FantasySports.org » IDP http://fantasysports.org A site dedicated to people who enjoy playing fantasy sports Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:25:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.5 Individual Defensive Players: Play Both Sides of the Ball http://fantasysports.org/individual-defensive-players-play-sides-ball/ http://fantasysports.org/individual-defensive-players-play-sides-ball/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:06:30 +0000 http://fantasysports.org/?p=4980 If you are playing in a fantasy football league in which you have a team defense and special teams, I’m not going to say that you’re some kind of fantasy infidel who deserves to be crushed like a bug. I will say that you’re not getting the most out of your hobby. I’ve seen one ...

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If you are playing in a fantasy football league in which you have a team defense and special teams, I’m not going to say that you’re some kind of fantasy infidel who deserves to be crushed like a bug. I will say that you’re not getting the most out of your hobby.

I’ve seen one fantasy baseball team with a “team pitcher” and I think the same about “Team D” leagues.

In a league that features IDPs, you start players on the defensive side of the ball. Captain, meet obvious. Most IDP leagues are broken up as follows: Defensive line, linebacker, defensive back. There are some leagues that get even more detailed, breaking up DL into defensive ends and defensive tackles and DB into cornerback and safety positions.

Just like the so-called skill-position guys (aka guys who score most of the touchdowns), there is a hierarchy in value in these three main IDP positions. Linebackers are considered to be the running backs. They score the most points, they get the most tackles, and some of the best get turnovers and occasional touchdowns. Defensive linemen are next, even though they score less than defensive backs on average because of the relative scarcity of the position. They aren’t as tackle-heavy and you’re getting the most value out of sacks and turnovers which are prone to variance. Defensive backs fluctuate a lot, and occasionally the top players in the NFL are not the top scorers.

Take Darrelle Revis, for example. Teams facing him do not throw the ball his way very often, and as we know from RB/WR/TE scoring, reps generally lead to points. It’s often a good move to look for the cornerback starting opposite the Pro Bowler to get your value. See 2013 Alterraun Verner. When it comes to safeties, you want “in the box” guys who are going to be close to the ball and get tackles. The free-safety types are often playing center field and don’t get many opportunities to score.

To help in the understanding of IDP leagues, I brought in a ringer. Steve Schulz is part of the five-man rotation covering IDP for Fake Pigskin. I asked him some questions.

How’d you get into IDP?
I have been playing fantasy sports (starting with baseball) since about 1996. A group of guys in a small town in Minnesota where I lived spent a year studying crazy fantasy football formats, because I think a few of us were getting bored with the standard snake drafts. They created a salary cap/contracts, IDP league where the top IDP players were on par with the offensive players. That appealed to me greatly. I went into that first year with the idea that everyone would overvalue offensive players — solely because they recognized the names — and would undervalue the defensive guys. So I spent 95 percent of my time getting to know defensive players, and the rest is history.

What’s your best plea to get people to switch from team D to IDP?
Two things: variability and fun.

As far as variability, I’ve been on both sides of seeing your team defense score 1 point and your opponent’s score 36. Is it because the latter’s defense is 36 times better than the former’s? Of course not. Team defenses hinge so much on the big plays: kickoff returns for touchdowns, interception returns. Those are almost completely based on luck. With IDP, there’s a lot of variance at some positions, but with linebackers, they’re easily as predictable as, say, a top running back.

Secondly, fun is a huge part of it. What does every potential fantasy football player say as their reason to not play fantasy? “I don’t know all of the players.” What’s the response to that? “You won’t, until you play fantasy football.” And halfway through the season, everyone amazes themselves how they’ve learned the players. It’s the same with IDP. And once you start noticing those guys, the game of football opens up to you. You start paying attention to scheme and personnel. Playing IDP has enhanced my appreciation and enjoyment for the game of football a hundred fold. [Zach note: Another underrated aspect of scoring tackles means that offensive guys who get tackles after turnovers score more. Kicker tackles should be worth 100 points.]

Every play is exciting. You could have your quarterback throw a screen to your opponent’s running back. Then your opponent’s linebacker hits that running back, forcing the ball out. And then your cornerback picks it up and runs it into the end zone. You can have multiple fantasy players involved in every play. You’ll be screaming at your TV: “YES! NO! NO! YES!” on every play.

What are some of your favorite players for 2014? Some of your sleepers by DE/LB/DB in a typical 3/3/2 IDP league.
On the defensive line, I just can’t get away from the talent level and potential of three guys who should be stepping into greater roles this year: DaMontre Moore, Margus Hunt and Cornellius “Tank” Carradine. At linebacker, I love Brian Cushing if he can stay healthy, and Nick Roach and Larry Foote can be had at the end of drafts and will put up solid numbers. At defensive back, I think William Moore is really underrated. Everyone is going crazy for Honey Badger and Barry Church because they have a weak linebacker corps in front of them which should give them a lot of tackle opportunities. I think Moore is in the same boat.

Do you have a beer of choice for Thursday and/or Sunday? I am partial to the Rogue beers, and a couple made in Minnesota by the Surly Brewing Company, especially Coffee Bender (yes, it has coffee in it.) I might need the caffeine. I plan to watch every snap of every game.

Do you have any additional sites/podcasts and such besides Fake Pigskin? There are three that I never, ever miss. Footballguys with John Norton and Jene Bramel, the Pro Football Focus IDP show with Jeff Ratcliffe and Ross Miles, and anytime I can listen to Gary Davenport from Fantasy Sharks, I’m all ears. I think Pro Football Focus’s advanced stats package is very important too. I like to dig deeper into the stats beyond tackles, assists and sacks and see who is getting close to the quarterback. One guy who just joined our IDP team (there are five of us now) at FakePigskin is Mike Woellert. I read every word he writes. Superb stuff.

