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2024 Fantasy Football: IDP Rankings

I have to admit that there is only one aspect of our fantasy football hobby that frustrates me, and that is that IDP is not more popular with the masses. It is embarrassing that many fantasy footballers might not be able to name 20 NFL defenders. True NFL fans know the importance of defensive stars and their impact on winning Super Bowls. For those of you who already appreciate defense, my 2024 IDP rankings should come in handy.

How much has the NFL changed over the course of my lifetime? In 1971 and 1986, DT Alan Page, Vikings, and LB Lawrence Tayler, Giants were named NFL MVP. Shockingly, kicker Mark Mosley, Washington captured the NFL MVP in 1982…let me repeat, a kicker.

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A Hall of Famer, Page dominated opponents in the 1970s for the Purple People Eaters, being named All-Pro five times and Pro Bowler nine times. Looking at Page’s stats, it is nearly impossible to gauge his impact from a fantasy perspective: The league did not count sacks until 1982 and tackles were not an official statistic until 1994. He logged three fumble recoveries as the only official statistic of the season in his profile. Wow! Pro Football Reference does credit Page with nine sacks based on research of play-by-play results and game film. NFL diehards like myself watch the film to truly appreciate the Defensive Tackle’s impact on the field.

In 1986, I will never forget the Giants’ Super Bowl Championship, and living in Connecticut, I had a front-row seat to Taylor’s brilliance on the gridiron. The New York wrecking ball is a Hall of Famer after earning All-Pro eight times and Pro Bowl invites 10 times. In his MVP campaign, he led the league in sacks with 20.5. There is no record of tackles but anyone who watched Taylor can vividly remember him hunting down ball carriers from the backside and bringing them to the ground with a thud. Also, Washington coach Joe Gibbs credited his two-tight end formation with the reality that he must block and slow down Taylor, who literally changed the game from the outside linebacker position.

There is not much to be said in regard to Mosley’s MVP award. A kicker who missed more extra points (3) than field goals (1) might be the strangest number in the history of the NFL. How could QB Dan Fouts not win the award? During the strike season, Fouts led the Chargers to a 6-3 record and paced the league in passing with 2,883 yards (320.3 ypg.). He also tossed 17 touchdowns and averaged 8.7 yards per attempt, ruling the NFL in both categories. The only plausible explanation for Mosley capturing the award over Fouts is that the majority of voters swallowed the winning-only matters Kool-Aid, and Washington posted an 8-1 mark.

Having played IDP since 2006, I have had the joy of watching and rooting for some of the best defenders in the NFL on my fantasy rosters, drafting S Bob Sanders, Colts (2007), DB Charles Woodson, Packers (2009) and DT Aaron Donald (2017) to name a few. In the past two seasons, I grabbed LB Roquan Smith, Ravens and DB Derwin James, Chargers to anchor my IDP rosters. If you love the NFL like me, it is time to participate in an IDP league.

Playing in an IDP League

When I first played fantasy football in 1989, our league only used 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 right away. Ever since 2006, I have managed at least one IDP league each season and really enjoy the format.

There are so many great ways to engage in IDP that readers do not have to become a fantasy football diehard to kick off their obsession. I recommend playing with six IDP players in the starting lineup: two defensive linemen, two linebackers, and two defensive backs. It is a manageable lineup with plenty of action on the waiver wire each week.

If readers want to join a challenging format, they can try an 11-team IDP league, starting with three defensive linemen, four linebackers, two corners, and two safeties. Whichever format a reader chooses, do not be intimidated. It will be well worth it…trust me.

John Laub’s IDP Guys

  1. DB Kamren Curl, Rams
  2. LB Quay Walker, Packers
  3. DB Julian Love, Seahawks
  4. DL Alex Highsmith, Steelers
  5. LB Jack Campbell, Lions

Michael Pagano’s IDP Guys

  1. LB Drue Tranquill, Chiefs
  2. LB Tuli Tuipulotu, Chargers
  3. LB DeMarvion Overshown, Cowboys
  4. LB David Ojabo, Ravens
  5. DL Bryce Huff, Eagles

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Let’s look at some IDP battles before training camps open:

Who Ya Got at linebacker among the quartet?

