Week 6 IDP Rankings

IDP Rankings

With J.J. Watt out for the rest of the season, which players can fill the void at DL?


Week 5 of the NFL season is in the books, and there is no bigger news in the IDP community and possibly all of football than the injury that J.J. Watt (DE, HOU), suffered Sunday night against the Chiefs. As everyone has probably heard by now, Watt went down with a tibial plateau fracture and is now going to be out for the rest of the season. There is no player on the Texans roster who will be able to step into Watt’s shoes and produce at a level he is capable of, so before we get into our IDP rankings, let’s take a look at some defensive linemen on other teams who may be able to fill that void on your roster.


David Irving (DE, DAL): David Irving just returned from a four-game suspension to start the season, and has started off his season with a bang, recording two sacks against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.


Frank Clark (DE, SEA): With the injury to Cliff Avril looking more and more serious, Frank Clark will now have an opportunity to play more snaps on the Seahawks defensive line. Clark recorded three tackles, a sack, and forced a fumble in week 5 against the Rams.


Anthony Zettel (DE, DET): If Anthony Zettel is not a player already owned in your league, he is a name you should be familiarizing yourself with quickly before someone else puts him on their roster. The Lions have a tough matchup this week against the Saints, followed by their week 7 bye, but after that expect Zettel to be an every week DL option.


Solomon Thomas (DE, SF): An option here for deeper leagues and dynasty leagues, the third overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft has played over 65 snaps each of the last two weeks, and has looked solid while doing so. Thomas’ stock seems to be going upward every week, and now might be one of the best times to buy while his value is still low.



Now let’s jump into this week’s rankings of the top ten IDP players at each position, according to tackle-heavy scoring formats, enjoy.



**Note: IDP scoring format vary greatly from league to league, the rankings below will be listed based upon the following scoring format.**


  • Solo tackle: 2 points
  • Assisted tackle: 1 point
  • Tackle for loss: 1 point
  • Sack: 3 points
  • Interception: 3 points
  • Forced fumble: 3 points
  • Fumble recovery: 3 points
  • Defensive TD: 6 points
  • Safety: 2 points


 IDP Rankings: Week 6

IDP Rankings

Myles Garrett recorded two sacks while playing in just 19 snaps of his first career game


Defensive Lineman:

1: Everson Griffen (DE, MIN) vs. GB

Five games into the season and Everson Griffen is one of only two linemen in the entire league who have managed to record at least one sack in every single game this year. Griffen has been the highlight of Minnesota’s pass rush this season, and now the Vikings host Green Bay, who allowed four sacks against the Cowboys last Sunday.

2: Khalil Mack (DE, OAK) vs. LAC

Although he didn’t manage to get a sack last week, Khalil Mack still made his presence felt throughout the day, recording eight total tackles against the Ravens. Mack now leads all defensive linemen with 31 tackles to go along with his four sacks.

3:  Melvin Ingram (DE, LAC) @ OAK

While the Chargers defense hasn’t performed up to par this season, allowing 23 points per game this season as a team, Los Angeles’ newest team does have plenty of defensive fantasy studs to be raving about. Lineman Melvin Ingram is having a career-best year this season, amassing 7.5 sacks through five games, which is on pace to shatter his career high of 10.5 set back in 2015.

4: Emmanuel Ogbah (DE, CLE) @ HOU

After a sluggish start to the season, second-year defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah has been playing at the top of his game for the Browns the past few weeks. Now having the chance to line up opposite of first overall pick Myles Garrett, Ogbah is climbing up rankings and has the chance to be a permanent figure in the top ten.

5: Joey Bosa (DE, LAC) @ OAK

The Chargers stellar pass-rushing duo of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram combined for another four sacks last weekend against the Giants porous offensive line, bringing the total amount of sacks for the combo to an unbelievable 12 this year. This week, the Chargers face a tougher task, heading to Oakland to take on the Raiders, where it looks like Derek Carr might be returning to action after sitting out week 5.

6: Cameron Jordan (DE, NO) vs. DET

Coming off of a bye week, Cameron Jordan hopes to lead the Saints defense against a disappointed Lions team this weekend in New Orleans. Last Sunday, the Lions offensive line allowed six sacks to their quarterback Matthew Stafford for the second consecutive week. Detroit offensive line is looking like one of the least talented in the league, and a solid streaming target for defensive linemen, along with other teams such as Houston and Green Bay.

7: Trey Flowers (DE, NE) @ NYJ

Trey Flowers has been on the field for almost every single defensive snap the Patriots have seen this season, and currently leads all defensive linemen in snaps played across the entire league. Flowers has been productive in those snaps so far, recording 22 tackles and 3.5 sacks to boot. He will lead the Patriots defense against a subpar offensive line this week, as they head to the Meadowlands to face their divisional rival Jets.

