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Fantasy Football: Week 12 IDP Rankings & Tiers

2RY3F29 Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Trey Hendrickson (91) takes the field for introductions before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday, Sept. 25, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Emilee Chinn)

• The rise of Nate Landman: The Atlanta Falcons linebacker has stepped up as a starter this season and is thriving, both as an IDP and in terms of his PFF grades.

Trey Hendrickson’s career year continues: The Bengals’ star pass-rusher is among the best in the league at his position and draws a great matchup this week to continue his dominance in 2023.

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LINEBACKER

RANK TIER NAME TEAM OPP NOTES
1 1A Foyesade Oluokun JAX @ HST
2 1A T.J. Edwards CHI @ MIN MNF
3 1A Zaire Franklin IND TB
4 1A Roquan Smith BLT @ LAC SNF
5 1B Ernest Jones LAR @ ARZ
6 1B Alex Singleton DEN CLV
7 1B Fred Warner SF @ SEA TNF
8 1B C.J. Mosley NYJ MIA FRI
9 1C Bobby Wagner SEA SF TNF
10 1C Bobby Okereke NYG NE
11 1C Blake Cashman HST JAX
12 1C Quay Walker GB @ DET TNF
13 2A Terrel Bernard BUF @ PHI
14 2A Nate Landman ATL NO
15 2A Drue Tranquill KC @ LV
16 2A Ivan Pace Jr. MIN CHI MNF
17 2B Logan Wilson CIN PIT
18 2B Elandon Roberts PIT @ CIN
19 2B Dre Greenlaw SF @ SEA TNF
20 2B Kenneth Murray Jr. LAC BLT SNF
21 2C Quincy Williams NYJ MIA Q/FRI
22 2C Tremaine Edmunds CHI @ MIN MNF
23 2C Frankie Luvu CAR @ TEN
24 2C Azeez Al-Shaair TEN CAR
25 3A Jordyn Brooks SEA SF TNF
26 3A Demario Davis NO @ ATL
27 3A Devin Lloyd JAX @ HST
28 3A Patrick Queen BLT @ LAC SNF
29 3B Kaden Elliss ATL NO
30 3B Robert Spillane LV KC
31 3B SirVocea Dennis TB @ IND WW
32 3B Josh Woods ARZ LAR WW
33 3C Jamin Davis WAS @ DAL TNF
34 3C Alex Anzalone DET GB TNF
35 3C Zach Cunningham PHI BUF
36 3C Devin White TB @ IND
37 4A Christian Harris HST JAX WW
38 4A Josey Jewell DEN CLV
39 4A Pete Werner NO @ ATL
40 4A De'Vondre Campbell GB @ DET Q/TNF
41 4B Ja'Whaun Bentley NE @ NYG Q
42 4B Eric Kendricks LAC BLT SNF
43 4B Markquese Bell DAL WAS TNF
44 4B Germaine Pratt CIN PIT
45 4C Mykal Walker PIT @ CIN WW
46 4C Nicholas Morrow PHI BUF
47 4C Willie Gay KC @ LV
48 4C Jerome Baker MIA @ NYJ FRI
49 5A E.J. Speed IND TB
50 5A Micah McFadden NYG NE
51 5A David Mayo WAS @ DAL TNF
52 5A Divine Deablo LV KC
53 5B Derrick Barnes DET GB WW/TNF
54 5B Christian Rozeboom LAR @ ARZ
55 5B Damone Clark DAL WAS TNF
56 5B Sione Takitaki CLV @ DEN WW
57 5C Tyrel Dodson BUF @ PHI
58 5C Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah CLV @ DEN
59 5C Segun Olubi IND TB
60 5C Jack Sanborn CHI @ MIN MNF

Nate Landman (LB14) played a true full-time role in back-to-back weeks heading into the team’s Week 11 bye. His 80.1 defensive grade on the season ranks 17th among linebackers. Landman has also delivered a very strong 15.0% tackle efficiency throughout the season, which is a top-15 mark at his position. He draws a great matchup this week against the New Orleans Saints, who have yielded the second-most tackles per game (19.2) to the linebacker position this season. Kaden Elliss (LB29) hasn’t been nearly as efficient as Landman and is delivering a tackle efficiency that is well below average for the year (10.9%), which pushes him outside the top 24 despite a favorable matchup.

