IDP Fantasy Football Rankings 2018

The popular way to go in IDP is lining up linebackers due to their versatility. Linebackers dominate the top of the leaderboards for IDP production. Luke Kuechly, Bobby Wagner, C.J. Mosley, and Telvin Smith are all leading the way in 2018. Kuechly has been a guy with concussion issues, so the risk is there when taking him. When looking at the defensive line, Joey Bosa, J.J. Watt, and Calais Campbell have been dominating offensive lineman, and are monsters in stopping the run as well. Watt is another one with injury issues, but when healthy can be a top end defensive option. If you are looking for secondary players, Landon Collins has shown us he is the number one option off the board. Keanu Neal follows him for Atlanta, and then Reshad Jones from Miami has been an underrated player. Overall IDP can be overwhelming for fantasy players, but we showcase 2017 stats, 2018 projected stats, and then overall position rank based on their spot. The tiers are very useful in this spot to provide a clear breakdown of where we view these individual defensive players. Depth chart rankings are important for defensive players because they can change very quickly.

ADP OV Rank POS Rank Player Team Depth Bye 2017 Stats 2017 FPTS 2017 OV Rank 2017 POS Rank
Tier 2
77 79 ILB2 Luke Kuechly
Carolina Panthers Panthers Carolina Panthers 1 4 TCKL: 74, 3 INT, 1.5 SCK 146.5 87 ILB87
86 91 ILB3 Kwon Alexander
San Francisco 49ers 49ers San Francisco 49ers 1 11 TCKL: 70, 3 INT, 0.0 SCK 110 181 ILB181
88 93 SS4 Landon Collins
Washington Redskins Redskins Washington Redskins 1 4 TCKL: 78, 2 INT, 0.0 SCK 117.5 153 SS153
96 103 ILB6 Bobby Wagner
Seattle Seahawks Seahawks Seattle Seahawks 1 7 TCKL: 96, 2 INT, 1.5 SCK 166 45 ILB45
97 106 DE7 Joey Bosa
Los Angeles Chargers Chargers Los Angeles Chargers 1 8 TCKL: 54, 0 INT, 12.5 SCK 137.5 99 DE99
Tier 3
105 114 ILB8 Alec Ogletree
New York Giants Giants New York Giants 1 9 TCKL: 63, 1 INT, 2 SCK 117 155 ILB155
117 126 OLB9 Telvin Smith
Jacksonville Jaguars Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars 1 9 TCKL: 76, 3 INT, 1 SCK 139.5 97 OLB97
122 138 DE12 Danielle Hunter
Minnesota Vikings Vikings Minnesota Vikings 1 10 TCKL: 26, 0 INT, 7 SCK 76 398 DE398
129 146 ILB13 Deion Jones
Atlanta Falcons Falcons Atlanta Falcons 1 8 TCKL: 91, 3 INT, 1 SCK 149 76 ILB76
Tier 4
130 149 SS14 Reshad Jones
Miami Dolphins Dolphins Miami Dolphins 2 11 TCKL: 93, 2 INT, 1.5 SCK 149.5 75 SS75
133 152 ILB15 CJ Mosley
New York Jets Jets New York Jets 1 11 TCKL: 97, 2 INT, 1 SCK 166.5 44 ILB44
138 157 OLB17 Sean Lee
Dallas Cowboys Cowboys Dallas Cowboys 2 8 TCKL: 70, 1 INT, 0.0 SCK 106.5 199 OLB199
140 159 DE19 Jason Pierre-Paul
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 5 TCKL: 47, 0 INT, 8 SCK 109.5 185 DE185
143 162 DT20 Aaron Donald
Los Angeles Rams Rams Los Angeles Rams 1 12 TCKL: 32, 0 INT, 11 SCK 122.5 141 DT141
144 164 OLB22 Olivier Vernon
Cleveland Browns Browns Cleveland Browns 1 11 TCKL: 22, 1 INT, 7 SCK 76.5 394 DE394
Tier 5
148 167 OLB23 Vontaze Burfict
Oakland Raiders Raiders Oakland Raiders 1 7 TCKL: 47, 0 INT, 2 SCK 77.5 388 OLB388
150 175 ILB25 NaVorro Bowman
