Fantasy Football 2013: IDP Rankings

Reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt tops our fantasy IDP rankings for 2013

NFL training camps open up this week, meaning we are that much closer to the start of the regular season and fantasy football. While kickoff may still be nearly a month away, it's never too early to start preparing for your draft.

While fantasy football is more associated with offensive skill players, quite a few leagues out there also use the ones on the other side of the ball in their lineups. Individual Defensive Players (IDPs) can be just as valuable to your team, especially if you are fortunate enough to draft someone like J.J. Watt.

The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year was a fantasy monster last year, as he outscored the No. 2 defensive lineman (Cameron Wake) by more than 60 points and was the No. 1 IDP in all of fantasy football. Watt will be hard-pressed to repeat some of his numbers from 2012, such as his 16 passes defended, but as long as he stays healthy, he should be more than capable of justifying using a high draft pick on.

Fellow DLs Jason Pierre-Paul, DeMarcus Ware and Wake are next on our rankings, as they, like Watt, have a knack for getting to the quarterback and making the big play.

Typically the best bang for your buck when it comes to IDPs is at linebacker, as this is the position that usually racks up the tackles. Options like Luke Kuechly, San Francisco's All-Pro tandem of Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman, and James Laurinaitis, Lavonte David and Von Miller headline this group. Not to be left out are the defensive backs, who are capable of racking up quite a few fantasy points themselves, especially when they are able to convert an interception or a fumble recovery into a touchdown.

Chicago's Chris Tillman put on a clinic in this respect last season, turning three interceptions and two fumble recoveries into three scores while forcing a total of 10 fumbles by himself. The veteran Tillman will be another popular draft pick this year, along with younger options like Morgan Burnett, Mark Barron, Eric Berry, Harrison Smith and Richard Sherman.

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Fantasy Football 2013: Individual Defensive Players (IDP) Rankings

Rk Player Team Pos Bye
1 J.J. Watt HOU DL 8
2 Jason Pierre-Paul NYG DL 9
3 DeMarcus Ware DAL DL 11
4 Cameron Wake MIA DL 6
5 Luke Kuechly CAR LB 4
6 Jared Allen MIN DL 5
7 Patrick Willis SF LB 9
8 Mario Williams BUF DL 12
9 Elvis Dumervil BAL DL 8
10 James Laurinaitis STL LB 11
11 Derrick Johnson KC LB 10
12 Calais Campbell ARI DL 9
13 Morgan Burnett GB DB 4
14 Mark Barron TB DB 5
15 Charles Johnson CAR DL 4
16 Geno Atkins CIN DL 12
17 NaVorro Bowman SF LB 9
18 Lavonte David TB LB 5
19 Osi Umenyiora ATL DL 6
20 Von Miller DEN LB 9
21 Julius Peppers CHI DL 8
22 Eric Berry KC DB 10
23 Paul Posluszny JAC LB 9
24 Eric Weddle SD DB 8
25 Jerod Mayo NE LB 10
26 Robert Quinn STL DL 11
27 Corey Liuget SD DL 8
28 Harrison Smith MIN DB 5
29 Richard Sherman SEA DB 12
30 Cliff Avril SEA DL 12
31 Chandler Jones NE DL 10
32 Derrick Morgan TEN DL 8
33 Carlos Dunlap CIN DL 12
34 Sean Weatherspoon ATL LB 6
35 D’Qwell Jackson CLE LB 10
36 Cameron Jordan NO DL 7
37 Greg Hardy CAR DL 4
38 Bobby Wagner SEA LB 12
39 Chad Greenway MIN LB 5
40 Charles Tillman CHI DB 8
41 Tyvon Branch OAK DB 7
42 Cortland Finnegan STL DB 11
43 Daryl Washington ARI LB 9
44 London Fletcher WAS LB 5
45 Aldon Smith SF LB 9
46 Haloti Ngata BAL DL 8
47 Anthony Spencer DAL DL 11
48 Wesley Woodyard DEN LB 9
49 Rob Ninkovich NE DL 10
50 Arthur Brown BAL LB 8
51 LaRon Landry IND DB 8
52 Antoine Bethea IND DB 8
53 Lawrence Timmons PIT LB 5
54 Bernard Pollard TEN DB 8
55 Janoris Jenkins STL DB 11
56 Brian Robison MIN DL 5
57 Chris Long STL DL 11
58 Patrick Peterson ARI DB 9
59 Zach Brown TEN LB 8
60 Brian Cushing HOU LB 8
61 Curtis Lofton NO LB 7
62 Lamarr Houston OAK DL 7
63 Sean Lee DAL LB 11
64 Terrell Suggs BAL LB 8
65 Ziggy Ansah DET DL 9
66 Bruce Irvin SEA DL 12
67 Reshad Jones MIA DB 6
68 Eric Reid SF DB 9
69 Justin Tuck NYG DL 9
70 Dawan Landry NYJ DB 10
71 Devin McCourty NE DB 10
72 Donald Butler SD LB 8
73 Manti Te'o SD LB 8
74 Lance Briggs CHI LB 8
75 Vontaze Burfict CIN LB 12

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

Solo tackle = 1 pt
Tackle assist = 0.5 pts
Sack = 3.5 pts
Interception = 3.5 pts
Forced fumble/recovery = 2 pts
Defensive TD = 8 pts
Safety = 2 pts
Pass Defended = 0.5 pts
Blocked Kick = 4 pts

Additional Fantasy Football Rankings:

2013 Big Board (Top 250)
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams
Defensive Linemen
Defensive Backs


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