BY KEVIN POWELL
In dynasty IDP football there are so many variables to determining player value, but one of the most important is what position they are listed under. There are many IDP players in rookie drafts coming up they are listed on your site at a different position than you thought they would be, and a savvy dynasty owner is aware of that.
Jadeveon Clowney is a great example of this. In myfantasyleague.com, he is a linebacker: ESPN, a defensive end: Fantrax, a defensive end and linebacker. Clowney is far more valuable in dynasty at defensive end, as most believe his value will lie in quarterback sacks, leaving the other linebackers to make most of the tackles. In a rookie draft, Clowney is the first defensive end off the board, probably the first individual defensive player chosen, but at linebacker he warrants far less consideration. Khalil Mack, CJ Moseley, and Ryan Shazier are flying off the board rounds ahead of Clowney at the linebacker position. The excitement of having that next stud defensive end shattered by nothing more than a fantasy football site determining his position. Dee Ford and Marcus Smith, thought to be defensive ends, are also listed at linebacker on many fantasy sites.
However, rookie drafts aren’t the only things to be affected by position adjustment. Last year Rob Ninkovich qualified at both DE and LB in many leagues. This year he is only listed at linebacker, giving him far less value than the year before. Shea McClellin has already been listed on a few sites at linebacker instead of defensive end, even though he has yet to take a snap at that position. Art Jones is a defensive tackle on some sites, defensive end in others.
I can’t stress enough the importance of knowing who you are picking, and what position your particular league lists that player under. These facts can save you from getting a player who had much more dynasty value two months ago than now just because of dynasty league position changes.