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:

RankDL NamePOSTeam/ByeRankDL NamePOSTeam/Bye
1J.J. Watt DEHOU/1026Derek Barnett DEPHI/10
2Aaron Donald DELAR/927Trent Murphy DEBUF/6
3Joey Bosa DELAC/1228Marcus Davenport DENO/9
4Danielle Hunter DEMIN/1229Nick Bosa DESF/4
5Calais Campbell DEJAX/1030Za'Darius Smith DEGB/11
6Myles Garrett DECLE/731Geno Atkins DTCIN/9
7Cameron Jordan DENO/932Brandon Graham DEPHI/10
8Demarcus Lawrence DEDAL/833Kenny Clark DTGB/11
9Frank Clark DEKC/1234Jonathan Allen DEWAS/10
10Chris Jones DTKC/1235Jabaal Sheard DEIND/6
11DeForest Buckner DTSF/436Sheldon Rankins DTNO/9
12Dee Ford DESF/437Josh Allen DEJAX/10
13Justin Houston DEIND/638Jurrell Casey DTTEN/11
14Everson Griffen DEMIN/1239Jerry Hughes DEBUF/6
15Olivier Vernon DECLE/740Vita Vea DTTB/7
16Akiem Hicks DECHI/641Damon Harrison DTDET/5
17Carlos Dunlap DECIN/942Mario Addison DECAR/7
18Denico Autry DTIND/643Clelin FerrellDEOAK/6
19Sam Hubbard DECIN/944Yannick Ngakoue DEJAX/10
20Fletcher Cox DTPHI/1045Larry Ogunjobi DTCLE/7
21Trey Flowers DEDET/546Grady Jarrett DTATL/9
22Melvin Ingram IIIDELAC/1247DaRon PayneDTWAS/10
23Cameron Heyward DEPIT/748B.J. Hill DTNYG/11
24Robert Quinn DEDAL/849Ed Oliver DTBUF/6
25Michael Bennett DENE/1050Matt Ioannidis DTWAS/10

RankLB NamePOSTeam/ByeRankLB NamePOSTeam/Bye
1Darius Leonard OLBIND/626Jayon Brown ILBTEN/11
2Cory Littleton ILBLAR/927Bradley Chubb OLBDEN/10
3Deion Jones ILBATL/928Von Miller OLBDEN/10
4Blake Martinez ILBGB/1129Jamie Collins SrOLBNE/10
5Roquan Smith ILBCHI/630Haason Reddick ILBARI/12
6Luke Kuechly ILBCAR/731Jerome Baker OLBMIA/5
7Leighton Vander Esch OLBDAL/832Devin BushILBPIT/7
8Tremaine Edmunds ILBBUF/633Demario Davis OLBNO/9
9Bobby Wagner ILBSEA/1134Avery WilliamsonILBNYJ/4
10Jaylon Smith ILBDAL/835Rashaan Evans ILBTEN/11
11C.J. Mosley ILBNYJ/436Jarrad Davis ILBDET/5
12Lavonte David OLBTB/737Shaun Dion Hamilton ILBWAS/10
13Myles Jack ILBJAX/1038Nick Vigil OLBCIN/9
14Kenny Young ILBBAL/839Todd Davis ILBDEN/10
15Kiko Alonso OLBMIA/540Shaq Thompson OLBCAR/7
16Khalil Mack OLBCHI/641Kwon Alexander ILBSF/4
17Joe Schobert ILBCLE/742Quincy WilliamsOLBJAX/10
18Alec Ogletree ILBNYG/1143Fred Warner ILBSF/4
19T.J. Watt OLBPIT/744Kyle Van Noy OLBNE/10
20Jordan Hicks ILBARI/1245Eric Kendricks ILBMIN/12
21Christian Kirk seyOLBCLE/746Preston Brown ILBCIN/9
22Zach Brown ILBPHI/1047Anthony Hitchens ILBKC/12
23Zach Cunningham ILBHOU/1048Vontaze Burfict OLBOAK/6
24Devin WhiteILBTB/749Benardrick McKinney ILBHOU/10
25Danny Trevathan ILBCHI/650Patrick Onwuasor ILBBAL/8

RankDB NamePOSTeam/ByeRankDB NamePOSTeam/Bye
1Jamal Adams SNYJ/426Antoine Bethea SNYG/11
2Derwin James SLAC/1227Reshad Jones SMIA/5
3John Johnson IIISLAR/928T.J. McDonald SMIA/5
4Keanu Neal SATL/929Jessie Bates IIISCIN/9
5Shawn Williams SCIN/930Johnathan AbramSOAK/6
6Kyle Fuller CBCHI/631Adrian Amos SGB/11
7Tyrann Mathieu SKC/1232Vonn Bell SNO/9
8Budda Baker SARI/1233Marcus Maye SNYJ/4
9Landon Collins SWAS/1034D.J. Swearinger SrSARI/12
10Jordan Poyer SBUF/635Marshon Lattimore CBNO/9
11Malcolm Jenkins SPHI/1036James Bradberry CBCAR/7
12Bradley McDougald SSEA/1137Kendall Fuller CBKC/12
13Justin Reid SHOU/1038Eric Reid SCAR/7
14Damontae Kazee SATL/939Kenny Vaccaro STEN/11
15Ha Ha Clinton-Dix SCHI/640Minkah Fitzpatrick SMIA/5
16Eddie Jackson SCHI/641Earl Thomas SBAL/8
17Kareem Jackson SDEN/1042Anthony Harris SMIN/12
18Damarious Randall SCLE/743Denzel Ward CBCLE/7
19Harrison Smith SMIN/1244Jabrill Peppers SNYG/11
20Kevin Byard STEN/1145Sean Davis SPIT/7
21Justin Simmons SDEN/1046 CBTEN/11
22Clayton Geathers SIND/647Tony Jefferson SBAL/8
23Ronnie Harrison SJAX/1048Bashaud Breeland CBKC/12
24Terrell Edmunds SPIT/749Kenny Moore IICBIND/6
25Donte Jackson CBCAR/750Quandre Diggs SDET/5

Good luck and godspeed in all your fantasy efforts.