Weekly Rankings: Week 3 IDP Rankings and Notes from Week 2

Week 2 Notes

  • Raiders DE Benson Mayowa continued his tear to start the year, picking up another forced fumble and 1.5 sacks against the Chiefs to give him 2 and 3.5 on the season, respectively. All this despite playing less than a third of the Raider’s defensive snaps thus far.
  • J.J. Watt had another slow game with just two assisted tackles and a fumble recovery, though it’s infinitely better than his goose egg from Week 1.
  • Tracy Walker looks like he might be the real deal, once again playing every snap for the Lions and adding 10 tackles (7 Solo, 3 Assists) to his 9 from the previous week. It makes sense given how lacking the Lions linebacker group is, and I’m excited for Walker’s outlook going forward.
  • Minkah Fitzpatrick is now a Steeler and should slot in as a starting safety alongside Terrell Edmunds, assuming Sean Davis misses time. Even when Davis returns, it’s entirely possible the Steelers let their new young stud keep his preferred position.
  • Jordan Hicks was a machine on Sunday, racking up 11 tackles (8 Solo, 3 Assists) to already give him 25 on the young season, good for second in the league behind Thomas Davis, who has been equally ridiculous at generating tackles early.
  • Danielle Hunter is a bonafide manimal out there, posting 13 tackles, 2.0 sacks, a league-leading 4 TFL, 15 pressures and 4 QB hits through the first two weeks. It’s hard to not place him at number one among defensive linemen this week.
  • With the Dolphins throwing four interceptions to the Patriots hungry defense, the NFL’s new premier punching bag has coughed up the ball an astounding seven times in two games. Fire up your defensive backs against this team wherever and whenever possible.
  • All-Pro safety Adrian Phillips has a broken arm and will be out indefinitely, in the latest stroke of awful Chargers’ injury luck. Jaylen Watkins looks to be in line to pick up most of the slack and should be added in most formats where you need multiple DB’s.
  • Superstar LB Darius Leonard is in the concussion protocol and may miss Week 3, per head coach Frank Reich.
  • With a huge night against Trevor Siemian/Luke Falk and the Jets, Myles Garrett leads the league with 5.0 sacks on the season, and he’s been one of the top producers at DL so far.

 

Below are my Top 50 players this week at each defensive position. Players who appeared on their teams’ injury report as of this writing are in red lettering.

 

 

Week 3 Linebacker Rankings

 

 

 

Week 3 Defensive Line Rankings

 

 

 

Week 3 Defensive Back Rankings

(Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire)


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Nate Watt

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

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