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Fantasy Football 2011: Week 3 IDP Rankings

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James Laurinaitis is an animal.

Welcome back! If you've noticed anything about anything I've written, I'm all about the deep leagues. I mean who goes all the way to 70 in Running Back Rankings? The point is if you're in a deep IDP league and these rankings aren't deep enough, you can hit me up on Twitter or post a comment letting me know you need them to be a bit deeper in a certain area. As cheesy as this sounds, I want these to be the best IDP rankings on the web.

Linebacker Notes(Last Week's Rank)

James Laurinaitis (2)- I wanted to put Laurinaitis in the top spot last week and he led the league in tackles. Not this week, friends. I'm fairly sold on Laurinaitis leading the league in tackles this year.

Sean Lee (19)- The secret is out on Lee. He is playing every down and it looks like the this year's version of Jerod Mayo so far (key words: so far). He should be a top-15 LB for the season.

Stephen Tulloch (11)- Tulloch gets a great matchup against the Vikes. He is off to a very slow start and another bad game could be a bad sign for his long-term value.

Mason Foster (23)- Foster is on the mainstream IDP radar with his big game against Minnesota. He will have a tough time repeating that performance. If he does have a down game, be patient. Huge upside.

Bart Scott (NR)- The Madbacker comes in higher than usual. The Raiders are likely to run the ball a ton, which should allow a lot of tackles for the Scott and Harris. I'm not sure his owners can wait. By the way, if you're a fan, I'd highly recommend ordering one of these shirts. It's for a good cause because some proceeds go to the Eric LeGrand  Patriot Saint Foundation. They sell out all the time, but new shipments come in regularly.

Jamar Chaney (NR)- He took the job from Casey Matthews and did an adequate job last year to finish the season. He should be able to hold it down and has some value.

Rank Linebacker                                                                                Team     
1 James Laurinaitis STL
2 Patrick Willis SF
3 Desmond Bishop GB
4 Pat Angerer IND
5 Lawrence Timmons PIT
6 Curtis Lofton ATL
7 Jerod Mayo (Q) NE
8 D'Qwell Jackson CLE
9 Sean Lee DAL
10 David Harris (Q) NYJ
11 Barrett Ruud TEN
12 Stephen Tulloch DET
13 Derrick Johnson KC
14 London Fletcher WAS
15 Paul Posluszny JAX
16 Rolando McClain OAK
17 Ray Lewis BAL
18 Brian Cushing HOU
19 Mason Foster TB
20 D.J. Williams (Q) DEN
21 Clay Matthews (Q) GB
22 Jamar Chaney PHI
23 Brian Urlacher CHI
24 David Hawthorne SEA
25 Brian Cushing HOU
26 Jonathan Vilma NO
27 Daryl Washington (Q) ARI
28 DeMarcus Ware DAL
29 Nick Barnett BUF
30 Karlos Dansby (Q) MIA
31 DeMeco Ryans HOU
32 Bart Scott NYJ
33 Chad Greenway MIN
34 NaVorro Bowman SF
35 Thomas Howard CIN
36 Rey Maualuga CIN
37 Lance Briggs CHI
38 Takeo Spikes SD
39 Sean Weatherspoon ATL
40 James Harrison PIT


Defensive Back Notes

Eric Weddle (5)- Weddle isn't the best DB in IDP, but the matchup is an interesting one. Weddle is a good bet for a turnover and should be a monster.

Sean Jones (20)- Jones looked really good in the opener and didn't really have the stats to back it up. He did bring the stats Week 2 and has a favorable matchup this week against the Falcons.

Jarrad Page (NR)- Page was the top target in my IDP Waiver Wire and gets to prove it to you with an intriguing game against the Giants. He is ranked fairly conservatively and it wouldn't be surprising to see him in the top 10 this week.

Rank Defensive Back                                                                    Team    
1 Eric Weddle SD
2 Tyvon Branch OAK
3 Yeremiah Bell MIA
4 T.J. Ward CLE
5 Donte Whitner SF
6 Morgan Burnett GB
7 Jon McGraw KC
8 Roman Harper NO
9 LaRon Landry (Q) WAS
10 Charles Woodson (Q) GB
11 Sean Jones TB
12 Kam Chancellor SEA
13 George Wilson BUF
14 Lardarius Webb BAL
15 Troy Polamalu PIT
16 Charles Tillman CHI
17 Joe Haden CLE
18 Jarrad Page PHI
19 Michael Griffin TEN
20 Kenny Phillips NYG
21 Antoine Bethea IND
22 Reggie Nelson CIN
23 Earl Thomas SEA
24 Kerry Rhodes ARI
25 Craig Dahl STL
26 Brandon Flowers KC
27 Eric Smith (Q) NYJ
28 Adrian Wilson ARI
29 Jamarca Sanford MIN
30 DeAngelo Hall WAS


Defensive Lineman Notes

Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul- One would have to think that the Giants will be coming after Vick worse than PETA enthusiasts. If the Giants are going to win, they will need a ton of sacks.

Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy-Carolina gets to take on a rookie QB in his first start. I'd expect them to get a couple free shots with Gabbert unable to recognize blitz packages.

Rank Defensive Lineman                                                             Team   
1 Justin Tuck NYG
2 Terrell Suggs BAL
3 Mario Williams HOU
4 Jason Pierre-Paul NYG
5 Charles Johnson CAR
6 Trent Cole PHI
7 Ndamukong Suh DET
8 Jared Allen MIN
9 Julius Pepper CHI
10 Chris Clemons SEA
11 Matt Shaughnessy OAK
12 John Abraham ATL
13 B.J. Raji GB
14 Calais Campbell ARI
15 Darnell Dockett ARI
16 Chris Long STL
17 Robert Mathis IND
18 Jabaal Sheard CLE
19 Ray McDonald SF
20 Greg Hardy CAR