Ivan Pace Jr. (LB16) played his first 100% snap game in the NFL this past week and delivered a productive showing that included an elite 18.2% tackle efficiency. Pace has the added benefit of playing in the sixth-most zone-heavy defense in the NFL to pair with his every-down role, which should allow for a great boost to his IDP production. Pace draws a strong matchup this week against the Bears, who yielded 31 tackles to the linebacker position in Week 11 and are now averaging 20.7 per game over their past three outings, which is among the highest marks in the league. Pace should be in for another strong game this week, much to the delight of IDP managers who were able to scoop him up off the waiver wire last week.

Tremaine Edmunds (LB22) also draws a great matchup this week against the Minnesota Vikings, along with T.J. Edwards (LB2). For Edmunds, there is a slight concern about him being eased back into action coming off an injury last week. Edmunds played just 66% of the team’s defensive snaps in Week 11 after missing two straight games, which has happened to many players this season. Edmunds' snaps should increase this week, but it is something IDP managers should be aware of, as it also affects Jack Sanborn (LB60), who was able to deliver a productive game in Week 11 as Edmunds ramped up.


EDGE DEFENDER

RANK TIER NAME TEAM OPP NOTES
1 1A Micah Parsons DAL WAS TNF
2 1A Myles Garrett CLV @ DEN
3 1A T.J. Watt PIT @ CIN
4 1A Nick Bosa SF @ SEA TNF
5 1B Maxx Crosby LV KC
6 1B Danielle Hunter MIN CHI MNF
7 1B Jaelan Phillips MIA @ NYJ FRI
8 1B Trey Hendrickson CIN PIT
9 1C Josh Allen JAX @ HST
10 1C Aidan Hutchinson DET GB TNF
11 1C Alex Highsmith PIT @ CIN
12 1C Kayvon Thibodeaux NYG NE
13 2A Haason Reddick PHI BUF
14 2A Rashan Gary GB @ DET TNF
15 2A Carl Granderson NO @ ATL
16 2A Bradley Chubb MIA @ NYJ FRI
17 2B Brian Burns CAR @ TEN
18 2B Chase Young SF @ SEA TNF
19 2B Boye Mafe SEA SF TNF
20 2B Byron Young LAR @ ARZ
21 2C Will Anderson Jr. HST JAX
22 2C Sam Hubbard CIN PIT Q
23 2C Harold Landry III TEN CAR
24 2C George Karlaftis KC @ LV
25 3A Josh Sweat PHI BUF
26 3A DeMarcus Lawrence DAL WAS TNF
27 3A Cameron Jordan NO @ ATL
28 3A Preston Smith GB @ DET TNF
29 3B Jonathan Greenard HST JAX
30 3B Greg Rousseau BUF @ PHI
31 3B Odafe Oweh BLT @ LAC SNF
32 3B Montez Sweat CHI @ MIN MNF
33 3C Za'Darius Smith CLV @ DEN
34 3C Jermaine Johnson NYJ MIA Q/FRI
35 3C Khalil Mack LAC BLT SNF
36 3C Deatrich Wise Jr. NE @ NYG
37 4A Jonathon Cooper DEN CLV
38 4A Dorance Armstrong DAL WAS TNF
39 4A D.J. Wonnum MIN CHI MNF
40 4A Kyle Van Noy BLT @ LAC SNF
41 4B Shaquil Barrett TB @ IND
42 4B Tuli Tuipuloto LAC BLT WW/SNF
43 4B Jadeveon Clowney BLT @ LAC SNF
44 4B Baron Browning DEN CLV
45 4C Michael Hoecht LAR @ ARZ
46 4C Ogbo Okoronkwo CLV @ DEN
47 4C Kwity Paye IND TB Q
48 4C BJ Ojulari ARZ LAR
49 5A Denico Autry TEN CAR
50 5A Yannick Ngakoue CHI @ MIN MNF
51 5A Leonard Floyd BUF @ PHI
52 5A Mike Danna KC @ LV
53 5B John Franklin-Myers NYJ MIA Q/FRI
54 5B Cameron Thomas ARZ LAR
55 5B Samson Ebukam IND TB
56 5B Dayo Odeyingbo IND TB
57 5C Josh Uche NE @ NYG
58 5C Bud Dupree ATL NO
59 5C KJ Henry WAS @ DAL WW/TNF
60 5C Anfernee Jennings NE @ NYG

