We’ve hit the month of August, and the NFL preseason is underway (nothing pleases the soul quite like awful preseason football in Canton). And that can mean only one thing for fantasy football enthusiasts – draft season is in high swing. Soon preparation and practice will give way (hopefully) to the completion of a successful draft.
For many fantasy owners, the use of mock drafts is an invaluable tool when getting ready to draft their squads. However, that can be easier said than done for those who play in IDP leagues. Mock drafts that include individual defensive players aren’t especially easy to come by.
However, just because you can’t participate in many IDP mocks doesn’t mean you can’t do the next best thing, examine the ones that have occurred, in an effort to spot draft-day trends and potential value plays.
That’s a segue, just in case you didn’t pick up on it.
We’re going to look at recent IDP mock I conducted. It’s a relatively straightforward PPR league. Start one QB, two RB, three WR, one TE and one flex. Six points for all touchdowns. Standard 10/25 split between rushing/receiving yards and passing yards.
The starting lineup on defense consists of two DL, two LB, two DB and one “flex” (which will usually be a linebacker). Defensive scoring is 1.5 points per tackle, 4 points per big play (a fairly common roster setup and tackle-heavy(ish) scoring system). It’s also worth pointing out that it was a short bench (24 roster spots), so with the exceptions of a spare lineman and an extra linebacker the reserve slots (for the most part) were spent on offensive sleepers and depth.
In IDP leagues with a short bench, the smart play on defense is to let the waiver wire serve as your de facto reserves, especially where defensive backs are concerned.
The kicker position was omitted here, but the rule with those is simple – last round. No exceptions. Ever.
Now that we’ve got the scoring and lineup requirements squared away, let’s take a team-by-team look at how things unfolded, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
TEAM 1: Johnson, Bryant and Kelce, Attorneys at Law
|1.01||David Johnson - RB, ARZ||13.01||Everson Griffen - DE, MIN|
|2.12||Dez Bryant - WR, DAL||14.12||Ben Roethlisberger - QB, PIT|
|3.01||Travis Kelce - TE, KCC||15.01||Jarrad Davis - ILB. DET|
|4.12||Terrelle Pryor - WR, WAS||16.12||Carson Wentz - QB, PHI|
|5.01||Ameer Abdullah - RB, DET||17.01||Jacquizz Rodgers - RB, TBB|
|6.12||Kelvin Benjamin - WR, CAR||18.12||Taylor Gabriel - WR, ATL|
|7.01||Doug Martin - RB, TBB||19.01||Thomas Davis - OLB, CAR|
|8.12||C.J. Prosise - RB, SEA||20.12||Eric Berry - S, KCC|
|9.01||Jamie Collins - OLB, CLE||21.01||T.J. Ward - S, DEN|
|10.12||Jordan Matthews - WR, PHI||22.12||Jason Witten - TE, DAL|
|11.01||Olivier Vernon - DE, NYG||23.01||Mario Addison - DE, CAR|
|12.12||Jatavis Brown - OLB, LAC||24.12||Devontae Booker - RB, DEN|
It rather pains me to say this about a team drafting with the advantage of going first, but I like this team. Really like it. It’s a squad that features arguably the best running back (David Johnson) the best tight end (Travis Kelce) and a solid defensive roster. That last part is made all the more impressive by the fact this team didn’t take a defensive player until the first pick of the ninth round. It just goes to show something I tell people all the time; you don’t have to set the pace at the defensive positions to walk away from your draft with a competitive roster.
IDP Pro Tip: In 2017, I’m a proponent of aggressively attacking the defensive line, which is easily the shallowest of the defensive positions. This team did that and then some by locking up a pair of top-10 bookends in Olivier Vernon of the New York Giants and Everson Griffen of the Minnesota Vikings.
