Fantasy Football: Week 7 IDP Rankings & Tiers

2T2409C Buffalo Bills center Mitch Morse, left, lines up against New York Giants defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence II during the second half of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 15, 2023. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

• Find deeper IDP options to help with bye-week issues: With IDP managers dealing with injuries and six teams on a bye, the focus this week will be on potential streaming options in positive matchups.

Dexter Lawrence is due: One of the most disruptive defensive tackles this season has yet to land a sack but draws a very favorable matchup to get home this week.

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With six NFL teams on a bye week this week and injuries beginning to pile up, finding depth options and fill-ins will be key for fantasy managers as they adjust to make up for significant losses.

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

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WR:CB Matchup Chart


LINEBACKER

RANK TIER NAME TEAM OPP NOTES
1 1A Roquan Smith BLT DET
2 1A Zaire Franklin IND CLV
3 1A Foyesade Oluokun JAX @ NO TNF
4 1A T.J. Edwards CHI LV
5 1B Bobby Okereke NYG WAS
6 1B Fred Warner SF @ MIN MNF
7 1B Kyzir White ARZ @ SEA
8 1B Ernest Jones LAR PIT
9 1C Dre Greenlaw SF @ MIN Q/MNF
10 1C Lavonte David TB ATL
11 1C Jordan Hicks MIN SF MNF
12 1C Bobby Wagner SEA ARZ
13 2A Nick Bolton KC LAC
14 2A Terrel Bernard BUF @ NE
15 2A Quay Walker GB @ DEN Q
16 2A Patrick Queen BLT DET
17 2B Kenneth Murray Jr. LAC @ KC
18 2B Devin White TB ATL
19 2B Cody Barton WAS @ NYG
20 2B Alex Singleton DEN GB
21 2C Dorian Williams BUF @ NE WW
22 2C Jordyn Brooks SEA ARZ
23 2C Tremaine Edmunds CHI LV
24 2C De'Vondre Campbell GB @ DEN Q
25 3A Robert Spillane LV @ CHI
26 3A Kaden Elliss ATL @ TB
27 3A Eric Kendricks LAC @ KC
28 3A Alex Anzalone DET @ BLT
29 3B Devin Lloyd JAX @ NO WW/TNF
30 3B Pete Werner NO JAX TNF
31 3B Cole Holcomb PIT @ LAR
32 3B Josey Jewell DEN GB
33 3C Jamin Davis WAS @ NYG
34 3C Shaquille Leonard IND CLV
35 3C Nate Landman ATL @ TB
36 3C Divine Deablo LV @ CHI
37 4A Nakobe Dean PHI MIA WW/SNF
38 4A Ja'Whaun Bentley NE BUF
39 4A Demario Davis NO JAX Q/TNF
40 4A Micah McFadden NYG WAS WW
41 4B David Long Jr. MIA @ PHI SNF
42 4B Willie Gay KC LAC
43 4B Jerome Baker MIA @ PHI SNF
44 4B Zach Cunningham PHI MIA SNF
45 4C Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah CLV @ IND
46 4C Kwon Alexander PIT @ LAR
47 4C Sione Takitaki CLV @ IND WW
48 4C Josh Woods ARZ @ SEA
49 5A Christian Rozeboom LAR PIT
50 5A Derrick Barnes DET @ BLT
51 5A Drue Tranquill KC LAC
52 5A Jack Campbell DET @ BLT
53 5B Jack Sanborn CHI LV
54 5B E.J. Speed IND CLV
55 5B Elandon Roberts PIT @ LAR
56 5B Nicholas Morrow PHI MIA SNF
57 5C Oren Burks SF @ MIN WW/MNF
58 5C Ivan Pace Jr. MIN SF MNF
59 5C Isaiah Simmons NYG WAS
60 5C Drew Sanders DEN GB

Fantasy managers will have a hard time being picky about which players to start this week, given the number of teams on a bye and various injuries. With that in mind, Nakobe Dean (LB37) played only 49% of the Eagles' defensive snaps in Week 6, which was also his first game back from injured reserve. Dean figures to see his snap share increase this week — likely to a point where he’s a more startable fantasy asset. Typically, fantasy managers would want to exercise caution in starting a player coming off that low of a snap share. And while there are still plenty of options to consider ahead of him, things get shaky after that, so betting on a potential role increase this week will be key.

Micah McFadden (LB40) is another strong option in deeper leagues affected by the bye weeks. McFadden has played more than 70% of defensive snaps in all but one game this season and has generated a strong tackle efficiency rate (16.2%) to help make up for lost snaps.

