Fantasy football 2023: The Top 100 IDP rankings, from Roquan Smith to Jordan Hicks


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There are a number of reasons why people play fantasy football. The quest for eternal and everlasting glory. The opportunity to win a few bucks. Or a good old-fashioned love of the game of football.

What doesn’t square with that last one is that so many fantasy leagues all but ignore half of the game. The NFL may feature three- and four-wide sets and rules that favor the offense, but defense still wins championships. However, in standard fantasy leagues, defense is all but irrelevant. You grab a team defense late on draft day and it scores a handful of points per week.

Individual Defensive Player (IDP) leagues restore order to the universe. Defensive stars get to make a fantasy impact just like running backs and wide receivers.

A Note on the Top 100 IDPs Overall

The Top 100 IDPs overall isn’t necessarily a “draft by numbers” list, where you can just take the highest-ranked available player and all is well and good in the universe. There are a lot of variables in any draft — rigidly adhering to a list is usually asking for trouble.

Where this list can come in handy is as a tiebreaker between similarly-ranked players and as a way to get a general feel for how the main IDP positions stack up against one another.

  1. Roquan Smith – LB, BAL
  2. Foyesade Oluokun – LB, JAX
  3. Nick Bolton – LB, KC
  4. J. Watt – DE, PIT
  5. Bobby Wagner – LB, SEA
  6. Myles Garrett – DE, CLE
  7. Nick Bosa – DE, SF
  8. J. Mosley – LB, NYJ
  9. Maxx Crosby – DE, LV
  10. Zaire Franklin – LB, IND
  11. Bobby Okereke – LB, NYG
  12. Shaquille Leonard – LB, IND
  13. Aaron Donald – DT, LAR
  14. De’Vondre Campbell – LB, GB
  15. Fred Warner – LB, SF
  16. Derwin James – S, LAC
  17. Brian Burns – DE, CAR
  18. Cole Holcomb – LB, PIT
  19. Danielle Hunter – DE, MIN
  20. Jalen Pitre – S, HOU
  21. Logan Wilson – LB, CIN
  22. Josey Jewell – LB, DEN
  23. Joey Bosa – DE, LAC
  24. Dre GreenLaw – LB, SF
  25. Jaquan Brisker – S, CHI
  26. Micah Parsons – DE, DAL
  27. Matthew Judon – DE, NE
  28. Minkah Fitzpatrick – S, PIT
  29. Devin White – LB, TB
  30. Haason Reddick – DE, PHI
  31. Azeez Al-Shaair – LB, TEN
  32. Eric Kendricks – LB, LAC
  33. Kayvon Thibodeaux – DE, NYG
  34. Kevin Byard – S, TEN
  35. Pete Werner – LB, NO
  36. Budda Baker – S, ARI
  37. Ernest Jones – LB, LAR
  38. Kyle Dugger – S, NE
  39. Frankie Luvu – LB, CAR
  40. Quinnen Williams – DT, NYJ
  41. Jordan Poyer – S, BUF
  42. Nakobe Dean – LB, PHI
  43. Harold Landry – DE, TEN
  44. Kyle Hamilton – S, BAL
  45. Alex Highsmith – DE, PIT
  46. J. Edwards – LB, CHI
  47. Talanoa Hufanga – S, SF
  48. Chris Jones – DT, KC
  49. David Long – LB, MIA
  50. Harrison Smith – S, MIN
  51. Jonathan Allen – DT, WAS
  52. Alex Singleton – LB, DEN
  53. Jaelan Phillips – DE, MIA
  54. Kamren Curl – S, WAS
  55. Lavonte David – LB, TB
  56. Aidan Hutchinson – DE, DET
  57. Tremaine Edmunds – LB, CHI
  58. Eddie Jackson – S, CHI
  59. Quay Walker – LB, GB
  60. Shaquil Barrett – DE, TB
  61. Donovan Wilson – S, DAL
  62. Jamin Davis – LB, WAS
  63. Divine Deablo – LB, LV
  64. Antoine Winfield Jr. – S, TB
  65. Cameron Jordan – DE, NO
  66. Von Miller – DE, BUF
  67. Patrick Queen – LB, BAL
  68. Justin Simmons – S, DEN
  69. DeForest Buckner – DT, IND
  70. Kaden Elliss – LB. ATL
  71. Jessie Bates – S, ATL
  72. Sam Hubbard – DE, CIN
  73. DaRon Payne – DT, WAS
  74. Matt Milano – LB, BUF
  75. Jeremy Chinn – S, CAR
  76. Jalen Thompson – S, ARI
  77. Gregory Rousseau – DE, BUF
  78. Kyzir White – LB, ARI
  79. L’Jarius Sneed – CB, KC
  80. Za’Darius Smith – DE, CLE
  81. Jamal Adams – S, SEA
  82. Devin Lloyd – LB, JAX
  83. Christian Wilkins – DT, MIA
  84. Rayshawn Jenkins – S, JAX
  85. Demario Davis – LB, NO
  86. Josh Allen – DE, JAX
  87. J. Gardner-Johnson – S. PHI
  88. Alex Anzalone – LB, DET
  89. Xavier McKinney – S, NYG
  90. Rashan Gary – DE, GB
  91. Troy Andersen – LB, ATL
  92. Cameron Heyward – DT, PIT
  93. Jayron Kearse – S, DAL
  94. Brian Asamoah – LB, MIN
  95. Uchenna Nwosu – DE, SEA
  96. Ryan Neal – S, TB
  97. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – LB, CLE
  98. Zaven Collins – DE, ARI
  99. Richie Grant – S, ATL
  100. Jordan Hicks – LB, MIN

(Top photo: G Fiume/Getty Images)

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