By: Gary VanDyke @HBogart27
Da’ Manifesto for FFD260 IDP Content
As many of you may know we have added on-site content recently to assist fantasy owners who belong to fantasy football leagues utilizing IDP positions. The basic tools or content are intended to relieve the stress of figuring out the best possible way to stack your fantasy rosters and set your weekly lineups to maximise your opportunity to win in any IDP formatted league. This manifesto is being created to further assist the users on just how to use the content as a whole and reveal a method to the madness while giving some form of direction in how to use it properly. Other than our in-depth articles the “tools” in the content, as I mentioned, are basic and designed to be simple to use. After a user engages the tools with this starting method they should find that it’s relatively a 1 2 3 process. From there and with repeated usage it should become an even easier way to set up rosters and maximise your weekly IDP lineups to its full potential. In return, gaining an edge on your league mates and hopefully bringing those championships home where they belong.
For those who may be new or not well adapted yet to the IDP format, this may be a helpful sort of introduction. To those veterans to the IDP format feel free to skip to “The Method”, keeping in mind it never hurts to refresh. I’m personally an old dog at the format, but still find I learn something every season, looking for anything that gives me the edge.
We all started somewhere at some time with probably the most basic standard leagues in fantasy football. Slowly catching on and then advancing our game into PPR leagues and sometimes beyond. An IDP league is really no different in this sense. We join the unknown and take the time to become familiar with it. Some might even find that learning a whole new set of players on the defensive side of the ball is intimidating. Well, I’m here to tell you that doesn’t have to be the case and that in time you can learn the defensive player’s names but still compete now with the method I’ll be revealing. As I mentioned, everyone has to start somewhere. All you’ll need to get started is the content and tools on our site, this manifest, and a site to look at depth charts for the defensive side of the ball. The rest will come naturally as you adapt to the whole format. Just like it did apparently, for you when first joining your very first standard league, or the odds are you wouldn’t be here reading this now. So now let’s get to the basics.
IDP stands for Individual Defensive Player. Pretty simple, it’s not the entire defense.
Positions to target or positions of value:
At this point, I’d like to refer to an article I’ve written to break down the positions on the two main schemes the NFL uses. I’ll also list the order here, but I believe the five or ten minute reading of this article can also give you an edge.
Targeting IDPs by Position: Targeting IDPs By Position
Preferred Positions in order by productivity per week. (You would need to read the article to know why I list them the way I do.):
The rest: NT, DT, DE, CB, OLB, SLB
The main source for fantasy points:
And of course touchdowns
Linebacker (LB): Never seen or heard of a league that linebacker just doesn’t cover that, the linebackers.
Defensive Back (DB): Term used in general for players in the secondary; Cornerbacks (CB), Strong Safety (SS), and Free Safety (FS)
Defensive Lineman (DL): Term used for defensive players on the line; Defensive Tackle (DT) and Defensive End (DE)
That’s it, folks. The basic knowledge to understand and to begin getting started. Scoring IDP leagues are essentially easy compared to Offensive players scoring in most fantasy leagues nowadays. Nothing special here.
Basically, this will be in Part A and then Part B. Part A really only needs to be used initially if setting up for the first time or possibly tweaking your roster if you’re wanting to improve your IDP roster as a whole and need a way to do it. Part B will be the section used weekly to then set up and ensure you are setting up your lineup to its maximum potential.
Part A: Figuring out who to have rostered.
Different IDP leagues have a wide range of lineup setting. Again suggesting a quick read of the Targeting Positions article above. But in general after figuring out the positions required we suggest the following. This method of getting started can be used to start an all-new roster in a brand new league also. But for the sake of the manifesto, we are assuming this is for using on a current roster at this time of year.
Take your lineup and your league’s free agents and compare them in our IDP snap counts. Simple, the more they are on the field the more they have the opportunity to produce weekly. You want 100% players, of course, but in terms of DLs, anything in the 60% range is great. Linebacker and Defensive backs your taking a risk every week if the player is below the minimum of 80%. Again, the higher the better.
Refer to the Positions above that should be targeted as you do. If you’re unsure of whether a player is an outside linebacker or inside linebacker or say which safety position they play I’d suggest looking at that sites depth charts that the league is located at. Or locate another site that does list them.
At this point you will be best served to take this time and cross check all this information, adjusting accordingly by snap count and the player’s current production in points sorted by weekly average. This eliminates bye weeks which can alter the look of total points scored. And you do not want a player playing a high percentage that isn’t showing a nice weekly average.
