The 2023 NFL Season is finally upon us! In coming weeks, this space will profile those defensive players on the rise, those that are dropping like rocks and not worthy of roster space, as well as suggestions on which teams to target when setting your lineup or making free agent decisions. This week, however, without much actual game action to review, we will simply present the top IDP in the LB, DL and DB categories, for the Week 1 contests only and present this week’s injury report Week 2 this article will be chock full of detailed IDP suggestions to assist your efforts to set your IDP lineups.

Top 25 LB for Week 1

1Foyesade Oluokun JAXLB@ IND Sun 1:00 PM ET
2Nick Bolton KCLBv DET Thu 8:20 PM ET
3De'Vondre Campbell GBLB@ CHI Sun 4:25 PM ET
4Quay Walker GBLB@ CHI Sun 4:25 PM ET
5Azeez Al-Shaair TENLB@ NO Sun 1:00 PM ET
6Denzel Perryman HOULB@ BAL Sun 1:00 PM ET
7Shaquille Leonard INDLBv JAX Sun 1:00 PM ET
8C.J. Mosley NYJLBv BUF Mon 8:15 PM ET
9Kaden Elliss ATLLBv CAR Sun 1:00 PM ET
10Bobby Okereke NYGLBv DAL Sun 8:20 PM ET
11Roquan Smith BALLBv HOU Sun 1:00 PM ET
12Josey Jewell DENLBv LV Sun 4:25 PM ET
13Frankie Luvu CARLB@ ATL Sun 1:00 PM ET
14Tremaine Edmunds CHILBv GB Sun 4:25 PM ET
15Cole Holcomb PITLBv SF Sun 1:00 PM ET
16Pete Werner NOLBv TEN Sun 1:00 PM ET
17Nakobe Dean PHILB@ NE Sun 4:25 PM ET
18Eric Kendricks LACLBv MIA Sun 4:25 PM ET
19Alex Singleton DENLBv LV Sun 4:25 PM ET
20Bobby Wagner SEALBv LAR Sun 4:25 PM ET
21Ernest Jones LARLB@ SEA Sun 4:25 PM ET
22Devin White TBLB@ MIN Sun 1:00 PM ET
23Logan Wilson CINLB@ CLE Sun 1:00 PM ET
24T.J. Edwards CHILBv GB Sun 4:25 PM ET
25Matt Milano BUFLB@ NYJ Mon 8:15 PM ET

Top 25 DL for Week 1

1Christian Wilkins MIADT@ LAC Sun 4:25 PM ET
2T.J. Watt PITDEv SF Sun 1:00 PM ET
3Myles Garrett CLEDEv CIN Sun 1:00 PM ET
4Cameron Jordan NODEv TEN Sun 1:00 PM ET
5Maxx Crosby LVDE@ DEN Sun 4:25 PM ET
6Sam Hubbard CINDE@ CLE Sun 1:00 PM ET
7Micah Parsons DALDE@ NYG Sun 8:20 PM ET
8Leonard Williams NYGDTv DAL Sun 8:20 PM ET
9Jonathan Allen WASDTv ARI Sun 1:00 PM ET
10DeForest Buckner INDDTv JAX Sun 1:00 PM ET
11Harold Landry TENDE@ NO Sun 1:00 PM ET
12Nick Bosa SFDE@ PIT Sun 1:00 PM ET
13Danielle Hunter MINDEv TB Sun 1:00 PM ET
14Daron Payne WASDTv ARI Sun 1:00 PM ET
15Uchenna Nwosu SEADEv LAR Sun 4:25 PM ET
16Cameron Heyward PITDTv SF Sun 1:00 PM ET
17Dexter Lawrence II NYGDTv DAL Sun 8:20 PM ET
18DeMarcus Lawrence DALDE@ NYG Sun 8:20 PM ET
19Javon Hargrave SFDT@ PIT Sun 1:00 PM ET
20Za'Darius Smith CLEDEv CIN Sun 1:00 PM ET
21Kayvon Thibodeaux NYGDEv DAL Sun 8:20 PM ET
22Joey Bosa LACDEv MIA Sun 4:25 PM ET
23Alex Highsmith PITDEv SF Sun 1:00 PM ET
24Josh Allen JAXDE@ IND Sun 1:00 PM ET
25Kenny Clark GBDT@ CHI Sun 4:25 PM ET

