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Fantasy football 2012, Week 5: IDP rankings for linebackers, DBs and DLs

This week we talk about bye-week dilemmas with our Week 5 IDP Rankings.

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We're into the meat of the schedule, and this is the time of the year when owners really have to weigh their options when it comes to cutting players that are on byes.

Personally, I'm from the camp where I'd rather use my bench exclusively to stash running backs or high-upside QBs or WRs. This presents a problem when IDP guys are on byes, because I would either have to invest a bench spot or cut my usual starter.

There's a particular thought process that should occur at this juncture. If your player on a bye is clearly better than the options on the wire, then you should probably cut a bench back and hope the guy he's handcuffed to doesn't go down to an injury. On the other hand, if there really isn't much of a drop-off from the guy you own and the players on the wire, you probably should just swap them out. I would suggest making the move on Saturday, because when you cut him on that day, he'll go on waivers for the week. That means if someone really wants the guy you cut, there will have to be a claim made.

There are loads of IDP formats, so feel free to ask me on Twitter (@MikeSGallagher) for some help with your lineup. Here are the Week 5 IDP Rankings:

Linebackers Defensive Backs Defensive Linemen
1 James Laurinaitis Kam Chancellor Jason Pierre-Paul
2 Derrick Johnson Eric Berry J.J. Watt
3 D'Qwell Jackson Roman Harper Calais Campbell
4 Daryl Washington Bernard Pollard Chris Long
5 Donald Butler Antoine Bethea Cameron Wake
6 NaVorro Bowman LaRon Landry Jared Allen
7 Patrick Willis Eric Weddle Jason Babin
8 Paul Posluszny George Wilson Robert Quinn
9 Ray Lewis Morgan Burnett Mario Williams
10 Curtis Lofton William Moore Julius Peppers
11 Sean Weatherspoon Charles Woodson Kamerion Wimbley
12 Akeem Ayers T.J. Ward Jeremy Mincey
13 David Harris Antrel Rolle Justin Tuck
14 Karlos Dansby Yeremiah Bell Chris Clemons
15 Brian Cushing Jordan Babineaux Trent Cole
16 Pat Angerer Pat Chung Justin Smith
17 Jerod Mayo Charles Tillman Chandler Jones
18 D.J. Smith Alterraun Verner John Abraham
19 Nick Barnett Dawan Landry Elvis Dumervil
20 K.J. Wright Earl Thomas Cameron Jordan
21 Chad Greenway Adrian Wilson Haloti Ngata
22 London Fletcher Cortland Finnegan Carlos Dunlap
23 Stephen Nicolas Malcolm Jenkins Mark Anderson
24 Colin McCarthy Atari Bigby Derrick Morgan
25 DeMeco Ryans DeAngelo Hall Charles Johnson
26 Wesley Woodyard Patrick Peterson Osi Umenyiora
27 Von Miller Quintin Mikell Greg Hardy
28 Jonathan Beason Reggie Nelson Will Smith
29 Nick Barnett Antoine Winfield Brian Robison
30 Luke Kuechly Michael Griffin Darnell Dockett