  • Devin White, Eagles: 19%
  • Frankie Luvu, Commanders: 28%
  • Jack Campbell, Lions: 33%
  • Jordyn Brooks, Dolphins: 20%

Who Ya Got at Defensive Back among the following four players?

  • Kamren Curl, Rams: 38%
  • Von Bell, Bengals: 4%
  • Jevon Holland, Dolphins: 31%
  • Kyle Dugger, Ravens: 27%

Who Ya Got among the quartet of rookie defenders in IDP leagues?

  • DL Jared Verse, Rams: 22%
  • LB Junior Colson, Chargers: 27%
  • S Tyler Nubin, Giants: 17%
  • LB Dallas Turner, Vikings: 34%

A Suggested IDP Scoring Format:

Tackles = 1 point

Assisted Tackles = ½ point

Fumbles Recovered = 2 points

Sacks = 2 points

Passes Defended = 1 point

Interceptions = 4 points

Touchdowns = 6 points

IDP Rankings for 2024 Fantasy Football

Michael Pagano joined me in compiling these IDP rankings. We rank Top 100 Overall and 178 defenders by position: defensive linemen (DL), linebackers (LB) and defensive backs (DB). Enjoy my fellow IDP diehards!

Cons. Rnk Pos. Player Team Laub Pagano
1 LB Foyesade Oluokun Jaguars 2 1
2 LB T.J. Edwards Bears 4 3
3 LB Roquan Smith Ravens 1 7
4 DL Maxx Crosby Raiders 5 4
5 LB Bobby Okereke Giants 8 2
6 LB Zaire Franklin Colts 3 9
7 DL T.J. Watt Steelers 10 5
8 LB Ernest Jones IV Rams 13 6
9 LB Terrel Bernard Bills 11 14
10 DB Antoine Winfield Jr. Buccaneers 19 8
11 DL Micah Parsons Cowboys 17 10
12 LB Alex Singleton Broncos 12 15
13 LB Nick Bolton Chiefs 9 18
14 DB Derwin James Jr. Chargers 7 21
15 DL Danielle Hunter Texans 14 16
16 DL Myles Garrett Browns 6 24
17 LB Fred Warner 49ers 21 11
18 LB Bobby Wagner Commanders 25 20
19 DL Aidan Hutchinson Lions 16 29
20 LB Quincy Williams Jets 34 13
21 DB Kyle Hamilton Ravens 37 12
22 LB Azeez Al-Shaair Texans 33 17
23 LB C.J. Mosley Jets 15 36
24 LB Patrick Queen Steelers 35 19
25 DB Jessie Bates III Falcons 32 22
26 DL Nick Bosa 49ers 23 31
27 LB Robert Spillane Raiders 30 26
28 DL Josh Allen Jaguars 24 32
29 LB Logan Wilson Bengals 29 28
30 LB Lavonte David Buccaneers 26 34
31 DB Jaquan Brisker Bears 20 41
32 LB Quay Walker Packers 38 25
33 LB Devin Lloyd Jaguars 47 23
34 LB Tremaine Edmunds Bears 45 27
35 DB Kenny Moore II Colts 28 52
36 LB Jordyn Brooks Dolphins 44 39
37 DB Minkah Fitzpatrick Steelers 27 57
38 DB Budda Baker Cardinals 22 62
39 DL Jaelan Phillips Dolphins 39 49
40 LB Dre Greenlaw 49ers 36 55
41 LB Frankie Luvu Commanders 64 30
42 DL Will Anderson Jr. Texans 40 56
43 DB Xavier McKinney Packers 55 42
44 DB Camryn Bynum Vikings 65 35
45 LB J. Owusu-Koramoah Browns 68 33
