murphysxm wrote:I am purely curious. I have never done an IDP league. Mostly because I am at my cap (at least according to the wife) of leagues and am unsure enough about it to stay away. I truly don't know enough about it and who to value to feel prepared to participate. Is it something I need to take a look at or am I good sticking with traditional team defense formats?
Big fan - I like the added layer. There is also a lot more change in defensive players year to year over offensive players. Like other said it takes some getting used to, but most of my leagues now contain IDP and I wouldn't have it any other way
Like most of the time, I agree with dream.
I highly recommend trying out a league with IDP's. This is the best comparison between IDP & offensive players (IMO), and someone told me this when I 1st started with IDP's in 2006. When it comes to drafting, LB's are like RB's, DB's are like WR's, and DL's are like TE's (although I think DL's have been gaining on the DB's). It depends on the scoring (most leagues focus on tackles), but in most leagues, LB's will score the most points because they get the most tackles. DB's usually get less tackles, but they get more points for INT's. And DL's usually get even less tackles, but they get more points for sacks. Last year, I did my 2nd IDP only league. The 1st round was almost all LB's (like RB's in normal drafts). As always, league scoring could change this "norm". If you're in a league that gives a lot of points for sacks, DL's would obviously be more valuable. fftoday has a great tool where you can input your league scoring and then they tell you fantasy points per game for all players in that scoring system (going back to 2000).http://www.fftoday.com/stats/playerstat ... eID=107450
If you're in a league that only starts 1 or 2 IDP's, you really won't even have to worry about them much because there are so many decent IDP's out there (not to mention the change year to year as dream mentioned). In redraft, when drafting O & IDP together, I wouldn't even think about taking an IDP until other people starting taking them. With so many decent IDP's available, it makes more sense to keep drafting starters on the offense (or depth). Another reason for not worrying about IDP's when only starting 1-2 is that there will always be decent options on the WW.
None of my leagues start only 1-2 IDP's. That's too easy/boring! Think about all the possibilities? dream & I co-commish 2 Cafe leagues. In the defunct dynasty league, we start:
9 IDP starters in one of the following formations:
4-3 (4 DL, 3 LB, 2 DB)
3-4 (3 DL, 4 LB, 2 DB)
5-2 (5 DL, 2 LB, 2 DB)
Nickel (3 DL, 3 LB, 3 DB)
Dime (3 DL, 2 LB, 4 DB)
Prevent (3 DL, 1 LB, 5 DB)
In the flex-factor dynasty league, we start:
And we're changing it to this for 2013:
The possibilities are endless. As I mentioned above, the past 2 seasons, I've played in my 1st ever IDP only league (redraft). All you really need to do to get into it is find a few sites with some good IDP rankings. Here's my 2 faves:http://subscribers.footballguys.com/app ... owrecent=7http://ffoasis.com/content/fantasyrankings-redraftlb/
I hope this helps a little, and good luck!