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* The Fantasy Football WK1 Rankings Edge Rusher Chart would traditionally contain just the 3-4 outside linebackers and 4-3 defensive ends from the NFL’s two-base defensive schemes. But at times, for whatever reason, some of the main sites list some 3-4 defensive end. Not to mention some strongside linebackers from the 4-3 scheme. And one of those main sites that have been engaging IDP owners for quite a few years with the designated Edge Rusher position as an option is ESPN.COM.

So although this author doesn’t personally consider those 3-4 defensive ends a part of the true Edge Rushers, we will set these charts by whom they list as such. Because even if the position has been around for some time, on a few sites. It’s still in the process of gaining traction by IDP owners. And there still needs to be a baseline set somehow. So what better way to do it than with the old school, and one of the originals, but ESPN.

Note, this listing of ESPN Edge Rushers may not reflect this author’s Edge Rushers rankings or the Gridiron Rating player ratings. But until it is a full-fledge position used across the board and a player standard is set. We can’t ignore what the users of the charts and IDP owners may have access too. We’ll also mention that the Edge Rusher formula for these charts adds at least one additional step over the traditional five.

Week 6 / AFC Edge Rushers

NOTICE – Chart Key Marking Fine-Tuning Update

This was not applied to all the charts yet but will be by WK6. We are using a new STAR method this year that needed a better user-friendly feel.

Avoid Weak
1/5
Barley Solid
2/5
Firm Solid
3/5
Really Solid
4/5
Firm Strong
5/5

Questionable (?)  –  Out (O)

Doubtful  –  (D)  –  Injuried Reserve (IR)

AFC NORTH

 Ravens Edge Rushers

Matthew Judon
2.5/5
Tyus Bowser
2.5/5
Pernell McPhee
1.5/5
Jaylon Ferguson
1/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: Stable situation, and was a great on-paper matchup result last week versus the Bengals. And exactly why they were referred to in our waiver wire article last week as well. It’s just too bad that the Ravens didn’t feel like they needed the main two to get the normal snaps versus the Bengals. It was almost even between Judon, Bowser, and McPhee at about 50% apiece. All while Ferguson jumped to about 40%. So guess who really got the production we were suggesting Judon and Bowser would get. That’s right, the depth or part-time guys recorded the best edge production for the first time this season.

With that off our chest. This week versus the Eagles is also a strong matchup, just as good as the Bengals contest. But our trust issues now are in place and we aren’t going to go full-on with the on-paper results. And we think we also have something else figured out. The Ravens rush a lot of players, not just their edge rushers in their blitz packages. Something they did last year 55% of the time and most in the NFL. But this year, everyone gets the chance at a sack and that’s hurt the main two edge rushers numbers.

We won’t forget this going forward!

Bengals Edge Rushers

Carl Lawson
2/5
Carlos Dunlap
2/5
Khalid Kareem
1/5
Sam Hubbard (IR)
0/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: Dunlap out of line up as a starter. And Dunlap back into the starting lineup with Hubbard out at least three weeks on I.R. with an elbow injury. And on paper, we are going to make them earn it this week versus the Colts. The on-paper results don’t favor the matchup as well as we would like. So we have one older vet who was just replaced because he lost a step. And Lawson, who has flashed but never managed much in a full-time role yet. We wonder what Kareem can bring to the table, to be honest about it.

 Browns Edge Rushers

Myles Garrett
3/5
Olivier Vernon (?)
1/5
Porter Gustin
1/5
Joe Jackson
1/5
Adrian Clayborn
1/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: Of course, Vernon is questionable and Clayton isn’t. They must have a type of sidebar deal going on that both can’t be healthy at the same time.  Not that it matters, Garrett is our only real edge rusher target here and that’s the case versus the Steelers.

Garrett returns to the scene of the crime last from last year. Let’s hope he learned his season and just concentrates on sacking Big Ben over fighting the opposing team’s QB. But it’s not going to be easy, and may even be tougher versus the divisional Steelers. The results on paper land exactly like they did last week versus the Colts. But it might not come as easy this week to play over par.

Steelers Edge Rushers

T.J. Watt
3/5
Bud Dupree
3/5
Alex Highsmith
1.5/5
Olasunkanmi Adeniyi
1/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: The matchup on paper isn’t near as solid as we marked. But considering the history, these two have when playing the Browns, it was hard not to raise it a bit more in the upside department.

AFC south

Texans Edge Rushers

J.J. Watt
3/5
Whitney Mercilus
3/5
Brennan Scarlett
2/5
Jacob Martin
1/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: Stable and noting if the main two had shown more up to this point these marks would be a touch higher versus the Titans on paper.

