IDP players are a different breed than most. Even the most hardcore lovers of fantasy must admit that IDP takes it to a whole other level. Have you ever chatted, twittered or spoken with someone that plays in IDP leagues? The intensity is something to behold. There’s a passion that’s difficult to put into words that IDP players have that is evident when you talk to them about defensive players. You know when you were a child and you’d ask your mom or dad who their favorite was, but they just smiled coyly at you knowingly while claiming they loved all their children exactly the same? That’s how it appears to me when talking to IDP guys, yes they love their offense but it’s really the defense that holds the most sway over their heart.
Also a special thank you goes out to all the writers below. If you don’t already follow these gentlemen and you’re reading this then you are doing something very, very, very wrong. I’d suggest you follow each on Twitter (linked for your convenience below) and/or any of the websites (also linked for your convenience) they write for. All are sharp fantasy minds and I would even go so far as to call them experts.
1.01) Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama @HRoman1234
There is a buzz about Garrett but his value would take a hit if designated a LB; Foster is a safer pick and sure to get his share of tackles. Good vision and plays the run and pass very well.
The kid is a MONSTER… it sometimes looks like there are two players plugging up the holes while he attacks ball carriers. He is a quick twitch athlete with quick reaction time.
Garrett is clearly the top player in the NFL Draft and should become a sack machine.
1.04) Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State @duckzfan50
With the # 1 edge off the board, I will go with my favorite LB left on the board. I love his instinct and quickness. Just makes plays.
He can shed blocks as he’s stopping the run and has the athleticism to get to the QB. Can’t pass him up!
I think he is elite. I like him as much if not more than Neal.
He’s got natural power, he would be an ideal five technique but his rare athletic ability gives him the potential to make a big impact on the stat sheet. Scored two of Alabama’s 12 defensive TDs.
Seems a bit early, but not in my book, will make an immediate impact & is an absolute playmaker – can do it all IMO.
Disruptive force at either DT or 3-4 DE.
A missile that makes devastating contact.
Perhaps it’s the homer in me, but I love this athletic playmaker who could be an outside backer or a strong safety in the box. Let him return the ball too and run a few trick plays a year.
Like his chances at being a three down player. Plays the pass well and with a little coaching, his run game will improve.
2.01) Kendall Beckwith, LB, LSU @HRoman1234
Solid tackler good instinct but can get lost in pass coverage; I see a 2 down LB.
This kid stepped up in 2016 and lead the Wolfpack in tackles. Love his tenacity!
Watt is still raw, but his versatility in a number of different schemes should lead to solid sack numbers and good tackle numbers.
2.04) Taco Charlton, Edge, Michigan @duckzfan50
Tacos!! Who doesn’t like tacos? I really like this one.
Angry hands, quickness, highly productive with a great burst to get to get around the O linemen.
Thick durable and tough. Most likely a fit for 3-4 OLB.
Really dominant to close out the season, great base strength and a variety of pass rushing moves. Happy to have him here.
Active LB, will always find the ball – has some solid potential, can blitz the A gap or drop back into coverage.
Versatile, hard hitter even if he is a damn Aggie.
Great pass rusher, lots of strength.
Seems I’m higher on him than most. Reminds me of former Steeler Lamarr Woodley.
3.01) Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut @HRoman1234
Kid is an excellent open field tackler and has good coverage skills. Great character guy. With his size and speed, he should develop as a 3 down Safety or convert to a tweener LB. I am buying shares where I can.
Vea remains raw, but comparisons to a young Haloti Ngata are not out of reach. He has amazing athleticism at 6’4 332. I normally wouldn’t take a DT this high but the comparison intrigues me.
Probably moving to safety, King has coverage ability and can make the big play. May be a bit riskier IDP pick, but upside for INTs.
3.04) Jarron Jones, DE, Notre Dame @duckzfan50
Guys still on the board that I have rated higher, taking a shot at a guy that might find himself in the right situation.
The in the box safety works well against the run, covers tight ends well and is a strong hitter and tackles well.
The guy just finds the football. Understands how to stop the run and chases sideline to sideline. Of course, I was also a big fan of Arthur Brown coming out of KSU?
If league rewards return yardage points you’ll see Jackson go higher, IMO. He’s a playmaker & will be a solid cover corner – Breeland-ish?
Long odds here but he was crazy productive in college. Might as well take a stab on a dude with a million tackles.
Lots of solid pass rush moves to build on.
Rookie corner is in effect. He will be targeted heavily no matter what team he ends up with.
Off-field concerns but has speed to put pressure on from the edge. Able to play in any defense, he will be worth a pick here.