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Cooper: 2021 Fantasy Football IDP Rankings

Welcome to my ranking of the top 100 Individual Defensive Players for 2021 fantasy football. I’ve based the rankings on Sleeper’s standard defensive scoring, and on the potential returns over a minimum three-year period, so you may want adjust for other scoring settings and if you’re playing IDP in redraft leagues.

The top of the rankings are inevitably dominated by linebackers when using these scoring settings, where you earn 2 points per tackle and 1 per assisted tackle, and that meant 21 of the top 25 scoring defensive players last year had a linebacker designation. I’m slightly less linebacker driven, but still have 19 of my current top 25 playing that position. The flip side is the defensive tackle position, where just two finished in the top 125 defensive players in 2020 (Aaron Donald and DeForest Buckner), and I currently have the same two doing the same this year.

I will look to update these rankings regularly to account for injuries and roster changes that give anyone a bump for the 2021 season, but these rankings should hopefully provide a valuable starting point for any player valuations for the season ahead.

Last updated: 7/24/21

RankPlayerTeamPosition
1Darius LeonardINDILB
2Roquan SmithCHIILB
3Devin WhiteTBILB
4T.J. WattPITOLB
5Blake MartinezNYGILB
6Zach CunninghamHOUILB
7Joe SchobertJAXILB
8Bobby WagnerSEAILB
9Jamal AdamsSEASS
10Jaylon SmithDALILB
11Fred WarnerSFILB
12Jerome BakerMIAOLB
13Patrick QueenBALILB
14Jordan PoyerBUFSS
15Foyesade OluokunATLILB
16Lavonte DavidTBILB
17Deion JonesATLILB
18Jeremy ChinnCARSS
19Budda BakerARIFS
20Aaron DonaldLARDT
21Eric WilsonPHIILB
22Haason ReddickARIOLB
23Demario DavisNOILB
24Neville HewittHOUILB
25Myles GarrettCLEDE
26Marlon HumphreyBALCB
27Jayon BrownTENILB
28Chandler JonesARIOLB
29Joey BosaLACDE
30Za'Darius SmithGBOLB
31Malcolm JenkinsNOSS
32Micah ParsonsDALILB
33DeForest BucknerINDDT
34Tyrell AdamsBUFOLB
35Leonard WilliamsNYGDE
36Alex SingletonPHIOLB
37Jason Pierre-PaulTBOLB
38Myles JackJAXOLB
39Jessie Bates IIICINFS
40C.J. MosleyNYJILB
41Kenny Moore IIINDCB
42Malcolm ButlerARICB
43Brian BurnsCAROLB
44Derwin James Jr.LACSS
45Zaven Collins ARILB
46Vonn BellCINSS
47Montez SweatWASDE
48Landon CollinsWASSS
49Von MillerDENOLB
50Alexander JohnsonDENILB
51Jordan HicksARIILB
52Justin SimmonsDENFS
53Jamin Davis WASILB
54Khalil MackCHIOLB
55Logan RyanNYGCB
56Tremaine EdmundsBUFILB
57Chase YoungWASDE
58Nick BosaSFDE
59Richie Grant ATLFS
60Jon BosticWASILB
61K.J. WrightSEAOLB
62J.J. WattARIDE
63Christian KirkseyHOUOLB
64Stephon TuittPITDE
65Troy HillLARCB
66Adrian PhillipsNESS
67Chuck ClarkBALSS
68Keanu NealDALSS
69Justin ReidHOUSS
70Jevon Holland MIASS
71Kyle Van NoyNEOLB
72Taron JohnsonBUFCB
73Shaq ThompsonCARILB
74Jabrill PeppersNYGSS
75Romeo OkwaraDETDE
76Yannick NgakoueLVDE
77Jamie Collins Sr.DETILB
78Johnathan AbramLVFS
79Shaquil BarrettTBOLB
80Minkah FitzpatrickPITFS
81Kevin ByardTENFS
82Antoine Winfield Jr.TBFS
83Mike HiltonCINCB
84Nicholas MorrowLVOLB
85Josey JewellDENILB
86Kamren CurlWASSS
87Leonard FloydLAROLB
88Eric KendricksMINILB
89Marcus MayeNYJFS
90Khari WillisINDSS
91Cam JordanNODE
92Bud DupreeTENOLB
93Trevon Moehrig LVFS
94Harrison SmithMINSS
95DeMarcus LawrenceDALDE
96Daniel SorensenKCFS
97De'Vondre CampbellFAOLB
98John Johnson IIILARSS
99Quinnen WilliamsNYJDE
100Jaelan Phillips MIADE