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Top 24 players at each individual defensive position for Week 3

Top 24 rankings for Defensive Lineman, Linebackers and Defensive Backs

New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian is hit by Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett after throwing a pass during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

IDP rankings will be a mixture of talent and opportunity each week; knowing the teams who give up the most fantasy points to each defensive position is critical to your success. Below are the top 24 rankings for defensive line, linebackers and defensive backs heading into Week 3.

The top-10 at each position are usually reserved for the top-10 players sans who they’re playing, but certain matchups can be too good to pass up. This week, Cameron Jordan cracked my top-five due to Seattle’s poor offensive line play resulting in the most fantasy points given up to opposing defensive ends so far this season. Corey Littleton is making a solid case to be the overall No. 1 linebacker this season, but Leighton Vander Esch is going up against the Miami Dolphins this week who’ve given up the fourth most fantasy points to opposing linebackers through Week 2. It’s hard to turn down a matchup with the Dolphins in any aspect of fantasy football.

Defensive Line IDP rankings, Week 3

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Myles Garrett CLE vs. LAR
2 J.J. Watt HOU @ LAC
3 Joey Bosa LAC vs. HOU
4 Cameron Jordan NO @ SEA
5 Calais Campbell JAX vs. TEN
6 Danielle Hunter MIN vs. OAK
7 Aaron Donald LAR @ CLE
8 Demarcus Lawrence DAL vs. MIA
9 DeForest Buckner SF vs. PIT
10 Nick Bosa SF vs. PIT
11 Aikeem Hicks CHI @ WAS
12 Kadeveon Clowney SEA vs. NO
13 Sam Hubbard CIN @ BUF
14 Melvin Ingram LAC vs. HOU
15 Carlos Dunlap CIN @ BUF
16 Denico Autry IND vs. ATL
17 Josh Allen JAX vs. TEN
18 Olivier Vernon CLE vs. LAR
19 Frank Clark KC vs. BAL
20 Jerry Hughes BUF vs. CIN
21 Trey Flowers DET @ PHI
22 Everson Griffen MIN vs. OAK
23 Chris Jones KC vs. BAL
24 Robert Quinn DAL vs. MIA

Injuries: Dee Ford (knee)

Linebacker IDP rankings, Week 3

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

Injuries: Darius Leonard (Concussion protocol, Day-to-day), C.J. Mosley (Groin, day-to-day)

Defensive Back IDP rankings, Week 3

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Landon Collins WAS vs. CHI
2 Jamal Adams NYJ @ NE
3 John Johnson LAR @ CLE
4 Keanu Neal ATL @ IND
5 Budda Baker ARI vs. CAR
6 Harrison Smith MIN vs. OAK
7 Shawn Williams CIN @ BUF
8 Justin Reid HOU @ LAC
9 Jordan Poyer BUF vs. CIN
10 Jordan Whitehead TB vs. NYG
11 Kevin Byard TEN @ JAX
12 Ronnie Harrison JAX vs. TEN
13 Bradley McDougald SEA vs. NO
14 Jessie Bates III CIN @ BUF
15 Clayton Geathers IND vs. ATL
16 Ha’sean Clinton-Dix CHI @ WAS
17 Juan Thornhill KC vs. BAL
18 Tyrann Mathieu KC vs. BAL
19 Marcus Maye NYJ @ NE
20 Vonn Bell NO @ SEA
21 Terrell Edmunds PIT @ SF
22 Jabrill Peppers NYG @ TB
23 Adrian Amos GB vs. DEN
24 Jaquiski Tartt SF vs. PIT

Injuries: Adrian Phillips (Forearm, out indefinitely), Damarious Randall (Concussion protocol, day-to-day), Jonathan Abram (shoulder, out 5-6 months)