101.                        James Ihedigbo BUF

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OK, it’s way early in the off-season, but with no updated IDP rankings on the site for the past 4 months, I’m going to post mine [you'll have to scroll up just above this post to see them] just to get the conversation started. A few caveats: First of all, these rankings are going to be undergoing heavy revision over the next few weeks as free agency and the draft play havoc with players’ value. I’ll try to update them on occasion. Secondly, the leagues I play in are VERY deep (as a quick glance at the sheer number of players ranked will attest), and the top 50 (100 for LBs) players at every position are inevitably already on rosters in the leagues I play in. So my interest lies more in finding the players who are poised to assume productive roles, rather than the ones that are already there.

Also, these are DYNASTY rankings, based on the expected production to come over the entire likely FUTURE career of the player. There’s a heavier bias towards youth than one might be used to seeing, but again, I play in deep leagues where a young middle-tier player’s output over ten years might provide greater value than a veteran stud’s output for only one or two. Needless to add, you get no points for the production a player has already accumulated, and I’ve seen a lot of dynasty teams ruined by chasing past production.

Finally, I don’t do tiers. I think it’s a cop-out, and a way to avoid making tough decisions on the relative value of players. I also don’t find them particularly useful. At the end of the day, owners have to decide whether to add/drop/trade/protect a certain player over another player, and their decision has to take into account all of the factors involved anyway. So things like age, injury-risk, surrounding cast, possibility of position switch, off-the-field issues etc. are all baked into my rankings. Generally speaking, If I had a guy on my team, and I could trade him straight up for another player that’s higher on my rankings at the same position, I’d do it. Nor would it depend much on whether I was in “win-it-now” mode or in full rebuild. Because my teams are ALWAYS in win-it-now mode, and I’d almost never trade away a future asset just for some short-term gain in a dynasty league. ;)

As for the current state of the NFL off-season, intriguing situations abound. What is Oakland going to do at middle linebacker? Perry Riley started the season on the street, but forced his way past Heeney and Cory James into the starting lineup and was a pleasant surprise. PFF graded him out as the #10 overall inside linebacker in the league, but he’s a UFA and it’s possible Oakland tries to upgrade here in the draft.

What will the new scheme in Cleveland mean? Emmanuel Ogbah could see a huge jump in value with the move to defensive end in a 4-3, particularly if they draft Myles Garrett to play across from him. Shelton has turned the corner but who will play at 3-tech?

What will Wade Phillips mean to the LA Rams defensive players? Will Aaron Donald still be designated a DT? Will he be as effective playing as a 5-tech DE? What about Robert Quinn? Assuming he returns to full health, will he thrive as an edge-rushing LB?

Whither Sheldon Richardson? He’s worn out his welcome in New York and has been linked to the Cowboys, Broncos, Redskins and Raiders amongst others. Whether he ends up as a 4-3 undertackle or a 3-4 DE (or the Jets keep him and let Kevin Greene try to turn him into an OLB) will have big consequences for his fantasy value.

Gus Bradley to the Chargers, which means 4-3…Bosa will be a monster, and Liuget gains value in DT leagues. How the linebackers play out is anyone’s guess. Jatavis Brown seems tailor-made for WILL. Perryman at Mike? He seems more of a two-down thumper. Is Te’o still in the mix? If Melvin Ingram hits the road, Jeremiah Attaochu becomes a sneaky add. If Ingram stays, he’s a top 10 DE. He seems the type of smallish DE that Bradley has gotten a lot of production out of in the past with Chris Clemons and Yannick Ngakoue.

Bills: Who’s at Mike? Ragland or Preston Brown? Could be extra value for Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson with a DE designation.

Will the Ravens pay nose tackle Brandon Williams? How are they going to replace Orr? Will Kamalei Correa get a chance at redemption?

Colts: The purge has begun with D’qwell Jackson getting jettisoned. They might have a totally revamped LB corps by the time the dust of free agency and the draft settles..

Ah...sifting through the team time of the year for dynasty leagues!

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Thanks for posting.  Some LB feedback:

  • Kirksey seems high with Collins in town.

  • Zach Brown is strange so high with Ragland presumed the MLB and Brown a FA.

  • Burfict is completely unreliable – could be out of the league at any second.

  • Man, is that ever a cliff after 32.  Wow.

  • Levy at 60 doesn’t look right at all.  Health, but you have Jaylon Smith and Bowman in the top 17.  Levy’s a monster if healthy.

  • It seems like some mediocre SLB replacement level guys are ahead of guys with more upside like Morrison, Kwiatkoski, and Martinez.

  • I’d have Daryl Washington somewhere on the list.

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I am worried about Ragland. If the Bills resign Zach Brown, I think a typical 4-3 would dictate Zach at WILL, Preston at MIKE and Ragland, who rushed the passer on 3rd down in college, at SAM and coming off the field on passing situations. That said, Zach, Preston and Ragland are all 250+ lbs. Sean McDermott just came from a situation where he had 3 very good-to-elite starting LBs, none of whom were heavier than 235 lbs. If McDermott prefers faster, lighter LBs, I think all of these guys could be an issue and eventually need to find new homes. Between Preston and Ragland, I would prefer Preston hands down. Preston is only a year older than Ragland and has already produced. The chances of a guy who has already produced producing again are much higher than the chances of a guy who hasn't produced producing. If you understood that sentence, you're smarter than I am.

