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IDP CHEATSHEET: WEEK TWO

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With one week of fantasy football contests in the proverbial books we’re in a unique position in the season, where IDP owners are either patting themselves on the back for being undefeated or reaching for the panic button after finding themselves winless. Hopefully you’ve made your waiver claims for the week and improved your team a bit, but whether you’re patting or reaching, STOP IT. Week one’s done, and it’s time to set your sights on keeping the good kind of streak going or ending the bad kind.

With that in mind here’s a look at my Top 30 defensive linemen, linebackers, and defensive backs for week two of the 2011 season in IDP leagues. Before I get to them, a quick tip: Some players shined in week one, and some stunk, and that’s reflected in the rankings to an extent (as are matchups, which are always important), but week one 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 1 point for solos, .5 points for assists, 2 points each for fumbles forced and recovered, 4 points for interceptions, sacks, and safeties, 6 points for defensive touchdowns, and 1 point for passes defensed. It’s a balanced scoring system (the reference point for tackle-heavy vs. big-play heavy IDP leagues should be right around a 4 to 1 ratio for tackles vs. “big plays”), 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.) Trent Cole – PHI at ATL:

2.) Terrell Suggs – BAL at TEN

3.) Jason Pierre-Paul – NYG vs STL

4.) Jared Allen – MIN vs TB

5.) Julius Peppers – CHI at NO

6.) Matt Shaughnessy – OAK at BUF

7.) Justin Smith – SF vs DAL

8.) Kyle Vanden Bosch – DET vs KC

9.) John Abraham – ATL vs PHI

10.) Charles Johnson – CAR vs GB

11.) Ndamukong Suh – DET vs KC

12.) Justin Tuck – NYG vs STL

13.) Chris Long – STL at NYG

14.) Jason Babin – PHI at ATL

15.) Darnell Dockett – ARI at WAS

16.) Cliff Avril – DET vs KC

17.) Robert Mathis – IND vs CLE

18.) Chris Clemons – SEA at PIT

19.) Jabaal Sheard – CLE at IND

20.) Lamarr Houston – OAK at BUF

21.) Michael Bennett – TB at MIN

22.) Michael Johnson – CIN at DEN

23.) James Hall – STL at NYG

24.) Greg Hardy – CAR vs GB

25.) Haloti Ngata – BAL at TEN

26.) Ray Edwards – ATL vs PHI

27.) Richard Seymour – OAK at BUF

28.) Matt Roth – JAX at NYJ

29.) Turk McBride – NO vs CHI

30.) Henry Melton – CHI at NO

LINEBACKERS

1.) Patrick Willis – SF vs DAL

2.) Lawrence Timmons – PIT vs SEA

3.) James Laurinaitis – STL at NYG

4.) Jerod Mayo – NE vs SD

5.) Desmond Bishop – GB at CAR

6.) D’Qwell Jackson – CLE at IND

7.) Barrett Ruud – TEN vs BAL

8.) Brian Urlacher – CHI at NO

9.) Derrick Johnson – KC at DET

10.) David Hawthorne – SEA at PIT

11.) Paul Posluszny – JAX at NYJ

12.) Sean Lee – DAL at SF

13.) Ray Lewis – BAL at TEN

14.) London Fletcher – WAS vs ARI

15.) Pat Angerer – IND vs CLE

16.) Daryl Washington – ARI at WAS

17.) Curtis Lofton – ATL vs PHI

18.) David Harris – NYJ vs JAX

19.) Chad Greenway – MIN vs TB

20.) Nick Barnett – BUF vs OAK

21.) Rey Maualuga – CIN at DEN

22.) Jonathan Vilma – NO vs CHI

23.) Donald Butler – SD at NE

24.) Thomas Davis – CAR vs GB

25.) DeMeco Ryans – HOU at MIA

26.) Karlos Dansby – MIA vs HOU

27.) Lance Briggs – CHI at NO

28.) DeMarcus Ware – DAL at SF

29.) Rolando McClain – OAK at BUF

30.) Sean Weatherspoon – ATL vs CHI

DEFENSIVE BACKS

1.) Patrick Chung – NE vs SD

2.) Tyvon Branch – OAK at BUF

3.) Kam Chancellor – SEA at PIT

4.) Yeremiah Bell – MIA vs HOU

5.) Roman Harper – NO vs CHI

6.) George Wilson – BUF vs OAK

7.) Morgan Burnett – GB at CAR

8.) Eric Weddle – SD at NE

9.) Quintin Mikell – STL at NYG

10.) Donte Whitner – SF vs DAL

11.) Charles Tillman – CHI at NO

12.) T.J. Ward – CLE at IND

13.) Troy Polamalu – PIT vs SEA

14.) Kenny Phillips – NYG vs STL

15.) Charles Woodson – GB at CAR

16.) Antoine Bethea – IND vs CLE

17.) Antrel Rolle – NYG vs STL

18.) Kerry Rhodes – ARI at WAS

19.) Dawan Landry – JAX at NYJ

20.) Amari Spievey – DET vs KC

21.) Michael Griffin – TEN vs BAL

22.) Antoine Winfield – MIN vs TB

23.) Glover Quin – HOU at MIA

24.) William Moore – ATL vs PHI

25.) Malcolm Jenkins – NO vs CHI

26.) DeAngelo Hall – WAS vs ARI

27.) Jason McCourty – TEN vs BAL

28.) Sean Jones – TB at MIN

29.) Brandon Flowers – KC at DET

30.) Melvin Bullitt – IND vs CLE

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