Fantasy Football: Week 2 IDP Rankings & Tiers

2RT4P2W Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Christian Wilkins celebrates after a sack by teammate Jaelan Phillips on Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

• The Miami Dolphins’ locked-in weekly starter: Jaelan Phillips’ playing time and pass-rush ability should have him as a set-and-forget candidate in most IDP leagues with a great production floor and the potential for blow-up games.

• An impressive rookie debut: Jalen Carter’s incredible Week 1 has him moving up the ranks early in his NFL career.

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With Week 1 in the books, we finally have the ideal sample sizes for how teams will actually deploy their starters this season. While we don’t need to overreact or panic after one week of action, there’s a lot of key data that shouldn’t be ignored when setting the rankings for Week 2 and beyond.

Check the PFF.com rankings page for any updates closer to game time.

Last updated: 9:30 a.m., Sept. 17

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LINEBACKERS

RANK TIER NAME TEAM OPP NOTES
1 1A Roquan Smith BLT @ CIN
2 1A Ernest Jones LAR SF Q
3 1A Foyesade Oluokun JAX KC
4 1A Bobby Wagner SEA @ DET
5 1B Nick Bolton KC @ JAX
6 1B T.J. Edwards CHI @ TB
7 1B Fred Warner SF @ LAR
8 1B Logan Wilson CIN BLT
9 1C Denzel Perryman HST IND
10 1C C.J. Mosley NYJ @ DAL
11 1C Devin White TB CHI
12 1C Zaire Franklin IND @ HST
13 2A Quay Walker GB @ ATL
14 2A Dre Greenlaw SF @ LAR
15 2A Alex Singleton DEN WAS
16 2A Pete Werner NO @ CAR SNF
17 2B Frankie Luvu CAR NO SNF
18 2B Josey Jewell DEN WAS
19 2B Matt Milano BUF LV
20 2B Bobby Okereke NYG @ ARZ
21 2C Tremaine Edmunds CHI @ TB
22 2C Kaden Elliss ATL GB
23 2C Cody Barton WAS @ DEN
24 2C Patrick Queen BLT @ CIN
25 3A Lavonte David TB CHI
26 3A Shaq Thompson CAR NO SNF
27 3A Kyzir White ARZ NYG
28 3A Zach Cunningham PHI MIN TNF
29 3B Azeez Al-Shaair TEN LAC
30 3B Shaquille Leonard IND @ HST
31 3B Robert Spillane LV @ BUF
32 3B Terrel Bernard BUF LV
33 3C Germaine Pratt CIN BLT
34 3C De'Vondre Campbell GB @ ATL
35 3C Quincy Williams NYJ @ DAL
36 3C Demario Davis NO @ CAR SNF
37 4A Divine Deablo LV @ BUF
38 4A Jordyn Brooks SEA @ DET
39 4A Devin Lloyd JAX KC
40 4A Alex Anzalone DET SEA
41 4B Cole Holcomb PIT CLV MNF
42 4B Jordan Hicks MIN @ PHI TNF
43 4B Ja'Whaun Bentley NE MIA
44 4B Kenneth Murray Jr. LAC @ TEN
45 4C Christian Harris HST IND
46 4C Willie Gay KC @ JAX
47 4C Jerome Baker MIA @ NE
48 4C Ivan Pace Jr. MIN @ PHI TNF
49 5A Leighton Vander Esch DAL NYJ
50 5A Nate Landman ATL GB
51 5A Kwon Alexander PIT CLV MNF
52 5A Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah CLV @ PIT MNF
53 5B Jamin Davis WAS @ DEN
54 5B Jack Campbell DET SEA
55 5B Jack Gibbens TEN LAC
56 5B Christian Rozeboom LAR SF
57 5C Micah McFadden NYG @ ARZ
58 5C Anthony Walker Jr. CLV @ PIT MNF
59 5C Krys Barnes ARZ NYG
60 5C E.J. Speed IND @ HST

Denzel Perryman (LB9) moves into the top-12 linebacker conversation after he was the one clear every-down linebacker in Houston this past week. Perryman has a history of strong IDP production as a full-time player, and that continued in Week 1. He posted an elite 23% tackle efficiency for 14 tackles and was a top-five linebacker in first-contact snaps (10) in Week 1.

