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IDP Weekly Player Rankings - Week 5
Darin Tietgen
October 8, 2009
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You will notice that our weekly rankings are now "tiered", or broken apart into similarly-ranked groups.  For example, the drop-off from, say, David Harris to Kirk Morrison isn't really that huge because they are in the same tier.  Use the tiering as a supplement to these rankings to assist you in your lineup decisions.  And as with all fantasy rankings, they are simply a guide to predict potential performance, not a guarantee.  Good luck this week, and hope there's a "W" in your future!

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Rnk Player Team Opp
TIER ONE
1 Jared Allen MIN STL
2 Terrell Suggs BAL CIN
3 Robert Mathis IND TEN
4 Mario Williams (inj) HOU ARI
5 Trent Cole PHI TBB
6 Justin Tuck NYG KCC
TIER TWO
7 Antwan Odom CIN BAL
8 Aaron Schobel BUF CLE
9 Julius Peppers CAR WAS
10 Osi Umenyiora NYG OAK
11 Marcus Stroud (DT) BUF CLE
12 Andre Carter WAS CAR
13 Greg Ellis OAK NYG
TIER THREE
14 Ryan Denney BUF CLE
15 Ray Edwards MIN STL
16 Dwight Freeney (inj) IND TEN
17 Lawrence Jackson SEA JAC
18 Richard Seymour OAK NYG
19 Robert Geathers CIN BAL
20 Sh. Rogers (DT) (inj) CLE BUF
21 A. Haynesworth (DT) WAS CAR
22 Justin Smith SFO ATL
TIER FOUR
23 Tank Tyler (DT) KCC DAL
24 Raheem Brock IND TEN
25 Victor Abiamiri PHI TBB
26 James Hall STL MIN
27 Calais Campbell ARI HOU
28 Chris Long STL MIN
29 Mike Wright NEP DEN
30 Jason Hunter DET PIT
31 Juqua Parker PHI TBB
32 Tommy Kelly (DT) OAK NYG
33 Kyle VandenBosch TEN IND
34 Leonard Little  STL MIN
35 Kenyon Coleman CLE BUF
36 Haloti Ngata (DT) BAL CIN
37 Gaines Adams TBB PHI
TIER FIVE
38 Kendall Langford MIA NYJ
39 Darren Howard (DT) PHI TBB
40 Jimmy Wilkerson TBB PHI
41 William Hayes TEN IND
42 Cornelius Griffin (DT) WAS CAR
43 Amobi Okoye (DT) HOU ARI
44 Kelly Gregg (DT) BAL CIN
45 Ed Johnson (DT) IND TEN
46 Kroy Biermann ATL SFO
47 Ray McDonald SFO ATL
48 Glenn Dorsey KCC DAL
49 Shaun Ellis NYJ MIA
50 Chris Kelsay BUF CLE
LINEBACKERS
Rnk Player Team Opp
TIER ONE
1 Patrick Willis SFO ATL
2 Curtis Lofton ATL SFO
3 London Fletcher WAS CAR
4 D'Qwell Jackson CLE BUF
5 David Harris NYJ MIA
6 Barrett Ruud TBB PHI
7 Ray Lewis BAL CIN
8 Thomas Davis CAR WAS
9 DeMeco Ryans HOU JAC
10 Justin Durant JAC SEA
11 Kirk Morrison OAK NYG
12 James Harrison PIT DET
TIER TWO
13 D.J. Williams DEN NEP
14 Mike Peterson ATL SFO
15 Jon Beason CAR WAS
16 Larry Foote DET PIT
17 Keith Bulluck TEN IND
18 Stephen Tulloch TEN IND
19 James Laurinaitis  STL MIN
20 E.J. Henderson MIN STL
21 Karlos  Dansby ARI HOU
22 Thomas Howard OAK NYG
23 Andra Davis DEN NEP
24 Gary Brackett IND TEN
TIER THREE
25 Roger McIntosh WAS CAR
26 Elvis Dumervil DEN NEP
27 Brian Cushing HOU ARI
28 Demarcus Ware DAL KCC
29 Daryl Smith JAC SEA
30 Eric Barton CLE BUF
31 Aaron Curry SEA JAC
32 James Farrior PIT DET
33 Will Witherspoon STL MIN
TIER FOUR
34 Ricky Brown OAK NYG
35 Geno Hayes TBB PHI
36 Keith Rivers CIN BAL
37 Kamerion Wimbley CLE BUF
38 Lofa Tatupu SEA JAC
39 Demorrio Williams KCC DAL
40 Keith Brooking DAL KCC
41 Chad Greenway MIN STL
42 Bradie James DAL KCC
43 Gary Guyton NEP DEN
44 Dhani Jones CIN BAL
45 Keith Ellison BUF CLE
46 Quincy  Black TBB PHI
47 Mike Vrabel KCC DAL
48 Antonio Pierce NYG OAK
49 Omar Gaither PHI TBB
50 Akeem Jordan PHI TBB
DEFENSIVE BACKS
Rnk Player Team Opp
TIER ONE
1 Chris Hope TEN IND
2 Yeremiah Bell MIA NYJ
3 Quintin Mikell PHI TBB
4 Sabby Piscitelli TBB PHI
5 Abram Elam CLE BUF
6 Antoine Winfield (CB) MIN STL
7 Antoine Bethea IND TEN
8 Brian Dawkins DEN NEP
TIER TWO
9 Louis Delmas DET PIT
10 Reggie Nelson JAC SEA
11 Oshiomogho Atogwe STL MIN
12 Donte Whitner (inj) BUF CLE
13 Bryan Scott (inj) BUF CLE
14 Terence Newman (CB) DAL KCC
15 Mike Brown KCC DAL
TIER THREE
16 Anthony Henry (CB) DET PIT
17 Tyvon Branch (inj) OAK NYG
18 Adrian Wilson ARI HOU
19 Nate Clements (CB) SFO ATL
20 Michael Griffin TEN IND
21 Bryant McFadden (CB) ARI HOU
22 Champ  Bailey (CB) DEN NEP
23 Cort. Finnegan (CB) (inj) TEN IND
24 Roy Wililams CIN BAL
25 LaRon Landry WAS CAR
26 Michael Lewis SFO ATL
TIER FOUR
27 Erik Coleman ATL SFO
28 Nick Harper (CB) (inj) TEN IND
29 Antrel Rolle ARI HOU
30 Aqib Talib (CB) TBB PHI
31 Ronde Barber (CB) TBB PHI
32 Jordan Babineaux SEA JAC
33 Chris Horton WAS CAR
34 Chris Crocker CIN BAL
35 Brandon Flowers (CB) KCC DAL
36 Darrelle Revis (CB) NYJ NOS
37 Gibril Wilson MIA NYJ
38 Brandon Meriweather NEP DEN
TIER FIVE
39 Derek Cox (CB) JAC SEA
40 Melvin Bullitt IND TEN
41 Bernard Pollard HOU ARI
42 Ronald Bartell (CB) (inj) STL MIN
43 Dawan Landry BAL CIN
44 Cedric Griffin (CB) MIN STL
45 Ken Hamlin DAL KCC
46 Brodney Pool CLE BUF
47 Ike Taylor (CB) PIT DET
48 Chris Johnson (CB) OAK NYG
49 Marquand Manuel DET PIT
50 Renaldo Hill DEN NEP

Note:  Scoring system considered for these rankings – solo tackle (2 pts), assisted tackle (1 pt), sack (3 pts), forced or recovered fumble (3 pts), interception (3 pts) and pass defensed (1 pt).

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