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Fantasy Football IDP Rankings for Week 17 (Top 100)

If you're still in it to win it, you're going to need some extra help in Week 17. Defensive players are less prone to rest for the playoffs since they're usually on the giving end of punishing tackles but there are some players that have been shut down for the year. Let's look at the final IDP weekly rankings for the 2019 season and highlight some streamers that could help you bring home a title.

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 17

Tier Rank Player Name Position
1 1 Darius Leonard LB
1 2 Joe Schobert LB
1 3 Bobby Wagner LB
1 4 Cory Littleton LB
1 5 Luke Kuechly LB
1 6 Blake Martinez LB
1 7 Fred Warner LB
2 8 Jordan Hicks LB
2 9 Budda Baker DB
2 10 Jaylon Smith LB
2 11 Zach Cunningham LB
2 12 Demario Davis LB
2 13 Eric Reid DB
2 14 Cameron Jordan DL
2 15 Donald Payne LB
2 16 T.J. Watt LB
3 17 Devin White LB
3 18 Aaron Donald DL
3 19 Logan Ryan DB
3 20 Tremaine Edmunds LB
3 21 Danielle Hunter DL
3 22 Cameron Heyward DL
3 23 Nick Bosa DL
3 24 Tracy Walker DB
4 25 Lavonte David LB
4 26 Todd Davis LB
4 27 De'Vondre Campbell LB
4 28 Jayon Brown LB
4 29 Justin Houston DL
4 30 Joey Bosa DL
4 31 Nick Kwiatkoski LB
4 32 Jordan Poyer DB
5 33 Yannick Ngakoue DL
5 34 Derwin James DB
5 35 DeForest Buckner DL
5 36 K.J. Wright LB
5 37 Devin Bush LB
5 38 Deion Jones LB
5 39 Harrison Smith DB
5 40 Jessie Bates III DB
5 41 Melvin Ingram DL
5 42 A.J. Johnson LB
5 43 Sean Lee LB
6 44 Carlos Dunlap DL
6 45 Dre Greenlaw LB
6 46 James Burgess LB
6 47 Demarcus Lawrence DL
6 48 Frank Clark DL
6 49 Calais Campbell DL
6 50 Taylor Rapp DB
6 51 Matt Milano LB
6 52 Jonathan Allen DL
6 53 Bud Dupree LB
7 54 Eric Kendricks LB
7 55 Antoine Bethea DB
7 56 Arik Armstead DL
7 57 Harold Landry LB
7 58 Shawn Williams DB
7 59 Minkah Fitzpatrick DB
7 60 Rashaan Evans LB
7 61 Sam Hubbard DL
7 62 Trey Flowers DL
7 63 Shaquil Barrett LB
7 64 Chris Jones DL
7 65 Robert Quinn DL
7 66 Jason Pierre-Paul DL
7 67 Maxx Crosby DL
7 68 Jamie Collins LB
7 69 Neville Hewitt LB
7 70 Mark Barron LB
7 71 Nick Vigil LB
7 72 Justin Simmons DB
7 73 Nigel Bradham LB
7 74 Kevin Byard DB
7 75 Chandler Jones LB
8 76 Anthony Walker LB
8 77 Everson Griffen DL
8 78 Matt Ioannidis DL
8 79 Khalil Mack LB
8 80 Mychal Kendricks LB
8 81 Jon Bostic LB
8 82 Eric Weddle DB
8 83 Ryan Anderson LB
8 84 Tavon Wilson DB
8 85 Thomas Davis LB
8 86 Brandon Graham DL
8 87 Justin Reid DB
8 88 Joe Walker LB
8 89 Jerome Baker LB
9 90 Landon Johnson LB
9 91 Jamal Adams DB
9 92 Ronnie Harrison DB
9 93 Alec Ogletree LB
9 94 Tahir Whitehead LB
9 95 Bradley McDougald DB
9 96 Cole Holcomb LB
9 97 Chauncey Gardner-Johnson DB
9 98 Grady Jarrett DL
9 99 Stephon Gilmore DB
9 100 Damontae Kazee DB


Streamers/Key Players to Watch

James Burgess (LB, NYJ) vs Buffalo - It didn't take until Week 17 for the Jets to resort to backup defenders, especially at linebacker. Burgess has filled in admirably, logging 100% of the snaps on defense for the past eight games. In that span, he's collected 66 tackles (42 solo). The Bills haven't declared their starters out for this game but it wouldn't be surprising to see Josh Allen or other players rest in the second half. Buffalo is locked into the #5 seed and has nothing to play for realistically, other than the satisfaction of beating their division and in-state rival. Burgess should have a high floor in terms of tackles.

Ryan Anderson (LB, WAS) @ Dallas - Veteran pass-rusher Ryan Kerrigan is on IR, which has led third-year player Anderson to log over 80% of the team's defensive snaps the last two weeks. Since Week 12, he's earned his first three career starts and has recorded four sacks, six QB hits, and four forced fumbles. With nearly every member of Washington's secondary injured, the Skins could make a point of applying constant pressure through the pass rush. The matchup isn't ideal but Anderson does have sack upside and is available off waivers nearly everywhere.

Robert Quinn (DE, DAL) vs Washington - The move from Dwayne Haskins to Case Keenum isn't necessarily a boon to Dallas pass rushers. Haskins was sacked 29 times in seven starts whereas Keenum was sacked 12 times in his seven starts. Still, Washington allows the sixth-most sacks in the league, Morgan Moses has been limited in practice, and this team is ready to throw in the towel on another disappointing season. Quinn has been quiet lately but finally jumped back into fantasy relevance against Philly with five solo tackles, a forced fumble, and his first sack since Week 12. Dallas needs to win and will be in full attack mode, so employ Quinn as a DL2 in deeper leagues.

Damontae Kazee (S, ATL) @ Tampa Bay - No team gives up more fantasy points to safeties than Tampa Bay and no quarterback gives a defender a better chance for a pick than Jameis Winston. Kazee has his only three INT of the year in the past six games, which is disappointing after tying for the league lead with seven last year. He didn't get one of those turnovers in the previous meeting between these teams but he did collect nine combined tackles. Kazee is a high-upside safety in a week where Landon Collins is out, Jamal Adams is questionable, and Earl Thomas is resting.

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (S, NO) vs Carolina - IDP staple Vonn Bell looks like he'll miss another game and Marcus Williams could as well. For what it's worth, Gardner-Johnson is also battling a knee injury but he's at least gotten a full practice in and should be starting against Will Grier and the Panthers. The floor here lies in the number of times he'll be tackling Christian McCaffrey; he's tallied eight combined tackles in each of the past two games as a starter. The ceiling comes with big-play potential against a rookie QB who will be without his top wideout, D.J. Moore.

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