As promised in the IDP Breakdown in the Fantasy Alarm Draft Guide, here is the first of our weekly updated IDP rankings. The three categories-DL, LB, DB-are expanded to include the 50 top IDP players based on current projections. Within each category, the defensive players are designated at their primary position, although depending on the platform hosting your league, some of the players will qualify at two positions (e.g., Olivier Vernon qualifies at both LB and DE on Yahoo), so study your league settings well to get a leg up on your competition.

The rankings are based on the following scoring system:

Solo Tackle (or Total Tackles) 1 point

     Assisted tackle 1/2 point

     Sack 4 points

     Interception 6 points

     Pass defended 1 point

     Fumble forced 4 point

     Fumble recovered 2 points

     Safety 2 points

     Blocked FG/PAT/Punt 6 points

     All defensive TDs 6 points

As promised in the Draft Guide, there is the potential for revised rankings to be prepared, based on your specific league scoring system, if you send me the particulars in an email. You need to track down this writer’s contact information somewhere else on the site, as there should be an effort expended to receive the reward.

Below are the top 50 DL/LB/DBs per current projections, and these will be updated weekly until the regular season kicks off:

Rank Name POS Team/Bye Rank Name POS Team/Bye
1 J.J. Watt DE HOU/10 26 Derek Barnett DE PHI/10
2 Aaron Donald DE LAR/9 27 Trent Murphy DE BUF/6
3 Joey Bosa DE LAC/12 28 Marcus Davenport DE NO/9
4 Danielle Hunter DE MIN/12 29 Nick Bosa DE SF/4
5 Calais Campbell DE JAX/10 30 Za'Darius Smith DE GB/11
6 Myles Garrett DE CLE/7 31 Geno Atkins DT CIN/9
7 Cameron Jordan DE NO/9 32 Brandon Graham DE PHI/10
8 Demarcus Lawrence DE DAL/8 33 Damon Harrison DT DET/5
9 Frank Clark DE KC/12 34 Kenny Clark DT GB/11
10 Chris Jones DT KC/12 35 Jonathan Allen DE WAS/10
11 DeForest Buckner DT SF/4 36 Jabaal Sheard DE IND/6
12 Dee Ford DE SF/4 37 Sheldon Rankins DT NO/9
13 Justin Houston DE IND/6 38 Josh Allen DE JAX/10
14 Everson Griffen DE MIN/12 39 Jurrell Casey DT TEN/11
15 Olivier Vernon DE CLE/7 40 Jerry Hughes DE BUF/6
16 Akiem Hicks DE CHI/6 41 Vita Vea DT TB/7
17 Carlos Dunlap DE CIN/9 42 Mario Addison DE CAR/7
18 Denico Autry DT IND/6 43 Yannick Ngakoue DE JAX/10
19 Fletcher Cox DT PHI/10 44 Clelin Ferrell DE OAK/6
20 Trey Flowers DE DET/5 45 Larry Ogunjobi DT CLE/7
21 Sam Hubbard DE CIN/9 46 Grady Jarrett DT ATL/9
22 Melvin Ingram III DE LAC/12 47 Daron Payne DT WAS/10
23 Cameron Heyward DE PIT/7 48 B.J. Hill DT NYG/11
24 Robert Quinn DE DAL/8 49 Ed Oliver DT BUF/6
25 Michael Bennett DE NE/10 50 Matt Ioannidis DT WAS/10