Oakland Raiders Raiders Oakland Raiders TCKL: 81, 1 INT, 1.5 SCK 130 118 ILB118
151 179 ILB26 Zach Brown
Washington Redskins Redskins Washington Redskins TCKL: 84, 0 INT, 2.5 SCK 134 109 ILB109
154 186 ILB27 Eric Kendricks
Minnesota Vikings Vikings Minnesota Vikings 1 10 TCKL: 67, 1 INT, 1 SCK 125.5 133 ILB133
160 197 SS29 Jonathan Cyprien
Tennessee Titans Titans Tennessee Titans TCKL: 38, 0 INT, 1 SCK 54.5 574 SS574
164 209 ILB32 Jerrell Freeman
Chicago Bears Bears Chicago Bears TCKL: 7, 0 INT, 0.0 SCK 9.5 1188 ILB1188
165 211 ILB33 Benardrick McKinney
Houston Texans Texans Houston Texans 1 10 TCKL: 62, 0 INT, 3 SCK 104.5 207 ILB207
170 216 FS34 Morgan Burnett
Pittsburgh Steelers Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers 1 7 TCKL: 48, 0 INT, 0.0 SCK 70.5 448 SS448
172 220 SS35 Eric Berry
Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs TCKL: 4, 0 INT, 0.0 SCK 6.5 1277 SS1277
172 219 DE36 Calais Campbell
Jacksonville Jaguars Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars 1 9 TCKL: 47, 0 INT, 14.5 SCK 152.5 66 DE66
173 221 FS38 Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix
Chicago Bears Bears Chicago Bears 1 5 TCKL: 65, 3 INT, 0.0 SCK 89 290 FS290
173 222 OLB37 Jatavis Brown
Los Angeles Chargers Chargers Los Angeles Chargers 1 8 TCKL: 54, 0 INT, 0.0 SCK 74.5 407 OLB407
175 224 DE40 Cameron Jordan
New Orleans Saints Saints New Orleans Saints 1 6 TCKL: 48, 1 INT, 13 SCK 150 72 DE72
175 227 ILB39 Jarrad Davis
Detroit Lions Lions Detroit Lions 1 6 TCKL: 65, 1 INT, 2 SCK 105 204 ILB204
177 230 NT42 Ndamukong Suh
Los Angeles Rams Rams Los Angeles Rams 1 TCKL: 29, 0 INT, 4.5 SCK 79 372 DT372
177 234 SS43 Jamal Adams
New York Jets Jets New York Jets 1 11 TCKL: 63, 0 INT, 2 SCK 104 211 SS211
177 232 DE41 Vic Beasley
Atlanta Falcons Falcons Atlanta Falcons 1 8 TCKL: 23, 0 INT, 5 SCK 54 579 OLB579
178 235 DE45 Everson Griffen
Minnesota Vikings Vikings Minnesota Vikings 1 10 TCKL: 31, 0 INT, 13 SCK 109.5 187 DE187
182 247 DE47 Melvin Ingram
Los Angeles Chargers Chargers Los Angeles Chargers 1 8 TCKL: 43, 0 INT, 10.5 SCK 124.5 134 DE134
184 252 SS49 Barry Church
Jacksonville Jaguars Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars TCKL: 58, 4 INT, 1.5 SCK 101 225 SS225
187 260 DT51 Geno Atkins
Cincinnati Bengals Bengals Cincinnati Bengals 1 9 TCKL: 29, 0 INT, 8.5 SCK 87.5 303 DT303
188 265 OLB53 Jadeveon Clowney
Houston Texans Texans Houston Texans 1 10 TCKL: 41, 0 INT, 9.5 SCK 134 110 OLB110
188 264 FS52 Jabrill Peppers
New York Giants Giants New York Giants 1 9 TCKL: 45, 1 INT, 0.0 SCK 55 568 FS568
189 269 DE56 Leonard Williams
New York Jets Jets New York Jets 1 11 TCKL: 22, 1 INT, 2 SCK 70.5 449 DE449
189 271 SS55 Kenny Vaccaro
Tennessee Titans Titans Tennessee Titans 1 8 TCKL: 48, 3 INT, 1.5 SCK 91.5 272 SS272
190 273 CB57 Marcus Peters
Los Angeles Rams Rams Los Angeles Rams 1 12 TCKL: 42, 5 INT, 0.0 SCK 94 261 CB261
192 280 ILB59 Preston Brown
Cincinnati Bengals Bengals Cincinnati Bengals 1 9 TCKL: 83, 0 INT, 0.0 SCK 126 131 ILB131
194 283 DT61 Deforest Buckner
San Francisco 49ers 49ers San Francisco 49ers 1 11 TCKL: 45, 0 INT, 3 SCK 96.5 251 DT251
194 285 ILB62 Jordan Hicks
