Week 1 of the NFL regular season is finally here and all the work you put into drafting your roster will now begin to bear fruit. To assist those of you who play in IDP leagues, the 2016 version of the IDP Report kicks off (pun intended) to assist you in making savvy roster decisions. This year we will also be featuring a waiver wire section as well as weekly IDP matchup advice. In the past, the waiver wire suggestions were contained in the rising player analysis and, for the most part, it will stay there, but just to make your lives a bit easier, these articles will also break down those IDP who are suggested as adds to your roster for the upcoming week in a pared down format.

For the Week 1 Report, I have added my current rankings for the top 25 linebackers, defensive linesmen and defensive backs. Not much happened in the last preseason games to give a good idea of which IDP are rising or falling, so that is being left out of this week's article, but have no fear, that information will be back beginning with Week 2 of the IDP Report.

Top 25 Linebackers

Rank Name POS Tm
1 Luke Kuechly  ILB CAR/7
2 Lavonte David  OLB TB/6
3 Jamie Collins  OLB NE/9
4 NaVorro Bowman  ILB SF/8
5 Malcolm Smith  ILB OAK/10
6 D'Qwell Jackson  ILB IND/10
7 Alec Ogletree  ILB LA/8
8 Brandon Marshall  ILB DEN/11
9 Derrick Johnson  ILB KC/5
10 Jordan Hicks  ILB PHI/4
11 Deone Bucannon  ILB ARI/9
12 Lawrence Timmons  ILB PIT/8
13 Kwon Alexander  ILB TB/6
14 Kiko Alonso  ILB MIA/8
15 Sean Lee  OLB DAL/7
16 C.J. Mosley  ILB BAL/8
17 Bobby Wagner  ILB SEA/5
18 Anthony Hitchens  OLB DAL/7
19 Telvin Smith  OLB JAX/5
20 Ryan Shazier  ILB PIT/8
21 Danny Trevathan  ILB CHI/9
22 Denzel Perryman  ILB SD/11
23 Paul Posluszny  ILB JAX/5
24 DeAndre Levy  OLB DET/10
25 Thomas Davis  OLB CAR/7
26 Demario Davis  ILB CLE/13
27 Blake Martinez  ILB GB/4
28 Jerrell Freeman  ILB CHI/9
29 Ben Heeney  ILB OAK/10
30 Mark Barron  OLB LA/8
31 Mychal Kendricks  OLB PHI/4
32 Eric Kendricks  ILB MIN/6
33 Will Compton  ILB WAS/9
34 K.J. Wright  OLB SEA/5
35 Von Miller  OLB DEN/11
36 James Laurinaitis  ILB NO/5
37 Dont'a Hightower  OLB NE/9
38 Anthony Barr  OLB MIN/6
39 Vontaze Burfict  OLB CIN/9
40 Sean Weatherspoon  OLB ATL/11
41 Melvin Ingram  OLB SD/11
42 Jelani Jenkins  OLB MIA/8
43 DeMarcus Ware  OLB DEN/11
44 Jonathan Casillas  OLB NYG/8
45 Devon Kennard  OLB NYG/8
46 Chandler Jones  OLB ARI/9
47 Terrell Suggs  OLB BAL/8
48 Clay Matthews  OLB GB/4
49 Daryl Smith  OLB TB/6
50 Dannell Ellerbe  OLB NO/5

The rankings for the top 25 linebackers have not seen much of a shake-up from what was contained in the Fantasy Alarm Football Draft Guide, although there is enough movement to make things interesting once we get past the first seven players or so. Derrick Johnson jumped from 22nd to 9th, and Alex Ogletree moved up four spots to 7th on the list. Sean Lee has dropped from 5th to 15th, and if you drafted him, be prepared to work the wire, as he is a good bet to miss time again this season. Brandon Marshall has jumped eight slots, to 8th on the list, while Von Miller, Mark Barron and Keenan Robinson fell out of the top 25 altogether. I still would own Miller and Barron, but might want to drop Robinson due to his hamstring injury.