46 LB Kyzir White Cardinals 61 40
47 DB Julian Love Seahawks 49 54
48 DL DeForest Buckner Colts 48 58
49 LB Demario Davis Saints 70 38
50 DL Kayvon Thibodeaux Giants 50 60
51 DB Jalen Pitre Texans 31 79
52 LB Alex Anzalone Lions 69 44
53 DB Reed Blankenship Eagles 71 46
54 DB Brian Branch Lions 67 50
55 DL Christian Wilkins Raiders 18 101
56 LB Matt Milano Bills 53 68
57 LB Eric Kendricks Cowboys 80 45
58 DB Kyle Dugger Patriots 60 65
59 DB Jalen Thompson Cardinals 43 84
60 LB E.J. Speed Colts 81 47
61 DB Kevin Byard III Bears 46 83
62 DL Montez Sweat Bears 76 61
63 DB Kamren Curl Rams 51 87
64 DL Brian Burns Giants 66 73
65 LB Kenneth Murray Jr. Titans 91 51
66 DB Jordan Poyer Dolphins 41 102
67 CB Devon Witherspoon Seahawks 102 43
68 DB Rayshawn Jenkins Seahawks 42 104
69 DL Trey Hendrickson Bengals 75 72
70 DB Josh Metellus Vikings 113 37
71 DL Jonathan Greenard Vikings 82 70
72 LB Kaden Elliss Falcons 100 53
73 LB Ivan Pace Jr. Vikings 78 75
74 DL Chris Jones Chiefs 73 81
75 LB Jose Jewell Panthers 56 98
76 DB L'Jarius Sneed Titans 54 100
77 DB Amani Hooker Titans 92 63
78 DB Jevon Holland Dolphins 86 69
79 LB Devin White Eagles 63 94
80 DL Cameron Hayward Steelers 52 105
81 LB Germaine Pratt Bengals 87 71
82 LB Micah McFadden Giants 101 59
83 DB C.J. Gardner-Johnson Eagles 74 88
84 LB Jordan Hicks Browns 115 48
85 LB Dallas Turner Vikings 57 106
86 DL Quinnen Williams Jets 58 107
87 LB Jack Campbell Lions 72 95
88 DB Rasul Douglas Bills 59 108
89 LB Troy Andersen Falcons 103 66
90 DL Sam Hubbard Bengals 62 109
91 LB Cody Barton Broncos 105 67
92 LB Pete Werner Saints 84 90
93 DB Justin Reid Chiefs 98 77
94 LB Ja'Whaun Bentley Patriots 83 93
95 DL Khalil Mack Chargers 116 64
96 LB Alex Highsmith Steelers 107 74
97 LB Nakobe Dean Eagles 108 76
98 DB Grant Delpit Browns 104 80
99 DB Talanoa Hufanga 49ers 96 89
100 LB Tuli Tuipulotu Chargers 89 97
101 LB Blake Cashman Vikings 109 78
102 LB David Long, Jr. Dolphins 77 110
103 LB Christian Harris Texans 97 91
104 DB Harrison Smith Vikings 79 111
105 DB DaRon Bland Cowboys 106 85
106 LB Harold Landry III Titans 110 82
107 DL Jonathon Cooper Broncos 90 103
108 LB DIrvine Diablo Raiders 85 114
109 DB Richie Grant Falcons 88 112
110 DL Justin Madubuike Ravens 117 86
111 DB Trent McDuffie Chiefs 111 92
112 LB Shaq Thompson Panthers 93 113
113 DB Julian Blackmon Colts 94 115
114 DB Charvarius Ward 49ers 114 96
115 LB Drue Tranquill Chiefs 112 99
116 DL Zach Sieler Dolphins 95 116
117 LB Eric Kendricks Cowboys 99 117

