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Fantasy Football 2013: IDP Rankings

Author:
J.J. Watt

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:

INDIVIDUAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER (IDP) SCORING
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)
Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams
Kickers
Defensive Linemen
Linebackers
Defensive Backs