2016 Defensive Tackle Dynasty Tiers

Defensive Tackles are the Rodney Dangerfield of IDP leagues…they get no respect!  If your league uses a DL designation then most DTs are virtually worthless as they don’t rack up near as many stats as their DE brethren.  If your league designates separate positions for DT and DE then DTs become a bit more important and having a top 3 DT can actually make a difference.

With this in mind, I submit to you our Defensive Tackle tiers for 2016.

Tier 1

Aaron Donald – He’s quite simply in a league of his own.

Tier 2

Kawann Short – Drafted after his fellow DT Star Lotulelei but much better in fantasy due to him being the 3-tech DT

Geno Atkins – Dominant for a long time

Ndamukong Suh – Going to improve in second season in Miami

Fletcher Cox – Moves from DE in 3-4 to DT in 4-3 in Philly

Sheldon Rankins – Rookie moves into perfect situation in NO.  3-Tech starter in rookie year.

Tier 3

Linval Joseph – Had his first great year last season, can he repeat?

Gerald McCoy – Will move to 3-tech this season and could be even better than tier 3 if that works for him.

Marcell Dareus – Consistent performer

Dontari Poe – Young and developing

Ian Williams – NT that was in top 10 for DTs last year, that doesn’t happen often

Tier 4

Brandon Williams – NT in Baltimore but great fantasy stats anyway

Johnathan Hankins – Young and developing for Giants but hasn’t reached elite yet

Damon Harrison – Consistent mid-range performer in Jets 3-4

Clinton McDonald – Stats may go down if he’s asked to take on double-teams to free up Gerald McCoy

Tyrone Crawford – Does well in this defense but not an elite player

Sen’Derrick Marks – Elite before his injury but may not have it left in him.

Tier 5

Bennie Logan

Jay Ratliff

Malcolm Brown

Sharrif Floyd

Michael Brockers

Dan Williams

Ahtyba Rubin


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