Top 10 Dynasty Edge Players in the 2021 Offseason
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As we reach the end of our Top 10 in the 2021 Offseason list, we wanted to get into a relatively new position that some leagues are offering. The Edge position usually combines 4-3 defensive ends and 3-4 outside linebackers. We do not have a bunch of historical edge data to go over with these players for now, but your top end outside linebackers and defensive ends are usually a good bet. This is still dynasty, and age does matter for rankings.
Now then, let’s get to my top 10 dynasty edge players in the 2021 offseason!
**Please note: Rankings per year referenced are based on the scoring discussed here. Statistics are from Pro Football Reference.
Top 10 Dynasty Edge Players #1: TJ Watt – Pittsburgh Steelers
There is not much to say that isn’t know about Watt in the fantasy world. In four years he is a three time Pro Bowler and two time 1st Team All-Pro. He only turns 27 in October this year, and the past three years he was the #4 Edge(2018), #1 Edge (2019) and #1 Edge (2020) player. Over those three years he has a minimum of 35 solos, 10 assists, 12 TFL, 13 sacks, 3 PD and 2 forced fumbles a season. He’s very simply a beast on the field and the best Edge player in the NFL for the foreseeable future.
Top 10 Dynasty Edge Players #2: Myles Garrett – Cleveland Browns
25 years old for most of the coming season and going into his 5th season, Garrett is stud defensive end coming into his prime. He has played 40 games in the past three years, and in those games he had 88 solos, 33 assists, 33 TFL, 35.5 sacks, 9 forced fumbles, 5 PD and 2 fumble recoveries. He ended 2020 has the #7 Edge, and his 2019 season was cut short due to his attack on Mason Rudolph in Week 11, but he still ended with 20 solos, 9 assists, 11 TFL, 10 sacks and 2 forced fumbles in 10 games.
Garrett is under contract through the end of 2026 and the Browns offensive efficiency improved remarkably over the course of 2020. While it remains to be seen if that continues, offensive improvement will only help the defense and their opportunities. With age, talent and situation all looking up, Garrett is a top shelf Edge option for fantasy owners.
Top 10 Dynasty Edge Players #3: Chase Young – Washington Football Team
Only one year under his belt and Chase Young was as advertised coming out of college. Only 21 years old last year, and he ended his rookie campaign with 15 games played and 32 solos, 12 assists, 10 TFL, 7.5 sacks, 4 PD, 4 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries and 1 TD. That was good enough to be the #9 Edge!
Chase has a great set of defensive linemen playing alongside him (Daron Payne, Jonathan Allen, Montez Sweat and Matt Ioannidis), and should only grow and improve in the coming years. The sky is the limit for him, and I am excited to see what is down the line for him. He and Garrett about pretty much interchangeable on this list for me, but have Garrett higher as he has done it longer.
Top 10 Dynasty Edge Players #4: Nick Bosa – San Francisco 49ers
This may be too high for some, given that Bosa has one good year under his belt, but much like Chase Young above, Bosa had a heck of a rookie year. He tied as the #16 edge that year with 32 solos, 15 assists, 16 TFL, 9 sacks, 2 PD, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries and 1 INT. His second year was cut short after two games due to a torn ACL in his left knee. Torn ACLs are not the death knell they used to be, and given when it occurred in the season he should be fully recovered. Even if we have to wait for 2022 for him to be fully healed, as we often do, I fully expect Nick to be a top Edge player going forward for many years.
Top 10 Dynasty Edge Players #5: Khalil Mack – Chicago Bears
Mack just turned 31 but is still an elite Edge player. In the six years after his rookie year (2014) he has only missed two games and averages approximately 44 solos, 15 assists, 11.5 TFL, 10 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries a season. He was been a Pro Bowler in each of those six years, and a First Team All-Pro in three of them. In 2018 he was the #7 edge, in 2019 he was the #27 and in 2020 he was the #5.
Mack’s contract is easier for the Bears to get out of after the 2021 season, but even if he finds himself on a new team within the next few years, Mack has the talent to fit in with and succeed on any team. Given that the Bears seem to be making a play for a top tier QB and going for it now, I expect Mack to remain with the Bears the next few years and continue his defensive dominance.