8: Brandon Graham (DE, PHI) @ CAR

Brandon Graham had a quiet couple of weeks after starting the season on a hot note, but last week he managed to get back into action while sacking Carson Palmer and adding four solo tackles as well. The Eagles will play Carolina tomorrow night, and in his last two games against Cam Newton and the Panthers, Graham has compiled 1.5 sacks, to go with 10 total tackles and a forced fumble.

9: Myles Garrett (DE, CLE) @ HOU

The first overall pick in the 2017 draft finally made his much-anticipated debut this past Sunday against the Jets, and Myles Garrett did not disappoint for the limited amount of snaps he was on the field. Garrett subbed into the game in mostly just pass rushing scenarios, but he still managed to record two sacks on just 19 snaps. Garrett and the Browns head to Houston this week and will face a Texans line that has allowed the most sacks in the league, averaging four per week.

10: Jurrell Casey (DT, TEN) vs. IND

One of the most consistent fantasy defensive tackles in the league, Jurrell Casey, looks to be finally rolling back into his top form after one-third of the NFL season. After a start which saw Casey only manage two tackles in his first two games this year, he has managed 17 tackles in the last three weeks, with two sacks to add on top of that.

Honorable Mentions: Akiem Hicks (DE, CHI), DeForest Buckner (DT, SF), Ndamukong Suh (DT, MIA)



IDP Rankings

Jacksonville Jaguars LB duo Telvin Smith and Myles Jack have both been iDP studs so far this season.



1: Ryan Shazier (ILB, PIT) @ KC

Ryan Shazier has been performing at a top quality level this season and owners could not be happier with the production they have gotten from this Pittsburgh Steeler. Shazier snagged another interception on Sunday, his third turnover in the last three weeks, as well as eight total tackles against the Jaguars. This week, the Steelers matchup against the Chiefs, who have been one of the most favorable teams to face off against for all defensive fantasy positions.

2: Telvin Smith (WLB, JAX) vs. LAR

Another linebacker in the Steelers/Jaguars game last weekend who had a standout performance was Jacksonville linebacker Telvin Smith. Smith finished his day with a full stat sheet of ten total tackles in addition to an interception which he returned to the house. Smith has now recorded 23 tackles in the last two games, and 38 in the past four games after only two tackles in the season debut.

3: Demario Davis (ILB, NYJ) vs. NE

Demario Davis has been shining this season as the best fantasy option on a bleak New York Jets defense, and one of the best fantasy linebackers in the league so far through five weeks. Davis’ 46 total tackles are tops among all linebackers, and he even added a sack against Cleveland last Sunday. This weekend, the Jets host the Patriots, and Davis owners are hoping for a statline similar to what Kendell Beckwith was able to amass last Thursday when his Buccaneers faced off against New England.

4: Luke Kuechly (MLB, CAR) vs. PHI

This Thursday night, Luke Kuechly and the Carolina Panthers are set to host the Philadelphia Eagles, which should be a fast-paced game underneath the lights in Charlotte. The Eagles and Panthers are ranked first and second in the league respectively for time of possession, so it will be interesting to see how the flow of the game unravels tomorrow night. I expect the hot Philadelphia offense will be able to control the clock and keep the Panthers defense on the field for a majority of the game.

5: Jarrad Davis (MLB, DET) @ NO

After recovering from a neck injury and concussion in the second game of his career, former University of Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis found his way back to the playing field last Sunday and played in 100% of snaps against the Carolina Panthers. Davis should be a weekly LB1 in all leagues as long as he can stay on the field, although that has been troublesome for him so far, both in college and in the NFL.

6: Mark Barron (ILB, LAR) @ JAX

Rams linebacker Mark Barron has been one of the hottest defensive players in the league the past few weeks, averaging 10 tackles per game over the last four weeks since a dud in week 1. This week, the Rams play against the Jaguars, who love keeping the ball on the ground with Leonard Fournette, which should maximize opportunities for Barron to see another high tackle count.

7: Myles Jack (MLB, JAX) vs. LAR

In Jacksonville, Myles Jack has been the 1B to Telvin Smith’s 1A, or however you would like to order them, at linebacker for the Jaguars. With the rest of the Jacksonville defense making spectacular plays all over the field, Jack and Smith have been there on seemingly every play to clean up tackles and make big plays when called upon. This Jaguars defense looks like they are no joke this year.

8: Jatavis Brown (WLB, LAC) @ OAK

Jatavis Brown suffered a minor injury in week 4, was limited in practice last week leading up to the Chargers game against the Giants, and then only played in 50% of defensive snaps last Sunday, but still managed to record five solo tackles. With time to rest the next few days, Brown should be back to 100% this weekend against the Raiders and a great LB1 option at linebacker.

