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We continue the AFC South top 50 with players No. 40 through 31.

In case you missed it, here are players 50-41.


  1. The rankings are based mostly on 2018 projection. Production during the 2017 season does matter, but it didn’t hold a gun to my head. And yes, rookies are allowed.
  2. Value of position wasn’t a huge factor (i.e. a wide receiver can be ranked ahead of a quarterback).
  3. Injuries were taken into account, but didn’t prevent players from appearing high on the list.

No. 40) Houston Texans LB Zach Cunningham

AFC South Texans
Via USA Today

Thanks to a dysfunctional offense and critical injuries along the front seven, the Texans’ defense was a train wreck in 2017. One of the few highlights was the play of rookie linebacker Zach Cunningham.

The former Vanderbilt Commodore recorded 45 tackles and deflected six passes last season, and if Houston’s front seven can maintain some level of health, his productivity will only increase.

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