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2018 Fantasy Football IDP Rankings: Getting Defensive

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Football is back! And with it comes our 2018 Fantasy Football IDP Rankings.

IDP is short for independent defensive players. In this format, fantasy players draft defensive players instead of team defenses for fantasy scoring.

IDP leagues have become a lot more common as of late. This is likely due to the customization that IDP leagues can provide.

The rankings below are based on the typical IDP scoring system which are usually:

Two points per solo tackle.

One point per assisted tackle.

Four points per sack, interceptions, forced fumbles, and fumbles recovered.

Six points per touchdown.

There are more settings for IDP leagues, and you should be sure to view your leagues settings before drafting, but those are a few of the basics. Also, I have broken the rankings up into three different sections: defensive linemen, linebackers and defensive backs.

2018 Fantasy Football IDP Rankings


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Defensive Linemen

1.Joey BosaLos Angeles Chargers
2.Khalil MackOakland Raiders
3.J.J. WattHouston Texans
4.Aaron Donald Los Angeles Rams
5.Chandler JonesArizona Cardinals
6.Jadeveon ClowneyHouston Texans
7.Cameron JordanNew Orleans Saints
8.Trey FlowersNew England Patriots
9.Demarcus LawrenceDallas Cowboys
10.Myles GarrettCleveland Browns
11.Danielle HunterMinnesota Vikings
12.Brandon GrahamPhiladelphia Eagles
13.Calais CampbellJacksonville Jaguars
14.Everson GriffenMinnesota Vikings
15.Yannick NgakoueJacksonville Jaguars
16.Jason Pierre-PaulTampa Bay Buccaneers
17.Cameron HaywardPittsburgh Steelers
18.Akiem HicksChicago Bears
19.Ryan KerriganWashington Redskins
20.Ezekiel AnsahDetroit Lions
21.Vic Beasley Jr. Atlanta Falcons
22.Carlos DunlapCincinnati Bengals
23.Jurrell CaseyTennessee Titans
24.Frank ClarkSeattle Seahawks
25.DeForest BucknerSan Francisco 49ers
26.Mario AddisonCarolina Panthers
27.Mike DanielsGreen Bay Packers
28.Takkarist McKinleyAtlanta Falcons
29.Solomon ThomasSan Francisco 49ers
30.Carl Davis Baltimore Ravens
31.Bruce IrvinOakland Raiders
32.Fletcher CoxPhiladelphia Eagles
33.Muhammad WilkersonGreen Bay Packers
34.Jabaal SheardIndianapolis Colts
35.Malik JacksonJacksonville Jaguars
36.Kawann ShortCarolina Panthers
37.Ndamukong SuhLos Angeles Rams
38.Stephon TuittPittsburgh Steelers
39.Robert QuinnMiami Dolphins
40.Geno Atkins Cincinnati Bengals
41.Emmanuel Ogbah Cleveland Browns
42.Gerald McCoyTampa Bay Buccaneers
43.Michael BennettPhiladelphia Eagles
44.Derek BarnettPhiladelphia Eagles
45.Linval JosephMinnesota Vikings
46.Derrick MorganTennessee Titans
47.Grady JarrettAtlanta Falcons
48.Shaq LawsonBuffalo Bills
49.Kenny ClarkGreen Bay Packers
50.Julius PeppersCarolina Panthers
51.Cameron WakeMiami Dolphins
52.Bradley ChubbDenver Broncos
53.Tyquan LewisIndianapolis Colts
54.Sam HubbardCincinnati Bengals
55.Brandon Williams Baltimore Ravens
56.Marcus DavenportNew Orleans Saints
57.Alex OkaforNew Orleans Saints
58.Olivier VernonNew York Giants
59.Chris JonesKansas City Chiefs
60.Damon HarrisonNew York Giants

For me, the defensive linemen group is the most shallow of the three groups. This year, I think it is the opposite. There is no real drop-off in this group until you get to the 30 range. For example, I have Fletcher Cox ranked at 32 and I would be more than comfortable starting him this year.

