IDP Week One Player Rankings
Break out the barbecue grills. Place a huge order for takeout hot wings. The NFL season is upon us.
Week 1 presents a lot of fun matchups, especially between teams that struggled last year. Cleveland versus Tampa Bay. Atlanta versus Pittsburgh. Detroit versus Chicago. Miami versus Buffalo. Right away, teams will know that they’ve either improved or that they have a lot of work to do. With all these bad teams squaring off, expect the defenses to be the difference.
This week’s IDP rankings are similar to what you might expect them to be during the preseason. There’s only so much logical guesstimating involved and it’s best to stick with the best of the best rather than try to overcompensate and play guys based on matchups. Sure, the Steelers might struggle on offense, which could limit the opportunities for a guy like LB Curtis Lofton, but play your guys with confidence.
As the season progresses, identifying matchups will get easier. But for now, stick with the standard rankings and let the details play out over the next few weeks.
|LINEBACKERS||DEFENSIVE BACKS||DEFENSIVE LINEMAN|
|1. Patrick Willis, SF||1. Eric Weddle, SD||1. Jared Allen, MIN|
|2. Jon Beason, CAR||2. Yeremiah Bell, MIA||2. Trent Cole, PHI|
|3. David Harris, NYJ||3. Bernard Pollard, HOU||3. Justin Tuck, NYG|
|4. Jonathan Vilma, NO||4. Roman Harper, NO||4. Mario Williams, HOU|
|5. James Laurinaitis, STL||5. Tyvon Branch, OAK||5. Julius Peppers, CHI|
|6. Curtis Lofton, ATL||6. Louis Delmas, DET||6. Terrell Suggs, BAL|
|7. D.J. Williams, DEN||7. Oshiomogho Atogwe, STL||7. Robert Mathis, IND|
|8. Ray Lewis, BAL||8. Dashon Goldson, SF||8. Will Smith, NO|
|9. DeMeco Ryans, HOU||9. Brian Dawkins, DEN||9. Ray Edwards, MIN|
|10. Paul Posluszny, BUF||10. Charles Woodson, GB||10. Aaron Kampman, JAC|
|11. Rolando McClain, OAK||11. Antoine Bethea, IND||11. Mathias Kiwanuka, NYG|
|12. Barrett Ruud, TB||12. Troy Polamalu, PIT||12. Chris Long, STL|
|13. Lance Briggs, CHI||13. Brandon Meriweather, NE||13. Darnell Dockett, ARI|
|14. Jerod Mayo, NE||14. Erik Coleman, ATL||14. Greg White, TB|
|15. Stewart Bradley, PHI||15. LaRon Landry, WAS||15. Justin Smith, SF|
|16. Gary Brackett, IND||16. Richard Marshall, CAR||16. Alex Brown, NO|
|17. Nick Barnett, GB||17. Gibril Wilson, CIN||17. Cliff Avril, DET|
|18. Stephen Tulloch, TEN||18. Antoine Winfield, MIN||18. Kyle Vanden Bosch, DET|
|19. Clint Session, IND||19. Dawan Landry, BAL||19. Chris Long, STL|
|20. Kirk Morrison, JAC||20. Kenny Phillips, NYG||20. Shaun Ellis, NYJ|
|21. LaMarr Woodley, PIT||21. Eric Berry, KC||21. Calais Campbell, ARI|
|22. Clay Matthews, GB||22. Cortland Finnegan, TEN||22. Kelly Gregg, BAL|
|23.||23. Antrel Rolle, NYG||23. Dwight Freeney, IND|
|24.||24. Adrian Wilson, ARI||24. Osi Umenyiora, NYG|
|25.||25. Tanard Jackson, TB||25. William Hayes, JAC|
Writer: Matt De Lima