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Fantasy Football IDP Rankings for Week 12 (Top 100)

You know how some weeks are full of high scores across the board, with most teams putting up 30+ points and piling up highlights on the offensive end? I don't get that feeling this week. My gut says that several games, even those already on the low end of the O/U spectrum, will fall short of expectations. Games like Bears-Giants, Bills-Broncos, Titans-Jaguars, Redskins-Lions, and Bengals-Steelers might be lucky to produce two touchdowns between them. In those matchups, it's smart to identify defenders who could be busy stuffing the run or picking off inexperienced passers. So, if you see several players listed below that belong to losing clubs, it's due to the fact that their opponent may be even worse in Week 12.

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. 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 12

Tier Rank Player Name Position
1 1 Darius Leonard LB
1 2 Cory Littleton LB
1 3 Joe Schobert LB
1 4 Luke Kuechly LB
1 5 Jamal Adams DB
1 6 Roquan Smith LB
2 7 Shaq Thompson LB
2 8 Devin White LB
2 9 Devin Bush LB
2 10 Jaylon Smith LB
2 11 Jordan Poyer DB
2 12 Landon Collins DB
3 13 Cameron Jordan DL
3 14 Lavonte David LB
3 15 Aaron Donald DL
3 16 Nick Bosa DL
3 17 De'Vondre Campbell LB
3 18 Khalil Mack LB
3 19 Calais Campbell DL
4 20 Justin Houston DL
4 21 T.J. Watt LB
4 22 Bobby Wagner LB
4 23 Deion Jones LB
4 24 Zach Cunningham LB
4 25 Jessie Bates III DB
4 26 Demario Davis LB
4 27 Cameron Heyward DL
4 28 Blake Martinez LB
4 29 Tremaine Edmunds LB
4 30 DeForest Buckner DL
5 31 Rashaan Evans LB
5 32 Shawn Williams DB
5 33 Jerome Baker LB
5 34 Demarcus Lawrence DL
5 35 Fred Warner LB
5 36 Olivier Vernon DL
5 37 Minkah Fitzpatrick DB
5 38 Jabrill Peppers DB
5 39 Logan Ryan DB
5 40 Vonn Bell DB
5 41 Taylor Rapp DB
5 42 A.J. Johnson LB
5 43 Tracy Walker DB
5 44 Yannick Ngakoue DL
6 45 Nick Vigil LB
6 46 Harold Landry LB
6 47 Erik Harris DB
6 48 Jason Pierre-Paul DL
6 49 Jamie Collins LB
6 50 Jon Bostic LB
6 51 Matt Milano LB
6 52 Ronnie Harrison DB
7 53 Todd Davis LB
7 54 Maxx Crosby DL
7 55 Jonathan Allen DL
7 56 Tavon Wilson DB
7 57 Robert Quinn DL
7 58 K.J. Wright LB
7 59 Ryan Kerrigan LB
7 60 Kyle Fuller DB
7 61 Marcus Peters DB
7 62 Grady Jarrett DL
7 63 Arik Armstead DL
7 64 Josh Allen DL
7 65 Trey Flowers DL
7 66 Brandon Graham DL
7 67 Shaquil Barrett LB
7 68 Eric Reid DB
7 69 Dont'a Hightower LB
7 70 Jarrad Davis LB
7 71 Myles Jack LB
7 72 Eric Weddle DB
8 73 Mario Addison DL
8 74 Wesley Woodyard LB
8 75 Matt Ioannidis DL
8 76 Carlos Dunlap DL
8 77 Von Miller LB
8 78 Adrian Clayborn DL
8 79 Jadeveon Clowney DL
8 80 Nathan Gerry DB
8 81 Jerry Hughes DL
8 82 Markus Golden LB
8 83 Kevin Byard DB
8 84 Micah Hyde DB
8 85 Josh Bynes LB
8 86 Eddie Goldman DL
8 87 Za'Darius Smith LB
8 88 Clay Matthews LB
8 89 Devin McCourty DB
8 90 Vic Beasley DL
8 91 Preston Smith LB
8 92 Damarious Randall DB
8 93 Mario Edwards DL
8 94 Jabaal Sheard DL
8 95 Bud Dupree LB
9 96 Neville Hewitt LB
9 97 Leonard Floyd LB
9 98 Raekwon McMillan LB
9 99 Dion Jordan DL
9 100 Sam Hubbard DL


Streamers/Key Players to Watch

Jessie Bates III (S, CIN) vs Pittsburgh - For all their woes this season, at least Cincinnati has gotten some strong safety play from the tandem of Bates and Shawn Williams. Bates has been the dominant presence lately, intercepting a pass in each of the last two games. He's also tallied at least six solo tackles in four of the last five games. The Steelers are going to be an absolute mess on offense this week without James Conner, JuJu Smith-Schuster, or Diontae Johnson; Bates has the opportunity to play aggressively and make big plays yet again.

Jerome Baker (LB, MIA) @ Cleveland - We've recommended Baker before and he's produced. Baker has at least five combined tackles in all but two games this season. The Browns allow the sixth-most fantasy points to linebackers and could be a good source of points going forward now that they've moved on from their "Three and Out" offense.

Mario Addison (DE, CAR) @ New Orleans - After missing Week 9 due to the sad news of his brother's death, Addison has gotten back to work. He picked up half a sack in Week 10 followed by a sack and three solo tackles in Week 11. Drew Brees doesn't make it a habit of getting taken down too often but he's not invincible and Addison is a talented sack artist who has played his highest defensive snap rates over the last two weeks at 84% and 80%.

Marcus Peters (CB, BAL) @L.A. Rams - If the revenge game narrative works for offensive players, it goes double for defense. Peters, a former first-round pick, was unceremoniously dealt away from the defending NFC champs midseason and yet appears to have landed in a better spot with Baltimore. He didn't waste time making his presence felt, as he's already delivered a pick-six twice in his four games as a Raven. It's impossible to predict defensive touchdowns, much less turnovers, but Peters will surely be jumping routes all afternoon in hopes of delivering another housecall.

Taylor Rapp (S, LAR) vs Baltimore - If you've been playing veteran Eric Weddle at safety the past few weeks, it may be time to shift your attention to rookie teammate Taylor Rapp. The second-rounder has been a tackle machine over the past month, with 27 solo takedowns in the last four games, including three tackles for loss. Baltimore runs the fourth-most plays per game and should give Rapp plenty of opportunities to try to stop Lamar Jackson and company.

Dion Jordan (DE, CHI) @ N.Y. Jets - This isn't the first or last time a pass-rusher will be recommended against the Jets, who still give up the most points to the DE position and are one short of allowing the most sacks this season. The fact that it's Dion Jordan, who has all of one game under his belt in 2019, is probably a surprise. This failed Dolphin prospect has struggled to stay in the league but now finds himself on one of the best defenses facing one of the worst offenses. Jordan picked up a sack last week in his first game of the year and could do it again, especially if his snap count rises.

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