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...