By Ryan Sitzmann.
I know it's super early for 2010 IDP rankings. However, I always like to start them early and get a foundation built. I will continue to update these rankings throughout the offseason to reflect changes in free agency, defensive schemes, defensive playing time, rookie draft picks, etc.
I would also love to get feedback from my readers. Oftentimes we get stuck in our own philosophies and tendencies, so it's nice to get a different perspective on my rankings. Your comments will definitely influence my rankings.
With this being said, in order to lessen my "cognitive dissonance," I try to use many of my early round defensive draft picks on defensive linemen. Obtaining guys like Jared Allen and Justin Tuck allows me to plug them in my roster and not worry about their ups and downs throughout the season, since they have proven their consistency throughout their careers.
1. RDE Jared Allen (MIN) - This is an obvious one. Allen was the top fantasy lineman by a substantial margin in 2009. Not only does he get to the quarterback on a consistent basis, he seems to come up with a handful of big plays every year. Allen provides the largest relative fantasy value of any defensive lineman and should therefore be one of the first defensive players selected.
2. RDE Justin Tuck (NYG) - Tuck had his worst season in three seasons, and he still finished as the eighth-leading scorer for defensive linemen in my scoring system. Keep in mind that Tuck was struggling with injury problems the whole season, which greatly limited his production. Heading into the 2010 season with a clean bill of health, Tuck should be able to return to top form. DSC, R
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