2017 Very Early IDP DL Dynasty Rankings

during their NFL game on November 27, 2016 in Oakland, California.
RANK PLAYER TEAM
1 Khalil Mack OAK
2 Jason Pierre-Paul NYG
3 JJ Watt HOU
4 Danielle Hunter MIN
5 Joey Bosa LAC
6 Leonard Williams NYJ
7 Calais Campbell ARI
8 Aaron Donald LAR
9 Cameron Jordan NOS
10 Muhammad Wilkerson NYJ
11 Olivier Vernon NYG
12 Everson Griffen MIN
13 Carlos Dunlap CIN
14 DeForest Buckner SF
15 Ziggy Ansah DET
16 Brandon Graham PHI
17 Frank Clark SEA
18 Trey Flowers NEP
19 Akiem Hicks CHI
20 Carl Nassib CLE
21 Fletcher Cox PHI
22 Jerry Hughes BUF
23 Mario Edwards OAK
24 Stephon Tuitt PIT
25 Ndamukong Suh MIA
26 DeMarcus Lawrence DAL
27 Yannick Ngakoue JAC
28 Robert Ayers TBB
29 Robert Quinn LAR
30 Cameron Heyward PIT
31 Mario Addison CAR
32 Hau’oli Kikaha NOS
33 Noah Spence TBB
34 Sheldon Richardson NYJ
35 Cliff Avril SEA
36 Sheldon Rankins NOS
37 Michael Bennett SEA
38 Geno Atkins CIN
39 Damon Harrison NYG
40 Jurrell Casey TEN
41 Gerald McCoy TBB
42 Derek Wolfe DEN
43 Henry Anderson IND
44 David Irving DAL
45 Kawann Short CAR
46 Danny Shelton CLE
47 Jabaal Sheard NEP
48 Dante Fowler JAC
49 William Gholston TBB
50 Devin Taylor DET
51 Cameron Wake MIA
52 Eddie Goldman CHI
53 Chris Jones KCC
54 Linval Joseph MIN
55 Jacquies Smith TBB
56 Emmanuel Ogbah CLE
57 Rob Ninkovich NEP
58 Chris Baker WAS
59 Kony Ealy CAR
60 Bronson Kaufusi BAL
61 Robert Nkemdiche ARI
62 Johnathan Hankins NYG
63 Vernon Butler CAR
64 Javon Hargrave PIT
65 Jonathan Bullard CHI
66 Marcell Dareus BUF
67 Jared Crick DEN
68 Malik Jackson JAC
69 Grady Jarrett ATL
70 Romeo Okwara NYG
71 Malcom Brown NEP
72 Jihad Ward OAK
73 Mike Daniels GBP
74 Maliek Collins DAL
75 Kenny Clark GBP
76 Jarran Reed SEA
77 Michael Johnson CIN
78 Vinny Curry PHI
79 Jaye Howard KCC
80 Ronald Blair SF

 

Khalil Mack is your numero uno and are you really surprised? JPP is definitely a name to keep tabs on this off-season as he’s a FA and there’s a shot he’ll end up elsewhere; regardless I’m not doubting his talent and neither should you.  Watt will be back with a vengeance  in 2017 as he makes his way back after a lost season; time to buy is now!  Are we surprised by the ranking of Danielle Hunter and Joey Bosa? You shouldn’t be, I’ve been a big Hunter fan and Bosa just proved me wrong; didn’t expect him to be that dominant out the gate.  Their prices may be steep but if you got the ammo & depth to make the move; I’d advise to do so.  In his last six games Bosa produced 26 tackles, 11 TFL and 6.5 sacks.  Calais is a pending FA and could very well change jerseys in 2017 and if so I’m not worried about production, no sign of decline and will continue to pile up tackles in bunches; he ended 2016 as the DL2 behind Khalil Mack; FYI.

There’s been some scared news when Rams hired Wade Phillips; Donald owners were freaking out but why? He’s an absolute stud and if you’re freaking out about him means you don’t trust Wade and Wade KNOWS when he has an elite defensive player.  He’s going to put Donald in situations where he can succeed; so if someone is selling – go ahead and buy him.

Frank Clark, Carl Nassib, Trey Flowers – believe! Told y’all about Clark last two seasons; you’d still may be able to get him a affordable price being Seattle likes to rotate but it’s hard to ignore what Clark did this season (47 tackles, 10 sacks).  Nassib is sort of an after thought after a miserable rookie season plagued by injuries and spotty snaps but he has a solid ceiling; especially after his stellar pre-season that got a lot of folks attention.  Don’t worry about the scheme change, he fits just fine as a 4-3 DE.  Buy/Add Flowers where you can; his performance in the Super Bowl wasn’t a fluke (like Ealy’s) and shall be an even bigger part of the Patriots pass rush attack in ’17.

IF Jerry Hughes gets the DE tag again, it’s time to put him back on the IDP map; he’ll be a bit more useful there.  A healthy Mario Edwards is what Oakland has missed and will be welcomed going forward; he has a solid tackle floor & potential to rack up 8-10 sacks.

DeMarcus Lawrence is set to have off-season surgery (i know, again!) and it is concerning but i still like his potential once he gets on the field.  He has dropped though; a healthy Lawrence will be a suitable DL2 option.  Mario Addison is a name to keep tabs on, he’s not “young” (29) but he’s solid and has been productive in rotational snaps (8 sacks last 7 games of the season).  If he stays in Carolina, solid value and should get the potential to start as I don’t think Johnson is returning.

David Irving hype is real BUT temper expectations; he’s similar to Devin Taylor in which he was excellent in rotational snaps but how will he hold up if given full-time role?  Lack of DE depth in DAL and oozing upside is hard to pass up right now; be a buyer where you can afford too.  Unfortunately it is time to sell Robert Quinn for whatever you can get; he’s already peaked and always seems to be injured – if you can get him in exchange for like a 4th or 5th round rookie pick or even another IDP player I’d do that in a heartbeat.  Noah Spence has double digit sack upside, he put up 5.5 sacks on spare snaps and if Gholston is gone; expect Spence to earn a starting job.  Has a little Cliff Avril IDP Profile to him; 9-12 sacks with 40-50 tackle floor.  Robert Nkemdiche, don’t forget about him especially IF Calais leaves via Free Agency, Cardinals have nobody else on that line and although I’m expecting them to address it – a year of learning and developing should help Nkemdiche into gaining a role next season.  Too much of a talent to let sit, would be pro-active and get him now while he’s free.

 

4 Comments

  1. daffy

    February 8, 2017 at 11:37 am

    what happened to clowney?

    • Bee Salamat

      February 8, 2017 at 8:35 pm

      i got asked the same question, I use MFL for my positional rankings and he’s still listed as a LB there BUT I should have included him here as I’ve included Jerry Hughes so it’s and early mistake on my part. In that case, IF and when Clowney gets DE eligibility he would have and will be in my top 10 (DL1)

  2. Raymond

    February 9, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Where you been bee? Always good to see your analysis!

    • Bee Salamat

      February 14, 2017 at 11:41 pm

      Raymond – sadly my real life job took most of my time/focus & whatever spare time i had it was spent resting & just enjoying life as i didn’t have much days off then. Now, I’m getting back into it and re-balancing everything

      thanks for the support my man – new things coming too like an IDP Mailbag, more info on that shortly

      have a good week and as always any questions, I’m here for y’all – Aloha

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