Let’s be honest here: not even your created player on Madden can sniff J.J. Watt’s jock, he’s on his own tier, his own island so there should be no surprise he sits atop the rankings list.


2 ROBERT QUINN STL needs to get off to a fast start this time around but legit 2nd behind Watt
3 CHANDLER JONES NEP long as he can stay healthy, solid bet for at least 10-11 sacks & a bunch of tackles
4 JASON PIERRE-PAUL NYG can he do it with 9 fingers, yeah he can
5 EVERSON GRIFFEN MIN 2014 was no fluke
6 EZEKIEL ANSAH DET no Suh will hurt but I believe Ziggy takes next step into becoming one of the best 4-3 ends in the league
7 SHELDON RICHARDSON NYJ 4-game suspension
8 CARLOS DUNLAP CIN continues to produce and will continue to produce
9 GREG HARDY* DAL suspension (of course) but once he takes the field he’s a top 10 DE in IDP
10 MUHAMMAD WILKERSON NYJ figures to ball out to get a new big contract (unless NYJ signs him now)
11 CALAIS CAMPBELL ARI it’s like Griffen and Calais switched places, still a top DE option just limited upside now
12 JURRELL CASEY TEN underrated
13 FLETCHER COX PHI This Eagle soared last year, can he do it again? (yes)
14 CAMERON HEYWARD PIT he got paid, well deserving now if he could only pile on the sacks with his tackles he’d be in my top 7
15 MARCELL DAREUS BUF owners rejoice when MFL moved him back to DT
16 OLIVIER VERNON MIA the presence of Suh will help and he’ll eat up tackles
17 COREY LIUGET SDC getting better every year and this seems too low for him
18 AARON DONALD STL what will he do for an encore?
19 CAMERON JORDAN NOS he’ll bounce back (I’m certain)
20 CAMERON WAKE MIA contending teams need to go get him, at least 2 more years of studness in IDP world – he is getting old you know but doesn’t look it
21 GERALD MCCOY TBB just.stay.healthy top DT1 option DL2 lock
22 VIC BEASLEY ATL oh yes I feel Beasley will rise in this ranking list in the coming future
23 DEMARCUS LAWRENCE DAL the hype is real but may be too real and price tag becomes ridiculous (don’t be THAT guy)
24 MALIK JACKSON DEN underrated – career year up ahead
25 CHARLES JOHNSON CAR savvy and steady, you’ll get at least one 3 sack game out of him it’s just a matter of whether or not you start him during that time
26 JONATHAN HANKINS NYG one of the better DT’s in the game, stock is rising and a legit top 3 DT option he makes his case watch him eat in 2015 tackles galore!
27 MIKE DANIELS GBP underrated and underappreciated
28 DANTE FOWLER JR JAC buy and stash, yes you do that now
29 KONY EALY CAR will be in a rotation (sucks) but expected will still have a breakout year and flirt with 10 sacks
30 JACQUIES SMITH TBB breakout ahead
31 NDAMUKONG SUH MIA run stuffer who’ll put his cleat in your grill on your helmet
32 GENO ATKINS CIN been back and forth with Geno, 2nd year off ACL injury we should start too see the old Geno – I’m buying where I can
33 TANK CARRADINE SF nice talent but will be in a rotation, thing for Tank is he’s versatile can play inside or outside so that’ll help him get his snaps
34 SEN’DERRICK MARKS* JAC coming off a knee injury, probably won’t be ready but still the best DL in JAX if price is right, buy and hold
35 RANDY GREGORY DAL while Hardy is suspended its his time to shine – or at least take advantage of
36 RA’SHEDE HAGEMAN ATL is ready to take the next step, will be a force
37 TYRONE CRAWFORD DAL underrated on tape and starting to catch steam in IDP leagues, better go get him now especially in DT required leagues
38 SHARRIF FLOYD MIN has dropped in my rankings but it’s not a bad thing just a lot of talent in the middle of the pack but still bank on Sharrif having a breakout year
