Fantasy Football 2010-11: Top 10 Defensive Tackles
Double take. Is someone really ranking defensive tackles? YES. I am.
If you're cool then you're playing fantasy football IDP (including defensive players) leagues. If you're cool then you care about the defensive rankings that I'll be doing and yeah, it's really weird to rank the defensive tackles.
Glance at this slideshow and take a look at the top 10 defensive tackles for fantasy football. If you're new, become cool and play in IDP leagues.
No. 10 Glenn Dorsey, Chiefs
Some sites will have Dorsey as a defensive end, but ESPN has him as a defensive tackle.
If he ever turns out to be the talent he has well then Dorsey can find himself among the leagues best defensive tackles to ever play. Ever. Dorsey's talent is just that good, but time is running out.
Last year he had 54 total tackles and one sack. Those might not be outstanding numbers but don't forget he is a defensive tackle and only 24 years old, he's got more then enough time to grow.
No. 9 Richard Seymour, Raiders
To be honest, Seymour also is labeled as a defensive end on some websites but is also listed as a defensive tackle. To be even more honest Glenn Dorsey, who is No. 10 on this list, had a better season then Seymour.
Seymour had 47 tackles one forced fumble and four sacks. The sacks might be the only reason I list Seymour ahead of him, but I have a theory on the Raiders defense this year.
If highly-prized pick Rolando McClain can bust through the D-line, Seymour might have more opportunities to make more plays. Seymour also is playing for a bigger and better contract and if the Raiders show him they want to win, Seymour might play like it.
No. 8 Ndamukong Suh, Lions
Fantasy football owners who play IDP leagues, and more importantly IDP dynasty leagues, will be taking this defensive tackle over any other defensive tackle on the board. I can almost guarantee it.
Almost. In his career at Nebraska, Suh had 212 tackles, 23 sacks, and four career interceptions. Last year he was also in the run for the Heisman Trophy.
Suh is going to be a defensive force for the Detroit Lions, who desperately need one. Dynasty leagues take him at defensive tackle before everyone—trust me on this one.
No. 7 Tony Brown, Titans
Consistency is what lands Tony Brown at No. 7. Sure, he doesn't have the most attractive stats or the best ones for that matter but the fact that Tony Brown comes to play week in and week out and does what he supposed to do is key.
Sure, he doesn't have 50 tackles a season—actually last year he had 38 tackles, three forced fumbles, and five sacks—but he averages five sacks a season.
Consistency is what you'll get in Tony Brown, who's not the most attractive fella or the most attractive defensive tackle. but he'll produce and really isn't that all that matters?
No. 6 Kelly Gregg, Ravens
Honestly, half of fantasy football owners pay no attention to defensive tackles because they appear so meaningless.
Well, if you have leagues that roster defensive tackles, now is when you start paying attention. Last year Gregg had a total of 63 tackles, three sacks and six stuffs.
In some leagues, Stuffs have been added as a category, so tackles like Gregg are underrated but now they have gained more value.
No. 5 Kyle Williams, Bills
Who? Yep, that's right, Kyle Williams. Sure, he plays for the Bills but he is one of their best players, on either side of the ball.
Kyle Williams enjoyed his breakout season last year and will give you the same production that No. 6 pick Kelly Gregg will, but the upside to Williams is that he'll be passed by because of the team he plays for.
With 41 total tackles last year, four sacks, 11 stuffs, and one forced fumble, Williams does more because he can. You should draft him accordingly because you can and because he is one of the best unheard of defensive tackles.
No. 4 Jonathan Babineaux, Falcons
Only one game did Babineaux go without recording a tackle. With that being said, he became a very nice defensive force for the Atlanta Falcons, who only continue to become better on both sides of the ball.
He was able to total 47 tackles, six sacks, 10 stuffs, and forced two fumbles last season and it was only the beginning. That's what the Falcons hope.
With another year under his belt, Babineaux will continue to get better, which means he will become a greater fantasy force for defensive tackles that don't get enough love. Show Babineaux some love.
No. 3 Kevin Williams, Vikings
He's the skinner one. While yes, the Vikings have improved dramatically since Jared Allen came to town their defensive line has been anchored by Pat and Kevin Williams.
Well, as I said, Kevin Williams is the "skinnier one." One of two of the best defensive tackles in the game, Kevin may not reach 60 tackles like he did in 2008, but the fact that the other people on his line are dangerous makes him a bigger threat.
With 30 tackles, eight sacks, four stuffs, and one forced fumble it's hard to picture why Williams is third on this list, but it's because of the players around him.
If Minnesota keeps these guys together and Kevin and Pat keep their noses clean, Kevin is a great pick for defensive tackles.
No. 2 Jay Ratliff, Cowboys
He may not have the best opportunities to make big plays because of DeMarcus Ware, but Ratliff is a very reliable option at defensive tackle and had a pretty good season last year.
With 40 tackles last season, six sacks, seven stuffs, and two forced fumbles Ratliff had a quiet but very productive year. With Dallas having more fuel to play the Super Bowl in their home arena, be prepared for everyone, including Ratliff, to step up this year.
No. 1 Darnell Dockett, Cardinals
He is No. 1 overall. Look, he's even rejoicing about making the Texans go into a huddle. Darnell Dockett has taken over the top fantasy football defensive tackle and the NFL's top defensive tackle.
With 51 tackles, seven sacks, 10 stuffs, and one interception (something none of the other guys had) Dockett has put his name at the top of this list. He's averaged 50+ tackles and at least seven sacks in his past three seasons and doesn't look to be stopping anytime soon.
When you draft defensive tackles, you draft Darnell Dockett at No. 1. He's a fantasy performer and he's got the coolest hair out of all of them. Just saying. Good luck this season!