Top 10 Dynasty Edge Players #6: Harold Landry – Tennessee Titans
Harold is probably the most underappreciated of the group on this list. He has only missed one game since being drafted 41st in 2018, and in three seasons (and really only a starter in two) he averages about 28 solos, 23 assists, 9 TFL, 6 sacks and 3 PD a season. In 2019 he was the #12 edge and the #16 edge in 2020. Landry played a 93.66% snap share in 16 games in 2020, which is insanely high for an edge player. For reference, TJ Watt had an 83.09% snap share for the Steelers over 15 games. Landry had an 85.84% snap share in 2018 and was more productive that year.
I expect Landry’s snap share going forward to be more in line with his 2018 and other edge players, which should help his overall production. Pass rushers are more effective when they have some time to rest, and being on the field for nearly every defensive snap makes that difficult. Either way, Landry has proven to be a high quality edge rusher and NFL players with a bright future ahead of him.
Top 10 Dynasty Edge Players #7: Montez Sweat – Washington Football Team
After a nice 2019 rookie year as an outside linebacker, Sweat stepped up his production when Chase Young showed up last year. His rookie year had 31 solos, 19 assists, 8 TFL, 7 sacks, 2 PD and 2 forced fumbles. Last year he ended with 28 solos, 17 assists, 12 TFL, 9 sacks, 6 PD and 2 forced fumbles, which was good for edge #11.
Sweat will only be 25 for the 2021 season, and with the talent on the Washington defensive line, offenses will not be able to focus on stopping Sweat. If the Washington offense can take a step forward and be regularly productive the defensive ends in Washington will have even more opportunities to get to the QB and make the plays that make a good edge player valuable in fantasy.
Top 10 Dynasty Edge Players #8: Shaquil Barrett – Free Agent
A late breakout player, Shaq was an undrafted free agent signee with Denver in 2014. His best year was 2017, when he started 9 games of the 16 he played in, ending with 31 solos, 6 assists, 7 TFL, 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery. That was until 2019, when he signed as a free agent with Tampa Bay, started all 16 games for them and broke out with 45 solos, 13 assists, 19 TFL, 19.5 sacks, 2 PD, 6 forced fumbles and 1 INT. That would have been far and away enough to be the top Edge, if not for TJ Watt; Barrett ended as the #2 edge, a half a point behind Watt.
2020 was not as impressive, but still a great year for Barrett. He ended 2020 with 43 solos, 14 assists, 11 TFL, 8 sacks, 3 PD, 2 forced fumbles and 1 safety; that was good enough to be Edge #13 on the year. If Barrett resigns with Tampa Bay, there is no reason to think he can’t stay doing what he has done with them. Given his landing spot uncertainty, and only having two good years out of seven in the league, I have him lower than his 2019 results indicate may be appropriate.
Top 10 Dynasty Edge Players #9: Brian Burns – Carolina Panthers
The #16 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Burns only started five of the 16 games he played in his rookie year, but managed a respectable 19 solo, 6 assist, 5 TFL, 7.5 sacks, 1 forced fumbles and 1 TD line. He became a full time starter in 2022, and on a 70.82% snap share he had 35 solos, 23 assists, 8 TFL, 9 sacks, 4 PD and 3 forced fumbles; this was good for edge #17.
Burns will only be 23 this season, and on an improving defense that spent all of its 2020 draft picks on defense. He is a highly athletic, with great size (6’5”, 250 lbs), speed and burst. He still has room to grow with his tackling, but has top tier edge upside. He is a great edge to go after as his name does not carry the same weight as others like Young, but he has the talent to be right up there with him.
Top 10 Dynasty Edge Players #10: Bradley Chubb – Denver Broncos
This slot was hard to pick, but ultimately I went with Chubb, who I see as similar to Nick Bosa in terms of situation. Chubb had a great rookie year in 2018, playing all 16 games and ending with 41 solos, 19 assists, 14 TFL, 12 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery and 1 PD. This was good enough for Edge #11. His sophomore year was cut short after four games though when he had a left knee ACL tear.
He came back in 2020 and was Edge #31. As mentioned with Bosa, it takes time to come back from an ACL tear, but with a good first year back and age on his side (he will only be 25 this season) I expect Chubb to be closer to his 2018 self going forward than his 2020. What becomes of Von Miller will matter in terms of defenses focusing more on Chubb, but given his abilities and having learned from Von, I am banking on Chubb improving going forward.
**Other names under consideration here were Danielle Hunter, Joey Bosa, Maxx Crosby and JJ Watt. Each of them has reasons for being left off, and if you’d like to discuss, find me on Twitter!
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