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DFW IDP rankings are based on the following scoring setup: Tackles: 1 pt (0.5 for assists); Sacks: 4 pts (2 for assists); Tackles for loss: 1 pts; Interceptions: 4 pts; Passes defensed: 1 pt; Fumbles forced: 2 pts; Fumbles recovered: 2 pts; Defensive TD: 6 pts; Safeties: 5 pts.

QB | RB | WR | TE | DL | LB | DB | Rookie QB | Rookie RB | Rookie WR | Rookie TE | Rookie DL | Rookie LB | Rookie DB
RankPlayerPos.AgeTeamBase DefenseGary BeaudetteBill CerviSean KirbyBruce KimbroughAvgChangeSkinny
1Luke KuechlyILB23CAR4-311111Tackling machine, non stop motor and never comes off the field. Safest LB #1.
2Lavonte DavidOLB25TBTampa 222222Could have supplanted Kuechly as tackle and fantasy pt leader if not for 2 missed games.
3Mychal KendricksILB24PHI3-455344.25Kendricks is one of the best athletes on the field and showed significant growth as a tackler in 2014.
4Vontaze BurfictOLB24CIN4-3331034.75The instinctive every-down WLB has suffered head and knee injuries with potential long-term implications.
5Bobby WagnerILB24SEA4-344675.25Wagner is a 3 down LB with a great motor, but stats limited by the quality of SEA D
6Alec OgletreeOLB23STL4-377586.75Ogletree has now posted two top 12 finishes in his first two years.
7C.J. MoselyILB22BAL3-4664127An incredibly instinctive every-down MLB, Mosley made a huge splash in his rookie year.
8DeAndre LevyOLB27DET4-31111858.75Change in D scheme has made Levy go from a quality LB 2 to an elite LB #1
9Kiko AlonsoILB24BUF3-412127910Alonso returns from ACL injury to Rex Ryan's 3-4, where his top 5 LB days may be over.
10NaVorro BowmanILB26SF3-415812610.25Bowman missed 2014 recovering from ACL/MCL injury and will return to a crowded LB corps in SF with a new coaching staff.
11Paul WorrilowOLB24ATL3-499131110.5The UDFA continued to be a tackle monster in his 2nd year, despite less than stellar real-life grades.
12Curtis LoftonILB28NO3-4141091612.25Lofton is a durable, consistent 3 down LB, who's IDP production likely exceeds his NFL value.
13Ryan ShazierOLB22PIT3-4815111712.75Great combination of speed, blitzing ability and coverage skills, he had trouble staying on the field as rookie
14Patrick WillisILB29SF3-41616141314.75His 2014 season ended on IR with a foot injury and he will have to earn his role from a new coaching staff.
15Paul PoslusznyILB30JAX4-32113151014.754Will return from Biceps injury and look to post top 5 tackle volumes again in 2015, assuming Telvin Smith doesn't eat into his production.
16Jamie CollinsOLB24NE3-41914172117.75Collins was a 3-down SLB who flashed major playmaking ability, but Mayo's return could stir things up in NE.
17Chris BorlandILB23SF3-41323221418After Willis' injury Borland recorded double digit tackles in 5 of 6 games before enduring his own season-ending ankle injury.
18Sio MooreOLB24OAK4-31020251818.25Incoming Jack Del Rio could signify a switch to 4-3, where Moore should remain an every-down player.
19Keenan RobinsonILB25WAS3-42418182020The 25-year-old took over as the WAS LB to own with decent tackle counts and occasional sacks.
20Lawrence TimmonsILB28PIT3-422192415202015 could be his first year coexisting at Mack WILB with a healthy Shazier at Buck ILB, tackles may suffer.
21Jerod MayoILB28NE3-41724231920.75-4Extensive injury history and great play by Hightower/Collins clouds Mayo's 2015, but he's been an LB1 when healthy.
22Telvin SmithOLB23JAX4-32717192221.25Undersized and great in coverage, Smith flirted with an every-down role in his rookie year.
