What is an IDP League and Why they are the Best Leagues?

What is an IDP League? If Fantasy Football is a hobby of yours that you are getting a little bored with and are looking to take it to the next level? Are you are looking for something different–something that will engage a different part of the brain, something that reignites the fire you had a few years ago when you first stepped into the Fantasy Football world? Well you found the right place! IDP Leagues are the best leagues to rekindle the fire!

What is an IDP League and Why they are the Best Leagues?
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What is an IDP League? IDP stands for “Individual Defensive Players.” An IDP League is just what it sounds like–a fantasy football roster that has offensive AND defensive players. That’s right–not a defensive team, but individual defensive players. 

What is an IDP League and Why they are the Best Leagues?
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Your IDP Roster could vary from 4 to 20 players. Your starting lineup could vary from 1 player to 11 players. You could start just 1 flex player or you could start 1 defensive tackle, 2 defensive ends, 3 linebackers, 2 cornerbacks, 2 safeties, and 1 flex. 

Just like on the offensive side of fantasy football where the variance of scoring rules are infinite, IDP scoring also varies by a large margin. You can have scoring by tackles, sacks, turnovers, and touchdowns, or you could have points for assists, tackles for a loss, quarterback hits, pass defense, and special teams plays like punt return TDs. Scoring can be the same regardless of position, or it can be tiered/weighted to bring more balance to positional scoring. For example, linebackers can have 10 tackles in one game while it would be hard for a defensive tackle to get 10 tackles. In this scenario, your IDP League would give defensive tackles more points per tackle. 

While some people say they don’t want to play in an IDP League, the usual reason is because they never have and they think it will take more time. It does take a little more time, but once you learn the players like you did when you first started playing “regular” fantasy football, it does not take that much extra time. Remember, when you first started playing fantasy football and you found out in your first couple years that there was a difference between a good NFL player and a good fantasy football player, then the same is true for IDP. 

My advice is to try an IDP League, but maybe start small with 4 starters to get your feet wet. I would try to find a little bigger roster/starter league so you can still be successful with a couple mistakes. Like most leagues, always be on the lookout for free agents. You can always find very good starters in the first half of the year. In leagues with experienced owners, your IDP roster can separate you and win you a championship. I did win back-to-back championships as all the offenses were pretty even in the top 4, but my IDP roster couldn’t be touched. Too many owners neglect the defensive side of the ball, and you know what they say…”Defense wins championships!” 

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Now that you know what an IDP League is, check back for the follow-up article, “How do you start an IDP League?” Until then, may your day be blessed and may the fantasy gods look down upon you with kindness.

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