The Washington Commanders’ linebacker deployment stood out after Week 1. Cody Barton (LB23) emerged as an every-down starter, while Jamin Davis (LB54) played fewer than 65% of the defensive snaps. If Barton is available on the waiver wire and you’re still rostering Davis, now is the time to swap them in your starting lineups.

The Pittsburgh Steelers deployed an unideal rotation with their linebackers. Cole Holcomb (LB43) played fewer than 80% of the defensive snaps, and Kwon Alexander (LB52) led the team in tackles in Week 1 but played even less than Holcomb (69% of defensive snaps). There are other full-time linebackers to trust over them heading into Week 2.


EDGE DEFENDERS

RANK TIER NAME TEAM OPP NOTES
1 1A Micah Parsons DAL NYJ
2 1A T.J. Watt PIT CLV MNF
3 1A Myles Garrett CLV @ PIT MNF
4 1A Nick Bosa SF @ LAR
5 1B Maxx Crosby LV @ BUF
6 1B Haason Reddick PHI MIN TNF
7 1B Montez Sweat WAS @ DEN
8 1B Danielle Hunter MIN @ PHI TNF
9 1C Josh Allen JAX KC
10 1C Brian Burns CAR NO SNF
11 1C Aidan Hutchinson DET SEA
12 1C Jaelan Phillips MIA @ NE Q
13 2A Za'Darius Smith CLV @ PIT MNF
14 2A Matthew Judon NE MIA
15 2A Will Anderson Jr. HST IND
16 2A Joey Bosa LAC @ TEN Q
17 2B Uchenna Nwosu SEA @ DET
18 2B Harold Landry III TEN LAC
19 2B Kayvon Thibodeaux NYG @ ARZ
20 2B Alex Highsmith PIT CLV MNF
21 2C DeMarcus Lawrence DAL NYJ
22 2C Josh Sweat PHI MIN TNF
23 2C Sam Hubbard CIN BLT
24 2C Khalil Mack LAC @ TEN
25 3A Carl Granderson NO @ CAR SNF
26 3A George Karlaftis KC @ JAX
27 3A Greg Rousseau BUF LV
28 3A Denico Autry TEN LAC
29 3B Preston Smith GB @ ATL
30 3B Odafe Oweh BLT @ CIN
31 3B Cameron Jordan NO @ CAR SNF
32 3B Kwity Paye IND @ HST
33 3C Trey Hendrickson CIN BLT
34 3C Chase Young WAS @ DEN
35 3C Travon Walker JAX KC
36 3C Marcus Davenport MIN @ PHI TNF
37 4A Bradley Chubb MIA @ NE
38 4A Shaquil Barrett TB CHI
39 4A Josh Uche NE MIA
40 4A Azeez Ojulari NYG @ ARZ D
41 4B Leonard Floyd BUF LV
42 4B Boye Mafe SEA @ DET Q
43 4B Drake Jackson SF @ LAR
44 4B Jermaine Johnson NYJ @ DAL
45 4C Arden Key TEN LAC
46 4C Yannick Ngakoue CHI @ TB
47 4C Deatrich Wise Jr. NE MIA
48 4C John Franklin-Myers NYJ @ DAL
49 5A Brandon Graham PHI MIN TNF
50 5A Randy Gregory DEN WAS
51 5A Ogbo Okoronkwo CLV @ PIT MNF
52 5A Jerry Hughes HST IND
53 5B Rashan Gary GB @ ATL
54 5B Samson Ebukam IND @ HST
55 5B Dorance Armstrong DAL NYJ
56 5B Mike Danna KC @ JAX
57 5C Zaven Collins ARZ NYG
58 5C Michael Hoecht LAR SF
59 5C Joe Tryon-Shoyinka TB CHI
60 5C Tyree Wilson LV @ BUF

Jaelan Phillips (ED12) doesn’t draw the easiest matchup this week against the New England Patriots, but he put up strong pass-rush metrics and stuffed the stat sheet while playing 90% of the team’s defensive snaps in Week 1. Phillips led all defensive linemen in Week 1 in first-contact snaps (nine), which led to 11 total tackles and a half-sack. He’ll be a locked-in starter, regardless of the matchup, with that usage.