Trey Hendrickson (ED8) is in the midst of a career year in terms of PFF pass-rush grade, currently earning a 90.6 mark this season to rank fourth at his position. He has 9.5 sacks through 10 games. Hendrickson draws a great matchup against Pittsburgh Steelers left tackle Dan Moore, who owns a 30.3 pass-blocking grade — the second-lowest mark at his position among 85 qualifying offensive tackles. Hendrickson should be able to add to his sack total this week, although Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett has done a decent job at avoiding sacks this year, with a 16.9% pressure-to-sack conversion rate (14th).

DeMarcus Lawrence (ED26) has continued to play at a high level in Year 10 of his NFL career. His 82.8 pass-rush grade ranks 10th at his position, and his 91.1 run-defense grade places second. Lawrence is also averaging a career-low 52% defensive snap rate this season, which keeps him outside the top 24 at his position in the rankings, but he does draw a great matchup this week, just as he did last week when he came up with a sack. Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell has now taken 51 sacks on the year — the most in the league, by far — so Lawrence should be able to get home for at least one on Thanksgiving Day.


INTERIOR DEFENDER

RANK TIER NAME TEAM OPP NOTES
1 1A Aaron Donald LAR @ ARZ
2 1A DeForest Buckner IND TB
3 1A Jeffery Simmons TEN CAR
4 1A Dexter Lawrence NYG NE
5 1B Cameron Heyward PIT @ CIN
6 1B Chris Jones KC @ LV
7 1B Quinnen Williams NYJ MIA FRI
8 1B Christian Wilkins MIA @ NYJ FRI
9 1C Jonathan Allen WAS @ DAL TNF
10 1C Javon Hargrave SF @ SEA Q/TNF
11 1C Zach Allen DEN CLV
12 1C Ed Oliver BUF @ PHI
13 2A Justin Madubuike BLT @ LAC SNF
14 2A Derrick Brown CAR @ TEN
15 2A Christian Barmore NE @ NYG
16 2A Osa Odighizuwa DAL WAS TNF
17 2B Harrison Phillips MIN CHI MNF
18 2B David Onyemata ATL NO Q
19 2B Leonard Williams SEA SF TNF
20 2B Jalen Carter PHI BUF
21 2C Zach Sieler MIA @ NYJ FRI
22 2C Daron Payne WAS @ DAL TNF
23 2C Sheldon Rankins HST JAX
24 2C Dre'Mont Jones SEA SF TNF
25 3A Vita Vea TB @ IND
26 3A Nathan Shepherd NYJ MIA FRI
27 3A Arik Armstead SF @ SEA TNF
28 3A Calijah Kancey TB @ IND
29 3B Kenny Clark GB @ DET Q/TNF
30 3B Jarran Reed SEA SF TNF
31 3B DJ Reader CIN PIT
32 3B Larry Ogunjobi PIT @ CIN
33 3C Alim McNeill DET GB TNF
34 3C B.J. Hill CIN PIT
35 3C Fletcher Cox PHI BUF
36 3C Dalvin Tomlinson CLV @ DEN

Zach Allen (DT11) gets one of the best tackling matchups for defensive linemen this week, going up against the Cleveland Browns, who have yielded 23.8 tackles per game to the position on the year. That number has been even higher in the past three games, getting up to 29.7 per game since Week 9. Allen is playing more than any other Broncos defensive lineman, with 550 defensive snaps (82%) this season, and ranks fifth on the team in tackles (41).


