As promised in the IDP Breakdown of the Fantasy Alarm Draft Guide, here is the third 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.

As the preseason moves forward, expect changes to take place in the rankings on a regular basis. There are just a few alterations towards the bottom of the DL rankings this week, for example, but both the linebacker and to a greater extent, the defensive back projections are revising those IDP that reside in the top 50 each week.

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 e-mail. 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:

Table 1 DL

Rank

Name

POS

Team/Bye

1

J.J. Watt

DE

HOU/10

2

Aaron Donald

DE/DT

LAR/9

3

Joey Bosa

DE

LAC/12

4

Danielle Hunter

DE

MIN/12

5

Calais Campbell

DE

JAX/10

6

Myles Garrett

DE

CLE/7

7

Cameron Jordan

DE

NO/9

8

Demarcus Lawrence

DE

DAL/8

9

Frank Clark

DE

KC/12

10

Chris Jones

DT

KC/12

11

DeForest Buckner

DT

SF/4

12

Dee Ford

DE

SF/4

13

Justin Houston

DE

IND/6

14

Everson Griffen

DE

MIN/12

15

Olivier Vernon

DE

CLE/7

16

Akiem Hicks

DE

CHI/6

17

Carlos Dunlap

DE

CIN/9

18

Denico Autry

DT

IND/6

19

Sam Hubbard

DE

CIN/9

20

Fletcher Cox

DT

PHI/10

21

Trey Flowers

DE

DET/5

22

Melvin Ingram III

DE

LAC/12

23

Cameron Heyward

DE

PIT/7

24

Robert Quinn

DE

DAL/8

25

Michael Bennett

DE

NE/10

26

Derek Barnett

DE

PHI/10

27

Trent Murphy

DE

BUF/6

28

Marcus Davenport

DE

NO/9

29

Nick Bosa

DE

SF/4

30

Za'Darius Smith

DE

GB/11

31

Geno Atkins

DT

CIN/9

32

Brandon Graham

DE

PHI/10

33

Kenny Clark

DT

GB/11

34

Jonathan Allen

DE

WAS/10

35

Sheldon Rankins

DT

NO/9

36

Jurrell Casey

DT

TEN/11

37

Jerry Hughes

DE

BUF/6

38

Yannick Ngakoue

DE

JAX/10

39

Damon Harrison

DT

DET/5

40

Clelin Ferrell

DE

OAK/6

41

Larry Ogunjobi

DT

CLE/7

42

Grady Jarrett

DT

ATL/9

43

DaRon Payne

DT

WAS/10

44

B.J. Hill

DT

NYG/11

45

Ed Oliver

DT

BUF/6

46

Matthew Ioannidis

DT

WAS/10

47

Josh Allen

DE

JAX/10

48

Quinnen Williams

DT

NYJ/4

49

Charles Harris

DE

MIA/5

50

Sheldon Richardson

DT

CLE/7

Table 2 LB

Rank

Name

POS

Team/Bye

1

Darius Leonard

OLB

IND/6

2

Cory Littleton

ILB

LAR/9

3

Deion Jones

ILB

ATL/9

4

Blake Martinez

ILB

GB/11

5

Roquan Smith

ILB

CHI/6

6

Luke Kuechly

ILB

CAR/7

7

Leighton Vander Esch

OLB

DAL/8

8

Tremaine Edmunds

ILB

BUF/6

9

Bobby Wagner

ILB

SEA/11

10

Jaylon Smith

ILB

DAL/8

11

C.J. Mosley

ILB

NYJ/4

12

Lavonte David

OLB

TB/7

13

Myles Jack

ILB

JAX/10

14

Khalil Mack

OLB

CHI/6

15

Joe Schobert

ILB

CLE/7

16

Alec Ogletree

ILB

NYG/11

17

T.J. Watt

OLB

PIT/7

18

Jordan Hicks

