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Breaking down the top IDP options at DL, LB, DB in Week 7

IDP leagues are growing in popularity, and we’re here to help you sort through the best fantasy football options at each position. We break down the top players at defensive line, linebacker, and defensive back in Week 7.

Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa tries to chase down Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay during a 4th quarter running play at Dignity Health Sports Park. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL returns for Week 7, and we’re back with another look at the best individual defensive players to consider in fantasy football. We have four teams on bye this week, so top players like Devin Bush, Devin White, Joe Schobert, Lavonte David, Luke Kuechly and Myles Garrett are unavailable.

With Garrett unavailable, Chargers’ defensive end Joey Bosa, claims the top defensive line ranking going up against the Tennessee Titans who’ve giving up 16 sacks and the second most fantasy points to the DE position. The New York Jets are the only team who give up more fantasy points to defensive ends and the Seattle Seahawks will stay in the top-three again this week.

The Carolina Panthers give up the most fantasy points to the linebacker position, but they’re on a bye this week, so the top-three teams who give up the most fantasy points to linebackers are the Buffalo Bills, the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos.

The Atlanta Falcons have moved into the top spot giving up the most fantasy points to opposing safety’s, but the DB1 in Los Angeles, John Johnson, hurt his shoulder in last week’s game and is questionable this week. If Johnson suits up for Week 7, he’ll move into the top spot in the defensive back rankings. [UPDATE: The Rams placed Johnson on injured reserve]

Individual Defense Player rankings, Week 7

Defensive Line IDP rankings, Week 7

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Joey Bosa LAC @ TEN
2 Danielle Hunter MIN @ DET
3 J.J. Watt HOU @ IND
4 Chandler Jones ARI @ NYG
5 Cameron Jordan NO @ CHI
6 Demarcus Lawrence DAL v. PHI
7 DeForest Buckner SF @ WSH
8 Calais Campbell JAX @ CIN
9 Aaron Donald LAR @ ATL
10 Sam Hubbard CIN v. JAX
11 Justin Houston IND v. HOU
12 Tre Flowers DET v. MIN
13 Everson Griffen MIN @ DET
14 Nick Bosa SF @ WSH
15 Jadevon Clowney SEA v. BAL
16 Markus Golden NYG v. ARI
17 Robert Quinn DAL v. PHI
18 Chris Jones KC @ DEN
19 Frank Clark KC @ DEN
20 Denico Autry IND v. HOU
21 Carlos Dunlap CIN v. JAX
22 Grady Jarrett ATL v. LAR
23 Josh Allen JAX @ CIN
24 Kenny Clark GB v. OAK

Injuries: Melvin Ingram (status uncertain), Stephon Tuitt (I.L.)

Linebackers IDP rankings, Week 7

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Bobby Wagner SEA v. BAL
2 Blake Martinez GB v. OAK
3 Darius Leonard IND v. HOU
4 Corey Littleton LAR @ ATL
5 Roquan Smith CHI v. NO
6 Jordan Hicks ARI @ NYG
7 Jaylon Smith DAL v. PHI
8 Deion Jones ATL v. LAR
9 Leighton Vander Esch DAL v. PHI
10 Zach Cunningham HOU @ IND
11 Myles Jack JAX @ CIN
12 Kwon Alexander SF @ WSH
13 Nick Vigil CIN v. JAX
14 Danny Trevathan CHI v. NO
15 Neville Hewitt NYJ v. NE
16 Jerome Baker MIA @ BUF
17 Patrick Onwuasor BAL @ SEA
18 Jaime Collins NE @ NYJ
19 Eric Kendricks MIN @ DET
20 Tremaine Edmunds BUF v. MIA
21 Todd Davis DEN v. KC
22 Khalil Mack CHI v. NO
23 Demario Davis NO @ CHI
24 De'Vondre Campbell ATL v. LAR

Injuries: C.J. Mosley (Questionable), Jayon Brown (Questionable)

Defensive Backs IDP rankings, Week 7

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Landon Collins WSH V. SF
2 Jamal Adams NYJ v. NE
3 Jordan Poyer BUF v. MIA
4 Justin Reid HOU @ IND
5 Harrison Smith MIN @ DET
6 Kevin Byard TEN v. LAC
7 Shawn Williams CIN v. JAX
8 Antoine Bethea NYG v. ARI
9 Tracy Walker DET v. MIN
10 Jessie Bates III CIN v. JAX
11 Ronnie Harrison JAX @ CIN
12 Von Bell NO @ CHI
13 Jabrill Peppers NYG v. ARI
14 Budda Baker ARI @ NYG
15 Reshad Jones MIA @ BUF
16 Adrian Amos GB v. OAK
17 Hasean Clinton-Dix CHI v. NO
18 Justin Simmons DEN v. KC
19 Tyrann Mathieu KC @ DEN
20 Bradley McDougald SEA v. BAL
21 Eric Weddle LAR @ ATL
22 Kenny Vaccaro TEN v. LAC
23 Kyler Fuller CHI v. NO
24 Montae Nichelson WSH v. SF

Injuries: Desmond Trufant (Doubtful), Tony Jefferson (I.L.), Donte Jackson (Questionable), William Jackson (out), Dre Kirkpatrick (out), Denzel Ward (uncertain), Greedy Williams (uncertain), Byron Jones (Questionable), Bradley Roby (out), Aquib Talib (out), Jalen Ramsey (Questionable), John Johnson (IR)