Colts Edge Rushers

Justin Houston (?)
3.5/5
Al-Quadin Muhammad
2/5
Tyquan Lewis
1/5
Ben Naugo
1/5
Kemoko Turay (O)
0/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: The matchup is there versus the Bengals, but anything beyond Houston is risky. Our last report was he was limited in practice Thursday.

 Jaquars Edge Rushers

Josh Allen (?)
2/5
K’Lavon Chaisson
2/5
Dawuane Smoot
2/5
Kamalei Correa
1/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: Although Allen’s knee and healthy will determine who gets the most snaps versus the Lions, it’s really tough to think they’ll make much of an impact. The lions just hadn’t allowed that much production at all to the edge. Correa was just traded from the Titans to the Jags.

Titans Edge Rushers

Harold Landry III
3.5/5
Jadeveon Clowney (?)
2.5/5
Vic Beasley, Jr.
2/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: It might be the best matchup of the season for these players versus the Texans on paper. Clowney has been out with an illness as of Thursday. If he is out Beasly may become more relevant but would be a hard reach to make considering he hasn’t managed to impress thus far this season.

AFC East

 Bills Edge Rushers

Mario Addison (?)
3/5
Jerry Hughes
1/5
Trent Murphy
1/5
A.J. Epenesa
1/5
Darryl Johnson
1/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: This unit versus the Chiefs is a very hard sell on paper. And we aren’t buying it considering the unit’s total body of work this season.

Dolphins Edge Rushers

Kyle Van Noy (?)
2/5
Emmanuel Ogbah
2.5/5
Andrew Van Ginkel
2/5
Shaq Lawson (O)
1/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: We aren’t going to hold it against Van Noy for being shut down for the first time versus the 49ers. He apparently hurt his groin, which isn’t good. But as of right now he did practice in a limited fashion and still carries the questionable tag. Versus the Jets, one would think on paper it was a real favorable matchup off the edge. But the Jets O-line has been better and stacked the numbers against this unit a little.

With that said, and considering Van Noy’s groin injury, our best target this week, and a carryover in our waiver wire article, is Ogbah. He has managed to get into the opposing tea,’s backfield for a sack for four contests in a row. We aren’t going more than solid on him, but his upside is there, either way, we slice it.

 Patriots Edge Rushers

Chase Winovich
2/5
John Simon
2/5
Shilique Calhoun
1/5
Anfernee Jennings
1/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: Versus the Broncos this unit isn’t going to find it easy to get into the backfield. Everyone is well-rested after a COVID bye-week, so on paper “barely” is the best we were able to go with.

Jets Edge Rushers

Jordan Jenkins
1.5/5
Tarell Basham
1/5
Kyle Phillips
1/5
John Franklin-Myers (?)
1/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: This unit now has recorded just two sacks on the season. And the Dolphins do offer a strong matchup on paper this week. But everyone listed receives an equal share of around 48% of the snaps and the odds anyone can overachieve or even match the on-paper results are slim. It’s just not worth chasing after.

AFC west

 Broncos Edge Rushers

Bradley Chubb
3.5/5
Jeremiah Attaochu (?)
2.5/5
Malik Reed
2.5/5
Anthony Chickillo
2/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: Chubb should again enjoy a good game versus the Patriots, who remain in the top 12 in allowing points to the edge rushers. And our sneaky play here would be Reed if Attaochu (Quad) is out again. And our last report from Thursday is he is still not practicing. Reed has done well with more playing time and if he isn’t splitting reps with Attaochu he has some upside this contest worth looking into if needing an edge rusher.

Chiefs Edge Rushers

Frank Clark
2/5
Tanoh Kpassagnon
1/5
Mike Danna
1/5
Alex Okafor
1/5
Taco Charlton
1/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: How did the Raiders defeat the Chiefs? In part, they shut down the rushing attack of the Chiefs. So, considering that the Raiders are still a top 12 team figured in as allowing production off the edge after doing so, that just proves they had the Chiefs number somehow. This unit’s players owners aren’t going to have too much to like about them facing the Bill’s this week either. And it’s going to test the idea we do not sit studs (Clark). But on paper, we’ll mark it with a touch of optimism for Clark and let his owners decide if they have a better option.

Chargers Edge Rushers

Joey Bosa (?)
0/5
Uchenna Nwosu
0/5
Isaac Rochell
0/5
Emeke Egbule
0/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: Bye-Week.

Raiders Edge Rushers

Maxx Crosby
0/5
Clelin Ferrell
0/5
Carl Nassib
0/5
Arden Key
0/5

See New Chart Key Above -Advice/Note: Bye-Week.

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