ILB

ARI/12

19

Christian Kirk sey

OLB

CLE/7

20

Zach Cunningham

ILB

HOU/10

21

Devin White

ILB

TB/7

22

Danny Trevathan

ILB

CHI/6

23

Jayon Brown

ILB

TEN/11

24

Bradley Chubb

OLB

DEN/10

25

Von Miller

OLB

DEN/10

26

Kiko Alonso

OLB

MIA/5

27

Jerome Baker

OLB

MIA/5

28

Kyle Van Noy

OLB

NE/10

29

Haason Reddick

ILB

ARI/12

30

Todd Davis

ILB

DEN/10

31

Devin Bush

ILB

PIT/7

32

Demario Davis

OLB

NO/9

33

Avery Williamson

ILB

NYJ/4

34

Rashaan Evans

ILB

TEN/11

35

Jarrad Davis

ILB

DET/5

36

Shaun Dion Hamilton

ILB

WAS/10

37

Chris Board

ILB

BAL/8

38

Nick Vigil

OLB

CIN/9

39

Zach Brown

ILB

PHI/10

40

Kwon Alexander

ILB

SF/4

41

Quincy Williams

OLB

JAX/10

42

Fred Warner

ILB

SF/4

43

Shaq Thompson

ILB

CAR/7

44

Eric Kendricks

ILB

MIN/12

45

Preston Brown

ILB

CIN/9

46

Anthony Hitchens

ILB

KC/12

47

Vontaze Burfict

OLB

OAK/6

48

Benardrick McKinney

ILB

HOU/10

49

Matt Milano

OLB

BUF/6

50

Patrick Onwuasor

ILB

BAL/8

 

Table 3 DB

Rank

Name

POS

Team/Bye

1

Jamal Adams

S

NYJ/4

2

Derwin James

S

LAC/12

3

John Johnson III

S

LAR/9

4

Keanu Neal

S

ATL/9

5

Shawn Williams

S

CIN/9

6

Kyle Fuller

CB

CHI/6

7

Tyrann Mathieu

S

KC/12

8

Kareem Jackson

S

DEN/10

9

Landon Collins

S

WAS/10

10

Jordan Poyer

S

BUF/6

11

Malcolm Jenkins

S

PHI/10

12

Bradley McDougald

S

SEA/11

13

Justin Reid

S

HOU/10

14

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

S

CHI/6

15

Budda Baker

S

ARI/12

16

Eddie Jackson

S

CHI/6

17

Reshad Jones

S

MIA/5

18

Damarious Randall

S

CLE/7

19

Ronnie Harrison

S

JAX/10

20

Harrison Smith

S

MIN/12

21

Kevin Byard

S

TEN/11

22

Clayton Geathers

S

IND/6

23

Terrell Edmunds

S

PIT/7

24

Antoine Bethea

S

NYG/11

25

Donte Jackson

CB

CAR/7

26

Jessie Bates III

S

CIN/9

27

Johnathan Abram

S

OAK/6

28

Adrian Amos

S

GB/11

29

Justin Simmons

S

DEN/10

30

Vonn Bell

S

NO/9

31

Marcus Maye

S

NYJ/4

32

Marshon Lattimore

CB

NO/9

33

D.J. Swearinger Sr

S

ARI/12

34

Kendall Fuller

CB

KC/12

35

James Bradberry

CB

CAR/7

36

Eric Reid

S

CAR/7

37

Kenny Vaccaro

S

TEN/11

38

Minkah Fitzpatrick

S

MIA/5

39

Earl Thomas

S

BAL/8

40

Anthony Harris

S

MIN/12

41

Denzel Ward

CB

CLE/7

42

Jabrill Peppers

S

NYG/11

43

Sean Davis

S

PIT/7

44

Adoree' Jackson

CB

TEN/11

45

Tony Jefferson

S

BAL/8

46

BashaudBreeland

CB

KC/12

47

Kenny Moore II

CB

IND/6

48

Quandre Diggs

S

DET/5

49

Jaquiski Tartt

S

SF/4

50

Jordan Whitehead

S

TB/7

Good luck and god speed in all your fantasy efforts.

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