Sione Takitaki (LB47) could also be a potential deeper-league play this week as Anthony Walker deals with a concussion that has him on the verge of sitting out. Takitaki draws a matchup against the Colts, who have been a top-10 team in allowing tackles to the linebacker position this season. While it won’t be a full-time role, there could be enough opportunities for him on 65%-70% of snaps.


EDGE DEFENDER

RANK TIER NAME TEAM OPP NOTES
1 1A Maxx Crosby LV @ CHI
2 1A T.J. Watt PIT @ LAR Q
3 1A Nick Bosa SF @ MIN MNF
4 1A Myles Garrett CLV @ IND
5 1B Aidan Hutchinson DET @ BLT
6 1B Danielle Hunter MIN SF MNF
7 1B Josh Allen JAX @ NO TNF
8 1B Haason Reddick PHI MIA SNF
9 1C Chase Young WAS @ NYG
10 1C Alex Highsmith PIT @ LAR
11 1C Montez Sweat WAS @ NYG Q
12 1C Rashan Gary GB @ DEN
13 2A Josh Sweat PHI MIA SNF
14 2A Greg Rousseau BUF @ NE
15 2A Joey Bosa LAC @ KC
16 2A Kwity Paye IND CLV
17 2B Khalil Mack LAC @ KC
18 2B Kayvon Thibodeaux NYG WAS
19 2B Preston Smith GB @ DEN
20 2B Uchenna Nwosu SEA ARZ
21 2C Carl Granderson NO JAX TNF
22 2C Za'Darius Smith CLV @ IND
23 2C Jaelan Phillips MIA @ PHI SNF
24 2C Byron Young LAR PIT
25 3A Jonathon Cooper DEN GB
26 3A George Karlaftis KC LAC
27 3A Andrew Van Ginkel MIA @ PHI SNF
28 3A Shaquil Barrett TB ATL
29 3B Cameron Jordan NO JAX Q/TNF
30 3B Travon Walker JAX @ NO TNF
31 3B Leonard Floyd BUF @ NE
32 3B Von Miller BUF @ NE
33 3C Samson Ebukam IND CLV
34 3C Michael Hoecht LAR PIT
35 3C Bradley Chubb MIA @ PHI SNF
36 3C Mike Danna KC LAC
37 4A Yannick Ngakoue CHI LV
38 4A Tuli Tuipuloto LAC @ KC
39 4A Anfernee Jennings NE BUF WW
40 4A Jadeveon Clowney BLT DET
41 4B Nik Bonitto DEN GB
42 4B Cameron Thomas ARZ @ SEA
43 4B Dayo Odeyingbo IND CLV
44 4B Boye Mafe SEA ARZ
45 4C Joe Tryon-Shoyinka TB ATL
46 4C Randy Gregory SF @ MIN MNF
47 4C Lorenzo Carter ATL @ TB
48 4C Deatrich Wise Jr. NE BUF
49 5A Bud Dupree ATL @ TB
50 5A Ogbo Okoronkwo CLV @ IND
51 5A Brandon Graham PHI MIA SNF
52 5A Charles Omenihu KC LAC
53 5B Kyle Van Noy BLT DET
54 5B Dennis Gardeck ARZ @ SEA
55 5B Odafe Oweh BLT DET Q
56 5B Zaven Collins ARZ @ SEA
57 5C Josh Uche NE BUF Q
58 5C Charles Harris DET @ BLT
59 5C Tyree Wilson LV @ CHI
60 5C Drake Jackson SF @ MIN MNF

Byron Young (ED24) is averaging 87% of defensive snaps through the first six games of the year, a heavy workload. As a result, he has totaled three sacks, eight quarterback hits and 21 total tackles. He also ranks second among Rams defenders — behind only Aaron Donald — in pass-rush grade (74.2) and total pressures (25). Young draws a favorable matchup this week against the Steelers, who have earned a 31st-ranked 34.3 pass-blocking grade on the year.

The Bills' edge defenders, outside of Greg Rousseau (ED14) are in a state of transition at the moment, with Leonard Floyd (ED31) previously acting as the team’s second option off the edge while Von Miller (ED32) was on the PUP list. Floyd’s snap share has decreased as Miller's workload has slowly increased. Expect Miller to overtake Floyd in snaps as soon as this week, if not next. Both should be fine streaming options against a poor Patriots pass-blocking unit that has earned the third-worst pass-blocking grade this season (46.1).


