IDP Fantasy Football Rankings, Week 1: Linebackers, Linemen & DBs

Aug 30, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry (29) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE

Check out Week 1 IDP rankings for linemen, defensive backs and linebackers on one easy-to-read page.

Happy holidays, everyone. Football is back and America's productivity at work is about to take a hit. If you're new to individual defensive players (IDP), I'd like to congratulate you on taking the next step to being a fantasy addict. IDP leagues are the best because all that extra research you put into starting guys actually pays off. In other words, it's extremely rare for an owner to spend extra time on their fantasy team and not make the playoffs. That lucky guy that added Victor Cruz last year and doesn't even know what 4-3 means doesn't have much of a chance.

Before we get to IDP rankings, let me just take a second to explain to the new folks on how you should manage your roster.These rankings are highly matchup-based and there's a chance that an absolute must-own guy might be outside of the top 20 for the week. For example, Kamerion Wimbley is ranked 26th in the DL rankings this week. That means I wouldn't be starting him 10- or 12-team league. Now that doesn't necessarily mean you should be cutting Wimbley to pick up someone like Kyle Vanden Bosch because I have Wimbley as the ninth-best DL for the season. Under most circumstances, you're going to just have to bite the bullet and start Wimbley because there's no real reason to have an extra DL on your bench in the early part of the season. There's more value in stashing backup running backs than backup defensive players, especially linemen.

There are a lot of IDP formats out there, so you can ask me a league-specific question on Twitter @MikeSGallagher.


Linebacker Defensive Back Defensive Linemen
1 Daryl Washington Eric Berry Jason Pierre-Paul
2 D'Qwell Jackson Tyvon Branch Jared Allen
3 Karlos Dansby Antoine Bethea Mario Williams
4 James Laurinaitis Kam Chancellor Chris Clemons
5 Sean Weatherspoon George Wilson Trent Cole
6 Colin McCarthy Mark Barron Julius Peppers
7 Derrick Johnson Bernard Pollard Justin Tuck
8 Donald Butler Roman Harper Calais Campbell
9 Brian Cushing LaRon Landry J.J. Watt
10 Patrick Willis Antrel Rolle Cliff Avril
11 Sean Lee Charles Tillman Jason Babin
12 Paul Posluszny Eric Weddle Chris Long
13 Stephen Tulloch Jason McCourty Matt Shaughnessy
14 Ray Lewis DeAngelo Hall Cameron Wake
15 D.J. Smith Quintin Mikell Osi Umenyiora
16 NaVorro Bowman Morgan Burnett Mark Anderson
17 DeMeco Ryans Dawan Landry Ndamukong Suh
18 Lawrence Timmons Kenny Phillips Charles Johnson
19 Bobby Wagner Reggie Nelson Chandler Jones
20 London Fletcher Patrick Chung Kyle Vanden Bosch
21 Wesley Woodyard Jairus Byrd Elvis Dumervil
22 David Harris Dashon Goldson Jeremy Mincey
23 Chad Greenway Michael Griffin Darnell Dockett
24 Jerrell Freeman Troy Polamalu John Abraham
25 Rolando McClain Lardarius Webb Robert Quinn
26 Mason Foster Taylor Mays Kamerion Wimbley
27 Jerod Mayo Kurt Coleman Jabaal Sheard
28 DeMarcus Ware T.J. Ward Haloti Ngata
29 Curtis Lofton Donte Whitner Marcell Dareus
30 Von Miller Alterraun Verner Greg Hardy


For more fantasy info, check out the SB Nation Fantasy War Room 4-8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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