The computer is constantly updating fantasy football projections, even in the off-season, and in our most recent update for defensive linemen Danielle Hunter is the seventh best. Joey Bosa and Calais Campbell are projected to finish above him. J.J. Watt and Aaron Donald are our top ranked defensive linemen. Our top rated defensive backs are Jamal Adams and Landon Collins. If you are looking for good starting linebackers, outside of the very top rated ones, consider Blake Martinez or Kiko Alonso. Below are our top rated fantasy football team defenses and individual defensive players based on the projected total fantasy points. We also have their projected fantasy points per game. In cases where a player is a free agent we have their team from the 2018 season.
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Top 30 Defensive Linemen
With 70 total projected fantasy points Trey Flowers is ranked as the #12 defensive lineman. We are projecting an improvement versus last season's final ranking (#17 in 2018). Damon Harrison is not projected to be as good in 2019 (#27) as he was in 2018 where he finished as the #15 defensive lineman. With 62 total projected fantasy points he is still capable of helping teams in certain matchups.
|J. Watt (HOU) FP 90 | 5.6||F. Clark (KC) FP 75 | 4.7||C. Heyward (PIT) FP 66 | 4.1|
|A. Donald (LAR) FP 90 | 5.6||T. Flowers (DET) FP 70 | 4.4||D. Autry (IND) FP 66 | 4.1|
|J. Houston (IND) FP 85 | 5.3||M. Ingram (LAC) FP 70 | 4.3||J. Casey (TEN) FP 65 | 4.1|
|J. Bosa (LAC) FP 85 | 5.3||C. Jones (KC) FP 69 | 4.3||A. Hicks (CHI) FP 65 | 4.1|
|C. Campbell (JAC) FP 85 | 5.3||C. Dunlap (CIN) FP 69 | 4.3||G. Jarrett (ATL) FP 63 | 4|
|D. Lawrence (DAL) FP 82 | 5.1||E. Griffen (MIN) FP 68 | 4.3||O. Vernon (CLE) FP 63 | 3.9|
|D. Hunter (MIN) FP 81 | 5||J. Allen (WAS) FP 68 | 4.2||D. Harrison (DET) FP 62 | 3.9|
|K. Clark (GB) FP 76 | 4.7||M. Garrett (CLE) FP 67 | 4.2||A. Robinson (DET) FP 62 | 3.8|
|D. Buckner (SF) FP 76 | 4.7||N. Suh (TB) FP 67 | 4.2||L. Joseph (MIN) FP 61 | 3.8|
|C. Jordan (NO) FP 75 | 4.7||D. Ford (SF) FP 66 | 4.2||N. Bosa (SF) FP 61 | 3.8|
Top 30 Defensive Backs
The #12 ranked defensive back is Ronald Darby with a projection of 103 total fantasy points. His projected rank this season is obviously much improved vs last season where he only appeared in 9 games. Tre Boston is not projected to be as good in 2019 (#24) as he was in 2018 where he finished as the #20 defensive back. With 99 total projected fantasy points he is still capable of helping teams in certain matchups.
|J. Adams (NYJ) FP 115 | 7.2||J. Poyer (BUF) FP 103 | 6.4||J. Reid (HOU) FP 100 | 6.2|
|L. Collins (WAS) FP 113 | 7.1||R. Darby (PHI) FP 103 | 6.4||D. Jackson (CAR) FP 100 | 6.2|
|S. Williams (CIN) FP 110 | 6.9||E. Thomas (BAL) FP 102 | 6.4||D. Swearinger (ARI) FP 99 | 6.2|
|J. Bates (CIN) FP 109 | 6.8||H. Smith (MIN) FP 102 | 6.4||T. Boston (CAR) FP 99 | 6.2|
|K. Neal (ATL) FP 107 | 6.7||B. McDougald (SEA) FP 102 | 6.4||J. Simmons (DEN) FP 98 | 6.1|
|J. Johnson (LAR) FP 107 | 6.7||J. Alexander (GB) FP 102 | 6.4||E. Apple (NO) FP 97 | 6.1|
|R. Jones (MIA) FP 107 | 6.7||A. Bethea (NYG) FP 101 | 6.3||H. Clinton-Dix (CHI) FP 97 | 6|
|B. Baker (ARI) FP 106 | 6.6||V. Hargreaves (TB) FP 101 | 6.3||Q. Dunbar (WAS) FP 95 | 6|
|C. Geathers (IND) FP 105 | 6.6||K. Moore (IND) FP 101 | 6.3||J. Bradberry (CAR) FP 95 | 5.9|
|M. Jenkins (PHI) FP 104 | 6.5||K. Byard (TEN) FP 100 | 6.2||T. Mitchell (CLE) FP 95 | 5.9|
Top 30 Linebackers
Fred Warner is projected to average 6.9 fantasy points per game and his projected total of 111 points is good enough to be ranked #16 at his position. Last season, he finished as the #27 ranked player so we are projecting a big improvement in 2020. One player who is expected to slip in the fantasy linebacker rankings is Jaylon Smith who last season was #7 but is projected to be #23 this season. With 108 total projected fantasy points he is still capable of helping teams in certain matchups.
