2012 IDP Fantasy Football Week 3: Defensive Linemen Rankings

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIISeptember 20, 2012

Sep 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) steps up in the pocket to avoid pressure from Tennessee Titans defensive end Derrick Morgan (91) and defensive end Kamerion Wimbley (95) during the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

We knew coming into the season that the Titans were projected to be thin on the depth chart behind Derrick Morgan and Kamerion Wimbley at defensive end. Both are off to good starts this season, and with the Titans defense on the field with regularity, we should look to them as weekly starters.

Both defensive ends were interesting stories coming into this season, but Morgan was the player I watched closely in the preseason. In preseason Week 1, Morgan didn’t look great but came away with a sack against the Seahawks. That said, his intensity off the ball was much better against the Buccaneers and Cardinals.

It appears he looks all the way back from a torn ACL injury from the 2010 season. If the Titans continue to struggle on offense, it’s more than reasonable to project more than 50 total tackles this season for the third-year end.


What Did We Learn From Week 2?

It’s still early, but thus far, ends like Cameron Wake, Adrian Clayborn, Jabaal Sheard, Osi Umenyiora and Mario Williams have disappointed in the box score. Of the four, look to Williams as the likely end to turn it around first—he could get things going this week against Brandon Weeden.

Ndamukong Suh looks like he did back in his rookie season. This is great news for the Lions and for those of you that start him in leagues with a defensive tackle position.


Sean’s Week 3 Watch List

There’s a reason why I was jumping up and down when Falcons strong safety William Moore (on a few of my IDP teams) sacked Peyton Manning, and it wasn’t just for the points. Manning is a tough customer to bring down, and while J.J. Watt has been terrific early on, this week we should have some caution about his big-play odds, especially playing in Denver.

The matchup between Joe Staley and Jared Allen should be a good one, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Allen finds his way to Alex Smith more than once.


1 Jason Pierre-Paul at Panthers
2 Trent Cole at Cardinals
3 Jared Allen 49ers
4 Jason Babin at Cardinals
5 Elvis Dumervil Texans
6 Calais Campbell Eagles
7 Derrick Morgan Lions
8 Matt Shaughnessy Steelers
9 Jeremy Mincey at Colts
10 Kamerion Wimbley Lions
11 Ndamukong Suh at Titans
12 Julius Peppers Rams
13 Robert Quinn at Bears
14 Chandler Jones at Ravens
15 Justin Smith at Vikings
16 Justin Tuck at Panthers
17 Chris Long at Bears
18 Geno Atkins at Redskins
19 Chris Clemons Packers
20 Will Smith Chiefs
21 Darnell Dockett Eagles
22 Haloti Ngata Patriots
23 Mario Williams at Browns
24 Henry Melton Rams
25 Cameron Jordan Chiefs
26 J.J. Watt at Broncos
27 Cliff Avril at Titans
28 Jabaal Sheard Bills
29 Kyle Williams at Browns
30 Charles Johnson Giants
31 Cameron Wake Jets
32 Michael Johnson at Redskins
33 Adrian Clayborn at Cowboys

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