Fantasy Football 2012: The Top 25 IDP Rankings on This Year's Draft Board

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Fantasy Football 2012: The Top 25 IDP Rankings on This Year's Draft Board
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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.

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