2013 Fantasy Football: 7 Biggest Defensive Linemen Busts So Far

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2013 Fantasy Football: 7 Biggest Defensive Linemen Busts So Far

2013 Fantasy Football: 7 Biggest Defensive Linemen Busts So Far
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Recently I published a slideshow on the 10 biggest offensive fantasy football busts to this point in the season. You can read it by clicking right here. But why stop there? One of the great things about football is there are two sides to the ball (three if you count special teams). If you have not yet dabbled into or started playing IDP (individual defensive player) leagues, then you are missing out on a whole other level of fantasy football.

While most top fantasy offensive players are usually on a good, high scoring team that means nothing when looking at defensive players. Like garbage time all stars, bad teams can produce top IDP talent. Even bad defenses can produce stud defenders, as bad defenses are on the field longer, leading to more chances for your IDP starter to earn points.

Many leagues are now doing IDP and owners are either winning or losing their match on the right, or wrong IDP picks. If your defender can rack up a few sacks it will be hard for you to lose that positional battle. If your guy gets you a long interception return or even a touchdown, that can be a huge help and major boost to your team’s chances of winning that week.

While there is a depth of players usually available on the wire, it takes a special eye to pick the right ones in the correct matchups. Some owners have selected correctly and have reaped the rewards (I’m looking at you Sean Lee owners out there). Some have not been as fortunate, going with big name players who have produced small time results.

With that being said, here are the seven biggest defensive line fantasy busts of the 2013 season to date.

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Geno Atkins

Geno Atkins
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To be fair, Geno Atkins was on this list prior to his injury in week nine. After signing a $55 million contract extension in the summer, it was clear the Cincinnati Bengals were high on Atkins after his 2012 season saw him finish with 12.5 sacks, 54 tackles, four forced fumbles and two passes defended. Atkins has had the opposite problem of the other linemen on this list as his six sacks rank 13th in the league, but he has zero passes defended, fumbles forced or recovered. Atkins only had 20 total tackles, ranking 317th amongst all defenders.

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Jared Allen

Jared Allen
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It appears that time is beginning to catch up with 31 year old Jarred Allen. The Minnesota Vikings defense used to be unit that was revered across the league, now it is closer to Swiss cheese than it is to the brick wall it used to be. Allen is one of the anchors of this defense, and like most of the other candidates on this list, lack of sacks has been a problem with only four and a half this season. Owners who drafted Allen were thinking he would be at least a top 10 DL option, but currently ranks 24th.

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Julius Peppers

Julius Peppers
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Julius Peppers has not had a great fantasy impact so far in 2013, but he did have a sack on Aaron Rodgers that could have lasting consequences in the NFC North. Peppers should be amongst the league leaders in sacks, but only has two on the season. If not for his 42 yard fumble recovery return for a touchdown, Peppers would be much lower in the fantasy standings.

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Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh
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Ndamukong Suh is another example of a player who dominates in the “real” games, yet has trouble finding consistent fantasy success. He is tied with DeMarcus Ware for 34th in DL scoring only three and a half sacks and 21 total tackles, with only one fumble forced so far.

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DeMarcus Ware

DeMarcus Ware
Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

DeMarcus Ware should be a top five defensive lineman in fantasy. He has the speed, power and agility to change any game, but has not had that translate to fantasy success in 2013. His four sacks are 46th in the league, and he ranks 34th among defensive linemen with 43.50 fantasy points this season.

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Justin Tuck

Justin Tuck
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Justin Tuck has seemed a step slower and much less dangerous in 2013. With only one and a half sacks on the season, his (combined with Jason Pierre-Paul’s) lack of ability to generate pressure on the quarterback has given the New York Giants defense fits. He currently ranks 53rd amongst defensive line scoring with 37.5 fantasy points.

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Jason Pierre-Paul

Jason Pierre-Paul
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After a 2011 season that saw Jason Pierre-Paul record 16.5 sacks, Pierre-Paul has driven multiple owners fits this year. His injury was obviously more severe than what the general public was led to believe. Now a maturing, powerful player who could be among the league leaders just hasn’t measured up, with only one sack and 19 total tackles thus far in the season. His 29.5 fantasy points rank 83rd among defensive linemen.

