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Fantasy Football IDP Rankings for Week 5 (Top 100)

The offenses are waking up, even on Thursday nights. That means harder times for team defenses, especially in leagues where points scored against are factored. Fortunately, IDP players can benefit from seeing the opposing offense on the field over and over again. More tackles mean more points, after all. Linebackers dominate the top 20 as usual but there are some rising stars to keep an eye on in the secondary to be found a bit further down, as we look forward to Week 5.

Dedicated 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, 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 5

Tier Rank Player Name Position
1 1 Cory Littleton LB
1 2 Luke Kuechly LB
1 3 Bobby Wagner LB
1 4 Blake Martinez LB
1 5 Joe Schobert LB
2 6 Devin Bush LB
2 7 John Johnson DB
2 8 Jordan Hicks LB
2 9 Leighton Vander Esch LB
2 10 Lavonte David LB
2 11 Deion Jones LB
2 12 Khalil Mack LB
3 13 Harrison Smith DB
3 14 J.J. Watt DL
3 15 Shaq Thompson LB
3 16 Jaylon Smith LB
3 17 Tremaine Edmunds LB
3 18 Zach Cunningham LB
3 19 Danielle Hunter DL
3 20 Landon Collins DB
3 21 Myles Garrett DL
3 22 Shaquil Barrett LB
3 23 Jamie Collins LB
3 24 Vonn Bell DB
4 25 Darius Leonard LB
4 26 Joey Bosa DL
4 27 Budda Baker DB
4 28 Shawn Williams DB
4 29 Jordan Poyer DB
4 30 Demario Davis LB
4 31 Danny Trevathan LB
4 32 Calais Campbell DL
4 33 Roquan Smith LB
5 34 Eric Kendricks LB
5 35 Jabrill Peppers DB
5 36 Jayon Brown LB
5 37 Aaron Donald DL
5 38 Kwon Alexander LB
5 39 Jamal Adams DB
5 40 Justin Reid DB
5 41 Patrick Onwuasor LB
5 42 Thomas Davis LB
5 43 Ronnie Harrison DB
5 44 Terrell Edmunds DB
5 45 Cameron Jordan DL
5 46 Antoine Bethea DB
5 47 Quincy Williams LB
6 48 Anthony Walker DB
6 49 Jessie Bates III DB
6 50 Todd Davis LB
6 51 Sam Hubbard DL
6 52 Kyle Fuller DB
6 53 Hasean Clinton-Dix DB
6 54 Myles Jack LB
6 55 Matt Milano LB
6 56 Darnell Savage DB
6 57 Carlos Dunlap DL
6 58 Fred Warner LB
6 59 Minkah Fitzpatrick DB
6 60 Demarcus Lawrence DL
7 61 Kevin Byard DB
7 62 Cameron Heyward DL
7 63 Haason Reddick LB
7 64 Jordan Whitehead DB
7 65 Anthony Hitchens LB
7 66 Chris Jones DL
7 67 Neville Hewitt LB
7 68 Whitney Mercilus LB
7 69 Montae Nicholson DB
7 70 Johnathan Joseph DB
7 71 Devin White LB
7 72 Jonathan Joseph DB
7 73 Jadeveon Clowney DL
7 74 Tahir Whitehead LB
7 75 Everson Griffen DL
7 76 Bradley McDougald DB
7 77 Eric Weddle DB
7 78 Kendall Fuller DB
8 79 Chandler Jones LB
8 80 Khari Willis DB
8 81 Clayton Geathers DB
8 82 Stephon Gilmore DB
8 83 Kyle Van Noy LB
8 84 Mark Barron LB
8 85 Rashaan Evans LB
8 86 DeForest Buckner DL
8 87 Dre Kirkpatrick DB
8 88 C.J. Mosley LB
8 89 T.J. Watt LB
8 90 Devin McCourty DB
8 91 De'Vondre Campbell LB
8 92 Justin Simmons DB
8 93 Robert Quinn DL
8 94 Nick Vigil LB
8 95 Stephon Tuitt DL
8 96 Tyrann Mathieu DB
8 97 Adrian Amos DB
8 98 Benardrick McKinney LB
8 99 Frank Clark DL
8 100 Mario Addison DL


Key Players to Watch

Jordan Hicks (LB, ARI) @Cincinnati

Hicks has recorded eight solo tackles in three different games, with a low of five in Week 3, adding up to a total of 28 on the year. He ranks third in the league behind only linebacker Blake Martinez and safety Tracy Walker, who is on a bye. Aside from the fact he's as much a high-floor play as you can get, he figures to be a solid season-long replacement for Darius Leonard owners who are likely frustrated playing the waiting game. A matchup with Cincinnati is too good to pass up this week, so get Hicks in your lineup wherever possible.

Roquan Smith (LB, CHI) @Oakland

After missing last week due to personal issues, Smith is back in action. The Raiders will have their hands full trying to ward off a motivated Khalil Mack, who faces the team that somehow decided it was a good idea to trade him before the start of last year. The Raiders haven't given up too many sacks on the year (eight) but Smith could sneak one in aside from racking up tackles as the team doubles Mack.

Jessie Bates III (S, CIN) vs Arizona

Facing the Air Raid could again be a defender's delight, as it was for Tracy Walker, Donte Jackson, and Shaq Griffin. Arizona runs the eighth-most plays per game (67) and Kyler Murray is airing it out 42.3 times per game. Shawn Williams is questionable with a knee injury, so it could fall to Bates to be the playmaker. He recorded three INT in his rookie year along with seven passes defended. His 20 tackles leave him one behind teammate Williams and puts him in the top 30 overall. Williams will also be a solid play if healthy but Bates might be the smarter pick this week.

Vonn Bell (S, NO) vs Tampa Bay

We know Jameis Winston's propensity to throw interceptions could return at any time, despite how effective he was last week. More importantly, Bell is tied for ninth among all DBs with 21 solo tackles. He's facing a team that runs the sixth-most plays per game and will push the ball downfield to its receivers rather than settling for dump-offs to running backs. Bell could be busy all afternoon with the chance to make a big play very likely.

Devin McCourty (S, NE) @Washington

It's tempting to say the McCourty can't record an interception in every single game this season as he has so far. Then again, he's facing the Redskins. We don't even know who will be at QB in Washington and apparently neither does Jay Gruden. The worst-case scenario here is that McCourty records another five-tackle game with a pass or two defended. For deeper IDP leagues, he's a high-upside streamer.

Jerry Hughes (DE, BUF) @ Tennessee

Finding a pass-rusher you can trust is getting harder and harder. Rule changes in the NFL protecting the quarterback undoubtedly have made an impact, as well as the increasing number of holding penalties we have seen. 14 teams haven't even reached the 10-sack mark yet and Buffalo is one of them, despite their excellent defense that has allowed the sixth-fewest points and third-fewest yards on the season. Maybe Hughes can get them going this week as they face the Titans, who have allowed 17 sacks, sixth-most in the league.

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