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1Luke KeuchlyCarolina Panthers
2Bobby WagnerSeattle Seahawks
3C.J. MosleyBaltimore Ravens
4Sean LeeDallas Cowboys
5Deion JonesAtlanta Falcons
6Kwon AlexanderTampa Bay Buccaneers
7Telvin SmithJacksonville Jaguars
8Blake MartinezGreen Bay Packers
9Eric KendricksMinnesota Vikings
10Christian KirkseyCleveland Browns
11Denzel PerrymanLos Angeles Chargers
12K.J. WrightSeattle Seahawks
13Zach BrownWashington Redskins
14Anthony HitchensKansas City Chiefs
15Lavonte DavidTampa Bay Buccaneers
16Bernardrick McKinneyHouston Texans
17Roquan SmithChicago Bears
18Jarrad DavisDetroit Lions
19Avery WilliamsonNew York Jets
20Mark BarronLos Angeles Rams
21Reuben FosterSan Francisco 49ers
22Tremaine EdmondsBuffalo Bills
23Danny Trevathan Chicago Bears
24Deone BucannonArizona Cardinals
25Wesley WoodyardTennessee Titans
26Joe SchoebertCleveland Browns
27Kamalai CorreaBaltimore Ravens
28Mason FosterWashington Redskins
29Alec OgletreeNew York Giants
30Von MillerDenver Broncos
31Tahir WhiteheadOakland Raiders
32Justin HoustonKansas City Chiefs
33Myles JackJacksonville Jaguars
34Kiko Alonso Miami Dolphins
35Dee FordKansas City Chiefs
36Haason ReddickArizona Cardinals
37Demario DavisNew Orleans Saints
38Thomas DavisCarolina Panthers
39Jamie CollinsCleveland Browns
40Brandon MarshallDenver Broncos
41Jon BosticPittsburgh Steelers
42Jordan HicksPhiladelphia Eagles
43Leighton Vander EschDallas Cowboys
44Kyle Van NoyNew England Patriots
45Vince WilliamsPittsburgh Steelers
46Rashaan EvansTennessee Titans
47Melvin IngramLos Angeles Chargers
48Nigel BradhamPhiladelphia Eagles
49Vontaze BurfictCincinnati Bengals
50Dont'a HightowerNew England Patriots
51Preston BrownCincinnati Bengals
52Raekwon McMillanMiami Dolphins
53Zach CunninghamHouston Texans
54Whitney MercilusHouston Texans
55Anthony BarrMinnesota Vikings
56T.J. WattPittsburgh Steelers
57Alex AnzaloneNew Orleans Saints
58Terrell SuggsBaltimore Ravens
59Kendall Beckwith Tampa Bay Buccaneers
60Matt MilanoBuffalo Bills

The linebacker group is very deep this year. You could draft a player well into the 40 range and still get a dependable linebacker that can get you 10-15 points a game. At the top, I really like C.J. Mosley this year. He’s entering his contract year and is likely to put up big numbers.

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Defensive Backs

1Landon Collins New York Giants
2Harrison SmithMinnesota Vikings
3Reshad JonesMiami Dolphins
4Keanu NealAtlanta Falcons
5Kevin ByardTennessee Titans
6Tyrann Mathieu Houston Texans
7Jordan PoyerBuffalo Bills
8Tony JeffersonBaltimore Ravens
9Eric Weddle Baltimore Ravens
10Karl Joseph Oakland Raiders
11Morgan BurnettPittsburgh Steelers
12Barry ChurchJacksonville Jaguars
13Lamarcus JoynerLos Angeles Rams
14Jamal AdamsNew York Jets
15Ha-Ha Clinton-DixGreen Bay Packers
16Micah HydeBuffalo Bills
17Eric BerryKansas City Chiefs
18Budda BakerArizona Cardinals
19Sean DavisPittsburgh Steelers
20Adrian AmosChicago Bears
21Marshon LattimoreNew Orleans Saints
22Andrew SendejoMinnesota Vikings
23Earl ThomasSeattle Seahawks
24Jaquiski TarttSan Francisco 49ers
25Glover QuinDetroit Lions
26Malcolm JenkinsPhiladelphia Eagles
27Daniel SorensonKansas City Chiefs
28Jahleel AddaeLos Angeles Chargers
29Derwin JamesLos Angeles Chargers
30Justin SimmonsDenver Broncos
31Jalen RamseyJacksonville Jaguars
32Xavier RhodesMinnesota Vikings
33John Johnson Los Angeles Rams
34Antoine Bethea Arizona Cardinals
35Bradley McDougaldSeattle Seahawks
36Tavon WilsonDetroit Lions
37Mike AdamsCarolina Panthers
38Adoree JacksonTennessee Titans
39Malik HookerIndianapolis Colts
40Vonn Bell New Orleans Saints
41Anthony LevineBaltimore Ravens
42Chris ConteTampa Bay Buccaneers
43Marcus PetersLos Angeles Rams
44Clayton GeathersIndianapolis Colts
45Ricardo AllenAtlanta Falcons
46Devin McCourtyNew England Patriots
47Adrian Phillips Los Angeles Chargers
48Minkah FitzpatrickMiami Dolphins
49D.J. SwearingerWashington Redskins
50Eric Reid Free Agent
51Darius SlayDetroit Lions
52Jabrill PeppersCleveland Browns
53Kenny VaccaroTennessee Titans
54Reggie NelsonOakland Raiders
55A.J. Buoye Jacksonville Jaguars
56Matthias FarleyIndianapolis Colts
57Marcus MayeNew York Jets
58Darian ThompsonNew York Giants
59Jeff HeathDallas Cowboys
60Patrick PetersonArizona Cardinals

The defensive back group is the most troubling for me this year. Once you get past 20 or 25, the lack of reliable safety options falls off, and you start to see more cornerbacks, which I tend to stay away from for fantasy purposes.

And there you have it, your 2018 Fantasy Football IDP Rankings! Good luck this season!


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