Below are the fourth 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.
This week’s rankings have a number of changes in both the linebacker and defensive back charts and some alterations toward the lower end of the defensive linemen, so if you are coming up on your draft, study the permutations. Injuries are a constant source of frustration in fantasy football, and it behooves you to keep up to date on the depth charts before populating your rosters heading into Week One.
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:
Good luck and godspeed in all your fantasy efforts.