Throughout this weekly series, we will explore every NFL team’s defense to provide in-depth fantasy football analysis for key IDPs. We will focus on projected depth charts, what each IDP’s role will be heading into the 2020 NFL season and what we can expect from them for fantasy purposes. Plus, we'll cover a bonus name to watch for each team.
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Matthew Judon has emerged as a star since 2017, managing nine, eight and 10 sacks over the past three seasons, respectively. This has earned him appropriate praise in IDP circles, especially in those true position leagues that allow him to score as more than just a typical linebacker. The edge position for Baltimore is fairly shallow, so expect Judon to continue to see a significant number of snaps each week, allowing him to create similar fantasy production as last year.
Derek Wolfe joins the Ravens' defensive line after coming over from Denver, where he played his first eight NFL seasons. Wolfe should step right in as a starter in a position of need for the Ravens, expecting to see around 700 snaps in 2020 if healthy. Wolfe is not a top edge option by any means, but his snaps alone should allow him to provide, at the very least, depth to your IDP rosters, with the capability to start when needed.
Calais Campbell was the third-most productive pass-rusher as an interior defender last season (minimum 20% of pass-rush snaps), collecting six sacks and 19 quarterback hits. Campbell appears to be an ageless talent entering his mid-30s. Expected to play more inside on the defensive line this season, Campbell should be one of the top defensive tackles in IDP for 2020, as his production continues to be top-notch.
Brandon Williams is not really a name to invest much in for IDP purposes, outside of the deepest of fantasy leagues. Williams lands outside of the top 100 on our defensive linemen rankings entering the 2020 season.