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Early Fantasy Football Defensive Player Rankings


I don’t usually play in fantasy football leagues with individual defensive players (IDP) but there are many of you out there that do and I didn’t want to exclude you from the fantasy football rankings I’ve been doing for GMEN HQ.

From my research and the few IDP leagues I’ve been a part of in the past the linebacker position tends to get all the glory. The potential for sacks, forced fumbles, and interceptions to go along with their propensity for tackles makes them the most attractive IDP fantasy targets and you can see that reflected in my rankings.

Defensive backs are always nice because any INT can be turned into a quick pick-six and we all know touchdowns are gold in the world of fantasy football. And if you’re looking to bolster the sack category of your team you can’t go wrong with one of the top pass rushing d-lineman.

I’ve compiled a list of my Top 50 IDP fantasy players for the 2012 fantasy football season so take a look at them and let me know in the comments what you think…

  1. Patrick Willis
  2. Jason Pierre-Paul
  3. Desmond Bishop
  4. James Laurinaitis
  5. Jared Allen
  6. D’Qwell Jackson
  7. NaVorro Bowman
  8. Sean Lee
  9. Justin Tuck
  10. Julius Peppers
  11. Eric Berry
  12. Pat Angerer
  13. Derrick Johnson
  14. Curtis Lofton
  15. Trent Cole
  16. Ray Lewis
  17. Stephen Tulloch
  18. Tyvon Branch
  19. Kam Chancellor
  20. Paul Posluszny
  21. Cameron Wake
  22. George Wilson
  23. Daryl Washington
  24. J.J. Watt
  25. Sean Witherspoon
  26. Jerod Mayo
  27. Mario Williams
  28. Karlos Dansby
  29. Colin McCarthy
  30. Luke Kuechly
  31. Roman Harper
  32. DeMeco Ryans
  33. Von Miller
  34. Elvis Dumervil
  35. Chris Long
  36. Osi Umenyiora
  37. Earl Thomas
  38. Chris Clemons
  39. Jon Beason
  40. DeMarcus Ware
  41. Cliff Avril
  42. Lawrence Timmons
  43. London Fletcher
  44. Donald Butler
  45. Jason Babin
  46. Charles Tillman
  47. Ed Reed
  48. Patrick Peterson
  49. Justin Smith
  50. Charles Johnson

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