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2022 Fantasy Football: IDP Rankings

John Laub, the Gridiron Scholar, takes a break from his College Fantasy Football analysis to unleash his IDP Rankings for 2022 Fantasy Football!

I have played fantasy football for 33 seasons, and in the Nineties, I commissioned a league for six years with only newspaper box scores, pencils, and calculators. I really did begin playing fantasy football in the dark ages of our hobby.

Like most fanatics, our league used only team defense for scoring and never even thought about defensive players. Around the turn of the century, I first heard of IDP formats but did not join one until 2006. Ever since I have managed at least one IDP league each season. And I really enjoy the format.

Do not be intimidated by IDP leagues or the format, just jump into one this season. I would recommend playing with six IDP players in the starting lineup: 2 defensive linemen, 2 linebackers, and two defensive backs. It is a manageable lineup and plenty of action on the waiver wire each week.

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Scholar’s IDP Guys

  1. DT Christian Wilkins, Miami Dolphins
  2. EDGE Hassan Riddick, Philadelphia Eagles
  3. LB C.J. Mosley, New York Jets
  4. LB Isaiah Simmons, Arizona Cardinals
  5. S Justin Simmons, Denver Broncos
  6. S Jeremy Chinn, Carolina Panthers

If you want to join a hardcore IDP league like myself, I play in a giant 12-team, 11-starter IDP league. We must start one defensive tackle, one defensive end, one defensive lineman, four linebackers, two cornerbacks, and two safeties. It is also a Dynasty league, and we draft rookies every year to add to our rosters.

There are so many great ways to engage in the IDP format that you do not have to become a fantasy football diehard like myself to kick off your obsession. Take it slow if you want to get your feet wet this season.

I have outlined the basic IDP scoring rules for beginners below and ranked over 150 defensive players by position: defensive linemen, linebackers and defensive backs for IDP fanatics, and first-timers, jumping into a league.

Enjoy my friends!

IDP Scoring:

Tackles = 1 point

Assisted Tackles = ½ point

Fumbles Recovered = 2 points

Sacks = 2 points

Passes Defended = 1 point

Interceptions = 4 points

Touchdowns = 6 points

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2022 IDP Rankings

Here are my initial IDP Rankings. Remember to keep an eye on injuries and other news as NFL training camps kick into gear.

Rnk Player Team
1 Darius Leonard IND
2 Roquan Smith CHI
3 Devin White TB
4 Jordyn Brooks SEA
5 Micah Parsons DAL
6 Aaron Donald LAR
7 Derwin James Jr. LAC
8 Jeremy Chinn CAR
9 De'Vondre Campbell GB
10 Bobby Wagner LAR
11 Fred Warner SF
12 Myles Garrett CLE
13 Jordan Poyer BUF
14 C.J. Mosley NYJ
15 Blake Martinez NYG
16 Jamal Adams SEA
17 Chase Young WAS
18 Antoine Winfield Jr. TB
19 Denzel Perryman LV
20 Nick Bosa SF
21 T.J. Watt PIT
22 Budda Baker ARI
23 Kevin Byard TEN
24 Foyesade Oluokun JAC
25 Harrison Smith MIN
26 Kyle Dugger NE
27 Logan Wilson CIN
28 Bobby Okereke IND
29 Minkah Fitzpatrick PIT
30 Tremaine Edmunds BUF
31 Joey Bosa LAC
32 Christian Wilkins MIA
33 Jessie Bates III CIN
34 Lavonte David TB
35 Danielle Hunter MIN
36 Cole Holcomb WAS
37 Kenny Moore II IND
38 Haason Reddick PHI
39 Maxx Crosby LV
40 Isaiah Simmons ARI
41 Justin Simmons DEN
42 Vonn Bell CIN
43 Cameron Heyward PIT
44 Leonard Williams NYG
45 Demario Davis NO
46 Eric Kendricks MIN
47 Xavier McKinney NYG
48 Patrick Queen BAL
49 Jerome Baker MIA
50 Logan Ryan TB
51 Myles Jack PIT
52 Johnathan Abram LV
53 Chris Jones KC
54 Jayron Kearse DAL
55 Jalen Thompson ARI
56 Cameron Jordan NO
57 Jeffery Simmons TEN
58 Tracy Walker III DET
59 Shaq Thompson CAR
60 Nick Bolton KC
61 Haason Reddick PHI
62 J. Owusu-Koramoah CLE
63 Kamren Curl WAS
64 Taylor Rapp LAR
65 Zach Cunningham TEN
66 Trey Hendrickson CIN
67 David Long Jr. TEN
68 Jamin Davis WAS
69 Jordan Fuller LAR
70 Kyzir White PHI
71 Tyrann Mathieu NO
72 Devin Lloyd JAC
73 Deion Jones ATL
74 Chandler Jones LV
75 Brian Burns CAR

