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Fantasy Football IDP Rankings for Week 10 (Top 100)

Hopefully you weren't burned by the last-minute scratch of Leighton Vander Esch last week. We'll omit him from this week's rankings until we know for sure his neck issues won't keep him out again. His absence allowed Sean Lee to look like his old self, racking up 12 tackles (nine solo), with one for loss and a pass defended. With six teams on bye, Lee becomes an intriguing option that is barely owned because of his own injury history but he is also questionable with a pec injury heading into Week 10. Luckily, despite the number of teams sitting out, most of the big-name IDP assets are still active so there should be a bigger focus on matchup quality than availability.

Serious fantasy football players know that the game isn't played on offense alone. While team defenses are a staple of the game, being able to identify value with individual defensive players (IDP) takes it to the next level. As we do with each position and every league type allyear, RotoBaller has you covered when it comes to IDP rankings. Expert analysts Pierre Camus and Justin Carter will bring you their top-100 consensus IDP rankings throughout the 2019 season, so check here for the latest weekly updates.

Players are classified by major position group (DL, LB, DB) to simplify things for you. We've also tiered these rankings to give you an idea of relative importance and will analyze a few key players to watch. Check out our rankings page for the offensive players right here.

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Top 100 Individual Defensive Players - Week 10

Tier Rank Player Name Position
1 1 Darius Leonard LB
1 2 Blake Martinez LB
1 3 Bobby Wagner LB
1 4 Jordan Hicks LB
1 5 Myles Garrett DL
1 6 Luke Kuechly LB
1 7 Joe Schobert LB
1 8 Joey Bosa DL
2 9 Danielle Hunter DL
2 10 Jabrill Peppers DB
2 11 Jordan Poyer DB
2 12 Nick Bosa DL
2 13 Budda Baker DB
2 14 Kevin Byard DB
2 15 Devin Bush LB
2 16 Eric Kendricks LB
2 17 Harrison Smith DB
3 18 Roquan Smith LB
3 19 Danny Trevathan LB
3 20 Shaq Thompson LB
3 21 Jamal Adams DB
3 22 Khalil Mack LB
3 23 Rashaan Evans LB
3 24 Logan Ryan DB
3 25 Devin White LB
4 26 Vonn Bell DB
4 27 Jaylon Smith LB
4 28 DeForest Buckner DL
4 29 Cameron Jordan DL
4 30 K.J. Wright LB
4 31 Tremaine Edmunds LB
4 32 Tracy Walker DB
5 33 Justin Houston DL
5 34 Lavonte David LB
5 35 Antoine Bethea DB
5 36 Minkah Fitzpatrick DB
5 37 Shaquil Barrett LB
5 38 Chris Jones DL
5 39 Eric Reid DB
5 40 Kyle Fuller DB
5 41 Fred Warner LB
5 42 T.J. Watt LB
5 43 Cameron Heyward DL
5 44 Everson Griffen DL
5 45 Chandler Jones LB
5 46 Demarcus Lawrence DL
5 47 Trey Flowers DL
5 48 Eric Weddle DB
6 49 Jarrad Davis LB
6 50 Olivier Vernon DL
6 51 Tyrann Mathieu DB
6 52 Hasean Clinton-Dix DB
6 53 Xavier Woods DB
6 54 Jayon Brown LB
6 55 Patrick Peterson DB
6 56 Robert Quinn DL
6 57 Darnell Savage Jr. DB
7 58 Jabaal Sheard DL
7 59 Jadeveon Clowney DL
7 60 Melvin Ingram DL
7 61 Sean Lee DB
7 62 Matt Milano LB
7 63 Demario Davis LB
7 64 Tahir Whitehead LB
7 65 Mychal Kendricks LB
7 66 Earl Thomas DB
7 67 Jerry Hughes DL
7 68 Wesley Woodyard LB
7 69 Harold Landry LB
8 70 Shawn Williams DB
8 71 Haason Reddick LB
8 72 Vince Williams LB
8 73 Anthony Hitchens LB
8 74 Dee Ford DL
8 75 Arik Armstead DL
8 76 Morgan Burnett DB
8 77 Aaron Donald DL
8 78 Jerome Baker LB
8 79 Preston Brown LB
8 80 Tre Boston DB
8 81 Erik Harris DB
8 82 Preston Smith LB
8 83 Vic Beasley DL
9 84 Janoris Jenkins DB
9 85 Lamarcus Joyner DB
9 86 Micah Hyde DB
9 87 Markus Golden LB
9 88 Clayton Geathers DB
9 89 Thomas Davis LB
9 90 Mario Edwards DL
9 91 Linval Joseph DL
9 92 Za'Darius Smith LB
9 93 Marquise Blair DB
9 94 Brian Burns DL
9 95 Bud Dupree LB
9 96 Raekwon McMillan LB
9 97 Patrick Onwuasor LB
9 98 Leonard Floyd LB
9 99 Denzel Perryman LB
9 100 Nick Vigil LB