TEAM 2: For Whom the Bell Toils
|1.02||Le'Veon Bell - RB, PIT||13.02||Cameron Jordan - DE, NOS|
|2.11||DeAndre Hopkins - WR, HOU||14.11||Darren Sproles - RB, PHI|
|3.02||Brandin Cooks - WR, NEP||15.02||Zay Jones - WR, BUF|
|4.11||Carlos Hyde - RB, SFO||16.11||Muhammad Wilkerson - DE, NYJ|
|5.02||Jordan Reed - TE, WAS||17.02||Julius Thomas - TE, MIA|
|6.11||Willie Snead - WR, NOS||18.11||Tony Jefferson - S, BAL|
|7.02||Russell Wilson - QB, SEA||19.02||Tim Hightower - RB, SFO|
|8.11||C.J. Mosley - ILB, BAL||20.11||Sean Spence - ILB, IND|
|9.02||LeGarrette Blount - RB, PHI||21.02||Cole Beasley - WR, DAL|
|10.11||Joe Williams - RB, SFO||22.11||B.J. Goodson - ILB, NYG|
|11.02||Quincy Enunwa - WR, NYJ||23.02||Sam Bradford - QB, MIN|
|12.11||Zach Brown - ILB, WAS||24.11||Malcolm Jenkins - S, PHI|
This is, at first glance, a similar squad to Team 1, and quite possibly a better one. Waiting until the back end of the eighth round to take their first IDP allowed them to load up at the offensive positions. I don’t like the Front 7 IDP options quite as much as the prior team, but C.J. Mosley and Zach Brown should both be consistent weekly starters, while the duo drafted after them both offer some upside as “sleepers.” If there’s a weakness here, it’s at tight end if Jordan Reed can’t stay healthy, but such is the risk involved in drafting the Washington star.
IDP Sleeper Alert: Both B.J. Goodson of the New York Giants and Sean Spence of the Tennessee Titans have appeal as late-round fliers who could demolish their relatively modest draft-day asking price, if they can lock down the three-down role they are expected to.
TEAM 3: AB and the Risk/Reward Brigade
|1.03||Antonio Brown - WR, PIT||13.03||Jamaal Williams - RB, GBP|
|2.10||Rob Gronkowski - TE, NEP||14.10||Sterling Shepard - WR, NYG|
|3.03||J.J. Watt - DE, HOU||15.03||Kiko Alonso - OLB, MIA|
|4.10||Ty Montgomery - RB, GBP||16.10||Philip Rivers - QB, LAC|
|5.03||Larry Fitzgerald - WR, ARZ||17.03||Fletcher Cox - DT, PHI|
|6.10||Danny Woodhead - RB, BAL||18.10||Derrick Johnson - ILB, KCC|
|7.03||Brandon Marshall - WR, NYG||19.03||Marqise Lee - WR, JAX|
|8.10||Terrance West - RB, BAL||20.10||Haason Reddick - ILB, ARZ|
|9.03||Marcus Mariota - QB, TEN||21.03||Kenny Vaccaro - S, NOS|
|10.10||Samaje Perine - RB, WAS||22.10||Dwayne Allen - TE, NEP|
|11.03||Navorro Bowman - ILB, SFO||23.03||Kam Chancellor - S, SEA|
|12.10||Marvin Jones - WR, DET||24.10||Michael Bennett - DE, SEA|
All I can say is wow; This is a fantasy owner who enjoys living on the edge. From the pick of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in Round 2 to Houston Texans’ defensive end J.J. Watt a few picks later to San Francisco 49ers’ inside linebacker Navorro Bowman in the 11th, the front half of the draft was absolutely loaded with risk/reward picks for this team. Bowman isn’t even the only veteran linebacker coming off a major injury being counted on as a weekly starter here; Derrick Johnson is 33 and coming off an Achilles tear.
IDP Pro Tip: I get asked a lot about a good time to target Watt, who has the potential to be the most dominant fantasy asset in the game. It’s hard question to answer without knowing an individual league’s parameters, but in this scoring format, early in Round 3 is likely about the soonest I’d consider it.
