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2020 IDP PLAYOFF RANKINGS: Divisional Round

The Wild Card Round has come and gone. And for the second season in a row, it was wild indeed. Three of the four road teams (the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans) emerged with victories. The No. 3 seeds in both the AFC (the New England Patriots) and the NFC (the New Orleans Saints) were sent packing.

A weekend chock full of upsets didn’t do the player pool in IDP playoff leagues any favors. Cameron Jordan‘s season is over. So is Demario Davis‘. And Jamie Collins‘. And Malcolm Jenkins‘. And Jordan Poyer‘s.

At least we got to see J.J. Watt take the field again. He even had a sack in Houston’s overtime win against the Buffalo Bills.

Still, all that can be done in playoff leagues like the Fantasy Sharks IDP Playoff Challenge is to make the best we can of the pool of talent available—while welcoming in new players when the top two seeds in each conference join the fray in the Divisional Round.

In order to help you in the final quest for a fantasy championship (and a few laughs), I’ll be publishing IDP rankings each week during the NFL playoffs here at Fantasy Sharks. These rankings assume a league format where teams start two defensive linemen, two linebackers, two defensive backs and a “flex” spot or two.

They also assume a “one/two and done” format where players are concerned. In other words, while the entire pool of individual defensive players is available, each player can only be used once (or twice, in some formats). So, while matchup and talent are still the primary considerations, it’s also important to identify which teams are going to be eliminated in a given week and try to use those players where possible.

Otherwise, by the time we get to Super Bowl LIV, IDP owners won’t have anyone left to slot in starting lineups.

With those caveats in mind, here’s a look at the Top 10 defensive linemen, linebackers and defensive backs for the Divisional Round.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

  1. Danielle Hunter – DE, MIN (at SFO)
  2. Frank Clark – DE, KCC (vs. HOU)
  3. Nick Bosa – DE, SFO (vs. MIN)
  4. J.J. Watt – DE, HOU (at KCC)
  5. DeForest Buckner – DT, SFO (vs. MIN)
  6. Jadeveon Clowney – DE, SEA (at GBP)
  7. Chris Jones – DT. KCC (vs. HOU)
  8. Arik Armstead – DE, SFO (vs. MIN)
  9. Everson Griffen – DE, MIN (at SFO)
  10. Kenny Clark – DT, GBP (vs. SEA)

LINEBACKERS

  1. Bobby Wagner – ILB, SEA (at GBP)
  2. Blake Martinez – ILB, GBP (vs. SEA)
  3. Zach Cunningham – ILB, HOU (at KCC)
  4. Fred Warner – ILB, SFO (vs. MIN)
  5. Rashaan Evans – ILB, TEN (at BAL)
  6. Eric Kendricks – ILB, MIN (at SFO)
  7. K.J. Wright – OLB, SEA (at GBP)
  8. Benardrick McKinney – ILB, HOU (at KCC)
  9. Za’Darius Smith – OLB, GBP (vs. SEA)
  10. Wesley Woodyard – ILB, TEN (at BAL)

DEFENSIVE BACKS

  1. Harrison Smith – S, MIN (at SFO)
  2. Tyrann Mathieu – S, KCC (vs. HOU)
  3. Bradley McDougald – S, SEA (at GBP)
  4. Justin Reid – S, HOU (at BAL)
  5. Adrian Amos – S, GBP (vs. SEA)
  6. Chuck Clark – S, BAL (vs. TEN)
  7. Anthony Harris – S, MIN (at SFO)
  8. Tre Flowers – CB, SEA (at GBP)
  9. Kenny Vaccaro – S, TEN (at BAL)
  10. Jaire Alexander – CB, GBP (vs. SEA)

About Gary Davenport

A member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and Pro Football Writers of America who resides in Columbus, Ohio, Gary has been featured on a number of fantasy websites and in nationally circulated publications. These publications include the USA Today Fantasy Football Preview and the magazines distributed by Fantasy Sports Publications Inc., for whom Gary is a both a contributing author and associate editor. Gary is an nine-time FSWA Award finalist and three-time winner who has been a finalist for that organization's Fantasy Football Writer of the Year award each of the last four years. He won the honor in 2017 and 2019. Gary also appears regularly on Sirius XM Radio (including live from Radio Row at Super Bowl XLIX) and over-the-air stations across the country. Gary was one of the co-founders of, and Head Writer at, Fantasy Football Oasis before joining Fantasy Sharks as an IDP Senior Staff Writer in 2011. He knows football. Or so he's heard.