Rnk Player Team
1 Aaron Donald LAR
2 Myles Garrett CLE
3 Chase Young WAS
4 Nick Bosa SF
5 T.J. Watt PIT
6 Joey Bosa LAC
7 Christian Wilkins MIA
8 Danielle Hunter MIN
9 Haason Reddick PHI
10 Maxx Crosby LV
11 Cameron Heyward PIT
12 Leonard Williams NYG
13 Chris Jones KC
14 Cameron Jordan NO
15 Jeffery Simmons TEN
16 Trey Hendrickson CIN
17 Chandler Jones LV
18 Brian Burns CAR
19 DeForest Buckner IND
20 Jonathan Allen WAS
21 Josh Allen JAC
22 Quinnen Williams NYJ
23 Robert Quinn CHI
24 DeMarcus Lawrence DAL
25 Montez Sweat WAS
26 Sam Hubbard CIN
27 Emmanuel Ogbah MIA
28 Marcus Davenport NO
29 Randy Gregory DEN
30 Yannick Ngakoue IND
31 Jonathan Greenard HOU
32 Greg Rousseau BUF
33 Aidan Hutchinson DET
34 Kwity Paye IND
35 Brandon Graham PHI
36 Arik Armstead SF
37 Carl Lawson NYJ
38 Khalil Mack LAC
39 Jermaine Johnson II NYJ
40 Ed Oliver BUF
41 Bradley Chubb DEN
42 Travon Walker JAX
43 Charles Harris DET
44 Josh Sweat PHI
45 Jadeveon Clowney CLE
46 Javon Hargrave PHI
47 Grady Jarrett ATL
48 Kayvon Thibodeaux NYG
49 George Karlaftis KCC
50 Daron Payne WAS
51 Yetur Gross-Matos CAR
52 Zach Allen ARI
53 Frank Clark KCC
54 Stephon Tuitt PIT
55 Boye Mafe SEA

Rnk Player Team
1 Darius Leonard IND
2 Roquan Smith CHI
3 Devin White TB
4 Jordyn Brooks SEA
5 Micah Parsons DAL
6 De'Vondre Campbell GB
7 Bobby Wagner LAR
8 Fred Warner SF
9 C.J. Mosley NYJ
10 Blake Martinez NYG
11 Denzel Perryman LV
12 Foyesade Oluokun JAC
13 Logan Wilson CIN
14 T.J. Watt PIT
15 Bobby Okereke IND
16 Tremaine Edmunds BUF
17 Lavonte David TB
18 Cole Holcomb WAS
19 Isaiah Simmons ARI
20 Demario Davis NO
21 Eric Kendricks MIN
22 Patrick Queen BAL
23 Jerome Baker MIA
24 Myles Jack PIT
25 Shaq Thompson CAR
26 Nick Bolton KC
27 Haason Reddick PHI
28 J. Owusu-Koramoah CLE
29 Zach Cunningham TEN
30 David Long Jr. TEN
31 Jamin Davis WAS
32 Kyzir White PHI
33 Devin Lloyd JAC
34 Deion Jones ATL
35 Devin Bush Jr. PIT
36 Alex Singleton DEN
37 Josh Allen JAC
38 Zaven Collins ARI
39 Jordan Hicks MIN
40 Nakobe Dean PHI
41 Shaquil Barrett TB
42 Troy Anderson ATL
43 Anthony Walker Jr. CLE
44 Christian Kirksey HOU
45 Quincy Williams NYJ
46 Khalil Mack LAC
47 Quay Walker GB
48 Alex Anzalone DET
49 Von Miller BUF
50 Jayon Brown LVR
52 Matt Milano BUF
53 Azeez Al-Shaair SF
54 Harold Landry TEN
55 Matt Judon NE

Rnk Player Team
1 Derwin James Jr. LAC
2 Jeremy Chinn CAR
3 Jordan Poyer BUF
4 Jamal Adams SEA
5 Antoine Winfield Jr. TB
6 Budda Baker ARI
7 Kevin Byard TEN
8 Harrison Smith MIN
9 Kyle Dugger NE
10 Minkah Fitzpatrick PIT
11 Jessie Bates III CIN
12 Kenny Moore II IND
13 Justin Simmons DEN
14 Vonn Bell CIN
15 Xavier McKinney NYG
16 Logan Ryan TB
17 Johnathan Abram LV
18 Jayron Kearse DAL
19 Jalen Thompson ARI
20 Tracy Walker III DET
21 Kamren Curl WAS
22 Taylor Rapp LAR
23 Jordan Fuller LAR
24 Tyrann Mathieu NO
25 Xavier Woods CAR
26 Trevon Diggs DAL
27 Kyle Hamilton BAL
28 Jordan Whitehead NYJ
29 Marlon Humphrey BAL
30 Marcus Maye NO
31 Justin Simmons DEN
32 Adrian Amos GB
33 Tracy Walker DET
34 Jalen Ramsey LAR
35 Julian Love NYG
36 Justin Reid KC
37 Jabrill Peppers NE
38 Kareem Jackson DEN
39 J.C. Jackson LAC
40 Quandre Diggs SEA
41 Adrian Philips NEP
42 Kendall Fuller WAS
43 Micah Hyde BUF
44 Brandon Jones MIA
45 Pat Surtain DEN
46 L'Jarius Sneed KC
47 Brandon Jones MIA
48 Grant Delpit CLE
49 Chuck Clark BAL
50 Darnell Savage Jr. GB
51 John Johnson III CLE
52 Jaquan Brisker CHI
53 Jalen Pitre HOU
54 Eddie Jackson CHI
55 Rasul Douglas GBP

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1 Comment
  1. Beau Bradshaw says

    Haason Reddick is listed twice (38,61).

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