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2009 Player Rankings: Defensive Linemen
Updated: September 10, 2009
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Gaines Adams - CHI YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 8  
Comments: It's been said that the third season is the one where the defensive lineman breaks out. Big numbers ahead.
2006                      
2007 TBB 16 38 28 10 6 2     2  
2008 TBB 16 38 27 11 6     2 6 1
Avg   16 38 28 11 6 1 0 1 4 1
Proj CHI   55 41 13 11.0 3 2 1 7  
Jared Allen - CHI YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 1
Comments: Even with a dinged-up wing the guy was a beast. More of the same in 2009.
2006                      
2007 KCC 14 65 56 9 16 3     11  
2008 MIN 16 54 41 13 14 3     3  
Avg   15 60 49 11 15 3 0 0 7 0
Proj CHI   60 43 17 15.0 3 3 1 8  
Cliff Avril - SEA YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 35
Comments: White's solid play on the other side will allow Avril to develop into a solid fantasy performer.
2006                      
2007                      
2008 DET 15 22 17 5 5 4 1      
Avg   15 22 17 5 5 4 1 0 0 0
Proj SEA   39 29 10 6.5 3 1   1  
Rocky Bernard - FA YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 47
Comments: Showed some flashes of effectiveness for the Seahawks and with all the big-time edge rushers along his side he should produce for the G-men.
2006                      
2007 SEA 14 35 25 10 4   2      
2008 SEA 15 55 43 12 4 1 1   1  
Avg   15 45 34 11 4 1 2 0 1 0
Proj FA   33 23 10 4.5 1 2   3  
Alex Brown - FA YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 28
Comments: Overlooked for his steady production. Could easily be the better of the two Bear DEs.
2006                      
2007 CHI 16 41 31 10 4 2 2 1 5  
2008 CHI 16 44 42 2 6 1 1 1 6  
Avg   16 43 37 6 5 2 2 1 6 0
Proj FA   40 30 10 7.0 3 2 1 5  
Everette Brown - WAS YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 41
Comments: Could push fellow youngster Charles Johnson for the starting spot very quickly.
2006                      
2007                      
2008                      
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj WAS   38 27 11 4.0 3 1   4  
Tony Brown - FA YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 48
Comments: May be the one to assume the role voided by the Haynesworth departure.
2006                      
2007 TEN 16 52 32 20 4 1     5  
2008 TEN 15 52 38 14 4   2   4  
Avg   16 52 35 17 4 1 1 0 5 0
Proj FA   35 24 11 3.0 1 1   3  
Chris Canty - BAL YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 49
Comments: Another talented Giant pass rusher. Could see enough spot duty to be effective and is of course one (or maybe two) injury(ies) away from a starting spot.
2006                      
2007 DAL 16 43 30 13 4   1   2  
2008 DAL 16 37 25 12 3       5  
Avg   16 40 28 13 4 0 1 0 4 0
Proj BAL   33 20 13 3.5 1 2   2  
Andre Carter - FA YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 19
Comments: The addition of Haynesworth could free Carter up for big sack totals. At very least he'll approach 40 solos and 10 sacks.
2006                      
2007 WAS 16 55 43 12 10 4 1   2  
2008 WAS 16 37 24 13 4       2  
Avg   16 46 34 13 7 2 1 0 2 0
Proj FA   48 36 12 8.5 3 2   3  
Darnell Dockett - ARI YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 23
Comments: An underrated fantasy performer. Steady and productive. Could reach double-digit sacks for the Cards.
2006                      
2007 ARI 16 58 43 15 9 2 2   1  
2008 ARI 16 49 37 12 4 1 3   1 1
Avg   16 54 40 14 7 2 3 0 1 1
Proj ARI   48 35 10 7.5 2 2 1 1  
Ray Edwards - FA YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 40
Comments: Will benefit from opposing OLs concentrating on stopping Jared Allen.
2006                      
2007 MIN 12 30 26 4 5 4 1   2 1
2008 MIN 15 53 34 19 5 1     3  
Avg   14 42 30 12 5 3 1 0 3 1
Proj FA   40 28 12 5.0 2     2  
Shaun Ellis - FA YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 18
Comments: Looked to be regaining his old form in 2008. New coaching staff will use him to best of his ability.
