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T.J. Watt Completely Disrespected in ESPN Top 100 NFL Rankings

Max Staley
T.J. Watt was disrespected by his ranking in ESPN's top 100.
T.J. Watt was disrespected by his ranking in ESPN's top 100. / Steven Ryan/Getty Images
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T.J. Watt is one of the best pass rushers in the league. He's one of just two players in the NFL who has racked up at least 27.5 sacks, 50 QB hits, and 4 forced fumbles over the past two seasons. The other player is Aaron Donald.

And yet, outside of Pittsburgh, Watt is never given the respect he deserves. His ranking on ESPN's list predicting the NFL's top 100 players in 2020 is so low it can only be described as disrespectful.

ESPN ranked the 25-year-old superstar behind a whopping eight other pass-rushers, putting him at No. 31 overall. That's outrageously low.

Last season, Watt ranked top four in: sacks (14.5), QB hits (36) and quarterback knockdowns (19). He also led the league in pressures (59) and received Pro Football Focus' highest grade among all edge rushers (91.3).

The fact that he's ranked outside of the top five among pass-rushers is a little ridiculous, but putting him outside of the top eight is flat-out absurd.

With the fourth-best odds (+1400) to win the Defensive Player of the Year on FanDuel Sportsbook, though, perhaps Watt just needs a little hardware to finally silence the doubters.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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