Fantasy Football 2011: Week 1 IDP Rankings

September 8 3:05am
AntonioD

By Antonio D’Arcangelis

For some, playing fantasy football is a relatively leisurely pursuit, but for those in the world of IDP – the individual defensive player format – it’s an obsession. For that reason, we here at FanDuel want to offer you a bevy of position-specific weekly IDP rankings, even though this aspect may not be part of our games here at the site. I know there’s a shortage of solid, up-to-date IDP information online, so I’ve compiled rankings for Week 1 and will continue this column for the remainder of the season. I’ll be adjusting my rankings from week to week based on opportunity, matchups, injuries, breaking news, performance, bye weeks and all the little schematic changes that IDP fanatics hold dear. If you’ve got a specific IDP question, don’t hesitate to e-mail me or contact me via Twitter. Enjoy the rankings and good luck!

Linebackers

  1. Patrick Willis
  2. Lawrence Timmons
  3. Jerod Mayo
  4. London Fletcher
  5. Brian Cushing
  6. Ray Lewis
  7. Brian Urlacher
  8. Stephen Tulloch
  9. Karlos Dansby
  10. DeMarcus Ware
  11. Derrick Johnson
  12. James Anderson
  13. Barrett Ruud
  14. James Laurinaitis
  15. Paul Posluszny
  16. Clay Matthews
  17. Curtis Lofton
  18. D’Qwell Jackson
  19. James Harrison
  20. Jonathan Vilma
  21. Bradie James
  22. Chad Greenway
  23. David Harris
  24. Desmond Bishop
  25. David Hawthorne
  26. DeMeco Ryans
  27. Rey Maualuga
  28. Nick Barnett
  29. Daryl Washington
  30. Tamba Hali
  31. Thomas Davis
  32. Paris Lenon
  33. Mason Foster
  34. Gary Brackett
  35. Rolando McClain
  36. Pat Angerer
  37. Kevin Burnett
  38. Takeo Spikes
  39. Sean Weatherspoon
  40. Brian Orakpo

Notes: Panthers LB Jon Beason is questionable with a foot injury but still hopes to play…he’s worth a start in all formats if he’s good to go by gametime. Bears LB Lance Briggs (knee) is asking for a trade and might not be with the team by the end of the week, though the Bears have not made any statements and Briggs claims he’ll play his best until something changes. I’ve left him off this week’s rankings, but if he’s active on Sunday, he could be worth starting as an LB3. Texans LB DeMeco Ryans (elbow) is probable for Week 1, and HC Gery Kubiak expects him to play. If he’s 100 percent, he’s a solid LB2.

Defensive Linemen

  1. Justin Tuck
  2. Trent Cole
  3. Elvis Dumervil
  4. Jason Pierre-Paul
  5. Terrell Suggs
  6. Jared Allen
  7. Kyle Williams
  8. Julius Peppers
  9. Ndamukong Suh
  10. Chris Clemons
  11. Matt Shaughnessy
  12. Charles Johnson
  13. John Abraham
  14. Shaun Ellis
  15. Robert Mathis
  16. Ray Edwards
  17. Jason Babin
  18. Darnell Dockett
  19. Israel Idonije
  20. Chris Long
  21. Cliff Avril
  22. Calais Campbell
  23. Dwight Freeney
  24. Ahtyba Rubin
  25. Juqua Parker
  26. Kyle Vanden Bosch
  27. Justin Smith
  28. Robert Quinn
  29. Haloti Ngata
  30. Richard Seymour

Notes: Giants DE Osi Umenyiora (hip, knee) has been ruled out for Week 1. Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap (knee) missed all of the preseason and is questionable for the season opener. He had a nice rookie season (9.5 sacks), but isn’t a big tackle numbers guy and remains a question mark heading into 2011.

Defensive Backs

  1. Eric Berry
  2. Yeremiah Bell
  3. Tyvon Branch
  4. Patrick Chung
  5. DeAngelo Hall
  6. T.J. Ward
  7. Roman Harper
  8. Quintin Mikell
  9. Charles Woodson
  10. Dawan Landry
  11. Brent Grimes
  12. George Wilson
  13. Kerry Rhodes
  14. Devin McCourty
  15. Troy Polamalu
  16. Bernard Pollard
  17. Louis Delmas
  18. Darrelle Revis
  19. Charles Tillman
  20. Earl Thomas
  21. Brian Dawkins
  22. Nick Collins
  23. Michael Griffin
  24. Richard Marshall
  25. Abram Elam
  26. Donte Whitner
  27. Eric Weddle
  28. Danieal Manning
  29. Patrick Peterson
  30. Jimmy Smith
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