Fantasy Football: Week 5 IDP Rankings & Tiers

2RXMN2B Detroit Lions defensive end Aidan Hutchinson (97) gets set on defense against the Atlanta Falcons during an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

• A dominant start to Year 2 has Aidan Hutchinson locked in as a top IDP: Hutchinson has the playing time, pass-rush metrics, and optimal opponent to be considered a top-five edge play this week.

Quincy Williams is trending up: With an every-down role and high-end tackle production, the other Jets’ Williams brother has had a great start to the season.

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With the first month of the 2023 NFL season in the books, it’s time for IDP managers to separate themselves from the pack as bye weeks hit and depth and roster construction really start to matter.

This article will be updated throughout the week, but you can also check the PFF.com rankings page for updates.

Jump to a Position:

LB | ED | DI | S | CB

WR:CB Matchup Chart


LINEBACKER

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

Quincy Williams (LB15) had a productive first month of the season with 39 total tackles, even out-pacing teammate C.J. Mosley (LB8) in that regard. Mosley is still the preferred option because he plays a handful more snaps per game, but Williams has yet to dip below 96% of the team’s defensive snaps in any game so far this season. As long as he stays in that range, he’ll be in consideration as a top-24 linebacker on a weekly basis.

Jordan Hicks (LB18) has posted two double-digit tackle games so far this season, thanks to an every-down role and defensive coordinator Brian Flores deploying more zone coverage than he has in the past. Against the Chiefs this week, who have been among the league leaders in tackles allowed to the linebacker position, Hicks should have a strong chance to hit double-digit tackles once again. The only thing keeping Hicks from going any higher in these rankings is a higher blitz rate than most linebackers, which could ultimately limit his opportunities to come up with tackles.

Divine Deablo (LB41) falls down the ranks this week because his snap share has declined in each of the past two weeks, most recently to just 71% of defensive snaps. As a result, Deablo has fewer opportunities to make tackles. He managed only four this past week. Assuming his snap share remains around 70%, there will be much more reliable options for fantasy managers to depend on in the weeks ahead.


EDGE DEFENDER

RANK TIER NAME TEAM OPP NOTES
1 1A Maxx Crosby LV NE Q
2 1A Micah Parsons DAL @ LAC MNF
3 1A Myles Garrett CLV SF Q
4 1A Nick Bosa SF @ CLV
5 1B Aidan Hutchinson DET @ TB
6 1B Danielle Hunter MIN @ CHI
7 1B Josh Allen JAX IND
8 1B Trey Hendrickson CIN SEA
9 1C Brian Burns CAR @ MIA Q
10 1C Haason Reddick PHI @ NYJ
11 1C Chase Young WAS @ ATL
12 1C Montez Sweat WAS @ ATL
13 2A Josh Sweat PHI @ NYJ
14 2A Jaelan Phillips MIA CAR Q
15 2A DeMarcus Lawrence DAL @ LAC MNF
16 2A Greg Rousseau BUF NYG Q/SNF
17 2B Joey Bosa LAC DAL Q/MNF
18 2B Kwity Paye IND @ JAX Q
19 2B Harold Landry III TEN BLT UK
20 2B Sam Hubbard CIN SEA
21 2C Khalil Mack LAC DAL MNF
22 2C Denico Autry TEN BLT UK
23 2C Will Anderson Jr. HST NO
24 2C Carl Granderson NO @ HST
25 3A Kayvon Thibodeaux NYG @ BUF SNF
26 3A Uchenna Nwosu SEA @ CIN
27 3A Za'Darius Smith CLV SF
28 3A George Karlaftis KC DEN Q/TNF
29 3B Marcus Davenport MIN @ CHI WW
30 3B Andrew Van Ginkel MIA CAR
31 3B Leonard Floyd BUF NYG SNF
32 3B Byron Young LAR ARZ
33 3C Cameron Jordan NO @ HST
34 3C Jonathon Cooper DEN @ KC TNF
35 3C Jonathan Greenard HST NO
36 3C Von Miller BUF NYG SNF
37 4A Samson Ebukam IND @ JAX
38 4A Michael Hoecht LAR ARZ
39 4A Shaquil Barrett TB DET Q
40 4A Travon Walker JAX IND
41 4B Mike Danna KC DEN TNF
42 4B Yannick Ngakoue CHI MIN
43 4B Tuli Tuipuloto LAC DAL MNF
44 4B Jermaine Johnson NYJ PHI
45 4C Jadeveon Clowney BLT @ TEN Q/UK
46 4C Arden Key TEN BLT UK
47 4C John Franklin-Myers NYJ PHI
48 4C Nik Bonitto DEN @ KC TNF
49 5A Josh Uche NE @ LV Q
50 5A Bradley Chubb MIA CAR
51 5A Dayo Odeyingbo IND @ JAX
52 5A Boye Mafe SEA @ CIN
53 5B Drake Jackson SF @ CLV
54 5B Yetur Gross-Matos CAR @ MIA
55 5B Deatrich Wise Jr. NE @ LV
56 5B Bud Dupree ATL WAS
57 5C Ogbo Okoronkwo CLV SF
58 5C Brandon Graham PHI @ NYJ
59 5C Dennis Gardeck ARZ @ LAR
60 5C Zaven Collins ARZ @ LAR

Aidan Hutchinson (ED5) has been on a tear to start his sophomore NFL season, earning an 89.8 pass-rush grade, which ranks seventh among edge defenders. He has also totaled 27 pressures (tied for first) and 3.5 sacks. Hutchinson is playing more than 90% of the team’s defensive snaps, making him a locked-in top-12 edge candidate on a weekly basis. This week, he’s going up against the Panthers, who rank 29th in pass-blocking grade (43.5), and Bryce Young, who has a top-10 highest pressure-to-sack conversion rate (22.0%). Hutchinson qualifies as a top-five play in Week 5.