If the Bills don't resign Zach Brown, that may be the best scenario for Zach, even considering Buffalo's favorable stat crew. Whenever looking at potential landing spots for UFAs, people always consider the best possible location, i.e. every WR would be amazing if they went to New England. So take this with a grain of salt. But Zach could sign on in Baltimore as Orr's replacement. Zach could sign for Indy and play basically any spot on that defense that isn't played by Clayton Geathers (I'm not saying Brown could play D-Line or Safety, I'm simply pointing out the fact that the Colts defense is almost completely devoid of talent). KC is cash strapped but could sign him as Derrick Johnson's insurance/replacement. Even with the move to a 4-3, San Francisco could sign him as the Will to play next to Navarro Bowman.

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17 hours ago, Tick said:

Thanks for posting.  Some LB feedback:

  • Kirksey seems high with Collins in town.


  • Zach Brown is strange so high with Ragland presumed the MLB and Brown a FA.


  • Burfict is completely unreliable – could be out of the league at any second.


  • Man, is that ever a cliff after 32.  Wow.


  • Levy at 60 doesn’t look right at all.  Health, but you have Jaylon Smith and Bowman in the top 17.  Levy’s a monster if healthy.


  • It seems like some mediocre SLB replacement level guys are ahead of guys with more upside like Morrison, Kwiatkoski, and Martinez.


  • I’d have Daryl Washington somewhere on the list.


I would also have Darron Lee (42) a bit higher.  I would maybe just switch Jack and Lee  because Lee has actually been on the field and produced some. 

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Cheers for the replies, very helpful in determining how others value players. I’ll try to respond to some of the above comments...

The injured guys are always hardest to rank and always draw the widest range of opinions. In general I’m probably more likely to take a chance on them if they’ve already got a track record of production, if only because I’m pretty confident I can find a gem or two in the bonepile if they never do recover and deliver on their upside. I actually thought I had Levy ranked pretty high for a guy who’s had multiple surgeries on different parts of his body, has barely played in two seasons, didn’t look particularly effective when he finally did hit the field, and is about to turn 30. If you head over to the Lions’ message boards, you’ll find even less enthusiasm for their LB corps, with many openly hoping Reuben Foster falls to their pick and many calling for a complete overhaul. I was able to move Levy in a league last year for 2nd and 3rd round rookie picks and I feel like I made out like a bandit. Obviously if he can regain his pre-injury form he’s a top-tier tackle machine, but at this point I’m willing to let others gamble on him. Definitely a guy that should be on everybody’s radar, though, if he shows a return to full fitness.

Bowman’s a couple years younger, and has already proven he can come back from a serious knee injury and thrive. Initial reports on his recovery from the Achilles injury are positive and he sounds very optimistic about a full return to health.

As for Jaylon Smith, this guy is the prototypical 3-down impact LB if he’s healthy and, judging from this recent workout, looks to be getting really close to full health. If anything, I’m likely to reach a little higher than where I currently have him to secure his services. He’s got a 3-down role waiting for him as soon as he’s ready, and could pay big dividends down the road.

The Browns have all kinds of holes to fill and it’s unlikely anyone gets drafted or acquired to compete with Kirksey in the near future. The linebackers were a rare unit of strength for them. Kirksey was the #5 overall IDP in Zealots scoring (#9 on average).  I think he and Collins will be on the field all day putting up big stats on a poor team. I’m assuming Kirksey’s penciled in at Mike on first down, but even if he isn’t, he’ll be in the nickel package a lot and playing 90% of downs.

Burfict? Yeah, a complete knucklehead, and he’s got his own injury history, but an undeniable wrecking ball in the middle of a defense. I don’t think I have him on any of my teams, but I always seem to wish I did. Owners who do have him and have had to weather his brainfarts and breakdowns personally will no doubt rank him lower and I probably should, too, due to the various risks associated with owning him.

The Bills are a real conundrum at the moment, in light of their switch to a 4-3. Zach Brown would be perfect at WILL in their new scheme, but will they pony up for his services? Everyone seems convinced that Ragland is going to walk into the starting job at Mike and terrorize the league. I don’t think that’s near as certain as people are betting. He was acquired for a first round rookie pick in one of my leagues, and I think that’s just madness. Both he and Preston Brown have coverage limitations so it’s going to be interesting to see how they settle into roles in this scheme, and what percentage of snaps they see.

Darron Lee: Just not a fan. Seems terribly miscast in a 3-4, and, at barely 215 pounds, I think he might eventually get converted to safety. He’d be much more effective as a WILL in a 4-3, but that’s not the scheme he’s in. There was a time when I thought Lawrence Timmons was similarly miscast in Pittsburgh, though, and that seemed to work out OK. Still, PFF’s evaluation doesn’t inspire a lot of hope: (PFF overall grade for Lee: 38.8)

“Darron Lee has all the athleticism and measurables in the world, but it’s looking less and less likely that there is a football player operating the controls. He is the lowest-graded rookie linebacker in the league and has allowed a passer rating of 132.9 when thrown at in coverage. In fact, the only area PFF measures that Lee has graded well in is discipline, thanks to just two penalties on the season.”

Again, thanks for the comments – the points were all well taken and very much appreciated!


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