9: Zach Brown (ILB, WAS) vs. SF

The Redskins are coming off a bye and are hosting the 49ers at home this week, looking to get back to over .500 after a loss to the Chiefs in week 4. Zach Brown has been the class of the Redskins’ linebacking corps during his first year in the capital city, but my only worry this weekend is that the 49ers offense won’t be able to sustain drives long enough for Brown and the rest of the Redskins to get as many tackle opportunities as normal.

10: Danny Trevathan (ILB, CHI) @ BAL

Coming back from a one-game suspension after an illegal hit to Davante Adams, Danny Trevathan hopes to continue where he left off, after two great games against the Steelers and the Packers. Chicago linebackers have been tormented by injuries this year, as Jerrell Freeman, Nick Kwiatkoski, and now John Timu have all had to miss various amounts of time. Christian Jones filled in nicely in Trevathan’s absence last week but was probably just a good one-week flex play for most leagues.

Honorable Mentions: Von Miller (OLB, DEN), C.J. Mosley (ILB, BAL), Deion Jones (MLB, ATL)

IDP Rankings

The league’s current leading tackler is none other than Arizona Cardinal safety Tyvon Branch.

Defensive Backs:

1: Reshad Jones (SS, MIA) @ ATL

The highlight of the Dolphins win over the Titans on Sunday may have been the flukey fumble recovery touchdown that Reshad Jones took to the house, but that was just one highlight among many on the day for Jones. Jones had himself quite the game, with seven tackles, half a sack, and two turnovers including that touchdown. This week, his Dolphins face off against the Falcons, led by Matt Ryan who has surrendered six turnovers over his last two games.

2: Landon Collins (SS, NYG) @ DEN

As the New York Giants offense keeps getting worse and worse, losing their top four wide receivers this weekend, it just means that the Giants defense will be forced on the field for more and more snaps every single week. Landon Collins is bound to be on the field for plenty of snaps this Sunday night as the 0-5 Giants head to Denver.

3: Tyvon Branch (SS, ARI) vs. TB

After five weeks of NFL action, the league’s leading tackler this season is not a linebacker, but Cardinals safety Tyvon Branch, who added another four solo tackles and six assists to his stat sheet this past weekend against the Eagles. Branch and the Cardinals host the Buccaneers this weekend, a team in which Patriots free safety Devin McCourty recorded 11 solo tackles against just a week ago. Branch owners would love to see similar numbers to what McCourty managed.

4: Karl Joseph (SS, OAK) vs. LAC

After a mediocre performance in week 4, Karl Joseph bounced back last week against the Ravens, notching nine total tackles while playing all but four of the Raiders defensive snaps. The former West Virginia Mountaineer looks like he may be putting a season together that would put him ahead of Keanu Neal as the best second-year safety in the league.

5: Tavon Wilson (SS, DET) @ NO

Finally back to 100% after an injury has kept him sidelined and limited, Tavon Wilson had another fantastic game this weekend. Wilson has pushed Miles Killebrew out of his playing time, with Wilson recording 66 snaps to Killebrew’s 35. The Lions head to New Orleans this weekend, and even though the Saints offense has yet to commit a turnover, tackle opportunities should be plentiful for the Lions defense.

6: Jahleel Addae (SS, LAC) @ OAK

Jahleel Addae has been all over the field making tackles thus far into the season for the Chargers, and even though the turnovers and big plays have yet to be seen, Addae is a player that can hold value off of tackles alone which is a perfect way to hold a high-floor in IDP leagues. He is among the safest options at DB and will usually not be the man to let you down.

7: Barry Church (SS, JAX) vs. LAR

Barry Church’s first year in Jacksonville has started out smoothly so far, and he was able to add a signature highlight to his reel after last Sunday’s game. His interception that he returned for a touchdown marked just the second time in his career that he had done that and the first since 2013.

8: Devin McCourty (FS, NE) @ NYJ

After another stellar game last Thursday against Tampa Bay, Devin McCourty is now just second in the league among defensive backs for total tackles. With 42 on the season, the Patriots free safety has been one of the best options for owners in leagues which run on a tackle-heavy scoring system.

9: Adrian Amos (SS, CHI) @ BAL

Bears strong safety Adrian Amos was one of the few Bears defensive players that managed to put on a good performance Monday night against the Vikings, led by both Case Keenum and Sam Bradford. Amos has led the Bears in solo tackles the last two weeks, with 15, after filling in for an injured Quintin Demps.

10: Marcus Maye (FS, NYJ) vs. NE

Picking the correct safety to score more points each week between Marcus Maye and Jamal Adams has been a difficult to predict so far into the year, but in a matchup this week against the Patriots, I’m expecting Maye to be closer to the ball on many plays, as the Patriots attempt to throw the ball deep downfield and take advantage of their games early this season.

Honorable Mentions: Jamal Adams (SS, NYJ) Jaquiski Tartt (SS, SF), Mike Mitchell (FS, PIT)

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