It always comes around to podcasts. Be a dear and follow Steve, and try to convert one of your “Team D” leagues into an IDP.

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10 IDP Fantasy Football Sites to Check Out http://fantasysports.org/10-idp-fantasy-football-sites-to-check-out/ http://fantasysports.org/10-idp-fantasy-football-sites-to-check-out/#comments Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:04:27 +0000 http://fantasysports.org/?p=3211 Individual Defensive Player (IDP) fantasy football. It’s one way to make fantasy football all that more exciting, all that more interesting. But if you’re new to IDP it can be tough going. The mainstream sites – ESPN, NFL.com, Yahoo!, and others – hardly touch on IDP because, quite honestly, it’s not as popular as your ...

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Individual Defensive Player (IDP) fantasy football. It’s one way to make fantasy football all that more exciting, all that more interesting. But if you’re new to IDP it can be tough going. The mainstream sites – ESPN, NFL.com, Yahoo!, and others – hardly touch on IDP because, quite honestly, it’s not as popular as your typical, sissy offense-only league.

It takes extra work. The extra work includes the work that others can do for you (and me). Online, resources are nearly endless and usually free. It just takes some work to find those resources. But today’s your lucky day. All those resources are right here. In fact, we’re going to take a look at 10 of those resources right…..now.

IDP Fantasy Football Sites

IDP Guru

This four-man staff is quite the group. Owner Ryan Sitzmann has put together a site that is the IDP mecca of the internet. The home page says it all. IDP rookies, sleepers, rankings for each position, notable free agents, a breakdown of defensive coordinators and schemes, every down linebackers; anything you ask for, Sitzmann and his staff have it.

For $5, you can buy the 2013 Fantasy Football Draft Guide. With blurbs on every player, offense and defense, it’s the most in-depth IDP guide I’ve seen. And it’s unlike most draft guides that are published in the early Summer and never updated. Just like the site, it includes rankings, sleepers and rookies, with a more in-depth look at each. This is far and away the top IDP site on the web.

Rotoworld

While RW has some IDP analysis from the great Jeff Ratcliffe and others, which is always fantastic. But what I’m really coming here for is the news. RW has the best news aggregation out there. Whatever or whoever you need to find, just search the data base or set filters on the “Player News” tab (linked above) and you will find it. No one else does news quite like these guys.

(As a quick note, FootballGuys also has a great news blog on their site as well, but it doesn’t have analysis as deep as what RW does.)

IDPManor

Another website dedicated to all IDP, all the time. Gary Davenport has quite the site here. As of now, Davenport is breaking down each and every NFL team on the defensive side on the ball by position. Every single one has some interesting and much needed nuggets if you’re serious about IDP. A constant for any IDP player.

Football Guys

If you don’t have a FBG subscription, you should. With the membership, you’re immersed into a world of an indisposable amount of football info. However, most content is subscription-only. If you do have a subscription, all it takes is a simple search for “IDP” to bring up in-depth articles from Jene Bramel, John Norton, and other experts. The FBG podcast — “The Audible” – is also a great source for all things fantasy, including some IDP here and there.

Pro Football Focus

PFF helps me with my dynasty teams. After buying a premium account, you can view player graeds, in-depth stats, and how they stack up among the rest of the league, for both offense and defense. For dynasty, you get an idea of what players are good at “real football”, and not just fantasy, a big deal when it comes to dynasty leagues.

There’s also great analysis from various writers here based solely on IDP fantasy football that do the analysis for you.  Lastly, PFF has an awesome podcast, “The Nickel”, which is always informative.

Draft Sharks

Draft Sharks is an up and coming site that has done a nice job a variety of fantasy football topics. On top of a constant flow of news from all across the league, from both sides of the ball, the team at Draft Sharks offers IDP projections, some of the most accurate in the business. In fact, the projections were so accurate that the team won the Fantasy Sports Trade Association Projection Accuracy Award for their work overall in both 2010 and 2012.

Bottom line: they know how to rank players and they know their stuff. Hope on board now, while they’re still relatively quiet.

Dynasty League Football

First and foremost, DLF has established themselves as the go-to site for dynasty football. To add onto that, the staff has very detailed composite and individual rankings in a clean and easy to read format. These rankings break down into many categories including top rookies, IDP, average draft position, and many more. You’ll also find IDP articles on the site from time to time.

FantasyPros

FantasyPros takes their game to a whole other level with their IDP rankings. Just like their expert-collaborative offensive player rankings, there is a mix on many different rankings into one consensus IDP list. Very unique and fun to get an idea of how various experts are seeing it.

ESPN

ESPN quietly does a very nice job at covering IDPs. For starters, they have their top 150 IDPs ranked where the standard league rankings are on their site, so you don’t have to dig. On top of rankings, Jim McCormick had already dove into his IDP strategy for 2013. In fact, McCormick does most of the IDP work for ESPN, and his content isn’t bested by many.

Punch Drunk Wonderland

Want to join an IDP league? You can sign up here and you’ll get in one, defense only, for only $10 a pop. This site also has some sweet position by position rankings with auction values, which are updated frequently.

As you can see, there are lots of IDP Fantasy Football sites around the Internet, although, it takes some digging to get to. Some of you may have never heard of these sites. And that’s a good thing. Because these people focus on and know their IDP Fantasy Football. Did I leave any out? What do you use for your IDP info? Let me hear it on Twitter or in the comments below!

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