The start of the 2022 NFL season means it is decision time for fantasy football managers when it comes to setting lineups. To help you cut out the headaches, PFN’s Week 1 IDP fantasy football rankings are here to guide you through the week ahead. Not sure which defensive linemen have the best matchups this week, or which linebackers could be set for a big tackling day? Then check out our rankings below, as well as a couple of players that stand out to us this week.
2022 IDP rankings: DL, LB, and DB
The rankings below are based on the 123 scoring system that has largely become an accepted standard by many sites and IDP leagues. If you are looking for more advice for your IDP league, sign up for the PFN Pass, where you will have access to our analysts through the PFN Discord server throughout the season.
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Intriguing players in the Week 1 IDP fantasy rankings
Setting IDP lineups is tough. There are so many variables on any given week that impact the opportunities players have. However, elements such as weak offensive lines, run-heavy opponents, and turnover-prone QBs all weigh into the thinking. Here are a couple of players who stand out this week.
Marcus Maye, NO | at ATL
The Saints do not seem to be concerned that Maye will be less than 100 percent coming off his Achilles injury. Not only did they give him $14.5 million in guaranteed money, but they also traded away C.J. Gardner-Johnson, who was one of their depth options at safety.
Maye should be heavily involved in Week 1 against an Atlanta offense that has a lot of question marks. Whether Maye is involved in covering Kyle Pitts or playing a complementary role, he should have plenty of opportunities this week. Additionally, he is facing an opposing QB in Marcus Mariota, who has a career 2.5 percent interception rate. There could be an opportunity for Maye to add to his six career interceptions this week.
Leonard Williams, NYG | at TEN
Williams will be a player higher in our rankings than other places all season due to the impact of IDP123 scoring on defensive tackle value. This week presents an especially good opportunity for Williams against the run-heavy Titans. Williams should be in the center of the action a lot, with Derrick Henry the main focal point of the Titans’ offense once again in 2022.
With less than a week until the 2022 NFL season kicks off, we’ve published updated fantasy football outlooks for 200 players. Search the table below or filter by position and team for detailed fantasy insight so you can win your fantasy football draft! Additionally, don’t forget about our Fantasy Football Draft Kit, which is packed with more information and proprietary research.