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IDP Playoff Rankings

By Matt Schauf 10:01am EST 1/5/21

Jared posted the offensive playoff rankings yesterday, including multiple playoffs odds tables and some general thoughts on targets.

The same principles apply here as well, and I used the same basic approach in ranking the defensive players. But there's room to alter your strategy here and/or to build off what you've already selected on the offensive side.

First off, you probably shouldn't be chasing IDPs too early in your playoff draft -- or otherwise targeting defenders at the expense of highly rated offensive guys. The top offensive players are most likely driving the scoring in your format. Beyond that, the top seed in each conference drags along weak fantasy LB groups. If you want Chiefs pieces, I'd target the DBs over anyone in that LB corps.

Whether it's the Chiefs or another specific team or 2, feel free to skip down the rankings to the next name from that team when you're looking to select an IDP.

Or you could use defense as an opportunity to hedge. None of us will be correct in all of our playoff picks. For example, let's say you're primarily focused on the Chiefs but realize that the Bills could knock them off. Consider Bills LB Matt Milano, who returned to full playing time (88%) in the Week 16 win over the Patriots and even played half of the Week 17 win over Dolphins.

Beyond specific situations like that, there's always the question of whether to pick a good player from an underdog (say, Roquan Smith) or a marginal option from a favorite (such as a Chiefs CB).

With all that in mind, here's a starting point for planning your playoff IDP roster. Feel free to email with any further questions.


1. Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Bills

2. Demario Davis, LB, Saints

3. Matt Milano, LB, Bills

4. Jason Pierre-Paul, DE/OLB, Buccaneers

5. Daniel Sorensen, S, Chiefs

6. Jordan Poyer, S, Bills

7. Chris Jones, DT, Chiefs

8. Krys Barnes, LB, Packers

9. Marlon Humphrey, CB, Ravens

10. Cameron Jordan, DE, Saints

11. T.J. Watt, LB, Steelers

12. Lavonte David, LB, Buccaneers

13. Bobby Wagner, LB, Seahawks

14. Za’Darius Smith, LB, Packers

15. Shaq Barrett, LB, Buccaneers (COVID contact)

16. Patrick Queen, LB, Ravens

17. Malcolm Jenkins, S, Saints

18. Darnell Savage, S, Packers

19. Adrian Amos, S, Packers

20. Stephon Tuitt, DE, Steelers

21. Cameron Heyward, DE, Steelers

22. Jamal Adams, S, Seahawks (shoulder)

23. L’Jarius Sneed, CB, Chiefs

24. Micah Hyde, S, Bills

25. Frank Clark, DE, Chiefs

26. Darius Leonard, LB, Colts

27. Tyrann Mathieu, S, Chiefs

28. Chuck Clark, S, Ravens

29. Kenny Moore, CB, Colts

30. David Long, LB, Titans

31. Myles Garrett, DE, Browns

32. DeForest Buckner, DT, Colts

33. Anthony Hitchens, LB, Chiefs

34. Avery Williamson/Robert Spillane, LB, Steelers

35. Khari Willis, S, Colts

36. Damien Wilson, LB, Chiefs

37. Roquan Smith, LB, Bears

38. Devin White, LB, Buccaneers (COVID)

39. Aaron Donald, DE, Rams

40. Kevin Byard, S, Titans

41. Bashaud Breeland, CB, Chiefs

42. Charvarius Ward, CB, Chiefs

43. Antoine Winfield, S, Buccaneers

44. Kenny Vaccaro, S, Titans

45. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Buccaneers

46. Trey Hendrickson, DE, Saints (out for Wild Card round, neck)

47. Jeffery Simmons, DT, Titans

48. Matt Judon, LB, Ravens

49. Mike Hilton, CB, Steelers

50. K.J. Wright, LB, Seahawks


1. Jason Pierre-Paul, DE/OLB, Buccaneers

2. Chris Jones, DT, Chiefs

3. Cameron Jordan, DE, Saints

4. Stephon Tuitt, DE, Steelers

5. Cameron Heyward, DE, Steelers

6. Frank Clark, DE, Chiefs

7. Myles Garrett, DE, Browns

8. DeForest Buckner, DT, Colts

9. Trey Hendrickson, DE, Saints

10. Aaron Donald, DE, Rams

11. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Buccaneers

12. Jeffery Simmons, DT, Titans

13. Jerry Hughes, DE, Bills

14. Kenny Clark, DT, Packers

15. Carlos Dunlap, DE, Seahawks

16. Jarran Reed, DT, Seahawks

17. Sheldon Richardson, DT, Browns

18. Chase Young, DE, Washington

19. Montez Sweat, DE, Washington

20. Mario Addison, DE, Bills


1. Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Bills

2. Demario Davis, LB, Saints

3. Matt Milano, LB, Bills

4. Krys Barnes, LB, Packers

5. T.J. Watt, LB, Steelers

6. Lavonte David, LB, Buccaneers

7. Bobby Wagner, LB, Seahawks

8. Za’Darius Smith, LB, Packers

9. Shaq Barrett, LB, Buccaneers (COVID contact)

10. Patrick Queen, LB, Ravens

11. Darius Leonard, LB, Colts

12. David Long, LB, Titans

13. Anthony Hitchens, LB, Chiefs

14. Robert Spillane, LB, Steelers (knee)

15. Damien Wilson, LB, Chiefs

16. Roquan Smith, LB, Bears

17. Devin White, LB, Buccaneers (COVID)

18. Matt Judon, LB, Ravens

19. K.J. Wright, LB, Seahawks

20. Rashaan Evans, LB, Titans

21. B.J. Goodson, LB, Browns

22. Avery Williamson, LB, Steelers


1. Daniel Sorensen, S, Chiefs

2. Jordan Poyer, S, Bills

3. Marlon Humphrey, CB, Ravens

4. Malcolm Jenkins, S, Saints

5. Darnell Savage, S, Packers

6. Adrian Amos, S, Packers

7. Jamal Adams, S, Seahawks (shoulder)

8. L’Jarius Sneed, CB, Chiefs

9. Micah Hyde, S, Bills

10. Tyrann Mathieu, S, Chiefs

11. Chuck Clark, S, Ravens

12. Kenny Moore, CB, Colts

13. Khari Willis, S, Colts

14. Kevin Byard, S, Titans

15. Bashaud Breeland, CB, Chiefs

16. Charvarius Ward, CB, Chiefs

17. Antoine Winfield, S, Buccaneers

18. Kenny Vaccaro, S, Titans

19. Mike Hilton, CB, Steelers

20. Tre’Davious White, CB, Bills

21. Levi Wallace, CB, Bills

22. Taron Johnson, CB, Bills

23. Janoris Jenkins, CB, Saints

24. Marcus Lattimore, CB, Saints

25. C.J. Gardner-Johnson, CB, Saints

26. Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Steelers

27. Terrell Edmunds, S, Steelers

28. Ronnie Harrison, S, Browns

29. Kamren Curl, S, Washington

30. Terrance Mitchell, CB, Browns

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