Harold Landry (ED18) didn’t post as strong of pass-rush metrics as Phillips in Week 1 but played about as much (87.5%), which is a great sign for a player coming off a season-ending injury in 2022. Landry disappointed in the box score in Week 1 but should be in for a bounce-back game in Week 2 against Chargers’ right tackle Trey Pipkins, who allowed four pressures, including a sack, in Week 1.


INTERIOR DEFENDERS

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

Philadelphia Eagles’ first-round rookie Jalen Carter (DT9) was not only the highest-graded rookie defender in Week 1 (92.1), but he also earned the sixth-highest pass-rush grade (90.5) among defensive linemen. Carter played 50% of the team’s defensive snaps and tied for the league lead in total pressures in Week 1. He should continue to be a rare pass-rushing threat from the interior and with more playing time could push his way further up the rankings.

Chris Jones (DT10) ended his holdout with the Kansas City Chiefs by agreeing to a contract solution. Jones has one of the highest pass-rush upsides in the league at his position, but it’s unclear if his snaps will be limited in his first game back after he sat out of the team’s training camp.


SAFETIES

RANK TIER NAME TEAM OPP NOTES
1 1A Kamren Curl WAS @ DEN
2 1A Derwin James Jr. LAC @ TEN
3 1A Kyle Dugger NE MIA
4 1A Grant Delpit CLV @ PIT MNF
5 1B Kyle Hamilton BLT @ CIN
6 1B Talanoa Hufanga SF @ LAR
7 1B Jaquan Brisker CHI @ TB
8 1B Antoine Winfield Jr. TB CHI
9 1C C.J. Gardner-Johnson DET SEA
10 1C Harrison Smith MIN @ PHI TNF
11 1C Minkah Fitzpatrick PIT CLV MNF
12 1C Budda Baker ARZ NYG Q
13 2A Julian Blackmon IND @ HST
14 2A Ryan Neal TB CHI
15 2A Vonn Bell CAR NO SNF
16 2A Jayron Kearse DAL NYJ
17 2B Rayshawn Jenkins JAX KC
18 2B Jessie Bates III ATL GB
19 2B Xavier McKinney NYG @ ARZ
20 2B Richie Grant ATL GB
21 2C Reed Blankenship PHI MIN OUT/TNF
22 2C Jordan Fuller LAR SF
23 2C Jordan Poyer BUF LV
24 2C Nick Scott CIN BLT
25 3A Kevin Byard TEN LAC
26 3A Jevon Holland MIA @ NE
27 3A Justin Reid KC @ JAX
28 3A Jordan Whitehead NYJ @ DAL
29 3B Jalen Thompson ARZ NYG
30 3B Marcus Epps LV @ BUF
31 3B Jason Pinnock NYG @ ARZ
32 3B Justin Simmons DEN WAS
33 3C Julian Love SEA @ DET
34 3C Eddie Jackson CHI @ TB
35 3C Dax Hill CIN BLT
36 3C Darrick Forrest WAS @ DEN
37 4A Tyrann Mathieu NO @ CAR SNF
38 4A Xavier Woods CAR NO SNF
39 4A Eric Murray HST IND
40 4A Rudy Ford GB @ ATL
41 4B Marcus Maye NO @ CAR SNF
42 4B DeShon Elliott MIA @ NE
43 4B Kerby Joseph DET SEA
44 4B Juan Thornhill CLV @ PIT Q/MNF
45 4C Camryn Bynum MIN @ PHI TNF
46 4C Jabrill Peppers NE MIA
47 4C Darnell Savage GB @ ATL
48 4C Quandre Diggs SEA @ DET
49 5A Alohi Gilman LAC @ TEN
50 5A Andre Cisco JAX KC
51 5A Brian Branch DET SEA
52 5A Jeremy Chinn CAR NO SNF
53 5B K'Von Wallace ARZ NYG
54 5B Russ Yeast LAR SF Q
55 5B Justin Evans PHI MIN TNF
56 5B Tony Adams NYJ @ DAL
57 5C Micah Hyde BUF LV
58 5C Kareem Jackson DEN WAS
59 5C Geno Stone BLT @ CIN
60 5C Rodney Thomas II IND @ HST

Kyle Dugger (S3) had a relatively quiet Week 1 but saw his total snap share reach 100% for only the second time in his NFL career. With Devin McCourty retiring, Dugger has stepped into an every-down role while still playing more than 50% of his snaps closer to the line of scrimmage. The difference this year is that instead of being off the field, Dugger is backfilling as a deep safety, which gives him more production opportunities, especially against a Miami passing offense that led the league in average depth of target (12.9) in Week 1.

