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An Early Look at the 2013 Top 10 IDP Rankings


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There is nothing quite like sitting back and enjoying some exciting (I give you Colin Kaepernick) NFL playoff action. Just watching football for footballs sake, and not having to worry about which player is outscoring that other player by how many points. Simply taking in the beauty of the sport we all love and marveling at the speed and fury of this wonderful game (Did I mention Kaepernick yet?).

Yes, that is the one great thing about playoff time in the NFL. I enjoy it as much as the next guy. You know what else I enjoy? Fantasy football rankings. Especially, Individual Defensive Player (IDP) rankings. Sure it may be easier to wait until after the 2012 NFL season ends to start ranking players for 2013, but where is the fun in that?

The savvy fantasy owners know that there is no offseason, so why wait to start putting together some initial looks at who ranks where for next season? With that in mind, let’s take a quick look at an early version of the Top 10 players at each IDP position.

LINEBACKERS

No 1. Luke Kuechly, MLB, Carolina: The main man in the middle for years to come for the Panthers. Get used to seeing his name here.

No 2. Daryl Washington, ILB, Arizona: Even with a new defensive coordinator, Washington will continue to amass huge fantasy totals.

No 3. James Laurinaitis, MLB, St. Louis: Big tackle numbers year-in and year-out, count on it. The leader of an up-and-coming defensive unit.

No 4. Navorro Bowman, ILB, San Francisco: Has supplanted Patrick Willis as the first San Francisco linebacker to draft for fantasy purposes.

No 5. Sean Lee, MLB, Dallas: The kid was playing great before the toe injury ended his season early and he will now be manning the middle in a 4-3 defensive scheme. The sky is the limit for what Lee can put up fantasy-wise in 2013. Only injury concerns have him this low.

No 6. Lavonte David, WLB, Tampa Bay: Only 22 years old. He will only get better, and that is a scary thought for NFC South offenses.

No 7. Chad Greenway, SLB, Minnesota : Think James Laurinaitis ‘lite,’ He always posts excellent tackle numbers year after year.

No 8. Bobby Wagner, MLB, Seattle: Worked his way into a three down role as a rookie and will remain one for a long time. He is a tackling machine with huge upside.

No 9. Jerod Mayo, WLB, New England: Looked like his old self again in 2012. He is only 27 years old and above average in all facets of the game.

No 10. Derrick Johnson, ILB, Kansas City: Johnson has averaged more than 120 tackles a season for three straight years and figures to make it four in 2013.

Just missed: London Fletcher (Washington), Paul Posluszny (Jacksonville), Desmond Bishop (Green Bay), Jarvis Jones (rookie).



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