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2017 IDP Rankings: Linebackers Are King

Use our 2017 IDP Rankings to help create a great defensive lineup in your IDP league.

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While it is most common for fantasy leagues to include a team defense for scoring purposes, independent defensive player leagues have been on the rise recently.

These leagues are for those who are fans of defensive players. You love when defensive end who gets to the quarterback rather than the quarterback himself. You like the cornerback tasked with stopping that star wide receiver.

I have broken up the IDP rankings into three categories: Defensive Linemen, Linebackers, Defensive Backs. These categories reflect the typical IDP settings and how most IDP leagues

IDP scoring varies widely and each league typically has their own set of rules. The rankings are based on the following rules:

Solo Tackle: 1.5 Points

Assisted Tackle: .5 Points

Sack: 2 Points

Tackle for Loss: 1 Point

Forced Fumble: 1 Point

Fumble Recovery: 2 Points

Interception: 2 Points

Safety: 2 Points

Defensive Touchdown: 6 Points

Your IDP league scoring may vary but I believe these categories cover all the bases for a traditional IDP league with traditional IDP scoring.

2017 IDP Rankings

Defensive Line Rankings

Rank Player
1.Khalil Mack, OAK
2.Joey Bosa, LAC
3.J.J. Watt, HOU
4.Aaron Donald, LAR
5.Olivier Vernon, NYG
6. Vic Beasley Jr., ATL
7.Jadeveon Clowney, HOU
8. Cameron Jordan, NO
9.Jason Pierre-Paul, NYG
10.Calais Campbell, JAX
11. Danielle Hunter, MIN
12. Lorenzo Alexander, BUF
13. Carlos Dunlap, CIN
14. Michael Bennett, SEA
15. Brandon Graham, PHI
16.Leonard Williams, NYJ
17.Trey Flowers, NE
18. Sheldon Richardson, NYJ
19.Ndamukong Suh, MIA
20. Cliff Avril, SEA
21. DeForest Buckner, SF
22.Ezekiel Ansah, DET
23. Muhammad Wilkerson, NYJ
24. Everson Griffen, MIN
25. Ryan Kerrigan, WAS
26. Cameron Wake, MIA
27.Frank Clark, SEA
28.Marcell Dareus, BUF
29.Myles Garrett, CLE
30. Fletcher Cox, PHI
31. Kawann Short, CAR
32.Derrick Morgan, TEN
33.Robert Ayers, TB
34. Gerald McCoy, TB
35.Jurrell Casey, TEN
36.Damon Harrison, NYG
37.Linval Joseph, MIN
38.Akiem Hicks, CHI
39.Robert Quinn, LAR
40.Brandon Williams, BAL
41.Cameron Heyward, PIT
42.William Hayes, MIA
43.Jerry Hughes, BUF
44.Ahmad Brooks, SF
45.Geno Atkins, CIN
46.Derek Wolfe, DEN
47.Mario Edwards Jr., OAK
48.DeMarcus Lawrence, DAL
49.Chris Baker, TB
50. William Gholston, TB
51.Stephon Tuitt, PIT
52.Kyle Williams, BUF
53.Timmy Jernigan, PHI
54.Mike Daniels, GB
55.Derek Barnett, PHI
56.Solomon Thomas, SF
57. Corey Liuget, LAC
58.Noah Spence, TB
59.Kony Ealy, NE
60.Takkarist McKinley, ATL


