Ranking NFL Defenses 2016

 

Ranking NFL Defenses 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

1. Denver Broncos
2. Carolina Panthers
3. Seattle Seahawks
4. Los Angeles Rams
5. Houston Texans
6. Oakland Raiders
7. Kansas City Chiefs
8. Minnesota Vikings
9. New York Jets
10. Chicago Bears
11. New England Patriots
12. New York Giants
13. Arizona Cardinals
14. Cincinnati Bengals
15. Pittsburgh Steelers
16. Baltimore Ravens
17. Tennessee Titans
18. Green Bay Packers
19. Buffalo Bills
20. Dallas Cowboys
21. Philadelphia Eagles
22. Miami Dolphins
23. Detroit Lions
24. Jacksonville Jaguars
25. San Francisco 49ers
26. Indianapolis Colts
27. Washington
28. Atlanta Falcons
29. San Diego Chargers
30. New Orleans Saints
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
32. Cleveland Browns

 

DEFENSE DEPTH CHARTS

1. Denver Broncos
DE Derek Wolfe, DE Vance Walker, NT Sylvester Williams, OLB DeMarcus Ware, OLB Von Miller, ILB Brandon Marshall, ILB Todd Davi DE Jared Crick, Barrett, OLB Shane Ray, DE Adam Gotsis; OLB Shaquil

2. Carolina Panthers
DT Kawann Short, DE Kony Ealy, DE Charles Johnson,  DT Star Lotulelei, LB Thomas Davis, LB Luke Kuechly, LB Shaq Thompson DT Paul Soliai, DT Vernon Butler, DE Mario Addison, DE Ryan Delaire, LB A.J. Klein, DE Wes Horton

3. Seattle Seahawks
DT Jordan Hill, DT Ahtyba Rubin, DE Cliff Avril, DE Michael Bennett, LB K J Wright, LB Michael Morgan, LB Bobby Wagner, DT Jarran Reed, DT Sealver Siliga, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, DE Frank Clark, DE Chris Clemons

4. Los Angeles Rams
DT Aaron Donald, DT Michael Brockers, DE William Hayes, DE Robert Quinn, LB Alec Ogletree, LB Akeem Ayers, LB Mark Barron, DT Dominique Easley, DT Cam Thomas, DE Eugene Sims, DE Quinton Coples

5. Houston Texans
DE J.J. Watt, DE Jeoffrey Pagan, NT Vince Wilfork, OLB Jadeveon Clowney, OLB Whitney Mercilus, ILB Brian Cushing, ILB Benardrick McKinney DE Christian Covington, OLB John Simon, ILB Akeem Dent, ILB Max Bullough

6. Oakland Raiders
DE Mario Edwards Jr, NT Dan Williams, DE Denico Autry, LB Khalil Mack, LB Bruce Irvin; ILB Malcolm Smith, ILB Ben Heeney NT Justin Ellis, LB Damontre Moore, LB Shilique Calhoun, DE Jihad Ward, LB Aldon Smith

7. Kansas City Chiefs
DE Allen Bailey, NT Dontari Poe, DE Jaye Howard; OLB Tamba Hali, OLB Justin Houston,  ILB Derrick Johnson, ILB Josh Mauga DE Chris Jones, DE Nicholas William, OLB Dee Ford, OLB Dadi Nicolas; ILB Ramik Wilson

8. Minnesota Vikings
DT Linval Joseph, DT Sharrif Floyd, DE Everson Griffen, DE Brian Robison; LB Anthony Barr, MLB Eric Kendricks, LB Chad Greenway DT Tom Johnson, DT Kenrick Ellis, DE Danielle Hunter, LB Audie Cole, LB Emmanuel Lamur

9. New York Jets
DE Leonard Williams, NT Steve McLendon, DE Muhammad Wilkerson; OLB Lorenzo Mauldin, DE Sheldon Richardso,  ILB David Harris, ILB Darron Lee, DE Jarvis Jenkins,  ILB Bruce Carter, OLB Jordan Jenkins, ILB Erin Henderson