|D. Leonard (IND) FP 177 | 11||B. Martinez (GB) FP 121 | 7.6||A. Ogletree (NYG) FP 109 | 6.8|
|L. Vander Esch (DAL) FP 150 | 9.4||K. Alonso (MIA) FP 121 | 7.6||E. Kendricks (MIN) FP 109 | 6.8|
|L. Kuechly (CAR) FP 145 | 9||K. Alexander (SF) FP 120 | 7.5||J. Smith (DAL) FP 108 | 6.7|
|D. Jones (ATL) FP 141 | 8.8||D. Davis (NO) FP 117 | 7.3||N. Vigil (CIN) FP 106 | 6.6|
|L. David (TB) FP 136 | 8.5||J. Hicks (ARI) FP 116 | 7.3||T. Davis (DEN) FP 104 | 6.5|
|B. Wagner (SEA) FP 132 | 8.3||F. Warner (SF) FP 111 | 6.9||D. Trevathan (CHI) FP 103 | 6.4|
|C. Littleton (LAR) FP 128 | 8||J. Schobert (CLE) FP 110 | 6.9||J. Davis (DET) FP 103 | 6.4|
|C. Mosley (NYJ) FP 125 | 7.8||T. Whitehead (OAK) FP 110 | 6.9||M. Jack (JAC) FP 102 | 6.4|
|T. Edmunds (BUF) FP 125 | 7.8||A. Hitchens (KC) FP 109 | 6.8||W. Woodyard (TEN) FP 100 | 6.3|
|R. Smith (CHI) FP 124 | 7.7||Z. Cunningham (HOU) FP 109 | 6.8||Z. Brown (PHI) FP 100 | 6.2|
Top 24 Defenses
There are currently no projected fantasy defenses that are sleepers as no one in these projected rankings is significantly better than they were in 2018. There are also no defenses projected to fall off signifantly from last season.
|Bears (CHI) FP 175 | 10.9||Packers (GB) FP 165 | 10.3||Browns (CLE) FP 162 | 10.1|
|Vikings (MIN) FP 172 | 10.7||Texans (HOU) FP 165 | 10.3||Seahawks (SEA) FP 161 | 10|
|Saints (NO) FP 171 | 10.7||Rams (LAR) FP 165 | 10.3||Eagles (PHI) FP 160 | 10|
|Broncos (DEN) FP 170 | 10.6||Jaguars (JAC) FP 165 | 10.3||Ravens (BAL) FP 159 | 10|
|Bills (BUF) FP 169 | 10.6||Patriots (NE) FP 165 | 10.3||Titans (TEN) FP 159 | 10|
|Redskins (WAS) FP 168 | 10.5||Cowboys (DAL) FP 162 | 10.1||Lions (DET) FP 155 | 9.7|
|Colts (IND) FP 168 | 10.5||Steelers (PIT) FP 162 | 10.1||Panthers (CAR) FP 153 | 9.6|
|Chiefs (KC) FP 166 | 10.4||Chargers (LAC) FP 162 | 10.1||Cardinals (ARI) FP 152 | 9.5|