SAFETY

RANK TIER NAME TEAM OPP NOTES
1 1A Derwin James Jr. LAC BLT SNF
2 1A Kamren Curl WAS @ DAL TNF
3 1A Antoine Winfield Jr. TB @ IND
4 1A Jaquan Brisker CHI @ MIN MNF
5 1B Budda Baker ARZ LAR
6 1B Kyle Hamilton BLT @ LAC SNF
7 1B Reed Blankenship PHI BUF
8 1B Jordan Poyer BUF @ PHI
9 1C Grant Delpit CLV @ DEN
10 1C Kyle Dugger NE @ NYG
11 1C Jessie Bates III ATL NO
12 1C Jamal Adams SEA SF TNF
13 2A Camryn Bynum MIN CHI MNF
14 2A Dax Hill CIN PIT
15 2A Josh Metellus MIN CHI MNF
16 2A Brian Branch DET GB TNF
17 2B Tony Adams NYJ MIA Q/FRI
18 2B Justin Simmons DEN CLV
19 2B Jordan Battle CIN PIT WW
20 2B Rudy Ford GB @ DET Q/TNF
21 2C Julian Blackmon IND TB
22 2C Minkah Fitzpatrick PIT @ CIN Q
23 2C Richie Grant ATL NO
24 2C Rayshawn Jenkins JAX @ HST
25 3A Kevin Byard PHI BUF
26 3A Vonn Bell CAR @ TEN
27 3A Harrison Smith MIN CHI MNF
28 3A Donovan Wilson DAL WAS TNF
29 3B Jalen Pitre HST JAX
30 3B Xavier McKinney NYG NE
31 3B Jevon Holland MIA @ NYJ FRI
32 3B Ji'Ayir Brown SF @ SEA WW/TNF
33 3C Marcus Maye NO @ ATL
34 3C Justin Reid KC @ LV
35 3C Jordan Fuller LAR @ ARZ
36 3C Jabrill Peppers NE @ NYG
37 4A Tyrann Mathieu NO @ ATL
38 4A Rodney Thomas II IND TB
39 4A Jalen Thompson ARZ LAR
40 4A Amani Hooker TEN CAR
41 4B Xavier Woods CAR @ TEN
42 4B Jayron Kearse DAL WAS Q/TNF
43 4B Marcus Epps LV KC Q
44 4B Eddie Jackson CHI @ MIN MNF
45 4C Jordan Whitehead NYJ MIA FRI
46 4C Jonathan Owens GB @ DET TNF
47 4C Jimmie Ward HST JAX Q
48 4C Jason Pinnock NYG NE
49 5A Andre Cisco JAX @ HST
50 5A Damontae Kazee PIT @ CIN
51 5A P.J. Locke DEN CLV Q
52 5A Tre'von Moehrig LV KC
53 5B DeShon Elliott MIA @ NYJ FRI
54 5B Marcus Williams BLT @ LAC SNF
55 5B Tracy Walker III DET GB TNF
56 5B Micah Hyde BUF @ PHI Q
57 5C Elijah Molden TEN CAR
58 5C Quandre Diggs SEA SF TNF
59 5C Tashaun Gipson Sr. SF @ SEA TNF
60 5C Malik Hooker DAL WAS TNF

Jamal Adams (S12) missed Week 11 with a knee injury but is expected to return to the lineup this week against the San Francisco 49ers, who are yielding the second-most tackles per game to the safety position (16.0). Adams should step back into his starting role, which would push Julian Love down the depth chart once again. Adams is seeing great usage in the box, with 40% of his defensive snaps coming from that alignment, which should help him deliver a productive game this week — and potentially his best of the year so far. He has been relatively quiet since getting back in the lineup, despite the strong usage.

Jalen Pitre (S29) has been relegated to more of a matchup-dependant IDP option this season after delivering remarkable tackle efficiency numbers as a rookie safety (13.0%), which helped him land 147 total tackles — the 11th most among all players. This season, under a new coaching staff and surrounded by different personnel on the field, Pitre has been hit hard by inevitable regression, managing just a 7.8% tackle efficiency. That is not only a below-average figure for his position, but it also ranks tied for 71st among defensive backs who have played at least 50% of defensive snaps this season. Pitre draws a Week 12 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have yielded just 11.4 tackles per game to the safety position, which ranks 28th this season. That keeps him from being a must-start option.


