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IDP Cheat Sheet: Week 3

We’re only two weeks into the 2011 NFL season and already new Individual Defensive Player (IDP) stars are emerging (hello Kam Chancellor, nice to meet you), old stars are scuffling mightily (has DeMeco Ryans even been on the field?), and the injury bug has bitten some fantasy teams on the butt (Thomas Davis, again).

With that in mind, here’s a look at my Top 30 defensive linemen, linebackers and defensive backs for Week 2 of the 2011 season in IDP leagues. Before I get to them, a quick tip: Some players shined in Week 1, and some stunk, and that’s reflected in the rankings to an extent (as are matchups, which are always important), but Week 1 was just that … one
week
. Too early to be freaking out about Rey Maualuga or Rolando McClain (well, maybe a little with McClain) just yet.

These rankings are based on
Default IDP Manor Scoring, which awards one point for solo tackles, .5 points for assisted tackles, two points each for fumbles forced and recovered, four points for interceptions, sacks, and safeties, six points for defensive touchdowns, and one point for passes defensed. It’s a balanced scoring system, so if your IDP league is especially tackle–heavy or big play–heavy some players may move up (or down) a few spots.



DEFENSIVE LINEMEN


1.) Justin Tuck – New York Giants at Philadelphia

2.) Trent Cole – Philadelphia vs. New York Giants

3.) Terrell Suggs – Baltimore at St. Louis

4.) Jared Allen – Minnesota vs. Detroit

5.) Jason Pierre
Paul – New York Giants at Philadelphia

6.) Julius Peppers – Chicago vs. Green Bay

7.) Charles Johnson – Carolina vs. Jacksonville

8.) Kyle Vanden Bosch – Detroit at Minnesota

9.) Matt Shaughnessy – Oakland vs. New York Jets

10.) John Abraham – Atlanta at Tampa Bay

11.) Justin Smith – San Francisco at Cincinnati

12.) Chris Clemons – Seattle vs. Arizona

13.) Ndamukong Suh – Detroit at Minnesota

14.) Darnell Dockett – Arizona at Seattle

15.) Chris Long – St. Louis vs. Baltimore

16.) Cliff Avril – Detroit at Minnesota

17.) Jason Babin – Philadelphia vs. New York Giants

18.) Michael Johnson – Cincinnati vs. San Francisco

19.) Jabaal Sheard – Cleveland vs. Miami

20.) Ray Edwards – Atlanta at Tampa Bay

21.) Robert Mathis – Indianapolis vs. Pittsburgh

22.) Greg Hardy – Carolina vs. Jacksonville

23.) Lamarr Houston – Oakland vs. New York Jets

24.) James Hall – St. Louis vs. Baltimore

25.) Haloti Ngata – Baltimore at St. Louis

26.) Richard Seymour – Oakland vs. New York Jets

27.) Derrick Morgan – Tennessee vs. Denver

28.) Matt Roth – Jacksonville at Carolina

29.) Brian Robison – Minnesota vs. Detroit

30.) Michael Bennett – Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta

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