This one is for all my true fantasy nerds out there.
I'm talking about the ones who aren't satisfied with the typical, run-of-the-mill fantasy rosters predicated on a strong running back/quarterback combo; the ones who feel as though a real fantasy team should consist of players who can also stop touchdowns from happening, rather than ones who are only relied upon to visit paydirt on occasion; the ones who think that a sack should provide just as much value to their squad as a passing touchdown—you know, the true fantasy heroes.
Even the most ill-informed fantasy owner knows that guys like Arian Foster, Ray Rice and LeSean McCoy should be the first three guys off most league draft boards, but it takes a real champion to put in the time and effort needed to build out a complete fantasy squad.
I realize that most leagues do not feature individual defensive players and will instead go with the tried-and-true overall team defense format.
But for all of the crazy (and I use this as a term of endearment) fantasy players out there like myself, here are the Top 25 IDPs for the 2012 season to help get you prepared for this year's championship run.
DISCLAIMER: This article is geared toward leagues that actually place a value on tackles, and not just sacks, interceptions and touchdowns. Also, Green Bay Packer linebacker Desmond Bishop—a top-five defensive stud—will not be included in this article after suffering what could be a season-ending injury in last Thursday's preseason opener.