CORNERBACK

RANK TIER NAME TEAM OPP NOTES
1 1A Nate Hobbs LV KC
2 1A Kenny Moore II IND TB
3 1A Roger McCreary TEN CAR
4 1A Kyler Gordon CHI @ MIN MNF
5 1B DaRon Bland DAL WAS TNF
6 1B Benjamin St-Juste WAS @ DAL TNF
7 1B Trent McDuffie KC @ LV
8 1B Brandon Stephens BLT @ LAC SNF
9 1C Tavierre Thomas HST JAX
10 1C Darius Slay PHI BUF
11 1C L'Jarius Sneed KC @ LV
12 1C Darious Williams JAX @ HST
13 2A Marlon Humphrey BLT @ LAC Q/SNF
14 2A Devon Witherspoon SEA SF TNF
15 2A Taron Johnson BUF @ PHI Q
16 2A Cam Taylor-Britt CIN PIT Q
17 2B D.J. Reed NYJ MIA FRI
18 2B Deommodore Lenoir SF @ SEA TNF
19 2B Byron Murphy Jr. MIN CHI MNF
20 2B Paulson Adebo NO @ ATL
21 2C Marco Wilson ARZ LAR
22 2C Charvarius Ward SF @ SEA TNF
23 2C Jerry Jacobs DET GB TNF
24 2C A.J. Terrell ATL NO
25 3A Jalen Ramsey MIA @ NYJ FRI
26 3A Carrington Valentine GB @ DET TNF
27 3A James Bradberry PHI BUF
28 3A Derion Kendrick LAR @ ARZ
29 3B Alontae Taylor NO @ ATL
30 3B Ja'Quan McMillian DEN CLV
31 3B Kendall Fuller WAS @ DAL TNF
32 3B Jeff Okudah ATL NO
33 3C Tyrique Stevenson CHI @ MIN MNF
34 3C Pat Surtain II DEN CLV
35 3C Greg Newsome II CLV @ DEN
36 3C Tariq Woolen SEA SF Q/TNF
37 4A Sauce Gardner NYJ MIA FRI
38 4A J.C. Jackson NE @ NYG
39 4A Carlton Davis III TB @ IND Q
40 4A Joey Porter Jr. PIT @ CIN
41 4B Marshon Lattimore NO @ ATL Q
42 4B Jonathan Jones NE @ NYG
43 4B Cameron Sutton DET GB TNF
44 4B Patrick Peterson PIT @ CIN
45 4C CJ Henderson CAR @ TEN
46 4C Jaylon Johnson CHI @ MIN MNF
47 4C Jaire Alexander GB @ DET Q/TNF
48 4C Asante Samuel Jr. LAC BLT SNF

Benjamin St-Juste (CB6) has been one of the most consistent cornerback producers for IDP this season and draws a favorable matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, who have yielded the fifth-most tackles per game to the cornerback position (14.4). St-Juste has delivered 52 total tackles on the year, which is the seventh most for his position, and has also broken up 15 passes, which is the second most. He has a sack to boot and should be considered a locked-in CB1 this week in a strong matchup.

Devon Witherspoon (CB14) has been an excellent IDP all season, so it’s going to be difficult to keep him out of lineups, considering he is tied for third among cornerbacks with 55 tackles. His 2023 resume includes three sacks and a pick-six, as well. However, the 49ers have been remarkably stingy to opposing cornerbacks this year, allowing just 9.0 tackles per game to the position — the lowest mark in the league. Most IDP managers will start Witherspoon, but temper expectations this week.


KEY

  • DNP: Did not participate in team's most recent practice due to injury
  • LP: Limited participation in team's most recent practice due to injury
  • D: Player is doubtful to play due to injury
  • Q: Player is questionable to play due to injury
  • TNF: Player is playing on Thursday Night Football. Set lineups accordingly.
  • FRI: Player is playing on Friday this week. Set lineups accordingly.
  • SNF: Player is playing on Sunday Night Football. Set lineups accordingly.
  • MNF: Player is playing on Monday Night Football. Set lineups accordingly.
  • UK: Player is playing on Sunday morning’s London game. Set lineups accordingly.
  • WW: Potential waiver-wire target (see Weekly IDP Fantasy Report).
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