As promised in the IDP Breakdown in the Fantasy Alarm Draft Guide, Below are the second set of our weekly updated IDP rankings. The three categories-DL, LB, DB-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.

You will not notice a great deal of change between the listing posted last week and this current set of rankings. Now that the preseason is kicking into gear, however, things will become entirely more interesting as the position battles slip into high gear (and the inevitable injuries crop up). Plus, it seems much more convenient to have these tables available for your reference every week, rather than having to search through the site to locate your IDP information.

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 DL Name POS Team/Bye Rank DL 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 Kenny Clark DT GB/11
9 Frank Clark DE KC/12 34 Jonathan Allen DE WAS/10
10 Chris Jones DT KC/12 35 Jabaal Sheard DE IND/6
11 DeForest Buckner DT SF/4 36 Sheldon Rankins DT NO/9
12 Dee Ford DE SF/4 37 Josh Allen DE JAX/10
13 Justin Houston DE IND/6 38 Jurrell Casey DT TEN/11
14 Everson Griffen DE MIN/12 39 Jerry Hughes DE BUF/6
15 Olivier Vernon DE CLE/7 40 Vita Vea DT TB/7
16 Akiem Hicks DE CHI/6 41 Damon Harrison DT DET/5
17 Carlos Dunlap DE CIN/9 42 Mario Addison DE CAR/7
18 Denico Autry DT IND/6 43 Clelin Ferrell DE OAK/6
19 Sam Hubbard DE CIN/9 44 Yannick Ngakoue DE JAX/10
20 Fletcher Cox DT PHI/10 45 Larry Ogunjobi DT CLE/7
21 Trey Flowers DE DET/5 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 LB Name POS Team/Bye Rank LB 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 Bobby Wagner ILB SEA/11 34 Avery Williamson ILB NYJ/4
10 Jaylon Smith ILB DAL/8 35 Rashaan Evans ILB TEN/11
11 C.J. Mosley ILB NYJ/4 36 Jarrad Davis ILB DET/5
12 Lavonte David OLB TB/7 37 Shaun Dion Hamilton ILB WAS/10
13 Myles Jack ILB JAX/10 38 Nick Vigil OLB CIN/9
14 Kenny Young ILB BAL/8 39 Todd Davis ILB DEN/10
15 Kiko Alonso OLB MIA/5 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 Quincy Williams OLB JAX/10
18 Alec Ogletree ILB NYG/11 43 Fred Warner ILB SF/4
19 T.J. Watt OLB PIT/7 44 Kyle Van Noy OLB NE/10
20 Jordan Hicks ILB ARI/12 45 Eric Kendricks ILB MIN/12
21 Christian Kirk sey OLB CLE/7 46 Preston Brown ILB CIN/9
22 Zach Brown ILB PHI/10 47 Anthony Hitchens ILB KC/12
23 Zach Cunningham ILB HOU/10 48 Vontaze Burfict OLB OAK/6
24 Devin White ILB TB/7 49 Benardrick McKinney ILB HOU/10
25 Danny Trevathan ILB CHI/6 50 Patrick Onwuasor ILB BAL/8

Rank DB Name POS Team/Bye Rank DB 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 D.J. Swearinger Sr S ARI/12
10 Jordan Poyer S BUF/6 35 Marshon Lattimore CB NO/9
11 Malcolm Jenkins S PHI/10 36 James Bradberry CB CAR/7
12 Bradley McDougald S SEA/11 37 Kendall Fuller CB KC/12
13 Justin Reid S HOU/10 38 Eric Reid S CAR/7
14 Damontae Kazee S ATL/9 39 Kenny Vaccaro S TEN/11
15 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S CHI/6 40 Minkah Fitzpatrick S MIA/5
16 Eddie Jackson S CHI/6 41 Earl Thomas S BAL/8
17 Kareem Jackson S DEN/10 42 Anthony Harris S MIN/12
18 Damarious Randall S CLE/7 43 Denzel Ward CB CLE/7
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   CB TEN/11
22 Clayton Geathers S IND/6 47 Tony Jefferson S BAL/8
23 Ronnie Harrison S JAX/10 48 Bashaud Breeland CB KC/12
24 Terrell Edmunds S PIT/7 49 Kenny Moore II CB IND/6
25 Donte Jackson CB CAR/7 50 Quandre Diggs S DET/5

Good luck and godspeed in all your fantasy efforts.