Updated 2019 IDP Position Rankings

I’ll keep this relatively short, as not to waste your time. Several weeks ago, over a series of weeks, I put out my initial IDP rankings, position by position. Now, a month later, plenty has changed, and to not update my rankings to reflect those changes would be pretty asinine. As always, happy reading, and I hope my rankings help you out at your draft table this year.

 

Linebackers

 

Rank Player Name Team Initial Rank
1 Darius Leonard IND 1
2 Bobby Wagner SEA 2
3 Luke Kuechly CAR 3
4 Deion Jones ATL 4
5 Cory Littleton LAR 5
6 Lavonte David TBB 6
7 Roquan Smith CHI 7
8 Blake Martinez GBP 8
9 Leighton Vander Esch DAL 9
10 C.J. Mosley NYJ 10
11 Myles Jack JAX 11
12 Zach Cunningham HOU 12
13 Tremaine Edmunds BUF 13
14 Jaylon Smith DAL 14
15 Devin Bush PIT 15
16 Devin White TBB 17
17 DeMario Davis NYJ 18
18 Khalil Mack CHI 19
19 Nick Vigil CIN 20
20 Alec Ogletree NYG 21
21 Christian Kirksey CLE 22
22 Joe Schobert CLE 23
23 Kwon Alexander SFO 24
24 Jordan Hicks ARI 28
25 T.J. Watt PIT 27
26 Jayon Brown TEN 29
27 Kenny Young BAL 16
28 Patrick Onwuasor BAL 40
29 Bradley Chubb DEN 30
30 Anthony Hitchens KCC 31
31 Zach Brown PHI 32
32 Tahir Whitehead OAK 33
33 Danny Trevathan CHI 35
34 Von Miller DEN 37
35 Todd Davis DEN 41
36 Eric Kendricks MIN 38
37 Wesley Woodyard NYJ 39
38 Kiko Alonso MIA 25
39 Raekwon McMillan MIA 45
40 Lorenzo Alexander BUF 42
41 Chandler Jones ARI 43
42 Fred Warner SFO 44
43 Matt Milano BUF 46
44 Haason Reddick ARI 47
45 K.J. Wright SEA 49
46 Benardrick McKinney HOU 50
47 Shaun Dion Hamilton WAS Unranked
48 Jerome Baker MIA Unranked
49 Jon Bostic WAS Unranked
50 Blake Cashman NYJ Unranked

 

Notable Changes:

  • I was a bit bullish in my initial ranking of Kenny Young at 16, and didn’t give Patrick Onwuasor enough credit at 40. Kenny Young is still one of my favorite LB targets this year, and I think he could still finish in the teens, but Onwuasor exists, like it or not.
  • Injuries to Avery Williamson and Jarrad Davis bump them off the list entirely, and Mason Foster‘s release (and bizarre inability to find a suitor) works likewise. As a result, Blake Cashman, Shaun Dion Hamilton and Jon Bostic jump up into the Top 50.
  • With talks of him being a potential roster cut, Kiko Alonso drops down the list, and Raekwon McMillan and Jerome Baker get slight bumps. Even if the report doesn’t shake out and Alonso still makes the roster, the fact that the idea was there doesn’t bode well for his play time, especially given the young, talented linebackers he’s surrounded by.
  • Trade rumors surrounding Jadeveon Clowney brought me to drop him just off the list (not that he was ranked highly before), purely because of the uncertainty in his landing spot, and how their scheme would affect his usage and fantasy viability. I’ll get back to you when (if?) he gets moved.

 

Defensive Linemen

 

Rank Player Name Team Initial Rank
1 Aaron Donald LAR 1
2 J.J. Watt HOU 2
3 Joey Bosa LAC 3
4 Danielle Hunter MIN 4
5 Myles Garrett CLE 5
6 Calais Campbell JAX 6
7 DeMarcus Lawrence DAL 7
8 Cameron Jordan NOR 8
9 DeForest Buckner SFO 9
10 Melvin Ingram LAC 11
11 Chris Jones KCC 12
12 Frank Clark KCC 13
13 Akiem Hicks CHI 14
14 Olivier Vernon CLE 15
15 Jonathan Allen WAS 16
16 Dee Ford SFO 17
17 Justin Houston IND 18
18 Nick Bosa SFO 10
19 Trey Flowers DET 19
20 Everson Griffen MIN 20
21 Marcus Davenport NOR 21
22 Carlos Dunlap CIN 22
23 Jurrell Casey TEN 24
24 Fletcher Cox PHI 25
25 Yannick Ngakoue JAX 26
26 Leonard Williams NYJ 28
27 Cameron Heyward PIT 29
28 Vita Vea TBB 23
29 Jason Pierre-Paul TBB 30
30 Kenny Clark GBP 31
31 Clelin Ferrell OAK 34
32 Damon Harrison DET 27
33 Jerry Hughes BUF 36
34 Geno Atkins CIN 37
35 Jarran Reed SEA 40
36 Ezekiel Ansah SEA 32
37 Brandon Graham PHI 38
38 Ndamukong Suh TBB Unranked
39 Da’Ron Payne WAS Unranked
40 Ed Oliver BUF 33