10. Chicago Bears
DE Jonathan Bullard, NT Eddie Goldman, DE Akiem Hicks, OLB Pernell McPhee, OLB Leonard Floyd, ILB Jerrell Freeman, ILB Danny Trevathan DE Mitch Unrein, DE Will Sutton; OLB Willie Young, OLB Sam Acho, ILB Christian Jones, OLB Lamarr Houston

11. New England Patriots
DT Malcom Brown, DT Terrance Knighton; DE Jabaal Sheard, DE Rob Ninkovich, LB Dont’a Hightower, MLB Jonathan Freeny, LB Jamie Collins DT Alan Branch, DE Trey Flowers, LB Shea McClellin, DE Chris Long, DE Geneo Grissom, LB Ramon Humber

12. New York Giants
DT Damon Harrison, DT Johnathan Hankins, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, DE Olivier Vernon; LB J.T. Thomas, MLB Jasper Brinkley, LB Devon Kennard DT Jay Bromley, DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE Kerry Wynn, LB Keenan Robinson, LB Jonathan Casillas, LB B J Goodson, LB Mark Herzlich, LB Kelvin Sheppard

13. Arizona Cardinals
DE Calais Campbell, NT Rodney Gunter, DE Frostee Rucker, ILB Deone Bucannon, OLB Markus Golden, OLB Chandler Jones, ILB Kevin Minter DE Robert Nkemdiche, DE Ed Stinson, OLB Alex Okafor, ILB Alani Fua, OLB Josh Mauro

14. Cincinnati Bengals
DT Geno Atkins, DT Domata Peko, DE Carlos Dunlap, DE Michael Johnson; LB Vontaze Burfict, MLB Rey Maualuga, LB Vincent Rey DT Pat Sims, DT Andrew Billings, DT Brandon Thompson, DE Will Clarke, LB Karlos Dansby, DE Margus Hunt

15. Pittsburgh Steelers
DE Cameron Heyward, NT Daniel McCullers, DE Stephon Tuitt, OLB Bud Dupree, OLB James Harrison, ILB Ryan Shazier, ILB Lawrence Timmons DE Ricardo Mathews, DE Javon Hargrave, ILB Vince Williams,  OLB Arthur Moats, OLB Jarvis Jones

16. Baltimore Ravens
NT Brandon Williams, DE Timmy Jernigan, DE Lawrence Guy, OLB Elvis Dumervil, OLB Terrell Suggs, ILB C.J. Mosley, ILB Zachary Orr DE Brent Urban, DE Bronson Kaufusi,  OLB Za’Darius Smith, OLB Kamalei Correa, DE Carl Davis

17. Tennessee Titans
DE Jurrell Casey, NT Al Woods, DE DaQuan Jones, OLB Derrick Morgan, OLB Brian Orakpo, ILB Wesley Woodyard, ILB Avery Williamson DE Karl Klug, DE Austin Johnson, OLB David Bass, ILB Sean Spence, OLB Kevin Dodd

18. Green Bay Packers
DE Mike Daniels, NT Kenny Clark, DE Letroy Guion; OLB Clay Matthews, OLB Julius Peppers,  ILB Sam Barrington, ILB Jake Ryan, OLB Datone Jones, OLB Nick Perry, DE Mike Pennel

19. Buffalo Bills
NT Marcell Dareus, DE Kyle Williams, DE Adolphus Washington, OLB Jerry Hughes, OLB Manny Lawson, ILB Reggie Ragland, ILB Zach Brown DE Corbin Bryant,  ILB Preston Brown, DE Leger Douzable; OLB Shaq Lawson

20. Dallas Cowboys
DT Cedric Thornton, DT Tyrone Crawford, DE Randy Gregory, DE DeMarcus Lawrence, LB Sean Lee, MLB Anthony Hitchens, LB Andrew Gachkar DT Jack Crawford, DT Maliek Collins, DT David Irving, DE Charles Tapper, DE Benson Mayowa,  LB Kyle Wilber