TEAM 4: The Rookie Back Brigade
|1.04||Odell Beckham - WR, NYG||13.04||Adam Thielen - WR, MIN|
|2.09||Leonard Fournette - RB, JAX||14.09||DeForest Buckner - DT, SFO|
|3.04||Doug Baldwin - WR, SEA||15.04||Matthew Stafford - QB, DET|
|4.09||Dalvin Cook - RB, MIN||16.09||Jamal Adams - S, NYJ|
|5.04||Tevin Coleman - RB, ATL||17.04||James Conner - RB, PIT|
|6.09||Martavis Bryant - WR, PIT||18.09||Tyrod Taylor - QB, BUF|
|7.04||Bobby Wagner - ILB, SEA||19.04||Frank Clark - DE, SEA|
|8.09||Deion Jones - ILB, ATL||20.09||T.J. Yeldon - RB, JAX|
|9.04||Delanie Walker - TE, TEN||21.04||C.J. Fiedorowicz - TE, HOU|
|10.09||Tyrell Williams - WR, LAC||22.09||Geno Atkins - DT, CIN|
|11.04||Ryan Shazier - ILB, PIT||23.04||Ramik Wilson - ILB, KCC|
|12.09||Latavius Murray - RB, MIN||24.09||Micah Hyde - S, BUF|
There’s a lot I like about this team, and not much I don’t. After six rounds of banging away at wide receiver and tailback (well, especially if the rookie tailbacks pay off), this drafter hit the linebacker spot with back-to-back picks, selecting a pair of potential top-five options in Bobby Wagner (Seattle Seahawks) and Deion Jones (Atlanta Falcons). Add in Ryan Shazier of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and you have arguably the finest top three at the position of any squad in the league. Love the wait at quarterback until Round 15 (Matthew Stafford) as well.
IDP Sleeper Alert: Ramik Wilson of the Kansas City Chiefs is flying under the radar in many IDP leagues, but he really shouldn’t be. The 24-year-old appeared to come into his own last season and should start next to the aforementioned Derrick Johnson in 2017.
TEAM 5: Hope Springs Eternal
|1.05||Julio Jones - WR, ATL||13.05||Jerrell Freeman - ILB, CHI|
|2.08||Todd Gurley - RB, LAR||14.08||Ezekiel Ansah - DE, DET|
|3.05||Lamar Miller - RB, HOU||15.05||Jack Doyle - TE, IND|
|4.08||Sammy Watkins - WR, BUF||16.08||D'Onta Foreman - RB, HOU|
|5.05||Michael Crabtree - WR, OAK||17.05||Rishard Matthews - WR, TEN|
|6.08||Eddie Lacy - RB, SEA||18.08||Harrison Smith - S, MIN|
|7.05||Alec Ogletree - ILB, LAR||19.05||Denzel Perryman - ILB, LAC|
|8.08||Jeremy Maclin - WR, BAL||18.08||Carson Palmer - QB, ARZ|
|9.05||Jameis Winston - QB, TBB||19.05||Charles Sims - RB, TBB|
|10.08||Martellus Bennett - TE, GBP||22.08||A.J. Klein - ILB, NOS|
|11.05||Jason Pierre-Paul - DE, NYG||23.05||Dante Fowler - DE, JAX|
|12.08||Thomas Rawls - RB, SEA||24.05||Tyrann Mathieu - S. ARZ|
Just like Team 4, this owner added three receivers and three running backs with the first six picks, although the picks here carry with them a lot more questions. Just as with Todd Gurley and Sammy Watkins, Team 5 will be hoping for a bounce-back year from Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, who had only two sacks in an injury-marred mess of a 2016 season. This squad also found value with Chicago Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman in Round 13; The veteran has top-10 upside at a reduced price as the top linebacker for the Bears in 2017.
IDP Sleeper Alert: After four years as Luke Kuechly’s understudy in Carolina A.J. Klein joined the New Orleans Saints in free agency. Not only does the 26-year-old appear to be in line to start, but Klein’s been making the defensive play-calls in Saints camp. That means an every-down role.
TEAM 6: The Elliott Conundrum
|1.06||Ezekiel Elliott - RB, DAL||13.06||Keanu Neal - S, ATL|
|2.07||Aaron Rodgers - QB, GBP||14.07||Christian Kirksey - OLB, CLE|
|3.06||Jarvis Landry - WR, MIA||15.06||Mike Wallace - WR, BAL|
|4.07||Alshon Jeffery - WR, PHI||16.07||Brandon Graham - DE, PHI|
|5.06||Mark Ingram - RB, NOS||17.06||Darren McFadden - RB, DAL|
|6.07||Stefon Diggs - WR, MIN||18.07||Coby Fleener - TE, NOS|
|7.06||Joey Bosa - DE, LAC||19.06||Reggie Ragland - ILB, BUF|
|8.07||Paul Perkins - RB, NYG||20.07||Jeremy McNichols - RB, TBB|
|9.06||Zach Ertz - TE, PHI||21.06||Nigel Bradham - OLB, PHI|
|10.07||Khalil Mack - OLB, OAK||22.07||Tavon Austin - WR, LAR|
|11.06||Cameron Meredith - WR, CHI||23.06||Eric Weddle - S, BAL|
|12.07||Alvin Kamara - RB, NOS||24.07||Derek Wolfe - DE, DEN|
I don’t blame Team 6 for pulling the trigger on Ezekiel Elliott; I’d be hard-pressed to pass on him at this spot too. In addition, by picking up Darren McFadden later on they covered themselves against a potential suspension. I also like the defensive line duo of Joey Bosa and Brandon Graham, who’s undervalued after managing just 5.5 sacks last year. Graham was among the league leaders in total QB pressures though; I’d expect that number to climb in Graham’s second season in Jim Schwartz’s attacking 4-3 scheme in Philly this year. The linebackers could be a weak spot, however.