 

Notable Changes:

  • Nick Bosa suffered an ankle injury that could potentially hold him out of Week 1, and will likely limit his snaps for the first few games even if he plays. It’s minor enough to keep him in my Top 20, but be wary of a slow start.
  • Reports are that Vita Vea is highly questionable for Week 1 with a knee injury, and could potentially miss multiple games. This is frustrating news for one of my favorite sleepers for 2019, but once he’s back on the field he’ll be a beast.
  • Damon Harrison sees a drop after the Lions add former Pro Bowler Mike Daniels to the defensive tackle rotation, giving the Lions a three-headed monster (A’Shawn Robinson) that will likely mean Snacks won’t be on the field for nearly as many snaps as he was in line for.
  • Ed Oliver hasn’t blown coaches away as quickly as I’d hoped, though his later season upside is too high for me to drop him out of the Top 40 entirely.
  • Robert Quinn got hit with a double whammy of a broken hand and PED suspension, more than dropping him off my radar.

 

Defensive Backs

 

Rank Player Name Team Initial Rank
1 Landon Collins WAS 1
2 Jamal Adams NYJ 2
3 John Johnson LAR 4
4 Keanu Neal ATL 5
5 Budda Baker ARI 6
6 Jordan Poyer BUF 7
7 Harrison Smith MIN 8
8 Reshad Jones MIA 13
9 Shawn Williams CIN 9
10 Antoine Bethea NYG 10
11 Malcolm Jenkins PHI 11
12 Jabrill Peppers NYG 12
13 Bradley McDougald SEA 14
14 Tyrann Mathieu KCC 15
15 Justin Reid HOU 16
16 Johnathan Abram OAK 17
17 Kevin Byard TEN 18
18 Jessie Bates III CIN 19
19 Hasean Clinton-Dix CHI 20
20 Damarious Randall CLE 21
21 Earl Thomas III BAL 23
22 Minkah Fitzpatrick MIA 26
23 Clayton Geathers IND 24
24 Justin Simmons DEN 25
25 Derwin James LAC 3
26 Jaquiski Tartt SFO 27
27 Sean Davis PIT 28
28 Justin Evans TBB 29
29 Morgan Burnett CLE 30
30 Adrian Amos GBP 32
31 Eddie Jackson CHI 33
32 Kareem Jackson DEN Unranked
33 Tony Jefferson BAL 34
34 Ronnie Harrison JAX 35
35 Kyle Fuller CHI 36
36 Eric Reid CAR 37
37 Marshon Lattimore NOR 38
38 Quandre Diggs DET 39
39 Kenny Vaccaro TEN Unranked
40 Marcus Peters LAR Unranked

 

Notable Changes:

  • Derwin James will almost certainly be starting the season on injured reserve, holding him out for at least the first eight weeks. This ranking may be a bit aggressive considering, but when you do have him on the field (for playoffs no less) he’s one of the best in the business. Adjust where you draft him to how dangerous you’re feeling at the draft table.
  • Per Reshad Jones, he will not be traded. The looming threat of a trade being gone, as well as T.J. McDonald being released, makes me far more willing to take on Reshad Jones this season.
  • Juan Thornhill has overall been very disappointing to watch in the preseason, to such a degree that my confidence in him has waned enough to drop him from the list entirely.
  • Making my initial rankings I missed the news that Kareem Jackson would be starting at safety for the Broncos, and some kind Redditors let me know. I’ve moved him into the Top 40 accordingly.

 

(Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)

Nate Watt

Nate is a medical biller living in Spokane, WA. Interests include the Mariners, Seahawks, Hawaiian shirts, and putting off playing the unplayed games in his library to replay Earthbound again.

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