In our latest projections for linebackers Darius Leonard is number one, followed by Leighton Vander Esch and Luke Kuechly. C.J. Mosley and Roquan Smith are not in the very upper tier, but they are solid options as well. If you are looking to take a defensive linemen high in the draft the projection recommends J.J. Watt and Aaron Donald. If you are looking for quality starting team defenses outside of the top tier consider the Redskins or Packers. 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 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 Todd Davis who last season was #14 but is projected to be #25 this season. With 104 total projected fantasy points he is still capable of helping teams in certain matchups.
|D. Leonard (IND) FP 177 | 11||B. Martinez (GB) FP 122 | 7.6||E. Kendricks (MIN) FP 109 | 6.8|
|L. Vander Esch (DAL) FP 150 | 9.4||K. Alonso (MIA) FP 121 | 7.6||A. Ogletree (NYG) 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 111 | 6.9||J. Davis (DET) FP 103 | 6.4|
|T. Edmunds (BUF) FP 125 | 7.8||T. Whitehead (OAK) FP 110 | 6.9||M. Jack (JAC) FP 102 | 6.4|
|C. Mosley (NYJ) FP 125 | 7.8||Z. Cunningham (HOU) FP 109 | 6.8||W. Woodyard (TEN) FP 100 | 6.3|
|R. Smith (CHI) FP 123 | 7.7||A. Hitchens (KC) FP 109 | 6.8||Z. Brown (PHI) FP 99 | 6.2|
Top 30 Defensive Linemen
With 85 total projected fantasy points Joey Bosa is ranked as the #3 defensive lineman. Last season, he finished as the #91 ranked player so we are projecting a big improvement in 2020. Carlos Dunlap is not projected to be as good in 2019 (#15) as he was in 2018 where he finished as the #12 defensive lineman. With 69 total projected fantasy points he is still a starting fantasy defensive lineman.
|J. Watt (HOU) FP 91 | 5.7||C. Jordan (NO) 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. Bosa (LAC) FP 85 | 5.3||M. Ingram (LAC) FP 70 | 4.3||J. Casey (TEN) FP 65 | 4.1|
|J. Houston (IND) 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||M. Garrett (CLE) FP 68 | 4.2||D. Harrison (DET) FP 62 | 3.9|
|K. Clark (GB) FP 76 | 4.7||J. Allen (WAS) FP 67 | 4.2||L. Joseph (MIN) FP 62 | 3.9|
|D. Buckner (SF) FP 76 | 4.7||D. Ford (SF) FP 66 | 4.2||A. Robinson (DET) FP 62 | 3.9|
|F. Clark (KC) FP 75 | 4.7||N. Suh (TB) FP 66 | 4.2||N. Bosa (SF) FP 61 | 3.8|
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.
|Bears (CHI) FP 173 | 10.8||Redskins (WAS) FP 167 | 10.4||Cowboys (DAL) FP 161 | 10.1|
|Saints (NO) FP 173 | 10.8||Packers (GB) FP 166 | 10.4||Seahawks (SEA) FP 161 | 10|
|Vikings (MIN) FP 172 | 10.8||Chiefs (KC) FP 165 | 10.3||Ravens (BAL) FP 160 | 10|
|Bills (BUF) FP 169 | 10.6||Rams (LAR) FP 165 | 10.3||Titans (TEN) FP 159 | 9.9|
|Colts (IND) FP 169 | 10.5||Jaguars (JAC) FP 164 | 10.3||Eagles (PHI) FP 159 | 9.9|
|Broncos (DEN) FP 169 | 10.5||Browns (CLE) FP 163 | 10.2||Lions (DET) FP 154 | 9.7|
|Texans (HOU) FP 168 | 10.5||Chargers (LAC) FP 162 | 10.2||Cardinals (ARI) FP 153 | 9.6|
|Patriots (NE) FP 167 | 10.4||Steelers (PIT) FP 162 | 10.1||Panthers (CAR) FP 153 | 9.5|
Top 30 Defensive Backs
Earl Thomas is projected to average 6.4 fantasy points per game and his projected total of 102 points is good enough to be ranked #13 at his position. His projected rank this season is obviously much improved vs last season where he only appeared in 4 games. One player who is expected to slip in the fantasy defensive back rankings is Antoine Bethea who last season was #3 but is projected to be #17 this season. With 101 total projected fantasy points he is still a starting fantasy defensive back.
|J. Adams (NYJ) FP 115 | 7.2||J. Poyer (BUF) FP 103 | 6.4||D. Jackson (CAR) FP 100 | 6.2|
|L. Collins (WAS) FP 113 | 7.1||R. Darby (PHI) FP 103 | 6.4||K. Byard (TEN) FP 100 | 6.2|
|S. Williams (CIN) FP 110 | 6.9||E. Thomas (BAL) FP 102 | 6.4||D. Swearinger (ARI) FP 100 | 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 96 | 6|
|B. Baker (ARI) FP 106 | 6.6||V. Hargreaves (TB) FP 101 | 6.3||T. Mitchell (CLE) FP 95 | 5.9|
|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||J. Reid (HOU) FP 100 | 6.2||J. Mills (PHI) FP 95 | 5.9|