Computer Advice on Which Defensive Linemen to Draft in 2019: DeForest Buckner, Joey Bosa, or J.J. Watt?

By simulating the 2019 season (all year round) we can project who the best fantasy defensive linemen are and in our latest projection J.J. Watt is number one, followed by DeForest Buckner and Joey Bosa. Jonathan Allen and Cameron Jordan are not in the very upper tier, but they are solid options as well. Our top rated defensive backs are Jamal Adams and Derwin James. If you use high draft picks at these positions and are looking for quality starting linebackers then consider Telvin Smith or Kiko Alonso. The tables below show projected rankings based on total fantasy points (along with their per game fantasy projection). 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 77 total projected fantasy points Carl Nassib is ranked as the #20 defensive lineman. Last season, he finished as the #59 ranked player so we are projecting a big improvement in 2020. One player who is expected to slip in the fantasy defensive lineman rankings is Frank Clark who last season was #6 but is projected to be #11 this season. With 89 total projected fantasy points he is still a starting fantasy defensive lineman.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
J. Watt (HOU) FP 128 | 8F. Clark (SEA) FP 89 | 5.6M. Addison (CAR) FP 76 | 4.8
D. Buckner (SF) FP 109 | 6.8D. Lawrence (DAL) FP 89 | 5.6C. Heyward (PIT) FP 75 | 4.7
J. Bosa (LAC) FP 109 | 6.8D. Hunter (MIN) FP 89 | 5.6T. Flowers (DET) FP 73 | 4.6
J. Pierre-Paul (TB) FP 103 | 6.5C. Jones (KC) FP 87 | 5.4A. Hicks (CHI) FP 71 | 4.5
M. Garrett (CLE) FP 101 | 6.3C. Dunlap (CIN) FP 87 | 5.4E. Ansah (DET) FP 70 | 4.4
C. Campbell (JAC) FP 96 | 6M. Ingram (LAC) FP 85 | 5.3E. Griffen (MIN) FP 70 | 4.4
A. Donald (LAR) FP 95 | 5.9K. Clark (GB) FP 83 | 5.2N. Suh (LAR) FP 70 | 4.4
C. Jones (ARI) FP 94 | 5.9B. Irvin (CAR) FP 78 | 4.8D. Autry (IND) FP 70 | 4.4
J. Allen (WAS) FP 91 | 5.7Y. Ngakoue (JAC) FP 77 | 4.8K. Short (CAR) FP 67 | 4.2
C. Jordan (NO) FP 90 | 5.6C. Nassib (TB) FP 77 | 4.8M. Ioannidis (WAS) FP 67 | 4.2

Top 30 Defensive Backs

The #3 ranked defensive back is Landon Collins with a projection of 135 total fantasy points. His projected rank this season is obviously much improved vs last season where he only appeared in 12 games. One player who is expected to slip in the fantasy defensive back rankings is Shawn Williams who last season was #1 but is projected to be #19 this season. With 117 total projected fantasy points he is still a starting fantasy defensive back.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
J. Adams (NYJ) FP 165 | 10.3Q. Dunbar (WAS) FP 120 | 7.5J. Johnson (LAR) FP 116 | 7.2
D. James (LAC) FP 147 | 9.2R. Jones (MIA) FP 120 | 7.5E. Apple (NO) FP 115 | 7.2
L. Collins (WAS) FP 135 | 8.5J. Bradberry (CAR) FP 120 | 7.5H. Smith (MIN) FP 115 | 7.2
J. Alexander (GB) FP 125 | 7.8C. Geathers (IND) FP 119 | 7.5D. Randall (CLE) FP 115 | 7.2
A. Bethea (NYG) FP 124 | 7.8B. McDougald (SEA) FP 119 | 7.4D. Slay (DET) FP 114 | 7.2
V. Hargreaves (TB) FP 124 | 7.7M. Jenkins (PHI) FP 119 | 7.4K. Jackson (DEN) FP 114 | 7.1
D. Jackson (CAR) FP 123 | 7.7B. Baker (ARI) FP 118 | 7.4L. Ryan (TEN) FP 113 | 7.1
K. Neal (ATL) FP 122 | 7.6T. Mitchell (CLE) FP 118 | 7.4T. Mathieu (KC) FP 112 | 7
R. Darby (PHI) FP 122 | 7.6S. Williams (CIN) FP 117 | 7.3T. Boston (ARI) FP 111 | 6.9
K. Moore (IND) FP 122 | 7.6J. Poyer (BUF) FP 116 | 7.2T. Jefferson (BAL) FP 111 | 6.9

Top 30 Linebackers

The #17 ranked linebacker is Ryan Kerrigan with a projection of 120 total fantasy points. Last season, he finished as the #61 ranked player so we are projecting a big improvement in 2020. One player who is expected to slip in the fantasy linebacker rankings is Tahir Whitehead who last season was #20 but is projected to be #23 this season. With 115 total projected fantasy points he is still capable of helping teams in certain matchups.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
D. Leonard (IND) FP 183 | 11.4T. Smith (JAC) FP 134 | 8.4K. Mack (CHI) FP 116 | 7.3
L. Vander Esch (DAL) FP 169 | 10.6K. Alonso (MIA) FP 130 | 8.1D. Davis (NO) FP 115 | 7.2
L. Kuechly (CAR) FP 163 | 10.2B. Chubb (DEN) FP 124 | 7.8T. Whitehead (OAK) FP 115 | 7.2
T. Watt (PIT) FP 151 | 9.4R. Smith (CHI) FP 124 | 7.7J. Hicks (ARI) FP 114 | 7.2
B. Wagner (SEA) FP 149 | 9.3K. Alexander (SF) FP 122 | 7.6Z. Cunningham (HOU) FP 114 | 7.1
D. Jones (ATL) FP 145 | 9.1A. Ogletree (NYG) FP 121 | 7.6T. Davis (DEN) FP 112 | 7
L. David (TB) FP 145 | 9R. Kerrigan (WAS) FP 120 | 7.5J. Davis (DET) FP 112 | 7
C. Littleton (LAR) FP 139 | 8.7M. Foster (WAS) FP 118 | 7.4E. Kendricks (MIN) FP 109 | 6.8
T. Edmunds (BUF) FP 137 | 8.5B. Martinez (GB) FP 118 | 7.4K. Wright (SEA) FP 109 | 6.8
V. Miller (DEN) FP 135 | 8.4C. Mosley (NYJ) FP 117 | 7.3L. Alexander (BUF) FP 108 | 6.8

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.

TOP 1-89-1617-24
Bears (CHI) FP 175 | 10.9Saints (NO) FP 169 | 10.6Colts (IND) FP 161 | 10.1
Ravens (BAL) FP 175 | 10.9Patriots (NE) FP 169 | 10.6Jets (NYJ) FP 160 | 10
Chargers (LAC) FP 172 | 10.8Texans (HOU) FP 169 | 10.6Chiefs (KC) FP 160 | 10
Jaguars (JAC) FP 172 | 10.8Redskins (WAS) FP 168 | 10.5Packers (GB) FP 159 | 9.9
Rams (LAR) FP 170 | 10.6Steelers (PIT) FP 166 | 10.4Lions (DET) FP 158 | 9.9
Seahawks (SEA) FP 170 | 10.6Cowboys (DAL) FP 166 | 10.4Bills (BUF) FP 158 | 9.9
Broncos (DEN) FP 170 | 10.6Titans (TEN) FP 165 | 10.3Panthers (CAR) FP 154 | 9.6
Browns (CLE) FP 170 | 10.6Vikings (MIN) FP 162 | 10.1Eagles (PHI) FP 151 | 9.4