Read more from Dustin here.

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2013 Fantasy Football: 7 Biggest Defensive Linemen Busts So Far

2013 Fantasy Football: 7 Biggest Defensive Linemen Busts So Far
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Recently I published a slideshow on the 10 biggest offensive fantasy football busts to this point in the season. You can read it by clicking right here. But why stop there? One of the great things about football is there are two sides to the ball (three if you count special teams). If you have not yet dabbled into or started playing IDP (individual defensive player) leagues, then you are missing out on a whole other level of fantasy football.

While most top fantasy offensive players are usually on a good, high scoring team that means nothing when looking at defensive players. Like garbage time all stars, bad teams can produce top IDP talent. Even bad defenses can produce stud defenders, as bad defenses are on the field longer, leading to more chances for your IDP starter to earn points.

Many leagues are now doing IDP and owners are either winning or losing their match on the right, or wrong IDP picks. If your defender can rack up a few sacks it will be hard for you to lose that positional battle. If your guy gets you a long interception return or even a touchdown, that can be a huge help and major boost to your team’s chances of winning that week.

While there is a depth of players usually available on the wire, it takes a special eye to pick the right ones in the correct matchups. Some owners have selected correctly and have reaped the rewards (I’m looking at you Sean Lee owners out there). Some have not been as fortunate, going with big name players who have produced small time results.

With that being said, here are the seven biggest defensive line fantasy busts of the 2013 season to date.

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Geno Atkins

Geno Atkins
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

To be fair, Geno Atkins was on this list prior to his injury in week nine. After signing a $55 million contract extension in the summer, it was clear the Cincinnati Bengals were high on Atkins after his 2012 season saw him finish with 12.5 sacks, 54 tackles, four forced fumbles and two passes defended. Atkins has had the opposite problem of the other linemen on this list as his six sacks rank 13th in the league, but he has zero passes defended, fumbles forced or recovered. Atkins only had 20 total tackles, ranking 317th amongst all defenders.

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Jared Allen

Jared Allen
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

It appears that time is beginning to catch up with 31 year old Jarred Allen. The Minnesota Vikings defense used to be unit that was revered across the league, now it is closer to Swiss cheese than it is to the brick wall it used to be. Allen is one of the anchors of this defense, and like most of the other candidates on this list, lack of sacks has been a problem with only four and a half this season. Owners who drafted Allen were thinking he would be at least a top 10 DL option, but currently ranks 24th.

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Julius Peppers

Julius Peppers
Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Julius Peppers has not had a great fantasy impact so far in 2013, but he did have a sack on Aaron Rodgers that could have lasting consequences in the NFC North. Peppers should be amongst the league leaders in sacks, but only has two on the season. If not for his 42 yard fumble recovery return for a touchdown, Peppers would be much lower in the fantasy standings.

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Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Ndamukong Suh is another example of a player who dominates in the “real” games, yet has trouble finding consistent fantasy success. He is tied with DeMarcus Ware for 34th in DL scoring only three and a half sacks and 21 total tackles, with only one fumble forced so far.

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DeMarcus Ware

DeMarcus Ware
Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

DeMarcus Ware should be a top five defensive lineman in fantasy. He has the speed, power and agility to change any game, but has not had that translate to fantasy success in 2013. His four sacks are 46th in the league, and he ranks 34th among defensive linemen with 43.50 fantasy points this season.

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Justin Tuck

Justin Tuck
Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Tuck has seemed a step slower and much less dangerous in 2013. With only one and a half sacks on the season, his (combined with Jason Pierre-Paul’s) lack of ability to generate pressure on the quarterback has given the New York Giants defense fits. He currently ranks 53rd amongst defensive line scoring with 37.5 fantasy points.

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Jason Pierre-Paul

Jason Pierre-Paul
Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

After a 2011 season that saw Jason Pierre-Paul record 16.5 sacks, Pierre-Paul has driven multiple owners fits this year. His injury was obviously more severe than what the general public was led to believe. Now a maturing, powerful player who could be among the league leaders just hasn’t measured up, with only one sack and 19 total tackles thus far in the season. His 29.5 fantasy points rank 83rd among defensive linemen.

Read more from Dustin here.


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