• IDP Fantasy Football Rankings For Week13

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    Welcome to Week 13 and the playoffs are looming. Lets see who tops the rankings this week as a warmup for playoffs.


    Linebackers

    Rankings

    1. Darius Leonard114 Tackles (77 solo), 9 tackles for a loss, 6 sacks, 3 passes defensed, 1 interception, 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries. Mathchup: Jacksonville Jaguars
    2. Leighton Vander Esch93 Tackles (72 solo), 2 tackles for a loss, 7 passes defensed, 2 interceptions. Matchup: New Orleans Saints
    3. Cory Littleton91 Tackles (66 solo), 6 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks, 9 passes defensed, 1 interception, 1 Safety, 2 Blocked kicks. Matchup: Detroit Lions
    4. Blake Martinez97 Tackles (60 solo), 9 tackles for a loss, 4 sacks, 2 passes defensed. Matchup: Arizona Cardinals
    5. Luke Kuechly95 Tackles (68 solo), 14 tackles for a loss, 2 sacks, 2 passes defensed, 1 interception. Matchup: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    6. Roquan Smith81 Tackles (60 solo), 6 tackles for a loss, 4 sacks, 2 passes defensed. Matchup: New York Giants
    7. Avery Williamson89 Tackles (59 solo),  tackles for a loss, 3 sacks, 4 passes defensed, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery. Matchup: Tennessee Titans
    8. Fred Warner84 Tackles (64 solo), 3 tackles for a loss, 6 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery. Matchup: Seattle Seahawks
    9. Bobby Wagner85 Tackles (50 solo), 3 tackles for a loss, 9 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble. Matchup: San Francisco 49ers
    10. Kiko Alonso95 Tackles (60 solo), 1 tackle for a loss, 6 passes defensed, 3 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery. Matchup: Buffalo Bills

    IDP MVP?

    I'm going to go ahead and say it, Darius Leonard is the IDP MVP. He has almost 20 tackles more than the next LB on the list to go along with 6 sacks and 4 forced fumbles. Anybody who has him on their team knows his weekly impact plus he gets the Jaguars this week. The jags are on a 7 game losing streak and are starting Cody Kessler. Even with Leonard Fournette suspended I still suspect them to run smash mouth football with Carlos Hyde. I see a solid 25 plus run attempts for Jacksonville this game which bodes well for Leonard's output. Look at the company Leonard finds himself with:

    The Rookies

    This year's rookie Linebacker corps has been magnificent. In this top 10 I have 4 rookies in Darius Leonard, Leighton Vander Esch, and Roquan Smith. A fifth just missed out in Tremaine Edmunds. Darius Leonard should be IDP MVP as well as Defensive Rookie of the Year. Leighton Vander Esch has been a monster every time he starts. Roquan Smith has vaulted himself into a weekly top 5 option as well. Fred Warner has played great whenver foster has been out (he has been cut). These four LB's will be mainstays in your fantasy lineup for years to come.

    Defensive Backs

    Rankings

    1. Jamal Adams- 77 Tackles (57 solo), 8 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, 12 passes defensed, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles. Matchup: Tennessee Titans
    2. Shawn Williams- 74 Tackles (52 solo), 1 tackle for a loss, 1 sack, 6 passes defensed, 4 interceptions, 1foreced fumble. Matchup: Denver Broncos
    3. Landon Collins- 91 tackles (64 solo), 4 tackles for a loss, 4 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble. Matchup: Chicago Bears
    4. Bradley McDougal- 57 Tackles (48 solo), 3 tackles for a loss, 7 passes defensed, 3 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery. Matchup: San Francisco 49ers
    5. Derwin James- 78 Tackles (54 solo), 4 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, 9 passes defensed, 2 interceptions. Matchup: Pittsburgh Steelers
    6. Jessie Bates III- 85 Tackles (57 solo), 5 passes defensed, 3 interceptions, 1 Touchdown. Matchup: Denver Broncos
    7. Tyrann Mathieu- 66 Tackles (55 solo), 4 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks, 5 passes defensed, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery. Matchup: Cleveland Browns
    8. Chris Harris- 48 Tackles (39 solo), 1 tackle for a loss, 1 sack, 10 passes defensed, 3 interceptions, 1 Touchdown. Matchup: Cincinnati Bengals
    9. Harrison Smith- 59 Tackles (48 solo), 6 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks, 5 passes defensed, 3 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries. Matchup: New England Patriots
    10. Justin Reid- 56 Tackles( 45 solo), 1 tackle for a loss, 7 passes defensed, 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, 1 Touchdown. Matchup: Cleveland Browns