Linebacker Rankings

    1. Luke Kuechly, CAR
    2.Bobby Wagner, SEA
    3. Kwon Alexander
    4.C.J. Mosley, BAL
    5.NaVorro Bowman, SF
    6.Ryan Shazier, PIT
    7.Sean Lee, DAL
    8.Alec Ogletree, LAR
    9.Telvin Smith, JAX
    10.Bernardrick McKinney, HOU
    11.Jamie Collins, CLE
    12.Eric Kendricks, MIN
    13.Deion Jones, ATL
    14.Denzel Perryman, LAC
    15.K.J. Wright, SEA
    16.Deone Bucannon, ARI
    17.Von Miller, DEN
    18.Derrick Johnson, KC
    19.Christian Kirksey, CLE
    20.Justin Houston, KC
    21.Jerrell Freeman, CHI
    22.Jatavis Brown, LAC
    23.Zach Brown, WAS
    24.Lavonte David, TB
    25.Nigel Bradham, PHI
    26.Reggie Ragland, BUF
    27.Lawrence Timmons, MIA
    28.Kiko Alonso, PHI
    29.Thomas Davis, CAR
    30.Vince Williams, PIT
    31.Mark Barron, LAR
    32.Chandler Jones, ARI
    33.Jarrad Davis, DET
    34.Paul Posluszny, JAX
    35.Melvin Ingram, LAC
    36.Danny Trevathan, CHI
    37.Tahir Whitehead, DET
    38.Myles Jack, JAX
    39.Karlos Dansby, ARI
    40.Stephone Anthony, NO
    41.Reuben Foster, SF
    42.Jonathan Casillas, NYG
    43.Dont'a Hightower, NE
    44.Mason Foster, WAS
    45.Jake Ryan, GB
    46.Ben Heeney, OAK
    47.Darron Lee, NYJ
    48.Avery Williamson, TEN
    49.Whitney Mercilus, HOU
    50.James Harrison, PIT
    51.John Simon, IND
    52.Anthony Barr, MIN
    53.Markus Golden, ARI
    54.Kevin Minter, CIN
    55.Shaq Thompson, CAR
    56.Bud Dupree, PIT
    57.Will Compton, WAS
    58.Demario Davis, NYJ
    59.David Harris, NE
    60.Brandon Marshall, DEN


Defensive Back Rankings

    RankDefensive Backs
    1.Landon Collins, NYG
    2.Harrison Smith, MIN
    3.Tony Jefferson, BAL
    4.Kam Chancellor, SEA
    5.Reshad Jones, MIA
    6.Keanu Neal, ATL
    7. Malcolm Jenkins, PHI
    8.Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, GB
    9.Jonathan Cyprien, JAX
    10. Eric Weddle, BAL
    11.Kenny Vaccaro, NO
    12.Barry Church, JAX
    13.Tyrann Mathieu, ARI
    14.Earl Thomas, SEA
    15.Eric Berry, KC
    16.Morgan Burnett, GB
    17.Karl Joseph, OAK
    18.Kurt Coleman, CAR
    19.Chris Conte, TB
    20.Marcus Peters, KC
    21.Ron Parker, KC
    22.Reggie Nelson, OAK
    23.Logan Ryan, TEN
    24.Eric Reid, SF
    25.Antoine Bethea, ARI
    26.T.J. Ward, DEN
    27.Patrick Peterson, ARI
    28.Jahleel Addae, LAC
    29.Tavon Wilson, DET
    30.Casey Hayward, LAC
    31.Su'a Cravens, WAS
    32.Clayton Geathers, IND
    33.Byron Jones, DAL
    34.Vonn Bell, NO
    35.Mike Mitchell, PIT
    36.Jamal Adams, NYJ
    37.Bashaud Breeland, WAS
    38.Mike Adams, CAR
    39.Jalen Ramsey, JAX
    40.A.J. Bouye, JAX
    41.Devin McCourty, NE
    42.Janoris Jenkins, NYG
    43.Richard Sherman, SEA
    44.Jaquiski Tartt, SF
    45.Bradley McDougald, SEA
    46.Jason Verrett, LAC
    47.T.J. McDonald, MIA
    48.Sean Davis, PIT
    49.Rodney McCleod, PHI
    50.Jordan Poyer, BUF
    51.Micah Hyde, BUF
    52.Josh Norman, WAS
    53.Desmond Trufant, ATL
    54.Glover Quin, DET
    55.Malik Hooker, IND
    56.Shawn Williams, CIN
    57.Xavier Rhodes, MIN
    58.Ronald Darby, BUF
    59.Chris Harris, DEN
    60.Quintin Demps, CHI


When I was doing these rankings there was one player I continually moved up in my rankings, and that was Kwon Alexander. I envision a big year for Alexander as he grows into a defensive leader for the Buccaneers and ascends into the upper echelon of Linebackers.

Tony Jefferson is another player who is relatively high in my rankings. Jefferson was a beast with the Cardinals last season and I think he will be the same with the Ravens this season. I predict that Jefferson will play closer to the box this season, giving him more tackles and the possibility of sacks. Jefferson reminds me a lot of Landon Collins.

Danielle Hunter at 11 may surprise a lot of people, but Hunter really came on for the Vikings the past season and I think he will continue to improve in 2017.


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