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Fantasy Football IDP Rankings for Week 3 (Top 100)

As we enter Week 3 of the fantasy football season, some key injuries are already affecting the defensive side of the ball. Colts linebacker Darius Leonard, typically a lock as a top-five IDP pick, will miss the contest against Atlanta, as will teammate Jabaal Sheard. On the other side, Falcons LB Deion Jones is asserting himself as a top-10 linebacker. The top of these rankings is still largely dominated by tackle consumption artists at LB and DB, as few pass rushers outside of Myles Garrett have really asserted themselves yet this season.

The serious fantasy footballer knows 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, RotoBaller has you covered when it comes to IDP. 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 3

Tier Rank Player Name Pos
1 1 Bobby Wagner LB
1 2 Cory Littleton LB
1 3 Blake Martinez LB
1 4 Leighton Vander Esch LB
1 5 Luke Kuechly LB
1 6 Deion Jones LB
2 7 John Johnson DB
2 8 Roquan Smith LB
2 9 Lavonte David LB
2 10 Landon Collins DB
2 11 Tremaine Edmunds LB
2 12 Alec Ogletree LB
3 13 Joe Schobert LB
3 14 Jordan Hicks LB
3 15 Kwon Alexander LB
3 16 Jaylon Smith LB
3 17 Thomas Davis LB
3 18 Jamal Adams DB
3 19 Devin Bush LB
4 20 Zach Cunningham LB
4 21 Joey Bosa DL
4 22 Danielle Hunter DL
4 23 Budda Baker DB
4 24 Antoine Bethea DB
4 25 Demarcus Lawrence DL
4 26 Jordan Poyer DB
4 27 Harrison Smith DB
4 28 Jerome Baker LB
4 29 Justin Reid DB
4 30 Terrell Edmunds DB
5 31 Tre Boston DB
5 32 Cameron Heyward DL
5 33 Von Miller LB
5 34 J.J. Watt DL
5 35 Demario Davis LB
5 36 Ryan Kerrigan LB
5 37 K.J. Wright LB
5 38 Jurrell Casey DL
5 39 Terrell Suggs LB
5 40 Lorenzo Alexander LB
5 41 Calais Campbell DL
5 42 Malcolm Jenkins DB
5 43 Jadeveon Clowney DL
5 44 Wesley Woodyard LB
6 45 Devin White LB
6 46 Jarrad Davis LB
6 47 Nick Bosa DL
6 48 Justin Houston DL
6 49 Malik Hooker DB
6 50 Myles Garrett DL
6 51 Jessie Bates III DB
6 52 Cameron Jordan DL
7 53 Denzel Ward DB
7 54 Arik Armstead DL
7 55 Rashaan Evans LB
7 56 Tracy Walker DB
7 57 Desmond King DB
7 58 Shawn Williams DB
7 59 Matt Milano LB
7 60 T.J. Watt LB
7 61 Raekwon McMillan LB
7 62 Tre'Davious White DB
7 63 C.J. Mosley LB
7 64 Takkarist McKinley LB
7 65 Jabrill Peppers DB
7 66 Marshon Lattimore DB
7 67 Adrian Amos DB
7 68 Jonathan Allen DL
7 69 Chris Jones DL
7 70 Patrick Onwuasor LB
7 71 Matt Judon LB
7 72 Nick Vigil LB
8 73 Keanu Neal DB
8 74 Kenny Clark DL
8 75 Leonard Floyd LB
8 76 Quandre Diggs DB
8 77 Aaron Donald DL
8 78 Stephon Gilmore DB
8 79 Myles Jack LB
8 80 Karl Joseph DB
8 81 Jaquiski Tartt DB
8 82 Tony Jefferson DB
8 83 Trey Flowers DL
8 84 Fred Warner LB
8 85 Eric Kendricks LB
8 86 Christian Kirksey LB
8 87 Arden Key DL
8 88 Hasean Clinton-Dix DB
8 89 Khalil Mack LB
8 90 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix DB
8 91 Bradley McDougald DB
8 92 Frank Clark DL
8 93 Jamie Collins LB
8 94 Akiem Hicks DL
8 95 Vontaze Burfict LB
9 96 Zach Brown LB
9 97 Earl Thomas DB
9 98 Carlos Dunlap DL
9 99 Bradley Chubb LB
9 100 Jatavis Brown DL
9 101 Danny Trevathan LB
9 102 DeForest Buckner DL


Key Players to Watch

DeMarcus Lawrence (DE, DAL) - Here's an obvious take - the Dolphins are historically bad and the Cowboys are going to feast on their pathetic excuse for a team in Week 3. Josh Rosen was sacked 44 times in 13 starts last year, which equates to 3.4 per game. In minimal mop-up time this year, he's already gone down four times despite just 24 pass attempts. This O-line could be worse than Arizona's was, which makes Lawrence a good bet to pick up his first full sack of 2019. In related news, Tyrone Crawford has been limited by a hip injury and may not play. Keep an eye on rookie edge rusher Joe Jackson as a deep sleeper.

Kwon Alexander (LB, SF) - In his first season with the Niners, Alexander has seen a precipitous drop in tackle rate so far. He only has six solo tackles in two games but he did grab a nifty interception against Andy Dalton last week. He's coming off an injury-shortened season in Tampa but is just two years removed from leading the league in solo tackles. It is worth noting that he's only played a full 16 games once in four years, but as long as he's on the field, he is worth consideration for a surprising 49er team that could start 3-0 if they can top Mason Rudolph and the Steelers.

Joe Schobert (LB, CLE) - He's quickly becoming a fixture in IDP lineups after racking up 17 solo tackles the first two weeks, including a forced fumble. The Rams offense will be on the field often in Week 3, running their fast-paced offense and giving ample opportunities for Browns defenders to make plays. The Rams currently rank first in situation-neutral pace of play at 26.94 seconds per play. I don't expect the Browns to stay close in this game but that could be a good thing for someone like Schobert, who is forced to make even more stops than usual.

Jerome Baker (LB, MIA) - He could be one of the few projected starters left standing on defense by the time the season is over. His paltry rookie salary of a year ago guarantees he'll stick around and he could be depended on more now that safety Minkah Fitzpatrick is gone, after the loss of MLB Kiko Alonso. Baker has 19 combined tackles in two games, although only eight were of the solo variety. He could see a spike in that number as Dallas is likely to run the ball a ton in this game, especially in the second half.

Malik Hooker (S, IND) - As I already mentioned, the Colts will be without top tackler Darius Leonard for this week and edge rusher Jabaal Sheard is out for a while after undergoing a knee operation. That leaves Hooker to clean up the mess and there could be a lot leftover. Atlanta brings their potent offense to town and Matt Ryan will be targeting his receivers quite often. Through the first two games, he is averaging 44.5 pass attempts per game. He's also thrown five interceptions, which gives the Colts' secondary, Hooker in particular, a good chance to come away with a pick.

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