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Fantasy Football: Week 3 IDP Rankings & Tiers

2RT5667 Green Bay Packers linebacker Quay Walker (7) heads to the end zone for a touchdown after he intercepted a pass by Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

• The league’s most zone-heavy defense produces an elite tackler: Quay Walker’s emergence as a top-tier IDP is a combination of winning the Packers’ LB1 role and playing more zone coverage than any team in the league.

• What to do with slow starts from top edge rushers: Kayvon Thibodeaux and Haason Reddick have produced next to nothing for IDP managers so far despite their high draft capital this offseason. Are we willing to give them another shot in Week 3?

• Dominate your fantasy league in 2023: For up-to-date fantasy draft rankings and projections, check out PFF’s fantasy rankings tool!

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With more snaps and a larger sample size for 2023 IDPs available after Week 2, there are plenty of adjustments to make in the rankings. Find out how to value the key defensive players for fantasy purposes heading into Week 3.

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

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WR:CB Matchup Chart


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

Quay Walker’s (LB3) emergence as the Packers’ lone every-down linebacker has led to elite tackle production. He has also already added some big plays, recording a pick-six in Week 1. Walker is playing in the most zone-heavy defense in the league, which has boosted his tackle efficiency. He is making a case to be a locked-in top-five IDP linebacker early in the season.

Alex Singleton (LB31) falls down the ranks despite being a typically elite tackler. He played fewer than 65% of the team’s defensive snaps in Week 2 after getting up over 90% in Week 1. That level of fluctuation makes him less trustworthy heading into Week 3, as the Broncos could be choosing to play much more nickel personnel than they did this past week (74%), despite ranking last in nickel personnel in Week 1 (34%).

Germaine Pratt (LB19) has seen a positive trend with his playing time so far this season compared to past years. Pratt is now averaging 92% of the team’s defensive snaps through two weeks after averaging only 76% in 2022. He has been a more effective tackler than running mate Logan Wilson (LB18), but with Wilson not leaving the field, Pratt still gets the slightest edge for now in a more man-heavy defense.


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

Kayvon Thibodeaux (ED20) has gotten off to a slow start this season and hasn’t really had any particularly encouraging pass-rush metrics to fall back on. But for IDP managers who spent significant draft capital on him this year, he could show some signs of improvement in Week 3. Thibodeaux has rushed off both sides of the line and is playing more than enough snaps to get in plenty of production against 49ers right tackle Colton McKivitz, who has allowed three sacks so far this season with a 48.6 pass-blocking grade (61st). For those holding out hope for Thibodeaux, this should serve as a good measuring stick going forward.

Haason Reddick (ED23) has been another disappointing edge rusher to start this season, having produced only one assisted tackle and one quarterback hit through two games. Things don’t get any easier for Reddick in Week 3 against Luke Goedeke, one of the better pass-blocking right tackles in the league so far. Goedeke has earned a 75.3 pass-blocking grade (25th) and has allowed just two pressures on 76 pass-blocking snaps this season. Reddick is capable of big games, so he should still be in the ED2 conversation — but on the lower end for now.


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

Harrison Phillips (DT14) has emerged early this season as a very effective IDP option on the defensive interior. Phillips has earned most of his production as a tackler and doesn’t offer a high pass-rush upside, despite landing a half-sack so far this season. He draws a typically more pass-heavy offense in Week 3 in the Chargers, so there could be some tackle regression this week, though he is playing enough snaps (83%) to still be productive as a DT2 option.


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

K’Von Wallace (S8) jumps up the rankings this week with Budda Baker landing on injured reserve. Wallace played 65% of his defensive snaps in the box this past week in an every-down role, which is the most optimal IDP deployment among all safeties through the first two weeks.

Dax Hill (S22) is off to a great start in 2023 — his first crack as a full-time starter in the NFL — posting 17 tackles and an interception through the first two games of the year. His fantasy production thus far has been excellent, but it is worth noting that we could see some regression, as Nick Scott (S19) is getting the more optimal IDP deployment. Scott has played 36% of his snaps in the box so far, which has led to better tackle efficiency (16.7%) compared to Hill (11.1%). That gives Scott a slight edge at the moment.


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

Tavierre Thomas (CB9) has been among the better tackling cornerbacks thus far, earning an 18.1% tackle efficiency this season that ranks first among all defensive backs (minimum of 25% of defensive snaps). While not an every-down player, he is the Texans’ primary slot cornerback, which has yielded very positive results early in the season. Thomas is questionable coming into the week, and in each of the past two weeks, one of our two highlighted cornerbacks has suffered an in-game injury, so hopefully he can play and break that streak in Week 3.

Deommodore Lenoir (CB4) is tied for the most targets in coverage (20) at his position so far this season, and it has led to strong tackle numbers. Lenoir ranks seventh among all defensive backs in tackle efficiency (15.6%). He should continue to make the most of his opportunities on Thursday Night Football against the New York Giants, who rank among the top five teams in average fantasy points allowed to the cornerback position this season.


  • 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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