With news coming out of camps, injury updates, and position battles becoming clearer, I’ve updated my top 50 defensive line rankings.  Here are some highlights of the changes.  With opening day just a few weeks away, I don’t expect these to change unless there is some major injury news before that. 

The biggest mover up is Chase Young. I’m always hesitant on ranking rookies so highly, but after watching some film it looks like he can have an instant impact. 

 Everson Griffen makes an appearance at number 52 after his signing with the Cowboys although I think he is a bench player for your squad with week to week upside. 

Jadaveon Clowney is still unsigned and drops down the board. I think he is still draftable, but not as one of your top 2 linemen.  He has the chance to make an impact, but it looks like it won’t be for 16 games.  

Yannick Ngakoue is supposedly on the verge of being traded from the Jaguars. His stock may change once we find out where’s he’s going.  Vegas has it to the Jets who are in desperate need of a pass rusher.

Ifeadi Odenigbo moves up a few spots as there were some rumors that Griffen could resign a few weeks ago. Now that he’s firmly entrenched opposite Danielle Hunter, a potential double-digit sack season could be had.

Those are some highlights. Remember to adjust the rankings based on your scoring system for those new to IDP leagues.  High sack/low tackle guys are better in big play leagues where sacks are worth more than 3x a solo tackle. In leagues that are tackle heavy take a look at guys like Grady Jarrett and Kenny Clark. 

Here are my top 50 plus one for good luck.  

Rank Name Team Position
1 Danielle Hunter MIN DE
2 Aaron Donald LAR DT
3 Joey Bosa LAC DE
4 Myles Garrett CLE DE
5 Nick Bosa SF DE
6 Cameron Jordan NO DE
7 J.J. Watt HOU DE
8 Sam Hubbard CIN DE
9 Cameron Heyward PIT DE
10 DeForest Buckner IND DT
11 Chase Young WAS DE
12 Carlos Dunlap CIN DE
13 DeMarcus Lawrence DAL DE
14 Melvin Ingram III LAC DE
15 Justin Houston IND DE
16 Grady Jarrett ATL DT
17 Frank Clark KC DE
18 Trey Flowers DET DE
19 Calais Campbell BAL DE
20 Maxx Crosby LV DE
21 Yannick Ngakoue JAC DE
22 Arik Armstead SF DE
23 Chris Jones KC DT
24 Kenny Clark GB DT
25 Jason Pierre-Paul TB DE
26 Akiem Hicks CHI DE
27 Olivier Vernon CLE DE
28 Dee Ford SF DE
29 Brandon Graham PHI DE
30 Brian Burns CAR DE
31 Josh Allen JAC DE
32 Ifeadi Odenigbo MIN DE
33 Dante Fowler Jr. ATL DE
34 Jonathan Allen WAS DE
35 Stephon Tuitt PIT DE
36 Geno Atkins CIN DT
37 Clelin Ferrell LV DE
38 Jarran Reed SEA DT
39 Marcus Davenport NO DE
40 Fletcher Cox PHI DT
41 Jurrell Casey DEN DE
42 Ndamukong Suh TB DE
43 Jadeveon Clowney FA DE
44 Ed Oliver BUF DT
45 Robert Quinn CHI LB
46 Matt Ioannidis WAS DE
47 Emmanuel Ogbah MIA DE
48 Derek Barnett PHI DE
49 Kemoko Turay IND LB
50 Derek Wolfe BAL DE
51 Everson Griffen DAL DE