The 2022 NFL Season has begun! In coming weeks, this space will profile those defensive players on the rise, those that are dropping like rocks and not worthy of roster space, as well as suggestions on which teams to target when setting your lineup or making free agent decisions. This week, however, without much actual game action to review, we will simply present the top IDP in the LB, DL and DB categories, and present this week’s injury report. Come back in Week 2 for the full report full of more details to help with your ability to set your IDP lineups.




Top 25 IDP Linebackers for Week 1





1Shaquille Leonard OLBIND/14
2T.J. Watt OLBPIT/9
3Roquan Smith ILBCHI/14
4Logan Wilson ILBCIN/10
5Bobby Wagner ILBLAR/7
6Micah Parsons OLBDAL/9
7Jordyn Brooks ILBSEA/11
8De'Vondre Campbell ILBGB/14
9C.J. Mosley ILBNYJ/10
10Devin White ILBTB/11
11Cole Holcomb ILBWAS/14
12Foye Oluokun ILBJAX/11
13Eric Kendricks ILBMIN/7
14Fred Warner ILBSF/9
15Isaiah Simmons ILBARI/13
16Bobby Okereke ILBIND/14
17David Long Jr ILBTEN/6
18Lavonte David ILBTB/11
19Devin Lloyd OLBJAX/11
20Jerome Baker ILBMIA/11
21Nick Bolton ILBKC/8
22Myles Jack ILBPIT/9
23Tremaine Edmunds ILBBUF/7
24Shaq Thompson ILBCAR/13
25Zaven Collins ILBARI/13


Top 25 IDP Defensive Linemen for Week 1


Defensive Linesman



1Myles Garrett DECLE/9
2Nick Bosa DESF/9
3Aaron Donald DELAR/7
4Maxx Crosby DELV/6
5Cameron Heyward DTPIT/9
6Joey Bosa DELAC/8
7DeForest Buckner DTIND/14
8Chandler Jones DELV/6
9DeMarcus Lawrence DEDAL/9
10Brian Burns DECAR/13
11Cameron Jordan DENO/14
12Danielle Hunter DEMIN/7
13Marcus Davenport DENO/14
14Sam Hubbard DECIN/10
15Jeffery Simmons DTTEN/6
16Leonard Williams DENYG/9
17Montez Sweat DEWAS/14
18Greg Rousseau DEBUF/7
19Robert Quinn DECHI/14
20Jonathan Greenard DEHOU/6
21Trey Hendrickson DECIN/10
22Aidan Hutchinson DEDET/6
23Christian Wilkins DEMIA/11
24Emmanuel Ogbah DEMIA/11
25Jadeveon Clowney DECLE/9


Top 25 IDP Defensive Backs for Week 1


Defensive Back



1Kenny Moore II CBIND/14
2Derwin James SLAC/8
3Minkah Fitzpatrick SPIT/9
4Kevin Byard STEN/6
5Trevon Diggs CBDAL/9
6Antoine Winfield Jr STB/11
7Harrison Smith SMIN/7
8Budda Baker SARI/13
9Jordan Poyer SBUF/7
10Xavien Howard CBMIA/11
11Jamal Adams SSEA/11
12Justin Simmons SDEN/9
13Jalen Ramsey CBLAR/7
14J.C. Jackson CBLAC/8
15Jeremy Chinn SCAR/13
16Jessie Bates III SCIN/10
17Jalen Thompson SARI/13
18Marlon Humphrey CBBAL/10
19Carlton Davis CBTB/11
20Byron Murphy CBARI/13
21L'Jarius Sneed CBKC/8
22Xavier McKinney SNYG/9
23Kyle Dugger SNE/10
24Kyle Hamilton SBAL/10
25Jevon Holland SMIA/11




Ouch (My Aching Roster)

All the injury reports below need evaluation prior to kickoff.  Teams are notoriously sketchy about injury reports, and we often do not know a player's status until just before game time. Consider the list below as a "heads up" as to what is going on early in the week, and should not be considered definitive.




Defensive Linemen

Defensive Ends


Defensive Tackles


Defensive Backs




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