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Breaking down the top IDP options at DL, LB, DB in Week 5

IDP leagues are growing in popularity, and we’re here to help you sort through the best options at each position.

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Devin Bush looks on during the NFL football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 30, 2019 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Week 5 is upon us, and the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions will be sidelined with their respective bye weeks. This means we may have to remove some key defensive players from our starting lineups like Jerome Baker, Jarrod Davis, Tracy Walker, and Quandre Diggs.

The top-ranked linebackers shuffled positions from our Week 4 rankings with rookie linebacker, Devin Bush, cracking the top-10 for the first time this season. We also welcome back Jamaal Adams who slots into one of the top spots in our defensive back rankings this week.

The Tennessee Titans have usurped the Seattle Seahawks as the team who gives up the most fantasy points to opposing defensive ends followed by the Seahawks and the New York Jets in the third spot. The Carolina Panthers and Cleveland Browns stay at the top for teams who give up the most fantasy points to opposing linebackers, but the Arizona Cardinals replace the Buffalo Bills for the third spot after Week 4. The top-three teams who give up the most fantasy points to defensive backs are the Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys and Washington.

Defensive Line IDP rankings, Week 5

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Joey Bosa LAC v. DEN
2 Myles Garrett CLE @ SF
3 Danielle Hunter MIN @ NYG
4 J.J. Watt HOU v. ATL
5 Demarcus Lawrence DAL v. GB
6 Aaron Donald LAR @ SEA
7 Cameron Jordan NO v. TB
8 Sam Hubbard CIN v. ARI
9 Carlos Dunlap CIN v. ARI
10 Jadeveon Clowney SEA v. LAR
11 Deforest Buckner SF v. CLE
12 Calais Campbell JAX @ CAR
13 Robert Quinn DAL v. GB
14 Jerry Hughes BUF @ TEN
15 Brian Burns CAR v. JAX
16 Everson Griffen MIN @NYG
17 Brandon Graham PHI v. NYJ
18 Frank Clark KC v. IND
19 Chris Jones KC v. IND
20 Jurrell Casey TEN v. BUF
21 Justin Houston IND @ KC
22 Nick Bosa SF v. CLE
23 Cameron Heyward PIT v. BAL
24 Grady Jarrett ATL @ HOU

Injuries: Melvin Ingram, DE, Los Angeles Chargers. Kawaan Short, DE, Carolina Panthers, Aikeem Hicks, DT, Philadelphia Eagles, Quinnen Williams, DT, New York Jets

Linebackers IDP rankings, Week 5

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Blake Martinez GB @ DAL
2 Luke Kuechly CAR v. JAX
3 Bobby Wagner SEA v. LAR
4 Corry Littleton LAR @ SEA
5 Devin Bush PIT v. BAL
6 Leighton Vander Esch DAL v. GB
7 Anthony Walker IND @ KC
8 Deion Jones ATL @ HOU
9 Jordan Hicks ARI @CIN
10 Jayon Brown TEN v. BUF
11 Myles Jack JAX @ CAR
12 Lavonte David TB @ NO
13 Jaylon Smith DAL v. GB
14 Shaq Thompson CAR v. JAX
15 Joe Schobert CLE @ SF
16 Tremaine Edmunds BUF @ TEN
17 Zach Cunningham HOU v. ATL
18 Demario Davis NO v. TB
19 Kwon Alexander SF v. CLE
20 Thomas Davis LAC v. DEN
21 Fred Warner SF v. CLE
22 Khalil Mack CHI OAK (London)
23 Rashaan Evans TEN v. BUF
24 Patrick Onwuasor BAL @ PIT

Injuries: Roquan Smith, LB, CHI (non-injury, personal reasons), Darius Leonard, LB, Indianapolis Colts, C.J. Mosley, LB, New York Jets, Devin White, LB, Tampa Buccaneers, Bradley Chubb, LB, Denver Broncos, Ryan Connelly, LB, New York Giants, Alec Ogletree, LB, New York Giants

Defensive Backs IDP, Week 5

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 John Johnson III LAR @ SEA
2 Jamal Adams NYJ @ PHI
3 Landon Collins WAS v. NE
4 Budda Baker ARI @ CIN
5 Harrison Smith MIN @ NYG
6 Justin Reid HOU v. ATL
7 Terrell Edmunds PIT v. BAL
8 Kevin Byard TEN v. BUF
9 Jordan Poyer BUF @ TEN
10 Ronnie Harrison JAX @ CAR
11 Bradley McDougald SEA LAR
12 Jessie Bates III CIN ARI
13 Antoine Bethea NYG v. MIN
14 Jordan Whitehead TB @ NO
15 Hasean Cliton-Dix CHI OAK (London)
16 Von Bell NO v. TB
17 Damarious Randall CLE v. SF
18 Jabrill Peppers NYG v. MIN
19 Malcolm Jenkins PHI v. NYJ
20 Tyrann Mathieu KC v. IND
21 Adrian Amos CHI v. OAK (London)
22 Kyler Fuller CHI v. OAK (London)
23 Justin Simmons DEN @ LAC
24 Marcus Maye NYJ @PHI

Injuries: Clayton Geathers, S, Indianapolis Colts, Jimmy Smith, S, Baltimore Ravens, Denzel Ward, CB, Cleveland Browns