IDP Pro Tip: The reason those linebackers could be weak (believe it or not) is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year. Khalil Mack is an absolute monster to be sure, but this scoring system doesn’t play to his strengths. Know your scoring, folks.
TEAM 7: Mocking from the Middle
|1.07||Melvin Gordon - RB, LAC||13.07||Dak Prescott - QB, DAL|
|2.06||T.Y. Hilton - WR, IND||14.06||Josh Doctson - WR, WAS|
|3.07||Isaiah Crowell - RB, CLE||15.07||K.J. Wright - OLB, SEA|
|4.06||Davante Adams - WR, GBP||16.06||Melvin Ingram - DE, LAC|
|5.07||Kwon Alexander - ILB, TBB||17.07||Marlon Mack - RB, IND|
|6.06||Bilal Powell - RB, NYJ||18.06||Darron Lee - ILB, NYJ|
|7.07||DeSean Jackson - WR, WAS||19.07||Evan Engram - TE, NYG|
|8.06||Donte Moncrief - WR, IND||20.06||Vince Williams - ILB, PIT|
|9.07||Hunter Henry - TE, LAC||21.07||Breshad Perriman - WR, BAL|
|10.06||Derek Carr - QB, OAK||22.06||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - S, GBP|
|11.07||Matt Forte - RB, NYJ||23.07||Jahleel Addae - S, LAC|
|12.06||Carlos Dunlap - DE, CIN||24.07||Emmanuel Ogbah - DE, CLE|
I’m not generally a fan of picking in the middle of drafts, especially in a year where prior to the news of a potential Elliott suspension, there was a clear drop-off after the top-six. However, this team did a pretty good job all things considered. Defensively the team was pretty aggressive, taking the first linebacker (Kwon Alexander of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) in the middle of the fifth. That’s not too early for last year’s highest-scoring player at the position, especially in a tackle-heavy format like this. They also did just fine at defensive back despite waiting until the end to grab their starters, hammering home the fact you can wait in the secondary and still be fine.
IDP Sleeper Alert: Where to begin? The late rounds were an IDP value bonanza for this team. Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Vince Williams, Los Angeles Chargers safety Jahleel Addae and Cleveland Browns defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah all have a decent shot at out-performing their draft slot.
TEAM 8: Cool Brees-es
|1.08||Mike Evans - WR, TBB||13.08||Jamaal Charles - RB, DEN|
|2.05||Jordy Nelson - WR, GBP||14.05||Leonard Williams - DE, NYJ|
|3.08||Joe Mixon - RB, CIN||15.08||Kevin White - WR, CHI|
|4.05||Drew Brees - QB, NOS||16.05||Jerry Hughes - DE, BUF|
|5.08||Frank Gore - RB, IND||17.08||Deone Bucannon - ILB, AZ|
|6.05||C.J. Anderson - RB, DEN||18.05||Barry Church - S, JAX|
|7.08||Jamison Crowder - WR, WAS||19.08||Austin Hooper - TE, ATL|
|8.05||Tyler Eifert - TE, CIN||20.05||Ted Ginn - WR, NOS|
|9.08||Lavonte David - OLB, TBB||21.08||Ryan Tannehill - QB, MIA|
|10.05||Eric Decker - WR, TEN||22.05||Kawann Short - DT, CAR|
|11.08||Duke Johnson - RB, CLE||23.08||Shaq Thompson - OLB, CAR|
|12.05||Benardrick McKinney - ILB, HOU||24.05||Antoine Bethea - S, ARZ|
There’s talent on this team to be sure, whether it’s a rookie like Cincinnati Bengals tailback Joe Mixon or a grizzled veteran like the ageless Frank Gore. Moreover, from a defensive perspective the Leonard Williams/Jerry Hughes duo is solid for a team that didn’t hit that position until the 14th round. Still, the linebacker position for this squad could be a significant area of weakness. Deone Bucannon’s Week 1 availability is very much in doubt, and while Lavonte David remains a great player, the Tampa star is coming off easily the worst statistical season of his career.
