1 JJ WATT HOU in a tier on his own
2 AARON DONALD STL if you’ve watched him or an owner you’d realize just how close to Watt he really is, will have Quinn healthy in ’16 to take away double-teams too
3 CHANDLER JONES NEP battles injuries here & there but put up a career high in sacks with 12.5 in 2015 & shall continue to build on that, averages about 52 tackles per season as well
4 FLETCHER COX PHI not a fluke, Cox flashed his growth & development last season & was in dominant fashion in ’15, posted 71 tackles and 9.5 sacks and will build on this entering 2016 (only in single digit scoring in 6 of 16 games played)
5 MUHAMMAD WILKERSON FA expected to get the tag in NYJ & in reality the Jets need to pay the man he’s been consistently dominant on the field, career best 12 sacks in ’15 and still only 26 years old.
6 EVERSON GRIFFEN MIN  steady as they come
7 ZIGGY ANSAH DET dominated 2015 with 14.5 sacks and should be turning into form as one of the elite DE’s in the league, still have time to buy him but his price has increased after his career year.
8 ROBERT QUINN STL injury riddled season in ’15, throw that sh*t away – his price tag is probably the cheapest it’ll ever be now and time to pounce as owners are probably wary of Donald’s emergence, a healthy Quinn is still an elite DE
9 DEMARCUS LAWRENCE DAL had a very strong 2nd half of 2015, put up 7 sacks in 8 games. I will not be surprised if he competed to be a top 5 DE in 2016.
10 CAMERON JORDAN NOS after a disappointing ’14 season, Jordan easily bounced back in ’15 posting 10 sacks and 46 tackles, new scheme coming in & Jordan will continue to be the staple of the pass rush in New Orleans.
11 OLIVIER VERNON UFA I expect Miami to retain Vernon, after Wake’s achilles injury there’s really nobody on the roster to play DE so keeping Vernon should be near the top of their priority list. Posted 7.5 sacks after a slow start to the season
12 CALAIS CAMPBELL ARI frustrates you as an owner but can put together solid games in bunches, just a matter of which consecutive weeks you’ll start him still a low end DL1 option but treading the wrong way
13 CARLOS DUNLAP CIN  consistently inconsistent but worth the headache for his steady floor
14 VIC BEASLEY ATL Falcons finally got smart and moved Vic to LDE (where he’s best suited) and once ATL gets a viable RDE, Vic’s life will become much easier and didn’t put up eye popping stats in ’15 but I’m expecting all numbers across the board to take a big jump, don’t be surprised if he flirts with 11 sacks in ’16
15 KAWANN SHORT CAR not a fluke and Kawann will continue to D-O-M-I-N-A-T-E opposing OL’s, should be the 2nd DT taken in drafts after Donald
16 GENO ATKINS CIN welcome back Geno, we can continue to draft and own Geno comfortably
17 DANTE FOWLER JAC hope you where able to buy or attain Fowler at some point last season after his ACL injury, he will flash his capabilities as long as he has a healthy off-season and will be a top 15 DL once he gets going #BUYNOW
18 JASON PIERRE-PAUL NYG that cast on his hand has hurt his value big time, buy with caution as I’ve already avoided his top 5 days are over
19 DANIELLE HUNTER MIN rising and will continue to rise, if Robison isn’t back in MIN and Hunter gets majority of the snaps at DE opposite Griffen he’s in store for a big jump in his sophomore season
20 CAMERON HEYWARD PIT  how does one respond to a career year, we’ll find out solid DL2 option in ’16
21 MARIO EDWARDS OAK believe the hype on Mario, his sacks should increase but his tackle numbers will be a mainstay
22 MICHAEL BENNETT SEA  will he lose snaps to Clark or Marsh in ’16, maybe but he can also move inside too should still flirt with 10+ sacks
23 JERRY HUGHES BUF such a down year and luckily leagues don’t give negative points for penalities because it seems Hughes had more penalties against him than he had sacks/tackles combined. He needs to get his head straight and dominate in ’16, cant waste his talent
24 GERALD MCCOY TBB was a force on the field (as usual) didn’t translate to stat sheet though even still as TBB continues to build their line he’ll continue to be their foundation and numbers will flood in (needs to stay healthy)
25 HENRY ANDERSON IND pretty much a younger version of Ninkovich, will pile up the tackles & get a handful of sacks
26 LEONARD WILLIAMS NYJ only had 3 sacks in ’15 but I expect that to jump in ’16 with more playing time, had a solid 63 total tackles, number where I expect him to float around for his career.