Streamers/Key Players to Watch

Eric Kendricks (LB, MIN) vs Dallas

Kendricks isn't an exciting name that leaps off the page but he is tied for sixth with 51 solo tackles and has been a top-10 fantasy player this year. The Cowboys are wildly unpredictable on offense, typically racking up big points through the passing game against lesser opponents and leaning more on the run in tougher games like this. I'm betting on a Zeke v. Cook showdown and a less-vertical attack from Dallas, especially with Amari Cooper is listed as questionable.

DeMarcus Lawrence (DE, DAL) vs Minnesota

Nice to see you back here, DeMarcus...  Once a dominant pass-rusher, Lawrence took a slight step back in 2018 and was off to an inconspicuous start in 2019. He's starting to get his sack on though, with one in each of the past two games. The Vikings don't give up too many sacks (16 in nine games) but with Adam Thielen out, even if Kirk Cousins doesn't throw as frequently, he could be more vulnerable while reading through his progressions. Lawrence is mostly sack-or-bust so take a chance on him as a boom play only if needed.

Chris Jones (DT, KC) vs Tennessee

Picking a pass-rusher against the Titans is a no-brainer. Offensive line used to be the strength of this team but Tennessee has allowed a league-high 38 sacks already, including four last week. Ryan Tannehill has been far better than Marcus Mariota but he's not known for his mobility and has been sacked 13 times in four starts. Jones, now that he's healthy again, will look to get back on track. He is just 13% owned and should be a nice DT choice in Week 10.

Morgan Burnett (S, CLE) vs Buffalo

The porous Browns Defense (why can't they have nice things?) may lean on Burnett more than ever this week. Damarious Randall is questionable with a hamstring injury that has kept him out the past two games and second-leading tackler Jermaine Whitehead tweeted his way out of Cleveland. That leaves the 30-year-old vet to pick up the slack. Buffalo is the fourth-most run-heavy team in the NFL, so Burnett will mainly have to be active at the upper level to accumulate tackles. There's an adequate floor based on the fact he's played 100% of the team's defensive snaps the past two weeks and will likely do so again.

Preston Smith (LB, GB) vs Carolina

Smith is having a fine season, as his eight sacks already tie his career-high. He isn't a tackle machine at LB but Carolina allows the most fantasy points to opposing linebackers and presents a great opportunity for Smith to bolster his stats in all categories. His ownership sits at 15%, which means he can be easily added as a bye-week replacement.

*Jomal Wiltz (S, MIA) vs Indianapolis

There's no way I'm ranking Wiltz in my top 100 this week but I'm making him my deep sleeper/bonus pick to watch. He came away with his first career interception last week and is going to be a fixture on the field with Minkah Fitzpatrick helping another team (why would you trade your only young star on defense???) and Reshad Jones apparently becoming a spectator. Wiltz played a season-high 88% of defensive snaps in Week 9 and it also resulted in a new high of eight combined tackles. If you're in a deep IDP league or want a dynasty sleeper, watch this UDFA to see what he does with this opportunity.

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