Cons. Rnk Player Team Laub Pagano
1 Foyesade Oluokun Jaguars 2 1
2 Roquan Smith Ravens 1 5
3 T.J. Edwards Bears 4 3
4 Bobby Okereke Giants 5 2
5 Zaire Franklin Colts 3 6
6 Ernest Jones IV Rams 9 4
7 Terrel Bernard Bills 7 9
8 Nick Bolton Chiefs 6 12
9 Alex Singleton Broncos 8 10
10 Fred Warner 49ers 11 7
11 Bobby Wagner Commanders 12 14
12 Quincy Williams Jets 18 8
13 Azeez Al-Shaair Texans 17 11
14 Patrick Queen Steelers 16 13
15 Robert Spillane Raiders 15 17
16 C.J. Mosley Jets 10 23
17 Logan Wilson Bengals 14 19
18 Lavonte David Buccaneers 13 22
19 Quay Walker Packers 19 16
20 Devin Lloyd Jaguars 23 15
21 Tremaine Edmunds Bears 22 18
22 Jordyn Brooks Dolphins 21 25
23 Frankie Luvu Commanders 30 20
24 Dre Greenlaw 49ers 20 33
25 Kyzir White Cardinals 27 26
26 J. Owusu-Koramoah Browns 32 21
27 Demario Davis Saints 33 24
28 Alex Anzalone Lions 31 27
29 Jordan Hicks Browns 29 30
30 Matt Milano Bills 24 38
31 Eric Kendricks Cowboys 37 28
32 E.J. Speed Colts 38 29
33 Jose Jewell Panthers 25 51
34 Devin White Eagles 28 48
35 Kenneth Murray Jr. Titans 45 31
36 Ivan Pace Jr. Vikings 36 41
37 Kaden Elliss Falcons 49 32
38 Germaine Pratt Bengals 43 39
39 Jack Campbell Lions 34 49
40 Dallas Turner Vikings 26 58
41 Micah McFadden Giants 50 34
42 Pete Werner Saints 40 45
43 Ja'Whaun Bentley Patriots 39 47
44 Troy Andersen Falcons 51 36
45 Cody Barton Broncos 52 37
46 David Long, Jr. Dolphins 35 58
47 Christian Harris Texans 47 46
48 Tuli Tuipulotu Chargers 44 50
49 Alex Highsmith Steelers 54 40
50 Edgerrin Cooper Packers 41 55
51 Nakobe Dean Eagles 55 42
52 Blake Cashman Vikings 56 43
53 Harold Landry III Titans 57 44
54 Shaq Thompson Panthers 46 57
55 DIrvine Diablo Raiders 42 65
56 Drue Tranquill Chiefs 58 52
57 Eric Kendricks Cowboys 48 64
58 Junior Colson Chargers 53 67

Cons. Rnk Player Team Laub Pagano
1 Maxx Crosby Raiders 1 1
2 Myles Garrett Browns 2 3
3 Danielle Hunter Texans 4 2
4 T.J. Watt Steelers 3 4
5 Aidan Hutchinson Lions 5 6
6 Micah Parsons Cowboys 6 5
7 Nick Bosa 49ers 8 7
8 Josh Allen Jaguars 9 8
9 Jaelan Phillips Dolphins 10 9
10 Will Anderson Jr. Texans 11 10
11 DeForest Buckner Colts 12 11
12 Kayvon Thibodeaux Giants 13 12
13 Brian Burns Giants 17 16
14 Montez Sweat Bears 20 13
15 Trey Hendrickson Bengals 19 15
16 Chris Jones Chiefs 18 17
17 Jonathan Greenard Vikings 21 14
18 Christian Wilkins Raiders 7 29
19 Jonathon Cooper Broncos 22 19
20 Sam Hubbard Bengals 16 28
21 Zach Sieler Dolphins 23 21
22 Justin Madubuike Ravens 26 18
23 Quinnen Williams Jets 15 31
24 Carl Granderson Saints 27 20
25 Joey Bosa Chargers 25 25
26 Derrick Brown Panthers 30 22
27 Boye Mafe Seahawks 29 24
28 D.J. Wonnum Panthers 32 23
29 Haason Reddick Jets 33 27
30 George Karlaftis III Chiefs 36 26
31 Greg Rousseau Bills 28 36
32 Ed Oliver Bills 34 30
33 Cameron Hayward Steelers 14 51
34 Jeffery Simmons Titans 35 32
35 Jermaine Johnson II Jets 39 33
36 Dexter Lawrence II Giants 24 52
37 Tuli Tuipulotu Chargers 42 34
38 Christian Barmore Patriots 38 39
39 Khalil Mack Chargers 40 37
40 Charles Omenihu Chiefs 44 35
41 Malcolm Koonce Raiders 45 40
42 Laiatu Latu Colts 31 55
43 Kwity Paye Colts 49 38
44 Josh Sweat Eagles 41 47
45 Daron Payne Commanders 47 43
46 Jadeveon Clowney Panthers 50 41
47 Travon Walker Jaguars 48 45
48 Denico Autry Texans 51 42
49 Jared Verse Rams 37 57
50 Michael Hoecht Rams 52 44
51 Chop Robinson Dolphins 43 58
52 Kobie Turner Rams 55 46
53 Leonard Williams Seahawks 56 48
54 Darius Robinson Cardinals 46 59
55 Jordan Davis Eagles 57 49
56 Jonathan Allen Commanders 53 54
57 Dayo Odeyingbo Colts 54 53
58 Jalen Carter Eagles 58 50
59 Byron Murphy II Seahawks 59 56

