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Playoff IDP Rankings

By Matt Schauf 9:10am EST 1/11/22

Our offensive rankings for the playoffs landed Monday. Now it's time to cater to the serious players.

That's obviously what you are if you're heading into a playoff draft that includes IDPs. To rank the defensive guys, I used the same basic team projections/expectations that Jared laid out in the intro to the offensive rankings. There's 1 key difference on this side, though.

IDPs offer you more opportunities to hedge -- depending, of course, on your specific contest format. For example, you don't need to believe in the 49ers winning any games to make Nick Bosa a sensible selection. Even in a 1st-round loss, he's capable of posting as many or more points in that lone game as any DL for the Bills or Packers might deliver for the entire playoffs. And if San Francisco upsets Dallas, then Bosa is probably playing a significant role.

There are similar examples at the other positions as well. And LB looks particularly weak to me in these playoffs. So that's why you'll find a pair of them up top and then just a smattering through the remainder of the Top 40.

Just like with the offensive rankings, injury question marks are italicized below, and I'll keep an eye on those guys throughout the week. I have certainly downgraded Buccaneers LB Lavonte David for the uncertainty with his injured foot. Cowboys S Jayron Kearse, on the other hand, put in limited practices all week before missing a regular-season finale his team didn't need. So with our healthy projection for Dallas' outlook, I'm more willing to take a chance on his hamstring.

Top 40 Overall

1. De’Vondre Campbell, LB, Packers
2. Micah Parsons, LB, Cowboys
3. Micah Hyde, S, Bills
4. Jordan Poyer, S, Bills
5. Jessie Bates III, S, Bengals
6. Vonn Bell, S, Bengals
7. Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Cowboys
8. Sam Hubbard, DE, Bengals
9. Jayron Kearse, S, Cowboys (hamstring)
12. Devin White, LB, Buccaneers
13. Nick Bosa, DE, 49ers
10. Anthony Brown, CB, Cowboys
11. Trevon Diggs, CB, Cowboys
14. Gregory Rousseau, DE, Bills
15. Trey Hendrickson, DE Bengals
16. Kenny Clark, DT, Packers
17. Cameron Heyward, DE, Steelers
18. Aaron Donald, DE, Rams
19. Randy Gregory, DE, Cowboys
20. T.J. Watt, Edge, Steelers
21. Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Bills
22. Logan Wilson, LB, Bengals
23. Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Cowboys
24. Chris Jones, DT, Chiefs
25. Dre Greenlaw, LB, 49ers
26. Jeffery Simmons, DT, Titans
27. Maxx Crosby, DE, Raiders
28. Kevin Byard, S, Titans
29. Taron Johnson, CB, Bills
30. Denzel Perryman, LB, Raiders
31. Alex Singleton, LB, Eagles
32. Jordan Hicks, LB, Cardinals
33. Fred Warner, LB, 49ers
34. Germaine Pratt, LB, Bengals
35. Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Steelers
36. Jalen Thompson, S, Cardinals
37. Adrian Amos, S, Packers
38. Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Buccaneers
39. J.C. Jackson, CB, Patriots
40. Greg Gaines, DE, Rams
41. Denico Autry, DE, Titans


1. Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Cowboys
2. Sam Hubbard, DE, Bengals
3. Nick Bosa, DE, 49ers
4. Gregory Rousseau, DE, Bills
5. Trey Hendrickson, DE Bengals
6. Kenny Clark, DT, Packers
7. Cameron Heyward, DE, Steelers
8. Aaron Donald, DE, Rams
9. Randy Gregory, DE, Cowboys
10. Chris Jones, DT, Chiefs
11. Jeffery Simmons, DT, Titans
12. Maxx Crosby, DE, Raiders
13. Greg Gaines, DE, Rams
14. Denico Autry, DE, Titans
15. Larry Ogunjobi, DT, Bengals
16. Zach Allen, DE, Cardinals
17. Javon Hargrave, DT, Eagles
18. Chris Wormley, DE, Steelers
19. Arik Armstead, DE, 49ers
20. B.J. Hill, DT, Bengals
21. Dean Lowry, DE, Packers
22. Josh Sweat, DE, Eagles
23. Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Raiders
24. A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Rams
25. D.J. Jones, DT, 49ers
26. Dorance Armstrong, DE, Cowboys
27. Davon Godchaux, DT, Patriots
28. Ed Oliver, DT, Bills
29. Jarran Reed, DT, Chiefs
30. Lawrence Guy, DE, Patriots