IDP Sleeper Alert: Despite tallying 110 total tackles and finishing last year as a top-five fantasy defensive back, Antoine Bethea is going late in drafts after signing with the Arizona Cardinals in the offseason. As dart throws go, you could do a lot worse.
TEAM 9: Tommy Terrific and the Brady-ettes
|1.09||Devonta Freeman - RB, ATL||13.09||Aaron Donald - DE, LAR|
|2.04||Amari Cooper - WR, OAK||14.04||Myles Jack - ILB, JAX|
|3.09||Tom Brady - QB, NEP||15.09||Jeremy Hill - RB, CIN|
|4.04||Christian McCaffrey - RB, CAR||16.04||Tyler Lockett - WR, SEA|
|5.09||Tyreek Hill - WR, KCC||17.09||Avery Williamson - ILB, TEN|
|6.04||Emmanuel Sanders - WR, DEN||18.04||Karl Joseph - S, OAK|
|7.09||Jimmy Graham - TE, SEA||19.09||Shane Vereen - RB, NYG|
|8.04||Adrian Peterson - RB, NOS||20.04||Marcell Dareus - DT, BUF|
|9.09||Corey Davis - WR, TEN||21.09||Myles Garrett - DE, CLE|
|10.04||Sean Lee - OLB, DAL||22.04||Blake Bortles - QB, JAX|
|11.09||Jonathan Stewart - RB, CAR||23.09||Tahir Whitehead - OLB, DET|
|12.04||Reshad Jones - S, MIA||24.04||David Njoku - TE, CLE|
I know I said that I was mainly going to stick to the defenders here, and I will; Sean Lee, Reshad Jones and Aaron Donald are a decent foundation for an IDP team (even if I’m not usually inclined to take any defensive back that early). However, this team serves as a great object lesson in the perils of taking a quarterback too early. Sure, Tom Brady’s a great player who will probably score a lot of fantasy points in 2017. Nevertheless, there’s a price to be paid for hitting the position in Round 3; In this case, it’s a frightening lack of depth at running back.
IDP Pro Tip: There’s no shortage of hype surrounding No.1 overall pick Myles Garrett, and the young defensive end has a bright future. But while it didn’t happen here, Garrett’s also being overdrafted by some folks who don’t understand that rookie years like Joey Bosa had in 2016 are much more exception than rule.
TEAM 10: These Boys Is Shady’s
|1.10||LeSean McCoy - RB, BUF||13.10||Rex Burkhead - RB, NEP|
|2.03||Jordan Howard - RB, CHI||14.03||Eric Kendricks - ILB, MIN|
|3.10||Allen Robinson - WR, JAX||15.10||John Ross - WR, CIN|
|4.03||Golden Tate - WR, DET||16.03||Reuben Foster - ILB, SFO|
|5.10||Julian Edelman - WR, NEP||17.10||Morgan Burnett - S, GBP|
|6.03||Greg Olsen - TE, CAR||18.03||Cameron Heyward - DE, PIT|
|7.10||Mike Gillislee - RB, NEP||19.10||Jonathan Williams - RB, BUF|
|8.03||Danielle Hunter - DE, MIN||20.03||Andy Dalton - QB, CIN|
|9.10||Cam Newton - QB, CAR||21.10||Sean Davis - S, PIT|
|10.03||Telvin Smith - OLB, JAX||22.03||Cliff Avril - DE, SEA|
|11.10||James White - RB, NEP||23.10||Preston Brown - ILB, BUF|
|12.03||John Brown - WR, ARZ||24.03||Cooper Kupp - WR, LAR|
Who says that the days of the old “RB/RB” draft strategy are dead? Not only did Team 10 go that route, but by taking three straight receivers, a tight end and then getting lucky with New England’s Mike Gillislee this squad looks pretty formidable on offense. The defensive haul was good but not great; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter and Green Bay Packers safety Morgan Burnett are both top-five options at their respective positions, but while Telvin Smith and Eric Kendricks are solid this team lacks a truly elite linebacker.