 

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Top 25 Defensive Linesmen

Rank Name POS Tm
1 J.J. Watt  DE HOU/9
2 Khalil Mack  DE OAK/10
3 Robert Quinn  DE LA/8
4 Ezekiel Ansah  DE DET/10
5 Carlos Dunlap  DE CIN/9
6 Jabaal Sheard  DE NE/9
7 Cameron Jordan  DE NO/5
8 Muhammad Wilkerson  DE NYJ/11
9 Jason Pierre-Paul  DE NYG/8
10 Aaron Donald  DT LA/8
11 Everson Griffen  DE MIN/6
12 Mario Williams  DE MIA/8
13 Michael Bennett  DE SEA/5
14 Fletcher Cox  DT PHI/4
15 Calais Campbell  DE ARI/9
16 Robert Ayers  DE TB/6
17 Kony Ealy  DE CAR/7
18 Olivier Vernon  DE NYG/8
19 Geno Atkins  DT CIN/9
20 Cliff Avril  DE SEA/5
21 Dante Fowler Jr  DE JAX/5
22 Ndamukong Suh  DT MIA/8
23 Gerald McCoy  DT TB/6
24 Michael Johnson  DE CIN/9
25 Charles Johnson  DE CAR/7
26 Kawann Short  DT CAR/7
27 Sheldon Richardson  DE NYJ/11
28 Jurrell Casey  DE TEN/13
29 William Hayes  DE LA/8
30 Derek Wolfe  DE DEN/11
31 Leonard Williams  DE NYJ/11
32 Clinton McDonald  DT TB/6
33 Johnathan Hankins  DT NYG/8
34 Michael Brockers  DT LA/8
35 Malik Jackson  DT JAX/5
36 Linval Joseph  DT MIN/6
37 Marcell Dareus  DT BUF/10
38 Tyrone Crawford  DT DAL/7
39 Malcom Brown  DT NE/9
40 Tom Johnson  DT MIN/6
41 Brandon Williams  DT BAL/8
42 Tyeler Davison  DT NO/5
43 Jordan Hill  DT FA/
44 Nick Fairley  DT NO/5
45 Kyle Williams  DT BUF/10
46 Alan Branch  DT NE/9
47 Randy Starks  DT CLE/13
48 Bennie Logan  DT PHI/4
49 Dontari Poe  DT KC/5
50 Damon Harrison  DT NYG/8

Over at the DL front, one big notable change is that Khalil Mack is now a top-ranked DL, as opposed to being a LB. Michael Johnson, Dante Fowler, Jr., Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy have all achieved top-25 status with the new projections, while Rob Ninkovich, Leonard Williams and Sheldon Richardson are all below the cut-off mark. Of those final three, I would still bank on Williams and Richardson returning value at this point, but if you drafted Ninkovich, it is time to look for a better option, what with his suspension and all (see the injury report on page 4).

 