23Anthony BarrOLB22MIN4-32321162721.75Barr surpsised as an every-down SLB, but suffered a knee injury late in the season and could start slow in 2015.
24James LaurinaitisILB28STL4-32522212523.25He's a solid 3-down LB, but Ogletree has relegated him to an LB3 role in IDP.
25Jerrell FreemanILB28RFA2025272624.5It makes sense for the RFA to return to IND, where he'll be consistent, but with limited upside next to D'Qwell Jackson.
26Jelani JenkinsOLB22MIA4-32828302227Jenkins is a 3 down WLB who has produced quality numbers when given the chance to play
27D'Qwell JacksonILB31IND3-43332202527.5A top 10 finisher in combined tackles, Jackson would be ranked higher if younger.
28Justin HoustonOLB26FA2630323129.75The 2014 sack leader again posted modest tackle volumes and is yet to resign with KC.
29Karlos DansbyILB33CLE3-43433263331.5Dansby was a consistent volume tackler in CLE, but durability concerns are increasing at age 33.
30Khalil MackOLB23OAK4-33030373031.75A switch to 4-3 with incoming Jack Del Rio could spell trouble for Mack's usage/snaps.
31Preston BrownOLB22BUF3-41833364232.25Rex Ryan's 3-4 could create an opportunity for increased snaps, although may limit upside.
32Derrick JohnsonILB32KC3-455262823339An achilles injury could slow a 32-year-old Johnson, but he's got at least 1 more year in KC.
33Daryl WashingtonILB28ARI3-446323329356Previously a 3 down LB and playmaker, his suspension(s) may spill into 2015.
34Brandon MarshallLB25RFA3231502835.25Marshall excelled in Trevathan's absence and possibly earned a role long term.
35Sean LeeILB28DALTampa 24747312437.25A torn ACL ended another season before it even began in 2014. LB1 upside will be hard to trust.
36Thomas DavisOLB31CAR4-3363549323831-year-old Davis is one of many players proving every-down SLBs are viable IDPs.
37Perry RileyILB26WAS3-44039353938.25Riley's likely got 2 years as an every-down LB in WAS, but played 2nd fiddle to Robinson in 2014.
38Danny TrevathanOLB24DEN4-34545293538.5Three significant knee injuries marred his 2014. It's unclear if he's an every-down player next year.
39Von MillerOLB25DEN4-32929386039One of the best sack producers from the LB position, Miller should post a nice contract year.
40Brian CushingILB28HOU3-43547434041.25-7Cushing again struggled with health in 2014 and wasn't an every-down back even when healthy.
41Jon BosticILB23CHI4-3713439244228Fangio's 3-4 has produced some ILBs and Bostics likely to play inside in 2015.
42Christian JonesILB23CHI4-35338344642.75Fangio's 3-4 produced some elite ILBs. It's possible Jones lands that role, but he could wind up outside.
43DeMeco RyansILB30PHI3-44343464343.75A consistent tackler and 3-down LB, he'll try to recover from an achilles injury this offseason.
44K.J. WrightOLB25SEA4-33942475144.75Wright is the Hawks' 3 down starting WLB, great range and cover skills, though upside is limited by overall quality of Seattle D
45Wesley WoodyardILB28TEN3-442414645Woodyard got relegated to a smaller role last year, but could push for more snaps with a full offseason in TEN.
46Demario DavisILB26NYJ3-45251443545.53Davis should stay an every-down ILB in 2015 despite the departure of Rex and uncertainty regarding David Harris.
47Emmanuel LamurOLB25RFA6337424546.75Lamur is another SLB, who has proven the position can be productive in IDP.
48Anthony HitchensILB22DALTampa 2283447.5Dallas is definitely willing to give him a chance, but he's yet to firmly grab the opportunity.
49Jacquian WilliamsOLB25FA6834454447.75Williams won the 3 down WLB job for the Giants, he is raw but should improve with reps
50Avery WilliamsonILB22TEN3-431446547.75Every-down ILBs in TEN are TBD, but Williamson is young and has a shot at one of them.
