IDP Analysis: Drafting Defensive Linemen
IDP Analysis: Drafting Defensive Linemen

This article is part of our IDP Analysis series.

This will be the first of a three-article series that will run before August to help IDP owners find outstanding values on draft day. Obviously, IDP drafts come in all shapes and sizes, so players ranked in the Rotowire season-long positional preseason rankings with standard scoring are featured. Then, the players who we have ranked well above their preseason ADP are listed as the best players to target in drafts. Obviously, if there are specific players who you must have, like Aaron Donald or Khalil Mack, you'll be using a premium pick to acquire them, but the purpose of this article is to help you determine when you can focus on other positions, such as offense, before adding productive IDPs to your roster.

Please note that even though this article is separated into defensive ends and defensive tackles, ADP data is taken for all defensive linemen together, so we will also use the player rankings from the site that combines all defensive linemen as well. The same players should be values regardless of how individual leagues are set up.

 Defensive End

The great news is that if you don't want to pay up for the most expensive IDPs on the board, you can wait quite a while and still get one of two players we project as top-eight options. Coming in at sixth in our rankings is Calais Campbell, who has a positional ADP of 14, but an almost equal value can be had if selecting Trey Flowers

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jim Coventry
Coventry covers football for RotoWire. He started playing fantasy football in 1994 and won a national contest in 1996. He also nabbed five top-50 finishes in national contests from 2008 to 2012 before turning his attention to DFS. A published author, Coventry wrote a book about relationships, "The Secret of Life", in 2013.
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