2006                      
2007 NYJ 16 49 33 16 5 1 1      
2008 NYJ 16 60 41 19 8 2 1     1
Avg   16 55 37 18 7 2 1 0 0 1
Proj FA   52 38 14 8.5 2 1   1  
Charles Grant - FA YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 33  
Comments: Moving back to DE for the Silver and Black; could post respectable DL2 type numbers.
2006                      
2007 NOS 14 49 39 10 2       2  
2008 NOS 8 33 27 6 3       2  
Avg   11 41 33 8 3 0 0 0 2 0
Proj FA   41 30 10 6.5 1 1   2  
Tommie Harris - FA YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 30
Comments: Great amount of sacks for a DT and decent tackle totals.
2006                      
2007 CHI 16 35 31 4 8 2        
2008 CHI 14 37 33 4 5   1      
Avg   15 36 32 4 7 1 1 0 0 0
Proj FA   41 35 6 7.0 2     1  
Derrick Harvey - FA YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 31
Comments: With a full off-season before his second season he should make the leap.
2006                      
2007                      
2008 JAC 16 19 15 4 4     1 2  
Avg   16 19 15 4 4 0 0 1 2 0
Proj FA   40 31 9 7.0 3 2   3  
Albert Haynesworth - FA YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 16
Comments: The move to the Nation's Capital won't mean he's not the best DT in the game.
2006                      
2007 TEN 13 40 32 8 6       5  
2008 TEN 14 51 41 10 8 3 1   2  
Avg   14 46 37 9 7 2 1 0 4 0
Proj FA   51 40 11 7.0 3 2   4  
Darren Howard - FA YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 46
Comments: Won't get 10 sacks again but even in a limited role is an effective fantasy DL if nothing else a backup.
2006                      
2007 PHI 16 8 5 3 1       2  
2008 PHI 16 26 21 5 10 1 1 1 3  
Avg   16 17 13 4 6 1 1 1 3 0
Proj FA   33 23 10 6.0 1 1   3  
Kris Jenkins - FA YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 45
Comments: The knee injury doesn't appear to be much of a problem and he could excel under the new regime.
2006                      
2007 CAR 16 38 30 8 2          
2008 NYJ 16 52 37 15 4 1     2  
Avg   16 45 34 12 3 1 0 0 1 0
Proj FA   40 30 10 2.5   1   2  
Charles Johnson - CAR YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 42
Comments: Could play well and despite the talents of rookie Brown could put up solid stats opposite Peppers.
2006                      
2007 CAR 3 2 1 1            
2008 CAR 16 25 20 5 6 1 1   7  
Avg   10 14 11 3 3 1 1 0 4 0
Proj CAR   39 27 8 5.0 2 1   4  
Jason Jones - DET YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 37  
Comments: Will be a productive one-gap roadblock for the Titans' defense with Haynesworth in DC.
2006                      
2007                      
2008 TEN 13 31 24 7 5 3     2  
Avg   13 31 24 7 5 3 0 0 2 0
Proj DET   35 30 10 5.5 1 2   1  
Tommy Kelly - NEP YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 44
Comments: Had a massive number of assisted tackles in 2008 which could signal increased overall numbers in 2009.
2006                      
2007 OAK 7 30 27 3 1       1  
2008 OAK 16 56 31 25 4          
Avg   12 43 29 14 3 0 0 0 1 0
Proj NEP   45 27 16 3.5 1     1  
Mathias Kiwanuka - NYG YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 26
Comments: Even as a part-timer could crack the top-20 or with an injury to Tuck or Umenyiora could be top-10.
2006                      
2007 NYG 10 44 33 11 4       4  
2008 NYG 16 51 35 16 8 2 2   1  
Avg   13 48 34 14 6 1 1 0 3 0
Proj NYG   43 32 12 6.5 3 2 1 3  
Leonard Little - FA YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 34
Comments: Long's emergence could easily hurt his totals but may open him up for a decent season. Expect moderate stats.