Grant Delpit (S4) did not disappoint in Week 1 after being pegged as one of “My Guys” heading into the year because of his expected usage and tackle opportunities in Jim Schwartz’s defense. Delpit totaled eight tackles in Week 1 and should get ideal IDP usage going forward after playing just 36% of his snaps deep and 36% in the box.


CORNERBACKS

RANK TIER NAME TEAM OPP NOTES
1 1A Nate Hobbs LV @ BUF
2 1A Trent McDuffie KC @ JAX
3 1A Adoree' Jackson NYG @ ARZ
4 1A L'Jarius Sneed KC @ JAX
5 1B DaRon Bland DAL NYJ
6 1B Deommodore Lenoir SF @ LAR
7 1B Kader Kohou MIA @ NE
8 1B Kenny Moore II IND @ HST
9 1C Roger McCreary TEN LAC
10 1C Carlton Davis III TB CHI
11 1C Greg Newsome II CLV @ PIT MNF
12 1C Avonte Maddox PHI MIN TNF
13 2A Charvarius Ward SF @ LAR
14 2A A.J. Terrell ATL GB
15 2A Alontae Taylor NO @ CAR SNF
16 2A D.J. Reed NYJ @ DAL
17 2B Sauce Gardner NYJ @ DAL
18 2B Pat Surtain II DEN WAS
19 2B Taron Johnson BUF LV
20 2B Tariq Woolen SEA @ DET
21 2C Trevon Diggs DAL NYJ
22 2C Xavien Howard MIA @ NE
23 2C Derek Stingley Jr. HST IND
24 2C Christian Gonzalez NE MIA
25 3A Mike Hilton CIN BLT
26 3A Devon Witherspoon SEA @ DET
27 3A Jaire Alexander GB @ ATL
28 3A Jamel Dean TB CHI
29 3B Denzel Ward CLV @ PIT MNF
30 3B Cam Taylor-Britt CIN BLT
31 3B Cobie Durant LAR SF
32 3B Jaylon Johnson CHI @ TB
33 3C Marco Wilson ARZ NYG
34 3C Kendall Fuller WAS @ DEN
35 3C Darius Slay PHI MIN TNF
36 3C Tre'Davious White BUF LV
37 4A Byron Murphy Jr. MIN @ PHI TNF
38 4A Cameron Sutton DET SEA
39 4A Eli Apple MIA @ NE
40 4A Tyson Campbell JAX KC
41 4B Damarri Mathis DEN WAS
42 4B Jerry Jacobs DET SEA
43 4B Marshon Lattimore NO @ CAR SNF
44 4B Donte Jackson CAR NO SNF
45 4C Christian Benford BUF LV
46 4C Chidobe Awuzie CIN BLT
47 4C Tyrique Stevenson CHI @ TB
48 4C Emmanuel Forbes WAS @ DEN

Kenny Moore (CB8) had a down performance in Week 1, making just three tackles, but his usage didn’t change much from previous years when he was a must-start IDP cornerback. Moore played almost every defensive snap, mostly in the slot, and faces a Houston Texans’ offense in Week 2 that totaled 49 dropbacks this past week, which was the second most in the league. Houston also tied for the fourth-most targets to the slot (13) in Week 1, so Moore should get more opportunities for production.

Avonte Maddox (CB12) played a near-every-down role in Week 1, with 94% of his snaps coming in the slot. Maddox was targeted 12 times this past week, which was tied for the most in the league. He posted six tackles, including one for a loss, and two pass breakups. He should continue to be heavily targeted and involved in production opportunities against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2 on Thursday Night Football.


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.
  • SNF: Player is playing on Sunday Night Football. Set lineups accordingly.
  • MNF: Player is playing on Monday Night Football. Set lineups accordingly.
  • WW: Potential waiver-wire claim (see Weekly IDP Fantasy Report)

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