IDP Sleeper Alert: Unless, of course, rookie Reuben Foster of the San Francisco 49ers winds up breaking out as a rookie in 2017. The 31st overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft has been impressive so far in camp, and you won’t find many IDP LB3 with his upside.
TEAM 11: Luke, I Am Your Father
|1.11||A.J. Green - WR, CIN||13.11||Calais Campbell - DE, JAX|
|2.02||DeMarco Murray - RB, TEN||14.02||Giovani Bernard - RB, CIN|
|3.11||Demaryius Thomas - WR, DEN||15.11||Johnathan Cyprien - S, TEN|
|4.02||Marshawn Lynch - RB, OAK||16.02||Von Miller - OLB, DEN|
|5.11||Luke Kuechly - ILB, CAR||17.11||Robert Woods - WR, LAR|
|6.02||Derrick Henry - RB, TEN||18.02||Eli Manning - QB, NYG|
|7.11||DeVante Parker - WR, MIA||19.11||O.J. Howard - TE, TBB|
|8.02||Matt Ryan - QB, ATL||20.02||Noah Spence - DE, TBB|
|9.11||Kyle Rudolph - TE, MIN||21.11||Su'a Cravens - S, WAS|
|10.02||Randall Cobb - WR, GBP||22.02||Kamalei Correa - ILB, BAL|
|11.11||Mark Barron - ILB, LAR||23.11||Sheldon Richardson - DE, NYJ|
|12.02||Rob Kelley - RB, WAS||24.02||Byron Jones - S, DAL|
After alternating wide receivers and running backs over the first four rounds of the draft, Team 11 rolled the dice on the biggest risk/reward play on defense this side of J.J. Watt in Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly. When Kuechly’s healthy, he can produce as well (or better) as any player at his position in fantasy football; He led all linebackers in fantasy points per game last season. Still, there’s no denying that a fifth-round pick is a steep price for a defensive player who has missed nine games the past two years with a pair of concussions.
IDP Pro Tip: Patience can sometimes be a virtue with IDPs. Team 11 used their last five picks on defensive players, and got value with just about every one of those selections, especially Washington safety Su’a Cravens and Baltimore linebacker Kamalei Correa.
TEAM 12: Nothing But Bad Luck
|1.12||Jay Ajayi - RB, MIA||13.12||Kirk Cousins - QB, WAS|
|2.01||Michael Thomas - WR, NOS||14.01||Kenny Britt - WR, CLE|
|3.12||Keenan Allen - WR, LAC||15.01||Jordan Hicks - ILB, PHI|
|4.01||Andrew Luck - QB, IND||16.01||Lawrence Timmons - ILB, MIA|
|5.12||Spencer Ware - RB, KCC||17.12||Ndamukong Suh - DT, MIA|
|6.01||Landon Collins - S, NYG||18.01||Chris Thompson - RB, WAS|
|7.12||Pierre Garcon - WR, WAS||19.12||Mike Williams - WR, LAC|
|8.01||Theo Riddick - RB, DET||20.01||Brandon Marshall - ILB, DEN|
|9.12||Kareem Hunt - RB, KCC||21.12||Cameron Wake - DE, MIA|
|10.01||Vontaze Burfict - OLB, CIN||22.01||Akiem Hicks - DE, CHI|
|11.12||Corey Coleman - WR, CLE||23.12||Jared Cook - TE, OAK|
|12.01||Eric Ebron - TE, DET||24.01||Eric Reid - FS, SFO|
I’m not going to pile on Team 12 for the selection of Andrew Luck in the fourth round; This was a “slow” draft, and at the time the news about the Indianapolis quarterback wasn’t quite as foreboding as it is now. However, despite the fact that Landon Collins was the No. 1 IDP overall last year he plays a position (safety) where there are IDP options aplenty. That’s a pair of players in the first six rounds from deep positions, and it left Team 12 in a bit of a pickle on the defensive line. It’s a much shallower spot, and they don’t have an option I’d be comfortable starting every week.
IDP Sleeper Alert: Team 12’s last pick rather demonstrates what I meant about safeties just now. Eric Reid is moving into the “Kam Chancellor” strong safety role in San Francisco’s 4-3 defense in 2017, a role that brings with it more than a little IDP upside.