2012 IDP Fantasy Football Week 1: Defensive Linemen (DL) Rankings

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIISeptember 4, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 01:  Jason Pierre-Paul #90 of the New York Giants sacks Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium on January 1, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Talk about a great kickoff weekend for defensive linemen, as many of the top-flight studs have favorable matchups. To get the party started, we have Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora facing off against a Cowboys offensive line that has serious continuity issues.

That's not good for Tony Romo, and even if the veteran quarterback is precise with his pre-snap reads, it’s likely he will have a few busted plays and these lineman will re-introduce him to the Giants home field—literally.

Speaking of MetLife Stadium, the Jets will also host a home game this weekend as Mario Williams and the Bills' imposing front four come to town. Look for Williams and Mark Anderson to harass Mark Sanchez, as the Jets' right tackle situation is so bad they had to trade starter Wayne Hunter away for Jason Smith of the Rams—yeah.


Sean’s Watch List

I love Matt Shaughnessy, and his problem has never been talent but more health concerns. Another issue I had with the Raiders early in the offseason is talk about possibly transitioning from a base 4-3 defense to a 3-4 defense. This would’ve been a horrible move for the Raiders linemen, but thankfully, the new coaching staff got the clue that they don’t have the personnel to run a base 3-4 at this time.

The Chargers will have an undrafted rookie at left tackle with Jared Gaither sidelined for who knows how long with continued back problems. San Diego’s offensive line as a whole is a mess, so the Raiders should have some fun at Philip Rivers' expense.

Turning our attention to Tennessee, I like what I saw from Kamerion Wimbley and Derrick Morgan in the preseason, and they will play against a suddenly patchwork offensive line vs. the Patriots. Tom Brady is a master at sidestepping the rush, but he’s one of the more immobile quarterbacks in terms of running with the football.

If Stevan Ridley fails in pass protection, we could see some bull rushes that land Brady on his butt.

On the other side of the ball, I like Chandler Jones to be Defensive Rookie of the Year. His burst off the line is dangerous, and he will be taking over Andre Carter's position in the defense. A worthy starter out of the gates, Jones should have a decent game, and he will be a must-start next week against the Cardinals.

1 Jason Pierre-Paul Cowboys
2 Jared Allen Jaguars
3 Trent Cole @ Browns
4 Justin Tuck Cowboys
5 Mario Williams @ Jets
6 Chris Long @ Lions
7 Elvis Dumervil Steelers
8 Jason Babin (I) @ Browns
9 Jabaal Sheard Eagles
10 Julius Peppers Colts
11 Osi Umenyiora Cowboys
12 Jeremy Mincey @ Vikings
13 Robert Quinn @ Lions
14 Matt Shaughnessy Chargers
15 Chris Clemons @ Cardinals
16 Calais Campbell Seahawks
17 Justin Smith @ Packers
18 Kamerion Wimbley Patriots
19 Cliff Avril Rams
20 Mark Anderson @ Jets
21 Cameron Wake @ Texans
22 Charles Johnson @ Bucs
23 Derrick Morgan Patriots
24 Tommy Kelly Chargers
25 Ahtyba Rubin Eagles
26 Adrian Clayborn Panthers
27 Haloti Ngata Bengals
28 J.J. Watt Dolphins
29 Darnell Dockett Seahawks
30 Kyle Williams @ Jets
31 Ndamukong Suh Rams
32 Chandler Jones @ Titans
33 John Abraham @ Chiefs

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