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Defensive Linemen – 2012 IDP Projected Stats

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Last year Jabaal Sheard broke onto the scene and put together an unexpected DL2 performance for IDP fantasy owners. Could Andre Branch be the second coming?

Only time will tell, but it appears he will earn a three down role right away, and while he probably won’t play the same high snap count we saw from Sheard, his prospects of a breakout rookie year are encouraging.

With emerging star Jeremy Mincey playing opposite bookend, expect opposing offenses to focus on the veteran is the first option for double teams and chips.

Branch was one of the better pass rushers in college last year, and while I don’t expect him to reach double digits, he was brought into Jacksonville to make plays in the backfield and based on his offseason focus; we should expect him to have success, early.

Targeting Branch as one of the top defensive linemen off the board in dynasty IDP leagues and a DL3 in redraft leagues would be a smart idea. If Mike Mularkey can keep the offense playing competitive football by developing Blaine Gabbert, signing MJD and utilizing new weapons like Justin Blackmon and Laurent Robinson, we could see a consistent blend of tackles and big plays from Branch in year one.

2012 Projected StatsQB | RB | WR | TE | K | D/ST | DL | LB | DB

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Last Updated – August 3rd

  Tackles      
  Total Solo Sacks FF PD
Adrian Clayborn 45 33 6.5 2 1
Ahtyba Rubin 75 53 4 0 1
Andre Branch 52 41 6.5 2 3
Bruce Irvin 33 18 9 3 1
Calais Campbell 64 50 6.5 1 5
Cameron Wake 51 42 10.5 2 4
Carlos Dunlap 39 27 11 2 4
Chandler Jones 39 31 7 2 4
Charles Johnson 54 43 10 1 4
Chris Clemons 46 35 10 2 5
Chris Long 40 32 11 2 2
Cliff Avril 35 29 10 3 4
Courtney Upshaw 44 34 8 2 3
Darnell Dockett 54 40 5 1 1
Derrick Morgan 45 33 7.5 1 3
Elvis Dumervil 48 34 12.5 2 3
Fletcher Cox 34 26 7.5 2 4
Geno Atkins 37 29 5.5 2 3
Greg Hardy 47 35 6 1 7
Haloti Ngata 61 43 5 2 4
Israel Idonije 36 28 4.5 1 1
J.J. Watt 60 47 6.5 1 5
Jabaal Sheard 65 50 7 4 3
Jared Allen 63 45 16 3 4
Jason Babin 39 31 12.5 3 1
Jason Pierre-Paul 79 62 14.5 3 8
Jeremy Mincey 54 42 7.5 3 2
Julius Peppers 38 29 11 3 6
Justin Smith 55 42 8 2 2
Justin Tuck 58 40 9.5 4 5
Kamerion Wimbley 36 30 8.5 1 2
Kyle Vanden Bosch 30 22 8.5 3 1
Marcell Dareus 53 41 7.5 1 4
Mario Williams 39 31 12 2 3
Mark Anderson 33 24 8.5 2 1
Matt Shaughnessy 40 29 5.5 1 1
Michael Bennett 46 35 5.5 2 1
Michael Johnson 40 29 8 4 3
Ndamukong Suh 47 36 6.5 1 2
Nick Fairley 28 19 4 0 1
Olivier Vernon 21 15 3 0 0
Osi Umenyiora 38 29 10 2 4
Phil Taylor 29 21 2 0 1
Quinton Coples 33 22 4.5 2 2
Richard Seymour 34 26 3.5 0 2
Robert Quinn 44 35 10.5 2 4
Shea McClellin 32 23 5 0 1
Sione Pouha 48 36 1.5 0 3
Terrell Suggs NA NA NA NA NA
Tommy Kelly 35 26 3 1 2
Trent Cole 47 40 12.5 2 2
Will Smith 30 22 5 1 1

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