27 MIKE DANIELS GBP underrated and continues to improve each season, if Packers ever got help on the DL he could put up even better numbers, is quickly turning into an every week DL2 starter (if he’s not already)
28 LINVAL JOSEPH MIN he’s a force in the middle which is why Sharrif hasn’t taken off yet
29 MALIK JACKSON FA Broncos would be foolish to let Malik go, needs to build on career year
30 STEPHON TUITT PIT first time as a full-time player and it showed as he kind of slowed down towards the end, gets his conditioning in check or has depth behind him his numbers will be there again, high tackle numbers can be expected
31 CLIFF AVRIL SEA  i’d sell him this off-season after the year he had (47 tackles 9 sacks) otherwise still a viable DL2 option
32 ROB NINKOVICH NEP will continue to float around as a DL2/3 option as long as he’s in NEP, had 6.5 sacks in ’15 after back to back 8 sack seasons but is an above average DE racking up tackles for you
33 JACQUIES SMITH TBB graded out as one of the worst 4-3 DE in the league via PFF but not buying that completely, he was a beast early season before his injuries piled up & never seemed to get back on track. A solid buy-low DE heading into ’16
34 COREY LIUGET SDC like, what happened?
35 JABAAL SHEARD NEP rejuvanated his career in NEP, posted 8 sacks in 13 games and ended the season with 4 sacks in last 5 games.
36 RANDY GREGORY DAL ceiling is a top 25 DL, temper expectations in ’16 esp if they resign ol’ bum Hardy (although Hardy didn’t show much of anything) lot of promise with Gregory.
37 DEVIN TAYLOR DET posted a career best 7 sacks in 2015, shaping into form and if he gets full-time snaps he could easily best the 7 sacks.
39 WILLIAM GHOLSTON TBB strictly a tackle DE which isn’t a bad thing but limits upside elsewhere
41 BENNIE LOGAN PHI one of the better DT’s in the game, has his games where he puts up big numbers – a DT1 or DL2
42 FRANK CLARK SEA expected to see an increase in playing time, has the upside of a top 20 DE if Bennett or Avril are gone
43 CHARLES JOHNSON CAR sack dependant, injuries piling up and CAR has stout front to lean on rotation, no longer an every week starter
44 CAMERON WAKE MIA with achilles injury, is his career over or he’s coming back?
45 KONY EALY CAR clearly a sack dependant DE but gets them in bunches, remains a DL3 option in a rotation CAR front
46 TYRONE CRAWFORD DAL dominates on the field just doesn’t apply to stat sheet, it does a handful of times though
47 MARCELL DAREUS BUF the mighty have fallen, are you shocked he’s disappeared after signing that contract? I think he bounces back a little in ’16 but changes to be made
48 HOWARD JONES TBB needs the DE tag on MFL first and foremost before he has any DL value, but has shown flashes of what he can do and should continue to see snaps in a rotation
49 ALLEN BAILEY KCC feeling like this is too low for Bailey but at same time I only trust him as a DL3 option (at best) where he’s a spot starter
50 MALCOM BROWN NEP was a force for the Patriots will remain a solid DT2/DL4 option
51 AKIEM HICKS FA getting traded to NEP has revived his career, was pretty solid in his short tenure for NEP and should earn him a decent contract as he hits FA this off-season
52 JONATHAN HANKINS NYG I’d still buy as a DT1 after an injury riddle/down season – cant question his talent, it’s there.
53 ROBERT AYERS FA if he resigns in New York, value remains as a DL3 option
55 EDDIE GOLDMAN CHI got some snaps as the season went on, piled on muliple sacks and looks every bit of the part the Bears need as their interior lineman. Top 12 DT upside and a DL4 option right now
56 SEN’DERRICK MARKS JAC bad luck for Marks last year, needs to get fully healthy so keep an eye out as he’s a legit top 7 DT
57 GREG HARDY FA don’t trust him, his antics, his attitude – also only piled up 6 sacks for DAL and disappeared
59 XAVIER COOPER CLE total wild card as I’m not even sure what CLE will do up front but he’s probably their most athletic DE with slight upside
60 MARIO WILLIAMS FA looks like he lost all his motivation in BUF, perhaps a new scenary will do him some good but for now he stays all the way down here.
64 JAYE HOWARD KCC jumped out of nowhere last season, think he’ll go back to average at best and DT2/DL4 option
67 BRENT URBAN BAL  deep league watch list
68 BOBBY RICHARDSON NOS  deep league watch list
69 VINNY CURRY FA  intrigued too see who signs him, underrated pass rusher

my 2016 LB Rankings will follow shortly, shooting for the weekend as always hit me up on Twitter @IDPwithBEE_8o8

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