Again, that’s it. You should end up with a roster of productive players that are on the field the most based on their snap count opportunities. In the standard size leagues, you should never really worry about IDP bye weeks. IDP leagues normally don’t covet the players enough to hoard a large amount of them. So there are always players on the waiver wire to pick up. For example, say you have 4 linebackers that are great but have the same bye weeks, no big deal really. Do what you can to hold those players if the bye week comes up. If you must let go of a lower bench IDP that can be easier to replace, that’s the better option. But your odds are good if you must drop IDPs in any standard league you’ll be able to repeat this process again the following week and again replenish the lineup to a nice level. Remember, other owners have bye week problems also and the thinking across the board is normally to hold an offensive depth player they think will break out over the risk of losing an IDP. Common sense does come into play here of course. Don’t drop a top-tier IDP, you’ll never get him back. And don’t get stuck on NFL names, there are plenty of big names floating around and a large portion doesn’t produce in fantasy. Always check the snap counts vs. weekly average production. Personally, I like the names during the offseason. I’ll roster one or two here and there and then see who will bite in a trade offer because I’m offering a “name” over what I’ve seen in snap counts and weekly scoring average. Consistent production wins championships, not a punch of flashy names. We should prefer a rough nobody lineup (more snaps) with an overall good average a week over a pretty line up of names that hit and miss due to their position or being in some sort of rotation (fewer snaps).
“Da’ Weekly Method”
Ok, so you have your main roster of IDPs you need or want. Now we address the simple steps to always insert your best line up each week. This is the final result of the little bit of time spent doing the above and when engaged a few times should become faster as you go. Now you need to figure out who to start and who to site with your available roster or even maybe you’re picking up a free agent after looking at his snap counts and such, this is what you simply do with our content.
Look at our sites IDP notes and injury reports. There is no way we can possibly catch every little change in the NFL. But we do manage to catch relevant situations. And the injury reports are straight from the NFL. See if your player is mentioned in a note or located in the injury reports. If your needing help or one of your players have all of a sudden stopped producing more than one week in a row it’s time to look for the change there. While cross-checking both tools, you really only need to locate your rostered players, so don’t let the list intimidate you. If you’re unable to locate a reason for a production dip, move on to #2.
Snap Counts, yes they are never going away. If your player’s production hasn’t dipped then there is no real reason to have to look every week. But it sure is a nice thing to check in on from time to time at the least. Even one single week of dipping in production can be a sign of a change. So at the least look and see if they remained an every down type player or in at the least an 80% of the snap player. Of course the higher the % the better. Take note of any drop and refer to injury reports and IDP Notes. Yes, #1 and #2 are very much tied together.
Here are the exclusive tools in FFD260 IDP content, at least to our knowledge.
Here we have done all the work for you on any IDP start and sit questions, or preferred matchups if you have two or more options to choose from. In a situation you have a couple of players with the same upside in the charts and need to choose between them, my best suggestion is to refer back to their weekly averages. Choose the one with highest average, this eliminates the stress of overthinking it. If by some fluke they have the same exact weekly points score average, break out the old coin flip. The odds are if you do overthink it, you’ll just end up frustrated over it in the end. I believe this is why on twitter we see “who should I start” polls. And in the end we still contemplate the situation. Maybe with the thought in mind it will be the other guys fault if things don’t work out. With IDP players it isn’t as hard of choice, narrow it down by chart, average, coin flip. Then you are free to go worry about your offensive lineup instead, we all do!
The “Easy Charts” break down every team’s matchup and sorted by three categories. Those are that if the matchup is Weak, Solid, or Strong for that contest and are based on simple points allowed, defensive scheme, and my knowledge. And yes my knowledge includes unlisted info that won’t be revealed here. It’s in my head, accumulated from years of research and general reading. But I assure you I have spent many years developing the method I have in making the charts and feel comfortable claiming a 90% (at the least) success rate. Or I wouldn’t feel right sticking my neck out and offering them. Very rarely do I have a let down in the method. But as we all know anything having to do with fantasy football isn’t always 100%. Whenever any occasion has occurred that the method has let me down it normally has been the result of a player being injured, had been injured, or a situation unknown and unable to be foreseen. I do not consider one week of a let down a failure. As I mentioned this is a method, not a science. Since introducing the “Easy Charts” I have had nothing but positive results and feedback from the users and myself. And as of now, I don’t know of any other way to make it any more simple to check what IDP to start or sit with confidence. I’ve been asked on Twitter who someone should start and site and I instantly bring up the charts and look for myself. This blurs out the chance I let my heart make the call over the obvious information I made that week’s charts with. I’m also taking it for granted here that no one will be trying to insert a player of unknown production in just because they have been marked as a solid or strong matchup. This would be silly, right? Trust the charts, easy, reliable and better than asking anyone their personal opinion, including me.
So as we conclude this manifesto to the FFD260 IDP content I’d like to offer my services as I normally do for anything fantasy related. I can be located on Twitter @HBogart27. IDP is my current specialty, but I didn’t get to here by skipping steps. I’d like to think I can offer all types of Fantasy Football knowledge. So feel free to contact me.
3 IDP RULES OF THUMB/THOUGHTS TO REMEMBER:
1. Never sit a stud unless it’s for another stud. (You poor baby! Lol)
2. An NFL “name” doesn’t always translate into a fantasy stud. (Especially with cornerbacks)
3. Your basic DLs and DBs are dime a dozen on the waiver wire. (Standard sized leagues of 10 to 14 teams)
Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy using our IDP content and tools.