1. De’Vondre Campbell, LB, Packers
2. Micah Parsons, LB, Cowboys
3. Devin White, LB, Buccaneers
4. T.J. Watt, Edge, Steelers
5. Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Bills
6. Logan Wilson, LB, Bengals
7. Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Cowboys
8. Dre Greenlaw, LB, 49ers
9. Denzel Perryman, LB, Raiders
10. Alex Singleton, LB, Eagles
11. Jordan Hicks, LB, Cardinals
12. Fred Warner, LB, 49ers
13. Germaine Pratt, LB, Bengals
14. T.J. Edwards, LB, Eagles
15. Isaiah Simmons, LB, Cardinals
16. David Long, LB, Titans
17. Matt Milano, LB, Bills
18. Nick Bolton, LB, Chiefs
19. Von Miller, Edge, Rams
20. Joe Schobert, LB, Steelers
21. Harold Landry, Edge, Titans
22. Rashan Gary, Edge, Packers
23. Preston Smith, Edge, Packers
24. Anthony Hitchens, LB, Chiefs
25. Lavonte David, LB, Buccaneers (foot)
26. Troy Reeder, LB, Rams
27. Leonard Floyd, Edge, Rams
28. Shaq Barrett, Edge, Buccaneers
29. Za’Darius Smith, Edge, Packers (back)
30. Matt Judon, Edge, Patriots
31. Ja’Whaun Bentley, LB, Patriots
32. Kyle Van Noy, LB, Patriots
33. Markus Golden, Edge, Cardinals
34. Chandler Jones, Edge, Cardinals
35. Alex Highsmith, Edge, Steelers

Packers edge Za'Darius Smith is a potential sleeper for deep contests. He missed basically the entire season for a back injury that required September surgery. He's no lock to be a factor. But if Smith is anywhere close to 100% physically and Green Bay makes the Super Bowl, he'd carry multi-sack upside. Note that he's not yet even off IR, though.


1. Micah Hyde, S, Bills
2. Jordan Poyer, S, Bills
3. Jessie Bates III, S, Bengals
4. Vonn Bell, S, Bengals
5. Jayron Kearse, S, Cowboys (hamstring)
6. Anthony Brown, CB, Cowboys
7. Trevon Diggs, CB, Cowboys
8. Kevin Byard, S, Titans
9. Taron Johnson, CB, Bills
10. Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Steelers
11. Jalen Thompson, S, Cardinals
12. J.C. Jackson, CB, Patriots
13. Adrian Amos, S, Packers
14. Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Buccaneers
15. Taylor Rapp, S, Rams
16. Darnell Savage, S, Packers
17. Budda Baker, S, Cardinals
18. Adrian Phillips, S, Patriots
19. Jaire Alexander, CB, Packers
20. L’Jarius Sneed, CB, Chiefs
21. Dane Jackson, CB, Bills
22. Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Bengals
23. Jordan Whitehead, S, Buccaneers
24. Jalen Ramsey, CB, Rams
25. Kyle Dugger, S, Patriots
26. Tyrann Mathieu, S, Chiefs
27. Rasul Douglas, CB, Packers
28. Byron Murphy, CB, Cardinals
29. Terrell Edmunds, S, Steelers
30. Jourdan Lewis, CB, Cowboys
31. Jimmie Ward, S, 49ers
32. Darious Williams, CB, Rams
33. Carlton Davis, CB, Buccaneers
34. Levi Wallace, CB, Bills

I don't know what to make of Packers CB Rasul Douglas. He has been a big-time producer of splash plays and fantasy points since arriving in Green Bay. But he has also been playing in place of Jaire Alexander, who is now back from IR. Does Douglas still find a starting spot? We'll see.

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