Top 25 DB for Week 1

1Jalen Pitre HOUS@ BAL Sun 1:00 PM ET
2C.J. Gardner-Johnson DETS@ KC Thu 8:20 PM ET
3D.J. Reed NYJCBv BUF Mon 8:15 PM ET
4Derwin James LACSv MIA Sun 4:25 PM ET
5Jaquan Brisker CHISv GB Sun 4:25 PM ET
6Antoine Winfield Jr TBS@ MIN Sun 1:00 PM ET
7Jalen Thompson ARIS@ WAS Sun 1:00 PM ET
8Vonn Bell CARS@ ATL Sun 1:00 PM ET
9Kyle Dugger NESv PHI Sun 4:25 PM ET
10Minkah Fitzpatrick PITSv SF Sun 1:00 PM ET
11Brian Branch DETS@ KC Thu 8:20 PM ET
12Joey Porter Jr. PITCBv SF Sun 1:00 PM ET
13L'Jarius Sneed KCCBv DET Thu 8:20 PM ET
14Richie Grant ATLSv CAR Sun 1:00 PM ET
15Tyrann Mathieu NOSv TEN Sun 1:00 PM ET
16Xavier McKinney NYGSv DAL Sun 8:20 PM ET
17Talanoa Hufanga SFS@ PIT Sun 1:00 PM ET
18Marcus Maye NOSv TEN Sun 1:00 PM ET
19Harrison Smith MINSv TB Sun 1:00 PM ET
20Ryan Neal TBS@ MIN Sun 1:00 PM ET
21Andre Cisco JAXS@ IND Sun 1:00 PM ET
22Budda Baker ARIS@ WAS Sun 1:00 PM ET
23Julian Love SEASv LAR Sun 4:25 PM ET
24Jason Pinnock NYGSv DAL Sun 8:20 PM ET
25Kevin Byard TENS@ NO Sun 1:00 PM ET

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.