Rank Name POS Team/Bye Rank Name POS Team/Bye
1 Darius Leonard OLB IND/6 26 Jayon Brown ILB TEN/11
2 Cory Littleton ILB LAR/9 27 Bradley Chubb OLB DEN/10
3 Deion Jones ILB ATL/9 28 Von Miller OLB DEN/10
4 Blake Martinez ILB GB/11 29 Jamie Collins Sr OLB NE/10
5 Roquan Smith ILB CHI/6 30 Haason Reddick ILB ARI/12
6 Luke Kuechly ILB CAR/7 31 Jerome Baker OLB MIA/5
7 Leighton Vander Esch OLB DAL/8 32 Devin Bush ILB PIT/7
8 Tremaine Edmunds ILB BUF/6 33 Demario Davis OLB NO/9
9 Jaylon Smith ILB DAL/8 34 Shaun Dion Hamilton ILB WAS/10
10 Bobby Wagner ILB SEA/11 35 Avery Williamson ILB NYJ/4
11 C.J. Mosley ILB NYJ/4 36 Rashaan Evans ILB TEN/11
12 Lavonte David OLB TB/7 37 Jarrad Davis ILB DET/5
13 Kenny Young ILB BAL/8 38 Nick Vigil OLB CIN/9
14 Kiko Alonso OLB MIA/5 39 Todd Davis ILB DEN/10
15 Myles Jack ILB JAX/10 40 Shaq Thompson OLB CAR/7
16 Khalil Mack OLB CHI/6 41 Kwon Alexander ILB SF/4
17 Joe Schobert ILB CLE/7 42 Fred Warner ILB SF/4
18 Alec Ogletree ILB NYG/11 43 Kyle Van Noy OLB NE/10
19 T.J. Watt OLB PIT/7 44 Eric Kendricks ILB MIN/12
20 Jordan Hicks ILB ARI/12 45 Preston Brown ILB CIN/9
21 Christian Kirk sey OLB CLE/7 46 Anthony Hitchens ILB KC/12
22 Zach Brown ILB PHI/10 47 Benardrick McKinney ILB HOU/10
23 Zach Cunningham ILB HOU/10 48 Patrick Onwuasor ILB BAL/8
24 Devin White ILB TB/7 49 Vontaze Burfict OLB OAK/6
25 Danny Trevathan ILB CHI/6 50 Matt Milano OLB BUF/6

Rank Name POS Team/Bye Rank Name POS Team/Bye
1 Jamal Adams S NYJ/4 26 Antoine Bethea S NYG/11
2 Derwin James S LAC/12 27 Reshad Jones S MIA/5
3 John Johnson III S LAR/9 28 T.J. McDonald S MIA/5
4 Keanu Neal S ATL/9 29 Jessie Bates III S CIN/9
5 Shawn Williams S CIN/9 30 Johnathan Abram S OAK/6
6 Kyle Fuller CB CHI/6 31 Adrian Amos S GB/11
7 Tyrann Mathieu S KC/12 32 Vonn Bell S NO/9
8 Budda Baker S ARI/12 33 Marcus Maye S NYJ/4
9 Landon Collins S WAS/10 34 Marshon Lattimore CB NO/9
10 Jordan Poyer S BUF/6 35 D.J. Swearinger Sr S ARI/12
11 Malcolm Jenkins S PHI/10 36 Terrance Mitchell CB CLE/7
12 Bradley McDougald S SEA/11 37 James Bradberry CB CAR/7
13 Justin Reid S HOU/10 38 Kendall Fuller CB KC/12
14 Damontae Kazee S ATL/9 39 Eric Reid S CAR/7
15 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S CHI/6 40 Kenny Vaccaro S TEN/11
16 Eddie Jackson S CHI/6 41 Minkah Fitzpatrick S MIA/5
17 Kareem Jackson S DEN/10 42 Earl Thomas S BAL/8
18 Damarious Randall S CLE/7 43 Anthony Harris S MIN/12
19 Harrison Smith S MIN/12 44 Jabrill Peppers S NYG/11
20 Kevin Byard S TEN/11 45 Sean Davis S PIT/7
21 Justin Simmons S DEN/10 46 Adoree Jackson CB TEN/11
22 Clayton Geathers S IND/6 47 Bashaud Breeland CB KC/12
23 Ronnie Harrison S JAX/10 48 Kenny Moore II CB IND/6
24 Terrell Edmunds S PIT/7 49 Tony Jefferson S BAL/8
25 Donte Jackson CB CAR/7 50 Quandre Diggs S DET/5

Good luck and godspeed in all your fantasy efforts.

TAGS: