As we start rolling out the 2013 IDP Rankings here at Razzball, I thought I would start with the easiest position first. JJ Watt is the consensus #1 IDP this year, and his 2012 numbers were even more impressive than those of Calvin Johnson and Adrian Peterson considering he was a 3-4 Defensive End. While you might have trouble deciding between a gamut of players to take first at any other position, you can rest easy knowing that Watt should be the first DL taken and that it took me three tries before correctly spelling gamut.

If we consider Watt as his own tier, my next 7 DLs would be Tier 2. Any one of these guys has the potential to take the throne from Watt, but doing so would be considered an upset. Speaking of thrones and upset, I still haven’t gotten over Game of Thrones from this past Sunday. I thought the football offseason was supposed to be the time that Sundays don’t affect the rest of my week, but apparently George R.R. Martin doesn’t agree. We watch the show for nudity and dragons George, know your audience!

If you can’t grab one of the top 8 D-Lineman, you’re probably fine waiting a few rounds as the next tier is a pretty big drop-off in terms of guaranteed production. I’m higher on Muhammad Wilkerson than most, but he finished at DL3 last year and figures to see an increase in tackle opportunities as teams pound the ball against the lowly Jets. The third tier runs through Anthony Spencer, and after that it’s a free-for-all of 3-4 DEs, 4-3 DTs, and unproven guys who are primed to break out.

Without further ado, here’s the Razzball 2013 Defensive Lineman Rankings:

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  1. Hey Kevin,

    Dynasty IDP I drafted Jamar Taylor/Darius Slay/Johnathan Banks and DJ Hayden Rookie Fever I guess I might be in trouble haha

  2. Kevin Kumpf

    Kevin Kumpf says:

    What’s up Murph,

    Rookie DBs are targeted a ton when they get on the field so it’s not a bad strategy. If he’s healthy, Hayden will start, and Taylor/Banks have a shot of winning a starting role in training camp. From what I’ve seen, Slay’s got talent, but he ain’t cracking anything more than a nickel role in that secondary. If you need the roster spot, CB is deep enough that stashing even one guy could be unnecessary.

  3. Wallpaper Paterson says:

    I am working on putting together a dynasty league with IDPs. I was either going to start it this year or next. I am trying for this year. If anyone is interested, then please let me know.

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:

      @Wallpaper Paterson:


      Any IDP league I might start would not occur this year.

      This year I am starting an offense-only league. After the bylaws are posted I would begin to search for owners.

  4. kalone says:

    What do you think the odds are that Mario Williams gets reclassified as a LB?

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:


      If anything I think he would have dual position eligibility. MyFantasyLeague still has him just at DE, and while ESPN/Yahoo have not launched their 2013 IDP content as far as I can tell, he is listed as a DE on their player pages.

      Hybrid schemes are always a bit unique for the DE/OLBs, but in my experience most sites either offer dual eligibility or use whichever scheme was used the previous year.

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