Myjai Sanders Arizona Cardinals hand IR

Adetokumbo Ogundeji Atlanta Falcons foot IR

Malik Hamm Baltimore Ravens ankle IR

Tyus Bowser Baltimore Ravens knee NFI-R

Von Miller Buffalo Bills knee-ACL PUP

Baylon Spector Buffalo Bills hamstring IR

Dorian Williams Buffalo Bills calf

Brian Burns Carolina Panthers personal

Marquis Haynes Carolina Panthers back IR

Jordan Kunaszyk Cleveland Browns knee-MCL IR

Tony Fields II Cleveland Browns undisclosed 

Jacob Phillips Cleveland Browns pectoral IR

Sione Takitaki Cleveland Browns knee-ACL 

DeMarvion Overshown Dallas Cowboys knee-ACL IR

Baron Browning Denver Broncos knee PUP

Jonas Griffith Denver Broncos knee-ACL IR

Julian Okwara Detroit Lions undisclosed IR

De’Vondre Campbell Green Bay Packers ankle

Blake Cashman Houston Texans hamstring

JoJo Domann Indianapolis Colts concussion IR

E.J. Speed Indianapolis Colts concussion

Shaquille Leonard Indianapolis Colts concussion

Ventrell Miller Indianapolis Colts Achilles IR

Dawuane Smoot Indianapolis Colts Achilles PUP

Yasir Abdullah Indianapolis Colts concussion

Josh Allen Indianapolis Colts undisclosed

Darien Butler Las Vegas Raiders undisclosed IR

Daiyan Henley Los Angeles Chargers hamstring

Ochaun Mathis Los Angeles Rams knee IR

Zeke Vandenburgh Miami Dolphins undisclosed IR

Trey Flowers New England Patriots undisclosed PUP

Raekwon McMillan New England Patriots Achilles IR

Andrew Dowell New Orleans Saints knee-ACL IR

Jarrad Davis New York Giants knee IR

Chazz Surratt New York Jets hamstring

Nolan Smith Philadelphia Eagles shoulder

Haason Reddick Philadelphia Eagles thumb

Patrick Johnson Philadelphia Eagles ankle

Shaun Bradley Philadelphia Eagles Achilles IR

Darrell Taylor Seattle Seahawks shoulder 

Derick Hall Seattle Seahawks shoulder

Jordyn Brooks Seattle Seahawks knee-ACL

K.J. Britt Tampa Bay Buccaneers hamstring

SirVocea Dennis Tampa Bay Buccaneers undisclosed

Luke Gifford Tennessee Titans abdomen

Drew White Washington Commanders knee PUP

Defensive Linemen

Defensive End

Henry Anderson Carolina Panthers foot IR

LaBryan Ray Carolina Panthers illness

Joseph Ossai Cincinnati Bengals ankle

Alex Wright Cleveland Browns knee

Myles Garrett Cleveland Browns foot

Samuel Williams Dallas Cowboys toe

Villami Fehoko Dallas Cowboys shoulder

Dorance Armstrong Dallas Cowboys hamstring

Titus Leo Indianapolis Colts undisclosed IR

Genard Avery Indianapolis Colts knee-meniscus IR

Carl Lawson New York Jets back

Ifeadi Odenigbo New York Jets undisclosed IR

Bradlee Anae New York Jets undisclosed IR

Robert Beal, Jr. San Francisco 49ers undisclosed IR

Mike Morris Seattle Seahawks shoulder

LaTrell Bumphus Seattle Seahawks undisclosed IR

Efe Obada Washington Commanders knee IR

Chase Young Washington Commanders neck

Jonathan Allen Washington Commanders foot

David Bada Washington Commanders triceps IR

Defensive Tackle

Tautala Pesefea, Jr. Cincinnati Bengals undisclosed IR

Devonnsha Maxwell Cincinnati Bengals knee IR

Jordan Elliott Cleveland Browns hip

DaVon Hamilton Jacksonville Jaguars back IR

Otito Ogbonnia Los Angeles Chargers kneecap PUP

Christian Wilkins Miami Dolphins contract dispute

James Lynch Minnesota Vikings knee-ACL IR

D.J. Dawson New York Giants knee-ACL

Fletcher Cox Philadelphia Eagles knee

Cameron Heyward Pittsburgh Steelers undisclosed

Renell Wren Pittsburgh Steelers undisclosed IR

Austin Faoliu Seattle Seahawks knee PUP

Bryan Mone Seattle Seahawks knee-ACL PUP

Calijah Kancey Tampa Bay Buccaneers calf

Shakel Brown Tennessee Titans ankle IR

Phidarian Mathis Washington Commanders calf IR

Curtis Brooks Washington Commanders undisclosed IR

Defensive Backs


Cornell Armstrong Atlanta Falcons hamstring IR

Jaquan Brisker Chicago Bears undisclosed

Grant Delpit Cleveland Browns arm

Donovan Wilson Dallas Cowboys calf

P.J. Locke Denver Broncos lower leg IR

K’Waun Williams Denver Broncos ankle IR

Emmanuel Moseley Detroit Lions knee-ACL

Tarvarius Moore Green Bay Packers knee IR

Jimmie Ward Houston Texans groin

Daniel Scott Indianapolis Colts knee-ACL IR

Antonia Johnson Jacksonville Jaguars hamstring

Nazeeh Johnson Kansas City Chiefs knee-ACL IR

Brandon Facyson Las Vegas Raiders leg

Alohi Gilman Los Angeles Chargers knee

Nik Needham Miami Dolphins Achilles PUP

Elijah Campbell Miami Dolphins knee

Keion Crossen Miami Dolphins undisclosed IR

Brandon Jones Miami Dolphins knee-ACL

Cody Davis New England Patriots knee PUP

Jonathan Jones New England Patriots undisclosed

Gervarrius Owens New York Giants hamstring

Bobby McCain New York Giants head

Jarrick Bernard-Converse New York Jets foot PUP

Chuck Clark New York Jets knee-ACL IR

Tayler Hawkins San Francisco 49ers hand IR

Jamal Adams Seattle Seahawks quadriceps

Antion Winfield, Jr. Tampa Bay Buccaneers undisclosed

Danny Johnson Washington Commanders shoulder

Troy Apke Washington Commanders shoulder IR


Garrett Williams Arizona Cardinals knee-ACL

Rashad Fenton Arizona Cardinals undisclosed IR

Jeff Okudah Atlanta Falcons ankle

Damarion Williams Baltimore Ravens ankle IR

Marlon Humphrey Baltimore Ravens foot

Trayvon Mullen Baltimore Ravens toe PUP

Donte Jackson Carolina Panthers ankle

Marvell Tell Cincinnati Bengals undisclosed IR

Mike Ford Cleveland Browns shoulder

Denzel Ward Cleveland Browns concussion

Greg Newson II Cleveland Browns groin

BoPete Keyes Cleveland Browns finger IR

Nahshon Wright Dallas Cowboys undisclosed IR

Riley Moss Denver Broncos sports hernia

Eric Stokes Green Bay Packers foot PUP

Jaire Alexander Green Bay Packers groin

Julius Brents Indianapolis Colts hamstring

Tyson Campbell Jacksonville Jaguars concussion

L’Jarius Sneed Kansas City Chiefs knee

Derion Kendrick Los Angeles Rams hamstring

Jalen Ramsey Miami Dolphins knee-meniscus IR

Isaiah Bolden New England Patriots concussion IR

Marshon Lattimore New Orleans Saints knee

Aaron Robinson New York Giants knee-ACL/MCL PUP

Cordale Flott New York Giants hamstring

Nick McCloud New York Giants groin

Jimmy Moreland New York Jets hand IR

Cory Trice Pittsburgh Steelers undisclosed IR

Darrell Luter, Jr. San Francisco 49ers knee PUP

Devon Witherspoon Seattle Seahawks hamstring

Caleb Farley Tennessee Titans back PUP

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