Trey Hendrickson (ED18) has crept up the rankings in recent weeks, having posted a 90.4 pass-rush grade (sixth) and 3.5 sacks through the first four games. Hendrickson draws a matchup against the Cardinals’ 25th-ranked pass-blocking unit this week, but quarterback Josh Dobbs has maintained a strong 13.4% pressure-to-sack conversion rate that keeps Hendricks from moving too high up the rankings. That being said, Hendrickson’s 90.4 pass-rush grade for the year is currently a career-high mark, so he remains in consideration as a strong ED2 option this week.


INTERIOR DEFENDER

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

Osa Odighizuwa (DI14) has delivered three sacks and earned a 72.4 pass-rush grade (24th) on the year. Odighizuwa draws a positive matchup this week against the 49ers’ interior offensive line, which ranks 31st in pass-blocking grade (28.1). While they’ve allowed only one sack on the year, this remains one of the better matchups for some of the top pass-rushing interior defensive linemen in the league and puts Odighizuwa in play as a high-end DT2 option.


SAFETY

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

Jalen Pitre (S16) returned to the lineup this past week and played a strong 37.5% of his snaps in the box, overtaking Jimmie Ward (S26), who handled that role in Week 3 when Pitre was out. While Pitre did not deliver strong tackle numbers in his return in Week 4, he should have much better outings going forward, considering his role and history of strong tackle production.

Harrison Smith (S24) is coming off a big IDP performance in Week 4 in which he totaled three sacks. Smith has seen the large majority of snaps in the box among the team’s safeties but, outside of last week, has been unable to deliver consistent fantasy production for his IDP managers. The hope is that this past week’s game is not an outlier and that he can get back on track to deliver for fantasy purposes with his ideal IDP deployment. For now, he remains a low-end S2 option.


CORNERBACK

RANK TIER NAME TEAM OPP NOTES
1 1A Tyson Campbell JAX IND
2 1A Trent McDuffie KC DEN TNF
3 1A Deommodore Lenoir SF @ CLV
4 1A Kader Kohou MIA CAR
5 1B Nate Hobbs LV NE Q
6 1B Alontae Taylor NO @ HST
7 1B Kenny Moore II IND @ JAX
8 1B L'Jarius Sneed KC DEN TNF
9 1C Jerry Jacobs DET @ TB
10 1C Damarri Mathis DEN @ KC TNF
11 1C Devon Witherspoon SEA @ CIN
12 1C Marco Wilson ARZ @ LAR
13 2A Marshon Lattimore NO @ HST
14 2A Cam Taylor-Britt CIN SEA
15 2A DaRon Bland DAL @ LAC MNF
16 2A Byron Murphy Jr. MIN @ CHI
17 2B Tavierre Thomas HST NO
18 2B Roger McCreary TEN BLT UK
19 2B Brandon Stephens BLT @ TEN UK
20 2B Xavien Howard MIA CAR
21 2C Pat Surtain II DEN @ KC TNF
22 2C Taron Johnson BUF NYG SNF
23 2C Myles Bryant NE @ LV
24 2C Stephon Gilmore DAL @ LAC MNF
25 3A Charvarius Ward SF @ CLV
26 3A CJ Henderson CAR @ MIA
27 3A Sean Murphy-Bunting TEN BLT UK
28 3A Emmanuel Forbes WAS @ ATL
29 3B Sauce Gardner NYJ PHI
30 3B Derion Kendrick LAR ARZ
31 3B Christian Benford BUF NYG Q/SNF
32 3B Cobie Durant LAR ARZ
33 3C Michael Davis LAC DAL MNF
34 3C A.J. Terrell ATL WAS
35 3C Darious Williams JAX IND
36 3C Adoree' Jackson NYG @ BUF SNF
37 4A Carlton Davis III TB DET
38 4A Jamel Dean TB DET Q
39 4A D.J. Reed NYJ PHI Q
40 4A Coby Bryant SEA @ CIN Q
41 4B Kendall Fuller WAS @ ATL
42 4B Deonte Banks NYG @ BUF Q/SNF
43 4B Cameron Sutton DET @ TB
44 4B Isaac Yiadom NO @ HST
45 4C Asante Samuel Jr. LAC DAL MNF
46 4C Jakorian Bennett LV NE Q
47 4C Kei'Trel Clark ARZ @ LAR
48 4C Mike Hilton CIN SEA

Jerry Jacobs (CB9) has been among the most targeted cornerbacks in the league and, as a result, has delivered strong fantasy production through the first month of the season. Jacobs draws a Week 5 matchup with the Panthers, who rank fifth in pass rate (69.1%) this season, which should allow him to continue to produce fantasy points.

Taron Johnson (CB17) has started the year slowly, but as the Bills’ primary slot cornerback, he draws a strong matchup this week against the Jaguars. Jacksonville is tied for the most targets to the slot this season, which should allow Johnson to factor in heavily to the action and deliver decent fantasy production.


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.
  • 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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