IDP Draft


I had my final draft of the year last night, and it was a format I’ve never tried before where you draft individual defensive players (IDPs).  The IDP scoring is much different than the default values, as this was created as an augment for my friend’s dynasty league.  Usually in IDP leagues, you would just draft tackling machines and be fine.  However, in order to limit the value of MLBs who play on terrible teams, tackles are only worth half a point in this league.  The big value plays are sacks, interceptions, passes defended and forced fumbles.  This means that players like Aldon Smith and JJ Watt are extremely valuable.  It was a 12 team league and all TDs are worth six points and also had two flex spots, a WR/RB spot and a WR/TE spot.

I drew the top pick, which I think is both a blessing and a curse.  I naturally took Adrian Peterson, but by the time I had my second pick on the clock, the talent pool had gone down considerably.  I normally don’t take a QB high, but Brees somehow fell to me at the end of round 2, which is astonishing because passing TDs are worth six points.  He is one of the most valuable fantasy players in that type of setting.  I decided to go with Larry Fitzgerald with the very next pick to see if he can re-capture his superstar form with Carson Palmer under center.  My next two picks continued to round out my starting lineup with Lamar Miller and Hakeem Nicks.  I grabbed Greg Olsen as me TE and then continued stockpiling WRs for my flex spots, as I grabbed Miles Austin and Anquan Boldin.

Once round 10 started, the defensive players started flying off the board.  Watt and Aldon Smith went immediately.  By the time it was my turn to pick, most of the sack masters were gone, so I selected Jared Allen for sacks and Richard Sherman for INTs.  I kept asking the league commissioner if I was making smart picks, since he knew I had no experience with IDPs.  He assured me that I was doing just fine, and my next picks were NaVorro Bowman and Elvis Dumervil.  My plan was to try and get as many top-flight DBs and DL as possible who would contribute in interceptions and sacks.  I primarily wanted OLBs for my linebackers since they get more sacks and can create more fumbles, but Bowman was too good to pass up.  During the portion of the draft that focused on defensive players, I did find a few WRs to stash due to either injury or suspension.  I selected Josh Gordon, Justin Blackmon, Percy Harvin and Michael Crabtree.  Harvin and Crabtree could pay off later in the year, and the league also has IR slots, so they will go there and I can pick up two additional players.

It should be interesting to see how the IDP scoring does and if I made the right picks or not.  I think my offensive team is fairly solid and should compete, but the IDPs are a complete wild card.  I actually found this draft to be quite fun.  I went into it thinking that it would be long and boring, but it only took about 90 minutes.  There were a few teams that were auto picking, so their teams aren’t as strong, but we also only had one minute in between picks, so that certainly moved things along.  I’m sure I picked a few defensive players that won’t pan out, but there are plenty of other options on the waiver wire that I will pick up where needed.  The preseason is now officially over, and roster cuts are looming this weekend.  Fantasy drafts are also wrapping up, so there will be much more to talk about in the next few weeks as the regular season gets under way.  Below is my roster for this IDP league, with round and overall pick as well.



1. (1) Adrian Peterson (Min – RB)
2. (24) Drew Brees (NO – QB)
3. (25) Larry Fitzgerald (Ari – WR)
4. (48) Lamar Miller (Mia – RB)
5. (49) Hakeem Nicks (NYG – WR)
6. (72) Greg Olsen (Car – TE)
7. (73) Miles Austin (Dal – WR)
8. (96) Anquan Boldin (SF – WR)
9. (97) Isaac Redman (Pit – RB)
10. (120) Jared Allen (Min – DE)
11. (121) Richard Sherman (Sea – CB)
12. (144) Josh Gordon (Cle – WR)
13. (145) NaVorro Bowman (SF – LB)
14. (168) Elvis Dumervil (Bal – LB)
15. (169) Calais Campbell (Ari – DE)
16. (192) Dan Bailey (Dal – K)
17. (193) Eric Weddle (SD – S)
18. (216) Justin Blackmon (Jac – WR)
19. (217) Brandon Myers (NYG – TE)
20. (240) Marcel Reece (Oak – RB)
21. (241) Brian Orakpo (Was – LB)
22. (264) Joe Haden (Cle – CB)
23. (265) Rob Ninkovich (NE – DE)
24. (288) Casey Hayward (GB – CB)
25. (289) Chad Greenway (Min – LB)
26. (312) Haloti Ngata (Bal – DT)
27. (313) Percy Harvin (Sea – WR)
28. (336) Dwayne Allen (Ind – TE)
29. (337) Michael Crabtree (SF – WR)
30. (360) Sean Weatherspoon (Atl – LB)

About Ryan Lewis

I've been participating in fantasy sports for almost a decade. I first started off doing only fantasy football and baseball, but soon grew to love fantasy basketball and hockey as well. For fantasy football, I've participated in a variety of leagues, such as standard, PPR, and auction over the years. In the past 5 years, I've even branched out to fantasy golf and fantasy NASCAR. I've been a die-hard San Francisco 49ers fan for 23 years, which has had many ups and downs.

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