Arizona Cardinals Cardinals Arizona Cardinals 1 9 TCKL: 19, 0 INT, 0.0 SCK 29 852 ILB852
199 293 SS65 Tony Jefferson
Baltimore Ravens Ravens Baltimore Ravens 1 10 TCKL: 55, 1 INT, 2.5 SCK 89 292 SS292
201 295 OLB66 Myles Jack
Jacksonville Jaguars Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars 1 9 TCKL: 65, 0 INT, 2 SCK 104.5 208 OLB208
254 371 ILB89 Darron Lee
New York Jets Jets New York Jets 2 11 TCKL: 67, 0 INT, 3 SCK 113 165 ILB165
300 432 SS104 TJ Ward
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers TCKL: 31, 0 INT, 0.0 SCK 43.5 684 SS684
321 455 SS106 Budda Baker
Arizona Cardinals Cardinals Arizona Cardinals 1 9 TCKL: 53, 0 INT, 1 SCK 88.5 299 SS299
338 474 CB108 Josh Norman
Washington Redskins Redskins Washington Redskins 1 4 TCKL: 47, 0 INT, 0.0 SCK 73.5 414 CB414

Looking for a deeper and more challenging experience than traditional leagues featuring a defense and special team unit? IDP formats are for you. Whether you're green and looking to get into an IDP league for the first time or a grizzled veteran, our rankings and projections will help you nab the top fantasy options on defense to help complement the high-scoring players on offense you're already accustomed to ranking and drafting. Linebacker in IDP leagues is basically the equivalent of running back. The position dominates the rankings starting at the top with the likes of Luke Kuechly, Kwon Alexander, and Bobby Wagner. The position offers a little bit of everything thanks to the varying responsibilities of the position. Some linebackers rack up the value of their scoring from being tackling machines. Others are helpers in coverage who pick up some interceptions. Still, others are pass-rushing specialists who rack up points via sacks primarily. Then, of course, there are the do-it-all linebackers who pick up points in a variety of ways -- I'm looking at you again, Keuchly, Alexander, and Wagner. Safety is another position well represented at the top with Landon Collins near the top of the rankings thanks to his ability to force turnovers and also come up and lower the boom on the running attack. Ditto for Reshad Jones a little lower in the rankings. Sack monster teammates Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram are also extremely helpful defenders in large part because of their ability to drop quarterbacks, but also because they aren't liabilities against the run who are limited to playing only on passing downs. Furthermore, players who rack up sacks like Bosa, Cameron Jordan, Demarcus Lawrence, Khalil Mack, and Von Miller, just to name a few, can also add to their point scoring totals by forcing fumbles at a high rate on their strip sacks. The IDP player pool gets back a potential stud in the form of J.J. Watt even if he returns a little less dominant than prior to the serious injuries he's suffered the last two years. Regardless of where you are on the IDP learning curve, the tiers, rankings, and projections on this page are sure to help you find value and hit on your top defensive players. Also, keep tabs on this page regularly as it will be updated to reflect any injury news or role changes that will impact the fantasy scoring of these defenders.