21. Philadelphia Eagles
DT Fletcher Cox, DT Bennie Logan, DE Brandon Graham, DE Connor Barwin, MLB Jordan Hicks, LB Mychal Kendricks, DE Marcus Smith, LB Nigel Bradham DT Vinny Curry, DE Alex McCallister

22. Miami Dolphins
DT Ndamukong Suh, DT Earl Mitchell; DE Mario Williams, DE Cameron Wake,  LB Koa Misi, MLB Kiko Alonso, LB Jelani Jenkins DT Jordan Phillips; DE Jason Jones, DE Andre Branch, LB Neville Hewitt, LB Zach Vigil, DE Dion Jordan

23. Detroit Lions
DT Haloti Ngata, DT Tyrunn Walker, DE Ezekiel Ansah, DE Devin Taylor, LB DeAndre Levy, MLB Josh Bynes, LB Tahir Whitehead DT A’Shawn Robinson, DT Stefan Charles, DE Wallace Gilberry, DT Caraun Reid

24. Jacksonville Jaguars
DT Roy Miller, DT Malik Jackson,  DE Dante Fowler, DE Jared Odrick; LB Telvin Smith, MLB Paul Posluszny, LB Dan Skuta DT Tyson Alualu, DT Abry Jones, DT Michael Bennett, DT Sen’Derrick Marks, DT Sheldon Day, DE Ryan Davis, DE Yannick Ngakoue, LB Myles Jack, LB Hayes Pullard

25. San Francisco 49ers
DE DeForest Buckner, NT Ian Williams, DE Quinton Dial,  OLB Aaron Lynch, OLB Ahmad Brooks; ILB NaVorro Bowman, ILB Gerald Hodges, DE Glenn Dorsey, DE Arik Armstead, OLB Eli Harold, OLB Corey Lemonier, ILB Michael Wilhoite

26. Indianapolis Colts
DE Henry Anderson, NT David Parry, DE Kendall Langford, OLB Erik Walden, OLB Robert Mathis; ILB D’Qwell Jackson, ILB Nate Irving DE Zach Kerr, DE T.Y. McGill, OLB Trent Cole, ILB Sio Moore, LB Antonio Morrison

27. Washington
DE Chris Baker, NT Kedric Golston, DE Trent Murphy, OLB Ryan Kerrigan, OLB Preston Smith, ILB Mason Foster, ILB Will Compton DE Stephen Paea, DE Ricky Jean-Francois, DE Kendall Reyes, OLB Junior Galette, ILB Su’a Cravens, ILB Perry Riley

28. Atlanta Falcons
DT Grady Jarrett, DT Tyson Jackson, DE Derrick Shelby, DE Ra’Shede Hageman, LB Vic Beasley, LB Sean Weatherspoon, MLB Deion Jones, DT Jonathan Babineaux, DT Malliciah Goodman, DT Joey Mbu, DE Adrian Clayborn, DE Courtney Upshaw, LB Brooks Reed, LB Philip Wheeler, LB Paul Worrilow, LB De’Vondre Campbell

29. San Diego Chargers
DE Corey Liuget, NT Brandon Mebane, DE Joey Bosa, OLB Melvin Ingram, OLB Jerry Attaochu, ILB Manti Te’o, ILB Denzel Perryman, LB Joshua Perry, DE Darius Philon, DE Sean Lissemore, OLB Kyle Emanuel

30. New Orleans Saints
DT John Jenkins, DT Sheldon Rankins; DE Cameron Jordan, DE Bobby Richardson, LB Stephone Anthony, MLB James Laurinaitis, LB Dannell Ellerbe DT Nick Fairley, DT Tyeler Davison,  DE Kasim Edebali, LB Craig Robertson, DE Darryl Tapp