INTERIOR DEFENDER

RANK TIER NAME TEAM OPP NOTES
1 1A Jonathan Allen WAS @ NYG
2 1A Aaron Donald LAR PIT
3 1A Chris Jones KC LAC
4 1A DeForest Buckner IND CLV
5 1B Javon Hargrave SF @ MIN MNF
6 1B Christian Wilkins MIA @ PHI SNF
7 1B Ed Oliver BUF @ NE Q
8 1B Daron Payne WAS @ NYG
9 1C Zach Allen DEN GB
10 1C Kenny Clark GB @ DEN
11 1C Dexter Lawrence NYG WAS
12 1C Jalen Carter PHI MIA Q/SNF
13 2A Harrison Phillips MIN SF MNF
14 2A Arik Armstead SF @ MIN MNF
15 2A Jarran Reed SEA ARZ
16 2A David Onyemata ATL @ TB
17 2B Justin Madubuike BLT DET
18 2B Christian Barmore NE BUF
19 2B Leonard Williams NYG WAS
20 2B Grady Jarrett ATL @ TB
21 2C Dre'Mont Jones SEA ARZ
22 2C Dalvin Tomlinson CLV @ IND
23 2C Zach Sieler MIA @ PHI SNF
24 2C Vita Vea TB ATL
25 3A Larry Ogunjobi PIT @ LAR Q
26 3A Fletcher Cox PHI MIA SNF
27 3A Roy Robertson-Harris JAX @ NO TNF
28 3A Andrew Billings CHI LV
29 3B DaQuan Jones BUF @ NE
30 3B Montravius Adams PIT @ LAR
31 3B Devonte Wyatt GB @ DEN
32 3B Calijah Kancey TB ATL
33 3C John Jenkins LV @ CHI
34 3C Morgan Fox LAC @ KC
35 3C Taven Bryan IND CLV
36 3C Jordan Davis PHI MIA SNF

Dexter Lawrence (DT11) has been held without a sack through six games this year but remains as disruptive as any interior defensive lineman in the NFL. Lawrence has totaled 21 pressures — tied for the fifth most at the position — while earning an 86.8 pass-rush grade, which is the fourth-best mark among interior defenders. Lawrence is due for a sack and draws a matchup against the league’s most-sacked quarterback this week in Sam Howell, making him a great interior defender streaming option for those in need.


SAFETY

RANK TIER NAME TEAM OPP NOTES
1 1A Derwin James Jr. LAC @ KC
2 1A Jevon Holland MIA @ PHI SNF
3 1A Kamren Curl WAS @ NYG
4 1A Jaquan Brisker CHI LV
5 1B Kyle Dugger NE BUF
6 1B K'Von Wallace ARZ @ SEA
7 1B Julian Blackmon IND CLV
8 1B Jessie Bates III ATL @ TB
9 1C Minkah Fitzpatrick PIT @ LAR
10 1C Grant Delpit CLV @ IND
11 1C Camryn Bynum MIN SF MNF
12 1C Richie Grant ATL @ TB
13 2A Kyle Hamilton BLT DET
14 2A Brian Branch DET @ BLT Q
15 2A Harrison Smith MIN SF MNF
16 2A Jamal Adams SEA ARZ WW
17 2B Antoine Winfield Jr. TB ATL
18 2B Rayshawn Jenkins JAX @ NO TNF
19 2B Reed Blankenship PHI MIA Q/SNF
20 2B Xavier McKinney NYG WAS
21 2C Jordan Fuller LAR PIT
22 2C Josh Metellus MIN SF MNF
23 2C Justin Reid KC LAC
24 2C Jabrill Peppers NE BUF
25 3A Ryan Neal TB ATL
26 3A Budda Baker ARZ @ SEA Q
27 3A Rudy Ford GB @ DEN
28 3A Talanoa Hufanga SF @ MIN MNF
29 3B Jalen Thompson ARZ @ SEA Q
30 3B Geno Stone BLT DET
31 3B DeShon Elliott MIA @ PHI SNF
32 3B Tyrann Mathieu NO JAX Q/TNF
33 3C Marcus Maye NO JAX TNF
34 3C Tracy Walker III DET @ BLT
35 3C Jordan Poyer BUF @ NE
36 3C Justin Simmons DEN GB
37 4A Andre Cisco JAX @ NO TNF
38 4A Eddie Jackson CHI LV Q
39 4A Terrell Edmunds PHI MIA SNF
40 4A Tre'von Moehrig LV @ CHI
41 4B Kerby Joseph DET @ BLT
42 4B Russ Yeast LAR PIT
43 4B Marcus Epps LV @ CHI
44 4B Micah Hyde BUF @ NE
45 4C Jason Pinnock NYG WAS
46 4C Tashaun Gipson Sr. SF @ MIN MNF
47 4C Kareem Jackson DEN GB
48 4C Darnell Savage GB @ DEN Q
49 5A Rodney Thomas II IND CLV
50 5A Percy Butler WAS @ NYG
51 5A Quandre Diggs SEA ARZ
52 5A Alohi Gilman LAC @ KC Q
53 5B Juan Thornhill CLV @ IND
54 5B Damontae Kazee PIT @ LAR
55 5B Keanu Neal PIT @ LAR
56 5B Julian Love SEA ARZ
57 5C Bryan Cook KC LAC
58 5C Mike Edwards KC LAC
59 5C Bobby McCain NYG WAS
60 5C Brandon Jones MIA @ PHI SNF