2006                      
2007 STL 7 19 16 3 1 1        
2008 STL 14 18 15 3 6 2        
Avg   11 19 16 3 4 2 0 0 0 0
Proj FA   38 30 8 6.0 3 2   2  
Chris Long - STL YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 13
Comments: Under Spagnuolo's tutelage Long will have a big chance at a big breakout season.
2006                      
2007                      
2008 STL 16 40 32 8 4 1 1      
Avg   16 40 32 8 4 1 1 0 0 0
Proj STL   54 39 13 8.0 3 2   2  
Shawne Merriman - FA YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 44
Comments: The knee is still not at full strength but will help the Bolt defense return to prominence.
2006                      
2007 SDC 15 68 54 14 12 2 2   5  
2008 SDC 1 2 1 1            
Avg   8 35 28 8 6 1 1 0 3 0
Proj FA   83 50 15 11.5 3 2 1 5  
Haloti Ngata - BAL YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 24  
Comments: The new DC is letting Ngata rush the passer a bit more in the 4-3 scheme. Could be in for a big season.
2006                      
2007                      
2008                      
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj BAL   51 39 12 2.5 2 2 1 4  
Adewale Ogunleye - FA YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 12
Comments: The Bear defense could pick things back up in 2009 and make things happen. Ogunleye could be the catalyst.
2006                      
2007 CHI 16 58 53 5 9 6 3   3  
2008 CHI 16 62 48 14 5     1 4  
Avg   16 60 51 10 7 3 2 1 4 0
Proj FA   53 40 11 8.5 3 1   3  
Juqua Parker - FA YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 36
Comments: Flew a bit under the radar last season for a good Philly defense but could put up good DL2 type fantasy stats.
2006                      
2007 PHI 16 37 27 10 5 2 2   2  
2008 PHI 16 45 33 12 5 1   1 7 1
Avg   16 41 30 11 5 2 1 1 5 1
Proj FA   39 29 10 5.5 2 1   4  
Julius Peppers - GBP YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 5
Comments: Racked up his most sacks in contract season last year. Could be just as good this season.
2006                      
2007 CAR 14 38 30 8 2 3 2 1 4  
2008 CAR 16 51 40 11 14 5     5  
Avg   15 45 35 10 8 4 1 1 5 0
Proj GBP   55 48 13 11.0 4 3 1 5  
Shaun Rogers - FA YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 17
Comments: Could easily challenge Haynesworth for best DT status. Had a superb 2008 and could do more of the same in 2009.
2006                      
2007 DET 16 39 26 13 7   3 1 3 1
2008 CLE 16 75 60 15 4       4  
Avg   16 57 43 14 6 0 2 1 4 1
Proj FA   54 44 10 5.0 1 3 1 3  
Richard Seymour - FA YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 21  
Comments: Moves over to the Raiders where he'll see more sack opportunities.
2006                      
2007 NEP 9 23 15 8 2       1  
2008 NEP 15 51 34 17 8   1   1  
Avg   12 37 25 13 5 0 1 0 1 0
Proj FA   50 35 15 6.5 1 1 1 5  
Aaron Smith - FA YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 39
Comments: Had one of his best seasons in 2008 and with the LBs causing havoc in the back Smith could excel again.
2006                      
2007 PIT 11 31 22 9 2   2      
2008 PIT 16 60 44 16 6       4  
Avg   14 46 33 13 4 0 1 0 2 0
Proj FA   45 31 10 4.0 1     3  
Justin Smith - SFO YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 9
Comments: Flew a bit under the radar as a Bengal but everyone knows him now that he dispelled the hybrid rumor.
2006                      
2007 CIN 16 78 49 29 2       3  
2008 SFO 16 73 50 23 7 1   1 3  
Avg   16 76 50 26 5 1 0 1 3 0
Proj SFO   65 45 20 7.0 4 1   3  
Will Smith - NEP YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 27  
Comments: The Vikings' Williamses avoided the 4-game suspension. No such luck for the Saint DEs. Big hit to the Saint D.
