For the majority of leagues it’s now the end of our regular seasons. I’m going to take a look at some of the IDP rookie leaders and see how they stack up. Youth is always worth monitoring in dynasty. Remember IDP scoring can vary a lot in the IDP community. A majority of my leagues are balanced scoring where IDP players can score on par or close to the offensive skill players.
Leonard Floyd, OLB Chicago -7 sacks
Yannick Ngakoue,DE Jacksonville – 6 sacks
Noah Spence, DE Tampa Bay – 5.5 sacks
Joey Bosa, DE San Diego – 5.5 sacks
Jatavis Brown, LB San Diego – 3 sacks
Keanu Neal, S Atlanta – 79
Deion Jones, LB Atlanta – 76
Daryl Worley, CB Carolina – 67
Karl Joseph, S Oakland – 60
Blake Martinez LB, Green Bay – 63
Interception leaders: All tied with 2
Tavon Young C Baltimore
Deion Jones LB Atlanta
Bobby Calhoun CB Cleveland
Artis Burns CB Pittsburgh
Linebackers are the backbone of our dynasty rosters. Sometimes you’ll find some good ones during the season on waiver wires but the best and cheapest time to grab them are in your rookie drafts.
Deion Jones, Atlanta Falcons, 17.8 points per game
I was very high on him going into this year. On the season he has 55 tackles 21 assisted tackles including 3 for a loss. Contributing with 2 int’s and 5 passes deflected he has proved to be fantasy relevant. Playing at MLB he has shown he can get the hustle tackles as well as tackles in the box. Jones is a player I like going into next season. Jones is the highest scoring IDP rookie this fantasy season. You can read my write up on him here. I had Jones as my 4th LB with Jaylon Smith and Myles Jack ahead of him.
Jatavis Brown, San Diego Chargers, 21.65 points per game
Before suffering a knee injury Brown was blowing up leagues with sacks and tackles. Against Denver week 6 Brown logged 13 tackles and a solo assist with one tackle for a loss. He also forced a fumble and got himself a sack. That was a monster IDP performance. On the season [in the 8 games he played, starting 5, prior to injury he had 44 tackles of which 6 were for a loss with an additional 11 assists. Counting his 3 sacks and 5 pass deflections the kid looked good. Should be back in soon for the Chargers. Good hold for 2017.
Blake Martinez, Green Bay Packers, 14.4 points per game
Blake has delivered a steady average of 5 tackles a game. For those of us in leagues where we can start up to 6 LB’s this guy was a nice pick on draft day. On the fantasy season he’s gotten us 42 tackles with 21 assists. Yes, he is in on a lot of tackles. My pre-season write up can be found here. This rookie is not flashy but get’s to the ball and can help in coverage. Blake was LB5 in my preseason rankings.
These guys are our big play players in dynasty. Tackles help but we draft these ends to get around the QB. Let’s see if we have any surprises.
Joey Bosa, DE, San Diego Chargers
16 tackles [9 for a loss] and 8 assisted tackles. Sacks is what we like and Bosa has 5.5 to date. It’s impressive that he is our top scoring rookie end considering he missed the first 4 weeks of the season. Week 5 against the Raiders we saw who he was. Knocking the QB down for 2 sacks in his first start of the year. He did disappear against Miami and Tennessee but the kid is a rookie. The weeks he gets sacks he is delivering the mail. Needs to get some tackles in the games he is not getting to the QB. Bosa was my DE 2 heading into the season for rookies ends. This is a player to hold onto.
DeForest Buckner, DE, San Francisco 49er’s, 15.45 points per game
His two sack game against the Bills has helped move him up the rookie scoring board. Buckner is a good tackler and has a notch for being around the ball. 28 tackles and 26 assists tells you that story. I had him as my top DE entering this season for rookies. I am holding him in leagues I have him.
Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars, 12 points per game
I love double digit point IDP games and he has shown he is capable of giving me them. This is a player who if he fails to get you a sack you do run the risk of a goose egg. He caught my eye in training camp and has started off well. I believe he stays in a rotation next season and will be solid depth for fantasy teams. My DFF friend, @fatadamschefter has a good piece on him here. I had him outside of my top 10.
Kerry Hyder, DT, Detroit Lions.
I told you earlier that my leagues run some IDP friendly scoring. In DT required leagues he was a nice add. In leagues that require two DTs you struck gold. 5 sacks in his first 4 games. It is worth noting Ziggy Anash was out during those games, which helped his playing time. I was impressed quick. He only had 1 game on the year where he only gave you 1 tackle. Aggressive player who can get up field quickly. It helps that he holds a DT tag and has seen action at DE.
Keanu Neal, Atlanta Falcons, 18 Points per game
He was my 2nd ranked S. He did miss the first two weeks of the season and then made sure we all took notice once he played. 53 tackles and 26 assists were just what we expected. I would hold onto him and plug him into your lineups. My friend @andrewmiley did a profile on him here.
Karl Joseph, Oakland, 12 points per game
This was my top ranked Safety. Another solid Safety that you should be onto holding for 2017. Started off slow and then started to play very well. The Denver game week 13 hurt but he has played steady between week 3 and Denver.
Vonn Bell, New Orleans Saints
142 points on the season with just under 12 points per game. This was a player that most were able to get late in drafts and those owners who did are now smiling ear to ear. Productive player for the Saints and that means he has helped your fantasy team. I had him as my S7. I’ve seen him on many taxi squads and if your league uses taxi raiding it would be worth trying for him as he was a late draft pick in most leagues.
The top prospects did well in scoring compared to where they were drafted. Couple players jumped up from the bottom of their ADP but that’s normal. Those who use rankings or review prospects lists can benefit in those later rounds. Von bell, Blake Martinez and Yannick Ngakoue were all late round picks that produced. It’s why I always try and sneak in a late pick in my trades.
Thanks for reading and if you have any IDP questions please find me on Twitter at @DFF_JohnIDP .