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DT Gerald McCoy, DT Clinton McDonald, DE William Gholston, DE Robert Ayers, LB Lavonte David, MLB Kwon Alexander, LB Jeremiah George DT Akeem Spence, DE George Johnson, DE Jacquies Smith, DE Noah Spence, LB Daryl Smith

32. Cleveland Browns
DE Desmond Bryant, NT Danny Shelton, DE Jamie Meder, OLB Paul Kruger, OLB Nate Orchard,  ILB Chris Kirksey, ILB Demario Davis DE John Hughes, OLB Emmanuel Ogbah, DE Xavier Cooper, OLB Barkevious Mingo, DE Carl Nassib

The Ravens Are TOO Unpredictable

The Ravens Are TOO Unpredictable by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

I recently did a poll on Twitter asking the fantasy football community to fill in the blank…

In 2016, Baltimore’s waiver wire darling RB Buck Allen will _________________ .

(The four options were……)

1) be 2nd string to Forsett
2) spilt carries even
3) overtake Forsett early  
4) too many Qs to draft…………(which won overwhelmingly.)

Last year, RB Justin Forsett was unable to duplicate his impressive 2014 season when he finished as the #8 running back with over 1500 total yards and 8 touchdowns. His 2015 run abruptly ended in Week 11 when he broke both bones in his forearm while playing against the Rams. Rookie Buck Allen took over running back duties and became a waiver wire darling. Now in 2016, Forsett is battling Allen for carries, Allen is battling West for carries, and West is battling Dixon for carries. The Twitter community is right…too many question marks to draft.

But the running back situation in Baltimore isn’t the only position with uncertainty. Let’s start off with the man who needs to be the leader for the offense, quarterback Joe Flacco. The Raven QB was lost for the season back in Week 11 of 2015, with a torn ACL and MCL so his health is already in question. Since being drafted in 2008, Flacco has been a competent quarterback for Baltimore, but he has only bested the top 15 once for QBs at a season’s end, and that was 2014 when he finished as the #14 QB. He has also never averaged 2 touchdowns passes per game in any season, and usually ends a season averaging only 1.3 touchdown passes per game.

The wide receivers for the Ravens are filled with ambiguity and unpredictability, starting with Steve Smith. Although one of toughest competitors in the games, Smith is still recovering from a “double rupture” of his Achilles last November. His availability for the start of the season is an unknown. Another dubious candidate for 2016 is Breshad Perriman, who suffered a partially torn ACL in June after sitting out all of his rookie season with a PCL tear. Mike Wallace is now with the Ravens, and has worked with the first-team offense but flunked his conditioning test on the first day of camp. Wallace believes he is a better receiver today than when he left Pittsburgh, but I believe that he will disappoint, just like he has for the past 3 NFL seasons. Kamar Aiken came on strong at the end of the 2015 season, but let’s be clear…his best games came without QB Joe Flacco, and if not for a flukey 48 TD “hail Mary” in Week 15 vs Kansas City, Aiken would not have topped 80 receiving yards in any game. Will Aiken have chemistry with Flacco this year if he is forced to be the #1 wide out in Baltimore? That is unclear and yet to be determined.

The tight ends for the Ravens are also problematic for fantasy football owners. TE Ben Watson signed with Baltimore after an incredibly successful season in New Orleans. Watson ended 2015 as the #7 tight end in the NFL. Prior to 2015, he was the #50 tight end in 2014, and #45 in 2013. It’s extremely doubtful that Watson’s resurgence will continue. Add Watson’s situation to an already crowded tight end depth chart and you have another unresolved Baltimore player position.

It’s odd to see the precarious Baltimore defense dropping year after year into mediocracy. In 2011, the Ravens had the 4th best defense in the NFL. In 2014, they had the 9th best, but in 2015 they were ranked 24th. Terrell Suggs tearing his Achilles last fall was obviously a huge blow to the defense, but like the rest of this swiss-cheese team, there are many holes to fill on defense. Key losses for the Ravens in 2016 were LB Courtney Upshaw, LB Daryl Smith, S Will Hil, and DE Chris Canty.

Perhaps the most dependable fantasy football player on the Ravens team is Justin Tucker, who ended 2015 as the #7 place kicker. This fact gives me very little comfort in drafting Baltimore Ravens on any of my fantasy football teams this year, and I am reluctant, skeptical, hesitant, suspicious, unconvinced, unclear, dubious, hazy, leery and apprehensive as whether you can win with many of them as well.

Dear Ryan Fitzpatrick

Dear Ryan Fitzpatrick by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

Dear Ryan Fitzpatrick,

For a smart guy… ( highest Wonderlic Test score ever by a quarterback )…you sure are being STUPID!

It’s time that you started to think about your teammates, the city of New York that gave you an opportunity in 2015, and all of the Jet fans, instead of just dear Ryan Fitzpatrick. Because, by the way, the Jets have offered you a three-year, $24 million deal with $12 million in the first year. ( That’s more money than what nearly every American watching you play, will ever see in their entire lifetime.) And, it’s a great offer, especially for you. Why…?

For starters dear Ryan Fitzpatrick, you are not that good! I said it. Let’s look at everything before 2015.

You were drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft…250th overall pick. Not the first, second, third, fourth, fifth or even sixth round…but the seventh round. St. Louis thought so little of you, that they traded you to the Bengals for a seventh-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft on September 1, 2007.

You only ended up playing for the Bengals because of injuries to the real quarterback, Carson Palmer. After the 2008 season, Cincinnati didn’t want you anymore, so you signed with the Buffalo Bills on February 27, 2009. Mediocre games followed, and you lost your starting job to QB Trent Edwards. You returned as the Bills’ starter at the beginning of the 2012 season, but were released on March 12, 2013.

On March 18, 2013, you signed a two-year contract with the Tennessee Titans. Holding out after the 2013 season like you are this year, would have likely ended your career, because you played in only 11 games, starting in 9 of them. You finished that season with a lousy 3–6 record as the starting quarterback, and were released on March 14, 2014…replaced by Charlie Whitehurst.

On March 18, 2014, you signed a two-year contract with the Houston Texans. ( see a pattern here…no one wants you for very long, ) You were named the Texans’ starting quarterback by new Head Coach Bill O’Brien on June 17, but not for long. As usual, you were demoted to second string on November 5, 2014, and replaced as the starter by Ryan Mallett. You were later able to start again for the Texans, but only because QB Ryan Mallett tore his pectoral muscle. You finished the season with a 6–6 record, so at least you won half of your games.

On March 11, 2015, you were traded again! The Houston Texans didn’t want you, so they sent you to the New York Jets for a late-round conditional draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Were you named the starter? No. It wasn’t until an incident in the locker room, when starting quarterback QB Geno Smith was sucker punched and left with a broken jaw, that you were tentatively named the starter for Week 1.

Did you end up having a good season in 2015? Yes you did. Many fantasy football owners were happy. You were the #11 quarterback for 2015, with 3,905 passing yards, and 31 TD passes. ( along with 270 rushing yards and 2 rushing TDs.) Did you accomplish this, after struggling in the league since 2005, because you suddenly are great? No. Did the team around you have a ton to do with this renaissance season? Yes they did. ( Thanks WR Brandon Marshall, WR Eric Decker, RB Chris Ivory, RB Bilal Powell, the O-Line, the #22 defense, the coaching staff, and everyone else that helped you become the #11 quarterback for 2015.)

Do you deserve a raise? Yes you do, and you have been offered one…a big one. So once again, it’s time dear Ryan Fitzpatrick that you started to think about your teammates, the city of New York that gave you an opportunity in 2015, and all of the Jet fans, instead of just Ryan Fitzpatrick.

It’s a great offer, especially for you.

( and answer your damn phone when Eric Decker calls!)