39 DONTARI POE KCC still feasting for KCC in the middle
40 JABAAL SHEARD NEP back to IDP relevancy in NEP – will thrive back in 4-3 DE role
41 LEONARD WILLIAMS NYJ could rise in rankings, especially since Sheldon is out for 4 games – Leonard can show the staff what he’s capable of
42 OWA ODIGHIZUWA NYG in a rotation at best, still buying as a DL2 in the near future
43 TIM JERNIGAN BAL not worried about his switch from DT to DE, DL2 upside
44 KYLE WILLIAMS BUF the aging vet is well … aging but valueable to contending teams
45 MARIO EDWARDS OAK the rookie will get every chance to shine
46 ROB NINKOVICH NEP with Sheard in town, snaps decrease and so does tackle numbers
47 DAMONTRE MOORE NYG if he improved over the off-season he’ll take the jump over Owa
48 MICHAEL BENNETT SEA no upside on a talented line that’ll probably use rotation to keep legs fresh still capable of hitting 10+ sacks though
49 CHRIS LONG STL a healthy Chris Long will be a welcoming sight for Quinn and Donald sadly that does nothing for Chris (stat wise)
50 CLINTON MCDONALD TBB monster in the middle, top 20 IDP DL if McCoy were to get injured
51 KAWAAN SHORT CAR definitely a DT target in DT required leagues
52 DEREK WOLFE DEN suspension definitely hurts his stock right now which will make him a cheaper buy than before, worth a flier if you need depth
53 ROBERT AYERS NYG one of the best run stopping DE’s in the league, NYG will play him – good depth get for your IDP team
54 DANIELLE HUNTER MIN draft and stash – thank me later
55 FRANK CLARK SEA draft and stash – thank me later
56 STEPHON TUITT PIT if you’re in a deep rostered league, sure.
57 DANNY SHELTON CLE I’m actually pretty high on Shelton in DT required leagues, can eat up in the middle and rake in a bunch of tackles
58 HENRY ANDERSON IND INDY loves his motor and relentless attack, they’re going to need it nice dynasty DL target
59 BRANDON WILLIAMS BAL will have Carl Davis breathing down his neck, if he doesn’t perform – Davis will take over
60 VINNY CURRY PHI hearing good things about him (finally) this off-season, worth a flier if you need a 4th or 5th DE
61 ALLEN BAILEY KCC one of those options you have during your bye week and he puts up 12-14 points
62 BENNIE LOGAN PHI thought I had him ranked higher, DT required leagues he’s definitely a top 15 target but in DL leagues a low tier DL2 option top tier DL3
63 CARL DAVIS BAL the future … draft and stash
64 MICHAEL JOHNSON CIN oh, I don’t think the move back to Cincy helps
65 MALCOM BROWN NEP crowded line will be battling for snaps but he’s solid
66 ARIK ARMSTEAD SF will be in a rotation
67 EDDIE GOLDMAN CHI should be eating up them tackles, think Kawaan Short
68 SCOTT CRICHTON MIN probably has 1 year to showcase what he’s got, Danielle Hunter will fight for starting spot in ’16
69 TYRUNN WALKER DET dark horse sleeper
70 JAY RATLIFF CHI Bears need all the DL they can get, can he improve off last season?
71 LINVAL JOSEPH MIN in DT required leagues he’s a great buy-low late round flier
73 SYLVESTER WILLIAMS DEN keep on your radar, with Wolfe out for 4 games he can take over
74 NICK FAIRLEY STL will be in a rotation, which is probably best for him
75 JASON HATCHER WAS savvy vet how much does he have left in the tank?
76 JUSTIN TUCK OAK 1 more year
77 DEVIN TAYLOR DET when will he put it together, 2015? Lets hope so the kid is so talented
78 STEPHEN PAEA WAS dark horse to rise in my rankings, nice depth pick-up for contending teams with deep rosters
79 AKIEM HICKS NOS not buying he was that horrible in 2014, should have a better 2015
80 RANDY STARKS CLE Starks gonna do his part in CLE but worth as a bye week filler



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