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2021 IDP Rankings - Top 130 Defensive Players for Fantasy Football

Welcome back RotoBallers! Below you will find our staff's updated 2021 fantasy football rankings (top 130) for IDP formats. For those of you who are not familiar with fantasy football IDP leagues, these are formats where individual defensive players (IDP) are drafted by fantasy managers and accrue points for defensive stats like tackles, sacks, interceptions, etc. Our staff ranks include linebackers, defensive line, and defensive backs.

These rankings are being released after the conclusion of the 2021 NFL Draft, and things will of course change as we get closer to the start of the NFL season. Adjustments will be made to all of our staff rankings all offseason long up until Week 1, so check back regularly for any player movements. You can also see our staff's ongoing rankings analysis articles discussing draft values, sleepers, players to target/avoid, the NFL rookies, and analyzing the NFL Draft results.

And of course, be sure to also check out our 2021 fantasy football rankings dashboard and bookmark it! That RotoBaller rankings homepage is loaded up with lots of other great staff rankings - all updated after the NFL Draft - including our early PPR Rankings, Half-PPR rankingsStandard league rankingsDynasty League rankings, Superflex rankings, FFPC rankings, and 2021 NFL Rookie rankings. Bookmark those pages, and prepare for all of your drafts.

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IDP Fantasy Football Rankings

For those who are not familiar, two of our fantasy football analysts - Pierre Camus and Chris Gregory - have come together to offer their individual rankings, which we aggregated into a consensus. Feel free to click those links and give these fine gentlemen a follow on Twitter, or let them know how much you love or hate their rankings.

Rankings table below last updated on September 5th, 2021.

Tier Rank Player Name Pos
1 1 Darius Leonard LB
1 2 Devin White LB
1 3 T.J. Watt LB/DL
1 4 Bobby Wagner LB
1 5 Budda Baker DB
1 6 Roquan Smith LB
2 7 Myles Garrett DL
2 8 Blake Martinez LB
2 9 Chase Young DL
2 10 Nick Bosa DL
2 11 Jamal Adams DB
2 12 Zach Cunningham LB
3 13 Fred Warner LB
3 14 Joey Bosa DL
3 15 Aaron Donald DL
3 16 Danielle Hunter DL
3 17 Lavonte David LB
3 18 Landon Collins DB
3 19 Za'Darius Smith LB/DL
4 20 Jordan Poyer DB
4 21 Joe Schobert LB
4 22 Jeremy Chinn DB/LB
4 23 Derwin James DB
4 24 Patrick Queen LB
4 25 Jayon Brown LB
4 26 Jabrill Peppers DB
4 27 Eric Kendricks LB
4 28 Jessie Bates III DB
4 29 John Johnson III DB
4 30 Foyesade Oluokun LB/DB
5 31 Deion Jones LB
5 32 Demario Davis LB
5 33 Tremaine Edmunds LB
5 34 Khalil Mack LB/DL
5 35 Antoine Winfield Jr. DB
5 36 Jordan Hicks LB
5 37 Devin Bush LB
5 38 Brian Burns DL
5 39 Minkah Fitzpatrick DB
5 40 Isaiah Simmons LB
5 41 Justin Simmons DB
5 42 Jamin Davis LB
5 43 Myles Jack LB
5 44 Haason Reddick DL/LB
6 45 Taylor Rapp DB
6 46 Zaven Collins LB
6 47 Bradley Chubb LB/DL
6 48 Cameron Heyward DL
6 49 Cory Littleton LB
6 50 Kenneth Murray Jr. LB
6 51 Harrison Smith DB
6 52 Jerome Baker LB
7 53 Rashaan Evans LB
7 54 Vonn Bell DB
7 55 Kamren Curl DB
7 56 Shaquil Barrett LB/DL
7 57 Chandler Jones LB/DL
7 58 Jaylon Smith LB
7 59 Micah Parsons LB
7 60 Christian Kirksey LB
7 61 Leighton Vander Esch LB
7 62 Jason Pierre-Paul DL/LB
7 63 Khari Willis DB
7 64 DeForest Buckner DL
7 65 Matt Milano LB
7 66 Tyrann Mathieu DB
7 67 Kwon Alexander LB
7 68 C.J. Mosley LB
7 69 Montez Sweat DL
7 70 Shaq Thompson LB
7 71 Justin Reid DB
7 72 Alexander Johnson LB
8 73 Kevin Byard DB
8 74 Von Miller LB/DL
8 75 Harold Landry III DL/LB
8 76 Jeffery Simmons DL
8 77 Tracy Walker DB
8 78 Marlon Humphrey DB
8 79 Trevon Moehrig DB
8 80 Daniel Sorensen DB
8 81 Alex Singleton LB
8 82 Cameron Jordan DL
8 83 Terrell Edmunds DB
8 84 Sam Hubbard DL
8 85 Yannick Ngakoue DL
8 86 Quinnen Williams DL
8 87 Bud Dupree LB
8 88 Johnathan Abram DB
8 89 Jordyn Brooks LB
8 90 Marcus Maye DB
8 91 Dre Greenlaw LB
8 92 Zack Baun LB
8 93 Josh Allen DL
8 94 Bobby Okereke LB
8 95 Logan Wilson LB
9 96 J.J. Watt DL
9 97 Jarrad Davis LB
9 98 Kyle Van Noy DL/LB
9 99 Xavier McKinney DB
9 100 Carlton Davis DB
9 101 Demarcus Lawrence DL
9 102 Anthony Walker DB
9 103 Micah Hyde DB
9 104 Rayshawn Jenkins DB
9 105 Brandon Graham DL
9 106 K.J. Wright LB
9 107 Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah LB
9 108 Darnell Savage Jr. DB
9 109 Chris Jones DL
9 110 Trey Flowers DL
9 111 Stephon Tuitt DL
9 112 Chuck Clark DB
9 113 Leonard Williams DL
9 114 Richie Grant DB
9 115 Eddie Jackson DB
9 116 Donovan Wilson DB
9 117 Danny Trevathan LB
9 118 Grady Jarrett DL
9 119 Willie Gay Jr. LB
9 120 Jamie Collins Sr. LB
9 121 Micah Kiser LB
9 123 Benardrick McKinney LB
9 124 Pete Werner LB
9 125 Malcolm Jenkins DB
9 126 Trevon Diggs LB


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