Josh Metellus (S22) has had excellent IDP usage this season, working as the Vikings' third safety in Brian Flores’ defense, which allows him to blitz and play most of his snaps in the box or slot. While he isn’t playing 100% of snaps, his usage makes up for that and keeps him in play as a startable option in deeper leagues.

Geno Stone (S30) is likely to step into a full-time role once again this week with Marcus Williams banged up and considered unlikely to play. Stone has been productive when on the field this season, in large part due to three interceptions, but he also draws a positive matchup for tackle production against the Lions this week. Stone is another great streamable option for Week 7.


CORNERBACK

RANK TIER NAME TEAM OPP NOTES
1 1A Trent McDuffie KC LAC
2 1A Deommodore Lenoir SF @ MIN MNF
3 1A Kader Kohou MIA @ PHI SNF
4 1A Kenny Moore II IND CLV
5 1B L'Jarius Sneed KC LAC
6 1B Jerry Jacobs DET @ BLT
7 1B Xavien Howard MIA @ PHI Q/SNF
8 1B Devon Witherspoon SEA ARZ
9 1C Nate Hobbs LV @ CHI Q
10 1C Marco Wilson ARZ @ SEA
11 1C Marshon Lattimore NO JAX TNF
12 1C Tyson Campbell JAX @ NO TNF
13 2A Darious Williams JAX @ NO TNF
14 2A Charvarius Ward SF @ MIN MNF
15 2A Taron Johnson BUF @ NE
16 2A Darius Slay PHI MIA Q/SNF
17 2B J.C. Jackson NE BUF
18 2B Michael Davis LAC @ KC
19 2B Deonte Banks NYG WAS
20 2B Paulson Adebo NO JAX TNF
21 2C Pat Surtain II DEN GB
22 2C Byron Murphy Jr. MIN SF MNF
23 2C Derion Kendrick LAR PIT
24 2C Brandon Stephens BLT DET
25 3A Damarri Mathis DEN GB
26 3A Levi Wallace PIT @ LAR
27 3A Asante Samuel Jr. LAC @ KC
28 3A Kendall Fuller WAS @ NYG
29 3B Christian Benford BUF @ NE
30 3B Cobie Durant LAR PIT
31 3B Jaire Alexander GB @ DEN
32 3B A.J. Terrell ATL @ TB
33 3C Adoree' Jackson NYG WAS Q
34 3C Carlton Davis III TB ATL
35 3C Jamel Dean TB ATL
36 3C Coby Bryant SEA ARZ
37 4A Cameron Sutton DET @ BLT
38 4A Jaylon Johnson CHI LV
39 4A Jakorian Bennett LV @ CHI
40 4A Jeff Okudah ATL @ TB
41 4B Kyler Gordon CHI LV
42 4B Rasul Douglas GB @ DEN
43 4B Tariq Woolen SEA ARZ
44 4B Marlon Humphrey BLT DET
45 4C Patrick Peterson PIT @ LAR
46 4C Denzel Ward CLV @ IND
47 4C Marcus Peters LV @ CHI
48 4C James Bradberry PHI MIA SNF

Marshon Lattimore (CB11) stands out as a good streaming option going against the Jaguars, a top-five team in allowing tackles to the cornerback position this season. Lattimore leads the Saints' cornerbacks in total tackles (29) and has added an interception and four pass breakups, as well.

J.C. Jackson (CB17) played his first game back with the Patriots in Week 6 and immediately led the team’s cornerbacks in snap share (96%). Jackson saw six targets in his coverage and totaled four tackles. He faces off against a Bills passing unit that has been a positive matchup for potential cornerback tackle numbers this season.


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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