Fantasy draft mistakes you’re about to make in your IDP league

Playing in individual defensive player leagues add in a whole new set of wrinkles that can trip up a fantasy drafter, notes PFF Fantasy writer Ross Miles.

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(Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

(Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

Fantasy draft mistakes you’re about to make in your IDP league

There are few days in a fantasy football season that are as important as your draft, and when playing in IDP leagues it is no different. We’ve been covering our top tips on how to avoid major mistakes on draft day for different league types this week, and now it’s time to get under the skin of some IDP draft strategy.

Don’t overlook your scoring system

Above all else the most important aspect of IDP draft strategy, and in fact all draft strategy, is having a good grasp of your league’s scoring system and what it means for player values. If you’re one of us more hardcore players who dabble in the realm of IDP, you’ll be aware of how PPR or non-PPR scoring has a major impact on possession receivers and pass-catching backs. What you also need to be aware of is the tackle to interception and sack scoring ratios for defensive player scoring settings.

An IDP scoring system is deemed to be “tackle-heavy” if the value of these big plays to tackles are 3 to 1 or less, and “big-play”-heavy if 5 to 1 or more (4 to 1 being “balanced”). In a tackle-heavy scoring system the in-the-box-safeties see spikes in their values as do Tampa-2 coverage corners asked to support the run. This also holds true for 3-4 defensive ends and three-down middle linebackers who tend to accrue more tackles than their positional counterparts.

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Ross Miles is a lead fantasy writer on PFF Fantasy. He contributes IDP content to the site. He was the 2011 winner of the FantasyPros IDP Expert Rankings contest for both weekly in-season rankings and also for pre-season rankings and finished second in IDP rankings in 2012 and 2015. Ross is also a member of the FSWA.

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