51Bruce CarterOLB26FA37555248.75-7Carter got plenty of chances to be IDP relevant and is a FA. Maybe a new team would improve his stock.
52Stephen TullochILB30DET4-3383549.25-12Tulloch tore his ACL, allowing Levy to dominate at MLB. He'll be healed for 2015, but isn't a lock to reclaim his role.
53David HarrisILB31FA48485049.25The 31-year-old is a consistent tackler, but isn't yet signed with a team for 2015.
54Daryl SmithILB32BAL3-458573851Smith was an every-down LB2, but isn't the long-term answer for the Ravens or your fantasy team.
55Nigel BradhamLB25BUF3-451505451.5Bradham will need to compete with Preston Brown to start at ILB next to Alonso.
56Christian KirkseyILB22CLE3-454534951.75While not a complete bust, preseason hopes were overly optimistic for Pettine's rookie. He'll look for a bigger role in 2015.
57Koa MisiILB28MIA4-34444487252
58Rolando McclainMLB26FA6766413652.5With Lee potentially moving to WLB, DAL could use McClain back in 2015.
59Jon BeasonLB30NYG4-349585352.75Extensive foot injuries and a lofty salary make Beason a risk for off-season cuts.
60Chad GreenwayOLB32MIN4-36968403753.5Greenway's definitely slowing down, but continues to post decent tackle counts when healthy.
61Donald ButlerILB26SD3-441507353.75-8Butler lost his every-down role in 2014, and he wasn't particularly productive while he had it.
62Nick RoachILB29OAK4-356555654.5A prolonged concussion erased Roach's 2014 season. The 29-year-old will need to weigh his options this offseason.
63Prince ShemboOLB23ATL3-459585555.75After moving to ILB in his rookie year, the Falcons varied his usage according to gameplan.
64Mason FosterILB25FA60595756.75
65Vincent ReyILB27CIN4-364625959Was called on frequent to back up all 3 LB positions and looked solid when given opportunity.
66Kevin MinterILB24ARI3-466645859.75Failed to breakout in a depleted LB corps in 2014. He's unlikely to ever be an every-down guy.
67Sean WeatherspoonOLB27FA72486859.756An season-ending achilles injury was the latest woe for the oft-injured free agent.
68Justin DurantMLB29FA65636160Dallas MLB is up in the air, but unlikely to be Durant who is entering free agency.
69Larry FooteILB34FA506660Footes 34-yr-old season was decent, but he slowed down the stretch and enters FA.
70Lance BriggsOLB34FA575660.2534-year-old Briggs's time in Chicago is likely over.
71Jadaveon ClowneyOLB21HOU3-461607662Microfracture surgery was only part of a disappointing rookie season. He won't reach true upside without DE designation.
72Craig RobertsonILB26CLE3-44862.25
73Devon KennardLB23NYG4-3626462.5
74Aldon SmithOLB25SF3-474577063In limited 2015 appearances, Smith only recorded 2 sacks but generated significant QB pressure.
75Jason WorildsOLB26FA547163.25A near every-down OLB, Worilds was decent in sack-heavy formats, but is a FA currently.
76Kyle Van NoyOLB24DET4-3557564.5
77Lamin BarrowOLB24DEN4-3755664.75Despite significant injuries in DEN, Barrow didn't claim a significant role in 2015.
78Jameel McClainMLB29NYG4-36265.75
79Dont'a HightowerILB24NE3-470697466-3Hightower played well in a 3-down role in Mayo's absence. His role in 2015 is unclear.
80Arthur BrownILB24BAL3-476617666-3Mosley was everything IDP owners hoped Brown could be. He has a chance to take the other ILB position from Smith.
81Tahri WhiteheadMLB24DET4-36767
82Zach BrownILB25TEN3-46567.5Missed 2014 with torn pectoral and will look to claim ILB starting position in 2015.
83Josh MaugaILB27FA6967.5
84Manti Te'oILB24SD3-4737268.25Healthy down the stretch in 2014, Te'o still provided limited upside.