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Top 25 Defensive Backs

Rank Name POS Tm
1 Reshad Jones  S MIA/8
2 Kurt Coleman  S CAR/7
3 Corey Graham  S BUF/10
4 Karl Joseph  S OAK/10
5 Eric Berry  S KC/5
6 Landon Collins  S NYG/8
7 Rashad Johnson  S TEN/13
8 Malcolm Jenkins  S PHI/4
9 Harrison Smith  S MIN/6
10 Earl Thomas  S SEA/5
11 T.J. Ward  S DEN/11
12 Trumaine Johnson  CB LA/8
13 Jason McCourty  CB TEN/13
14 Marcus Peters  CB KC/5
15 DeAngelo Hall  S WAS/9
16 Eric Weddle  S BAL/8
17 Ron Parker  S KC/5
18 Kenny Vaccaro  S NO/5
19 Morgan Burnett  S GB/4
20 Antoine Bethea  S SF/8
21 Adam Jones  CB CIN/9
22 Barry Church  S DAL/7
23 Tony Jefferson  S ARI/9
24 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix  S GB/4
25 Dre Kirkpatrick  CB CIN/9
26 DeShawn Shead  CB SEA/5
27 Ibraheim Campbell  S CLE/13
28 Kam Chancellor  S SEA/5
29 Logan Ryan  CB NE/9
30 Tramon Williams  CB CLE/13
31 Damarious Randall  CB GB/4
32 Tavon Wilson  S DET/10
33 Johnathan Cyprien  S JAX/5
34 Bashaud Breeland  CB WAS/9
35 T.J. McDonald  S LA/8
36 Joe Haden  CB CLE/13
37 Ronald Darby  CB BUF/10
38 Janoris Jenkins  CB NYG/8
39 Josh Norman  CB WAS/9
40 Byron Jones  CB DAL/7
41 David Amerson  CB OAK/10
42 Aqib Talib  CB DEN/11
43 Chris Harris  CB DEN/11
44 Richard Sherman  CB SEA/5
45 Malcolm Butler  CB NE/9
46 Sam Shields  CB GB/4
47 Byron Maxwell  CB MIA/8
48 Buster Skrine  CB NYJ/11
49 Kareem Jackson  CB HOU/9
50 Lamarcus Joyner  CB LA/8

Eric Berry has leapt up the rankings, moving from 10th to 5th, and Malcolm Jenkins moved from 17th to 8th in the current rankings. Meanwhile, Karl Joseph has fallen not only out of the top 25, but is not in my top 50 DBs heading into Week 1. I would suggest keeping him on your radar, as he projects to be a starter at some point in 2016. Jason McCourty has jumped from a pre-season ranking of 33rd best DB to No. 13 in the current rankings, and would be a fine pickup going into the opening games. Antoine Bethea was not among my prior top 50 DBs, but has gained significant traction, as has Adam Jones, Dre Kirkpatrick and Tony Jefferson, while Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has fallen 15 spots to 24th on the list. I still like Clinton-Dix, though, so do not go dropping him just yet.

 

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Matchups to Exploit

Houston vs Chicago (we know Houston puts a strong defense on the field, and I do not trust the Chicago offense to be efficient early on this season, plus J.J. Watt is back in action)

Kansas City vs San Diego (San Diego is a passing team, and KC should be able to get to Rivers all day long, so look for some big plays here as the Chiefs pressure the opposing QB)

Indianapolis vs Detroit (based on the favorable tackle numbers provided by the home scoring crew in Indy)

Pittsburgh vs Washington (both sides of this contest look to provide good tackle and assist numbers)

Ouch (My Aching Roster)

All the injury reports below need evaluation prior to kickoff.  Teams are notoriously sketchy about injury reports, and we often do not know a player's status until just before game time. Consider the list below as a "heads up" as to what is going on early in the week, and should not be considered definitive.

Linebackers

David Harris NYG (shoulder)

Elvis Dumervil BAL (foot)

Vontaze Burfict CIN (suspension)

Rolando McClain DAL (suspension)

Sio Moore IND (hamstring)

Tamba Hali KC (knee)

Justin Houston KC (knee)

Mark Barron LA (undisclosed)

Jelani Jenkins MIA (knee)

Aldon Smith OAK (suspension)

Junior Galette WAS (Achilles)

Defensive Linemen

Randy Gregory DE DAL (suspension)

Demarcus Lawrence DE DAL (suspension)

Rob Ninkovich DE NE (suspension)

Sheldon Richardson DE NYJ (suspension)

Cameron Heyward DE PIT (ankle)

Quinton Dial DT SF (knee)

Defensive Backs

Keanu Neal S ATL (knee)

Clayton Geathers S IND (foot)

Shamarko Thomas S PIT (groin)

Darius Butler CB IND (knee)

Jerraud Powers CB BAL (ankle)

Xavier Rhodes CB MIN (hamstring)

As ever, good luck and Godspeed in your fantasy efforts. Make sure to read all of our great articles to help you win your fantasy match ups every week and ultimately bask in championship glory. If you have any fantasy football questions, especially about IDP leagues, I can be reached at ia@fantasyalarm.com.

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