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2008 Player Rankings: Defensive Linemen
Updated: August 30, 2008
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1 Jared Allen MIN 8 Moving to a new team won't slow this guy down.  Expect a ton of sacks and a decent amount of tackles to boot.
2 Mario Williams HOU 8 With another year under his belt, the very talented Williams will put up top-3 fantasy numbers at DE.
3 Aaron Kampman GBP 8 Kampman is another model of consistency.  The Packer defense could be on the field a bit more this year too.
4 Julius Peppers CAR 9 Two words:  contract season.  Peppers is just too good to have two bad seasons in a row.  Has a lot to prove.
5 Terrell Suggs BAL 10 Now that he's cemented as the team's one-year franchise player, he'll have a lot to prove.  
6 Trent Cole PHI 7 Cole's the best DE that flies under the radar.  He came alive in '07 and could have a better '08.
7 Patrick Kerney SEA 4 Kerney's getting up there in age, but managed 14.5 sacks in '07.  The emergence of Darryl Tapp could help.
8 Aaron Schobel BUF 6 Like the "other Aaron", is another solid, consistent DL.  His sack total dipped in '07; expect a decent rebound.
9 Jason Taylor WAS 4 No reason to think he won't put up great stats again. Could be limited first couple of games, if not out with knee sprain.
10 Kyle Vanden Bosch TEN 6 Could easily be in the top-5, as he finished off the '07 season strong.  Can he keep it going?
11 Andre Carter WAS 10 With the arrival of Taylor, Carter could see plenty of gaps in the opposing offensive line.
12 Adewale Ogunleye CHI 8 The continuing emergence of Mark Anderson will free up Ogunleye to make big plays for the Bear D.
13 Justin Tuck NYG 4 With the retirement of Strahan and loss of Osi, Tuck becomes the starter and "the man".  Will he handle the pressure?
14 Robert Mathis IND 4 Now that he's healthy, he should have a pretty good season.  Definitely a sleeper that could put up top-10 stats.
15 Will Smith  NOS 9 In the prime of his career and should reach double-digit sacks this year.
16 Derrick Burgess OAK 5 Burgess is no spring chicken, but continues to put up nice numbers, especially with the sacks.
17 Tamba Hali KCC 6 Hali could have problems with no stud on the other end.  His value could rise if he rises to the occasion.
18 Gaines Adams TBB 10 Adams started the '07 season off slowly but came on at the end.  He could easily move into the top-10 by week 3.
19 Leonard Little STL 5 Little isn't the most consistent of defensive linemen, but is good enough to start on your fantasy team.
20 Elvis Dumervil DEN 8 A big time sack specialist, Dumervil has a ton of upside.  He became more active in '07, so don't wait on him.
21 John Abraham ATL 7 Always an injury risk, but returned to form with 10 sacks in '07.  If he can stay healthy, watch out.
22 Mark Anderson CHI 8 Anderson is ultra-talented and as a starter, will more than likely approach double-digit sacks.  Big play potential.
23 Darryl Tapp SEA 4 Tapp busted out in '07 and could improve with Kerney still chugging along on the other end.
24 Dewayne White DET 4 White's a nice sleeper for '08 in his second year with the Lions.  He could have a career year in sacks.
25 Chris Long STL 5 By far the best rookie DE prospect.  He's ultra-talented and the Rams will let him do his thing.
26 Ray Edwards MIN 8 Can he put up '07 Tamba Hali like numbers with Jared Allen on the other side?
27 Charles Grant NOS 9 Supremely talented, but under-produces for his talent.   Can he revert to '04 form or continue to wallow in mediocrity?
28 Dwight Freeney IND 4 After an injury-plagued '07, Freeney could return to stardom, getting 10+ sacks and more big plays.
29 Tommy Kelly OAK 5 The best DT, fantasy-wise.  Having solid ends on this line helps out big time.  He'll have to rebound from injury.
30 Robert Geathers CIN 8 Will his numbers get a boost or decline with the departure of Smith?  
31 Amobi Okoye HOU 8 As the Texan D improves, so will Okoye.  Managed 5.5 sacks last year.  Could approach 8-9 this year easily.
32 Alex Brown CHI 8 Will be the third DE for the Bear team with the emergence of Anderson, but could have some fantasy value.
33 Jamaal Anderson ATL 7 Wildly talented and could benefit with a healthy Abraham manning the other end.  Big time sleeper.
34 Mathias Kiwanuka NYG 4 Strahan/Umenyiora is now Tuck/Kiwanuka.  Can Kiwanuka produce from this spot?  Time will tell.
35 Marques Douglas BAL 10 Value is about the same now that he's on the Ravens.  A bit more upside, though, with the studly Suggs on the other end.
36 Darnell Dockett ARI 7 Decent tackle totals for an interior guy, and broke out with 9.5 sacks last year.  Don't expect that again.
37 Kabeer Gbaja-Biamilia GBP 8 Always overlooked as a consistent sack artist.  Should be on the field enough to approach 10 sacks again.
38 Lawrence Jackson SEA 4 Should log 5-6 sacks and around 50 total tackles for the under-rated Seahawk D.
39 Derrick Harvey JAC 7 Will Harvey have a slow start, a la Gaines Adams?  Remains unsigned, so he's a risk until he's actually with the team.
40 Jovan Haye TBB 10 With Adams emerging and other solid linemates around him, Haye could put up decent numbers.
41 Antwan Odom CIN 8 The Bengal defense will need Odom and Geathers to have big seasons.  Can he get 8 sacks again?
42 Luis Castillo SDC 9 Big time motor, and the Charger defense will continue to impress.  Could log 40 tackles and 7 sacks.
43 Ty Warren NEP 4 If he can return to '06 form, you can shoot him way up on this list.  But with the nature of the Pat D, don't get excited.
44 Justin Smith SFO 9 Officially another "DE/LB" hybrid.  Adjust your projections accordingly.  
45 Antonio Smith ARI 7 Flew under the radar in '07.  Could put up nice #2 fantasy DL numbers for your squad.
46 Charles Johnson CAR 9 With Peppers running amok on the other side, the very talented Johnson could be in for a big season.
47 Shaun Ellis NYJ 5 With rookie Vernon Gholston rushing the passer, Ellis could have a productive season.
48 Chris Kelsay BUF 6 Had some nice games opposite Aaron Schobel.  He'll definitely reach 5 sacks this season.
49 Glenn Dorsey KCC 6 He's a big, talented beast of a DT, and might have some fantasy value.
50 Mike Patterson PHI 7 The big run stuffer will find room to roam with Trent Cole improving.
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