Week 7 IDP Rankings

IDP Rankings

Falcons linebacker Deion Jones leads Atlanta into Foxborough for a Super Bowl rematch against the defending champs.


Last Thursday night’s Panthers vs. Eagles game was a wild back and forth ride for fanbases of both teams in action, but it was the 5-1 Eagles who eventually prevailed in the second half to secure a win and a two-game cushion atop the NFC East. To add to the sting of the loss, Panthers star middle linebacker Luke Kuechly suffered what appears to be another concussion and was forced to exit the game in the second quarter. Kuechly’s week 7 status is in doubt, and if you need a replacement for him in your lineup, Panthers teammate Shaq Thompson may be worth a look. Thompson has officially overtaken Thomas Davis on the Panthers depth chart and should be Carolina’s #1 linebacker moving forward without Kuechly. If Thompson happens to already be taken in your league, you can look here for our other top IDP waiver wire pickups this week.



Now let’s jump into our Week 7 IDP Rankings of each position, according to tackle-heavy scoring formats, enjoy.

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**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

Cameron Jordan led the Saints defense in week 6 with a stellar performance in a win over the Lions.



Defensive Lineman:

Tier 1: Joey Bosa (DE, LAC) vs. DEN, Demarcus Lawrence (DE, DAL) @ SF, Cameron Jordan (DE, NO) @ GB, Melvin Ingram (DE, LAC) vs. DEN

These are your must-start IDP linemen every week. The Chargers edge rushing duo of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram have combined for 13 sacks this season and Demarcus Lawrence currently leads the league in sacks with 8.5 for the season. Cameron Jordan cemented his spot among top defensive lineman with a stellar performance last week, notching two sacks and returning an interception for a touchdown.

Tier 2: Khalil Mack (DE, OAK) vs. KC, Everson Griffen (DE, MIN) vs. BAL, Jason Pierre-Paul (DE, NYG) vs. SEA

Another group of stud linemen here is headlined by Oakland star Khalil Mack. Mack faces the Chiefs this week, one of only five teams in the league to allow 20 or more sacks this season. Last week, Everson Griffen extended his streak of consecutive games with a sack to six weeks.

Tier 3: Myles Garrett (DE, CLE) vs. TEN, Calais Campbell (DE, JAX) @ IND, Trey Flowers (DE, NE) vs. ATL

Browns rookie and first overall draft selection Myles Garrett finds himself climbing up the rankings weekly based on his performances in his first two career games. He faces his toughest test yet this week against a praised Titans offensive line. If he can prove successful this week, the Browns might have just found themselves a real star in Garrett.


Tier 4: Akiem Hicks (DT, CHI) vs. CAR, Frank Clark (DE, SEA) @ NYG, Damon Harrison (DT, NYG) vs. SEA

The Seahawks are returning from their bye week and Frank Clark is looking to continue his building role now that Seattle veteran Cliff Avril is injured. The Seahawks head to the Meadowlands to square off against the Giants, where Damon Harrison and Jason Pierre-Paul will look to expose a weak Seattle offensive line.


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Is this the week that 49ers rookie linebacker Reuben Foster returns to action?




Tier 1: Telvin Smith (WLB, JAX) @ IND, Zach Brown (ILB, WAS) @ PHI, Vontaze Burfict (MLB, CIN) @ PIT

Telvin Smith has been the hottest linebacker in the league so far this season and with another eight-tackle performance, topped off with a sack and forced fumble, Smith has become the #1 overall linebacker in many tackle-heavy scoring formats. Joining him in Tier 1 is Redskins linebacker Zach Brown, who has a very positive matchup against a great Eagles offense, and Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who looks to be back in prime form coming out of the bye week.

