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2010 Fantasy Football's IDPs Dynasty Rankings:Top 40 Defensive Linemen

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 20:  Jared Allen #69 of the Minnesota Vikings forces a fumble by quarterback Matt Moore #3 of the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 20, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Football ManiaxsSenior Writer IJanuary 11, 2010

By Sean Haugh.

Stud Defensive Linemen win Championships. Since there are so few reliable DLs, having one or two gives you an edge over your competition. It makes sense to reach a bit in your draft to make sure you get one, and when you do you hang onto him for dear life.

In a typical IDP league, there are no more than 40 Defensive Linemen on rosters, generally three per team. If possible, acquire at least one player from Tier 1 and use your other spots for another solid veteran and a prospect. Ideally, get three Tier 1 and 2 guys and forget the prospects.

Even the greatest stud DLs generally take at least a year and half to fully make their presence known on the field. Last year, I gave too much credit for upside, so if anything I’m going to err on the side of being more conservative this year.

 

Undrafted rookies-to-be are not included in this month’s rankings. Ages given as of September 1, 2010.

Note: These rankings are for dynasty leagues.

 

Tier 1 – Top Studs

 

1. Jared Allen, 28, Vikings – Allen was the top DL of 2009 by a wide margin. What’s even more remarkable is that his 2009 numbers were almost identical to the ones from 2008...

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