2012 Fantasy IDP Rankings
Fantasy Football Top 100 Defensive Players for 2012 IDP leaguesSort ESPN ranks by: Top 300 | QB | RB | WR | TE | K | DST | IDP | PPR | TD-only
Analysts' Ranks: Matthew Berry | Christopher Harris | Eric Karabell | Harris' Keeper Ranks
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|1||Patrick Willis, ILB, SF||9||LB1|
|2||D'Qwell Jackson, MLB, CLE||10||LB2|
|3||James Laurinaitis, MLB, STL||9||LB3|
|4||Derrick Johnson, ILB, KC||7||LB4|
|5||Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, NYG||11||DL1|
|6||Daryl Washington, ILB, ARI||10||LB5|
|7||Sean Lee, ILB, DAL||5||LB6|
|8||NaVorro Bowman, ILB, SF||9||LB7|
|9||Jared Allen, DE, MIN||11||DL2|
|10||Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, ATL||7||LB8|
|11||Karlos Dansby, MLB, MIA||7||LB9|
|12||Colin McCarthy, MLB, TEN||11||LB10|
|13||Brian Cushing, ILB, HOU||8||LB11|
|14||London Fletcher, ILB, WAS||10||LB12|
|15||Ray Lewis, ILB, BAL||8||LB13|
|16||Stephen Tulloch, MLB, DET||5||LB14|
|17||Kam Chancellor, S, SEA||11||DB1|
|18||Trent Cole, DE, PHI||7||DL3|
|19||Paul Posluszny, MLB, JAC||6||LB15|
|20||Luke Kuechly, OLB, CAR||6||LB16|
|21||Donald Butler, ILB, SD||7||LB17|
|22||Curtis Lofton, MLB, NO||6||LB18|
|23||Tyvon Branch, S, OAK||5||DB2|
|24||George Wilson, S, BUF||8||DB3|
|25||Lawrence Timmons, ILB, PIT||4||LB19|
|26||Chad Greenway, OLB, MIN||11||LB20|
|27||DeMarcus Ware, OLB, DAL||5||LB21|
|28||Jon Beason, MLB, CAR||6||LB22|
|29||Cameron Wake, DE, MIA||7||DL4|
|30||Mario Williams, DE, BUF||8||DL5|
|31||Jason Babin, DE, PHI||7||DL6|
|32||Justin Tuck, DE, NYG||11||DL7|
|33||Jerod Mayo, OLB, NE||9||LB23|
|34||Charles Tillman, CB, CHI||6||DB4|
|35||Eric Berry, S, KC||7||DB5|
|36||Roman Harper, S, NO||6||DB6|
|37||Nick Barnett, OLB, BUF||8||LB24|
|38||Brian Urlacher, MLB, CHI||6||LB25|
|39||Lavonte David, OLB, TB||5||LB26|
|40||Von Miller, OLB, DEN||7||LB27|
|41||Mason Foster, MLB, TB||5||LB28|
|42||DeMeco Ryans, MLB, PHI||7||LB29|
|43||Eric Weddle, S, SD||7||DB7|
|44||Elvis Dumervil, DE, DEN||7||DL8|
|45||Cliff Avril, DE, DET||5||DL9|
|46||James Harrison, OLB, PIT||4||LB30|
|47||David Harris, ILB, NYJ||9||LB31|
|48||Mark Barron, S, TB||5||DB8|
|49||Pat Chung, S, NE||9||DB9|
|50||Charles Woodson, CB, GB||10||DB10|
|51||Chris Long, DE, STL||9||DL10|
|52||Jason McCourty, CB, TEN||11||DB11|
|53||Morgan Burnett, S, GB||10||DB12|
|54||Julius Peppers, DE, CHI||6||DL11|
|55||Calais Campbell, DE, ARI||10||DL12|
|56||Brandon Spikes, MLB, NE||9||LB32|
|57||Charles Johnson, DE, CAR||6||DL13|
|58||Bernard Pollard, S, BAL||8||DB13|
|59||Troy Polamalu, S, PIT||4||DB14|
|60||Jabaal Sheard, DE, CLE||10||DL14|
|61||Osi Umenyiora, DE, NYG||11||DL15|
|62||Chris Clemons, DE, SEA||11||DL16|
|63||Antoine Bethea, S, IND||4||DB15|
|64||Jairus Byrd, S, BUF||8||DB16|
|65||Erin Henderson, OLB, MIN||11||LB33|
|66||Earl Thomas, S, SEA||11||DB17|
|67||T.J. Ward, S, CLE||10||DB18|
|68||Quintin Mikell, S, STL||9||DB19|
|69||Kamerion Wimbley, DE, TEN||11||DL17|
|70||Justin Smith, DE, SF||9||DL18|
|71||Perry Riley, ILB, WAS||10||LB34|
|72||Rolando McClain, MLB, OAK||5||LB35|
|73||LaRon Landry, S, NYJ||9||DB20|
|74||Terrell Thomas, CB, NYG||11||DB21|
|75||Clay Matthews, OLB, GB||10||LB36|
|76||Aldon Smith, OLB, SF||9||LB37|
|77||Michael Boley, OLB, NYG||11||LB38|
|78||Mychal Kendricks, OLB, PHI||7||LB39|
|79||Daryl Smith, OLB, JAC||6||LB40|
|80||Kelvin Sheppard, MLB, BUF||8||LB41|
|81||K.J. Wright, OLB, SEA||11||LB42|
|82||Kevin Burnett, OLB, MIA||7||LB43|
|83||Jeremy Mincey, DE, JAC||6||DL19|
|84||Robert Quinn, DE, STL||9||DL20|
|85||Lance Briggs, OLB, CHI||6||LB44|
|86||Pat Angerer, ILB, IND||4||LB45|
|87||Mathias Kiwanuka, OLB, NYG||11||LB46|
|88||Tamba Hali, OLB, KC||7||LB47|
|89||Brian Orakpo, OLB, WAS||10||LB48|
|90||Kavell Conner, OLB, IND||4||LB49|
|91||James Anderson, OLB, CAR||6||LB50|
|92||Bobby Wagner, MLB, SEA||11||LB51|
|93||Kyle Arrington, CB, NE||9||DB22|
|94||Haloti Ngata, DT, BAL||8||DL21|
|95||Ndamukong Suh, DT, DET||5||DL22|
|96||Quinton Carter, S, DEN||7||DB23|
|97||Darian Stewart, S, STL||9||DB24|
|98||LaMarr Woodley, OLB, PIT||4||LB52|
|99||Bradie James, ILB, HOU||8||LB53|
|100||Melvin Ingram, OLB, SD||7||LB54|
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• How will Charles, Hillis split workload in KC?
• When should you draft Adrian Peterson?
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• Vincent Jackson's impact with new team
• Choosing between Bryant and Austin
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• Karabell: Will DeSean Jackson bounce back?
• Joyner: How O-Lines impact QBs in fantasy
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• Adrian Peterson outlook
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• Michael Vick expectations
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• Tight end sleepers for 2012
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• Which rookie RBs could surprise?
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• Better late pick: Rookie WR or Randy Moss?
• Is Jordy Nelson's TD total repeatable?
• Is Eli Manning an elite fantasy QB?
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• Andrew Luck's short- and long-term value
• Expectations for Trent Richardson
• Will Julio Jones outperform Roddy White?
• Is it wise to draft a QB early?
• Will Reggie Bush repeat his 2011 numbers?
• Brandon Marshall expectations