Tier 2: Bobby Wagner (MLB, SEA) @ NYG, C.J. Mosley (ILB, BAL) @ MIN, Ryan Shazier (ILB, PIT) vs. CIN

Even though these linebackers are listed in Tier 2, make no mistake that these are some of the most talented and fearsome defensive players in the league. Bobby Wagner highlights this group, leading the Seahawks against the Giants, in a stadium where IDP players see the greatest advantage due to a favorable stat crew.

Tier 3: Deion Jones (MLB, ATL) @ NE, Mark Barron (ILB, LAR) vs. ARI,

The Falcons head to Foxborough this weekend in a much anticipated Super Bowl rematch, and after another loss last week in which Atlanta blew a large lead, the Falcons have to be feeling extra motivated for this coming game.

Tier 4: Reuben Foster (MLB, SF) vs. DAL, Joe Schobert (MLB, CLE) vs. TEN

With last week’s release of longtime San Francisco linebacker Navorro Bowman, it is becoming increasingly important that Reuben Foster quickly recovers from his week 1 ankle injury. It looks as if week 7 will finally be the week that the 49ers first round draft selection will finally make his return to the field, and he will be sliding into Bowman’s vacant middle linebacker position, one that is always productive in IDP for San Francisco linebackers.

Tier 5: Mason Foster (ILB, WAS) @ PHI, Myles Jack (MLB, JAX) @ IND, Shaq Thompson (WLB, CAR) @ CHI

The quietest player in this tier of IDPs is Redskins linebacker Mason Foster. After posting an underwhelming stat line after a return from the bye, Foster looks to right himself this week in a more favorable matchup against the Eagles. Both he and teammate Zach Brown have the ability to post LB1 numbers in the same game while playing side by side.


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Harrison Smith has been one of the league’s most consistent safeties in the past few years.


Defensive Backs:

Tier 1: Reshad Jones (SS, MIA) vs. NYJ, Tyvon Branch (SS, ARI) @ LAR

Another week goes by and another DB1 performance is posted by Reshad Jones. The Dolphins safety racked up another seven total tackles in addition to an interception of Matt Ryan in Miami’s stunning victory over the Falcons. He and Cardinals safety Tyvon Branch highlight the top plays this week among all defensive backs.

Tier 2: Devin McCourty (FS, NE) vs. ATL, Harrison Smith (FS, MIN) vs. BAL, Keanu Neal (SS, ATL) @ NE

Devin McCourty currently leads all defensive backs in solo tackles across the league with 41, and as the Patriots host the Falcons on Sunday night, expect plenty of deep throws by Matt Ryan to set up McCourty for lots of fantasy points on the defensive end.

Tier 3: Adrian Amos (SS, CHI) vs. CAR, Landon Collins (SS, NYG) vs. SEA

Chicago Bears third-year safety Adrian Amos has posted eight total tackles in three consecutive weeks, and last week he did so in addition to a pick-six that helped Chicago earn a win over the Baltimore Ravens. The Bears safety has been one of the hottest defensive players in the league since filling in for an injured Quintin Demps.

Tier 4: Matthias Farley (SS, IND) vs. JAX, Kenny Vaccaro (SS, NO) @ GB, Karl Joseph (SS, OAK) vs. LAC

Kenny Vaccaro popped off the stat sheet in week 6 for the Saints defense against the Detroit Lions, a game in which seemingly every New Orleans defensive player had a superb game. Vaccaro recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown and intercepted Matthew Stafford as well in the Saints victory. This week the Saints head to Green Bay to face newly appointed Packers starting quarterback Brett Hundley.

Tier 5: Kevin Byard (SS, TEN) @ CLE, Jordan Poyer (SS, BUF) vs. TB, Barry Church (SS, JAX) @ IND

Kevin Byard leads the Titans defense this weekend into Cleveland for a matchup against the struggling Browns. No matter what quarterback it is lining up behind center for the Cleveland Browns this season, interceptions are consistently being thrown to opposing secondaries. The Browns lead the league in interceptions thrown with 14 over the course of the season, the next highest team has only thrown 8 INTs all year long.

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