2006                      
2007 NOS 16 66 47 19 7 2 3   3  
2008 NOS 16 62 43 19 3 1     1  
Avg   16 64 45 19 5 2 2 0 2 0
Proj NEP   46 36 10 5.0 2 1   2  
Antonio Smith - OAK YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 38
Comments: With Super Mario commanding attention on the other side Smith could excel. Or rookie Connor Barwin could steal time.
2006                      
2007 ARI 16 44 37 7 6 1 3      
2008 ARI 16 41 31 10 4 2 3      
Avg   16 43 34 9 5 2 3 0 0 0
Proj OAK   40 30 10 5.0 2 2      
Darryl Tapp - DET YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 14
Comments: If Kerney can stay healthy and do some damage on the other side Tapp will continue to improve.
2006                      
2007 SEA 16 49 41 8 7 3 2 1 8  
2008 SEA 16 54 45 9 6 4 1      
Avg   16 52 43 9 7 4 2 1 4 0
Proj DET   50 40 10 7.5 4 2 1 3  
Justin Tuck - OAK YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 6
Comments: Could rise into the top 3 if he not Umenyiora is the better of the Giant ends.
2006                      
2007 NYG 16 63 46 17 10 2     1  
2008 NYG 16 65 51 14 12 3   1 2 1
Avg   16 64 49 16 11 3 0 1 2 1
Proj OAK   58 48 10 10.5 3 2   4  
Osi Umenyiora - ATL YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 3
Comments: Osi's tiff with his DC doesn't appear to be an issue. He's healthy and ready to dominate once again.
2006                      
2007 NYG 16 52 40 12 13 5 2     1
2008                      
Avg   16 52 40 12 13 5 2 0 0 1
Proj ATL   62 47 15 13.0 3 2   4  
Kyle Vanden Bosch - FA YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 15  
Comments: Yes he's in a contract year but only played 10 games last season and is without Haynesworth causing havoc alongside him.
2006                      
2007 TEN 16 60 48 12 12 4     3  
2008 TEN 10 24 12 12 4 3 2      
Avg   13 42 30 12 8 4 1 0 2 0
Proj FA   54 39 12 8.5 2 1 1 2  
Demarcus Ware - DEN YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 15
Comments: No reason to think the sacks will go away and he's becoming a solid on-field leader for the Cowboy D.
2006                      
2007 DAL 16 84 60 24 14 4     3  
2008 DAL 16 84 69 15 20 6 1   2  
Avg   16 84 65 20 17 5 1 0 3 0
Proj DEN   90 70 20 16.0 5 3 1 4  
Dewayne White - FA YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 22
Comments: Basically all the Lions have up front. Despite double-teaming could get you 10 sacks.
2006                      
2007 DET 14 43 33 10 6 3 2 1 3 1
2008 DET 12 39 28 11 6 3 1 1 2  
Avg   13 41 31 11 6 3 2 1 3 1
Proj FA   44 32 13 7.5 3 2   4  
Kevin Williams - SEA YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 32  
Comments: Looks like he's not going to miss any time to start the season. Slight bump up here.
2006                      
2007 MIN 16 38 30 8 3 1 1 2 6 2
2008 MIN 16 61 46 15 8 1     5  
Avg   16 50 38 12 6 1 1 1 6 1
Proj SEA   36 30 10 6.0 2 1   4  
Mario Williams - BUF YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 2
Comments: Could potentially challenge Allen for top-dog status this year. Improvements to the DL will only help Super Mario.
2006                      
2007 HOU 16 59 43 16 14 2 1   1 1
2008 HOU 16 53 44 9 12 4        
Avg   16 56 44 13 13 3 1 0 1 1
Proj BUF   64 50 14 13.0 3 2   3  
LaMarr Woodley - OAK YEAR TM GMS TKLS SOLO ASST SACKS FFUM RFUM IND PDEF TD
Huddle Rank: 48  
Comments: With Timmons ailing and Woodley already proven himself as a solid pass-rusher he could break out big time in 2009.
2006                      
2007 PIT 13 13 13   4 1        
2008 PIT 15 60 41 19 12 2 4 1 2 1
Avg   14 37 27 10 8 2 2 1 1 1
Proj OAK   70 49 21 8.5 2 2 1 4  
   
 

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