    The Top

    Jamal Adams in my eyes if the best Fantasy Safety in football. He is an impressive tackler, fierce blitzer and is an above average cover guy. He can literally play both Safety Positions or Linebacker for the Jets. Adams is a big reason why Darren Lee's numbers aren't better (many thought Lee was a breakout candidate). Adams is a must start regardless of matchup and gets a plus matchup against the Titans and their run heavy offense. Credit Julian Edelman for trying but Adams gave him a licking twice last week:

    After those two hits on Edelman, watch him lay the smack down on Gronk:

    Need I say more?

    The Lone Corner

    This week I have a cornerback listed in my top 10. I know most of my colleagues do not like corners but I like playing them when the matchup presents itself. Chris Harris is a great corner and plays the slot a lot. This week he goes up agaisnt the Bengals and Jeff Driskel. Driskel is a backup QB who will likely be doing a lot of under passing to the slot and RB's where Harris should be able to be productive.

    Harris has been a beast his last 2 games. In those games he had 14 tackles (10 solo), 3 passes defensed and 2 interceptions. That is better than many Safeties in that same span. Harris almost had a second pick last week as well:

    Defensive Line

    Rankings

    1. Aaron Donald- 38 Tackles (25 solo), 16 tackles for a loss, 14.5 sacks, 1 pass defensed, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries. Matchup: Detroit Lions
    2. Chris Jones- 26 Tackles (24 solo), 13 tackles for a loss, 9 sacks, 4 passes defensed, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles, 1 Touchdown. Matchup: Oakland Raiders
    3. Khalil Mack- 28 Tackles (23 solo), 6 tackles for a loss, 8 sacks, 3 passes defensed, 1 interception, 5 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 Touchdown. Matchup: New York Giants
    4. J.J. Watt- 45 Tackles (34 solo), 13 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks, 2 passes defensed, 5 forced fumbles. Matchup: Cleveland Browns
    5. Chandler Jones- 35 Tackles (27 solo), 9 tackles for a loss, 11 sacks, 4 passes defensed, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery. Matchup: Green Bay Packers
    6. Myles Garrett- 29 Tackles (24 solo), 8 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, 3 passes defensed, 3 forced fumbles. Matchup: Houston Texans
    7. Joey Bosa- 1 Full game- 5 Tackles (3 solo) 2 tackles for a loss, 2 sacks. Matchup: Pittsburgh Steelers
    8. Mario Addison- 28 Tackles (16 solo), 10 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles. Matchup: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    9. Jason Pierre-Paul- 37 Tackles (30 solo), 11 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble. Matchup: Carolina Panthers
    10. Jabaal Sheard- 34 Tackles (26 solo), 9 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, 4 passes defensed. Matchup: Jacksonville Jaguars

    Donald Can't Be Stopped

    Aaron Donald is once again making his case for Defensive Player of the Year. He had a slow start the first few games but since has been on a tear. Starting Week 4 Donald has had a sack in every game with 5 of those seven games being multiple sack games. With the record that the Rams have you have to at least consider Donald as an MVP candidate, check out the numbers:

    Keeping Up With the Jones'

    Chris Jones is one of the biggest surprises of this year. He has had 7 consecutive games with a sack and 4 in his last two games. Most people were expecting a healthy year from Justin Houston and Dee Ford. Chris Jones has been the best pass rusher on the Chiefs. Look at the quick shifty burst from Jones here to get to the QB:

    The other Jones has been a Fantasy mainstay since he was drafted. Chandler Jones is a beast. He has anotehr year of 10 plus sacks and continues to be a disruptive force for the Cardinals.

    Bosa Is Back

    Joey Bosa is a generational talent. Is it too early to say he is back this year...maybe. To me no, it only takes a small taste of action for Bosa to get back into it. He played 31 snaps his first game back and had a single tackle. Then came his first full game of action and he had 5 tackles and 2 sacks. Welcome back Bosa! Watch here his second of his 2 sacks:

    There is the tops of each Fantasy position for Week 13. Some new guys on the list and great matchups for some. Let's see who has the late season breakout.

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    Joseph Haggan

    I am the proud father to an amazing young girl and husband to an unbelievable wife. Senior writer for IDPGuys, as well as projections creator and co-founder of our elite IDP Scoring Tool.
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