Cons. Rnk Player Team Laub Pagano
1 Antoine Winfield Jr. Buccaneers 2 1
2 Derwin James Jr. Chargers 1 3
3 Jaquan Brisker Bears 3 7
4 Kyle Hamilton Ravens 9 2
5 Jessie Bates III Falcons 8 4
6 Kenny Moore II Colts 6 12
7 Budda Baker Cardinals 4 15
8 Minkah Fitzpatrick Steelers 5 14
9 Xavier McKinney Packers 16 8
10 Camryn Bynum Vikings 20 5
11 Jalen Pitre Texans 7 20
12 Julian Love Seahawks 14 13
13 Reed Blankenship Eagles 21 10
14 Jalen Thompson Cardinals 10 23
15 Kevin Byard III Bears 11 22
16 Brian Branch Lions 22 11
17 Kyle Dugger Patriots 19 17
18 Kamren Curl Rams 15 25
19 Devon Witherspoon Seahawks 32 9
20 Jevon Holland Dolphins 25 18
21 Julian Blackmon Colts 27 16
22 Rayshawn Jenkins Seahawks 13 31
23 C.J. Gardner-Johnson Eagles 23 26
24 Justin Reid Chiefs 31 19
25 Josh Metellus Vikings 48 6
26 Talanoa Hufanga 49ers 30 27
27 Rasul Douglas Bills 18 40
28 Jordan Poyer Dolphins 12 47
29 Grant Delpit Browns 40 21
30 DaRon Bland Cowboys 41 24
31 Tyrique Stevenson Bears 33 34
32 L'Jarius Snead Titans 17 51
33 Kerby Joseph Lions 35 37
34 Jordan Whitehead Buccaneers 36 36
35 Trent McDuffie Chiefs 44 28
36 Charvarius Ward 49ers 46 29
37 Amani Hooker Titans 28 48
38 Harrison Smith Vikings 24 54
39 Richie Grant Falcons 26 53
40 Paulson Adebo Saints 49 30
41 Donovan Wilson Cowboys 34 49
42 Trevon Diggs Cowboys 50 33
43 Jeremy Chinn Commanders 43 41
44 Mike Hilton Bengals 55 32
45 Desmond Elliot Steelers 29 60
46 Vonn Bell Bengals 38 52
47 Roger McCreary Titans 51 39
48 Nate Hobbs Raiders 56 35
49 Jabrill Peppers Patriots 42 50
50 Xavier Woods Panthers 37 57
51 Dax Hill Bengals 57 38
52 Chuck Clark Jets 39 58
53 Kendall Fuller Panthers 52 46
54 Tyler Nubian Giants 45 55
55 Jason Pinnock Giants 58 42
56 Geno Stone Bengals 59 43
57 Cole Bishop Bills 47 56
58 Brandon Jones Broncos 60 44
59 Cam Taylor-Britt Bengals 61 45
60 Terror Arnold Lions 54 59
61 Quinton Mitchell Eagles 53 61

If you enjoyed these IDP rankings, make sure to check out the rest of our 2024 Fantasy Football Draft Kit for more great rankings and analysis.

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