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The growth of individual defensive players in dynasty football is very much on the rise, as is the many different styles of leagues with these players. Many leagues just dabble, using a DL, LB, DB only; others maybe spread out to DT, DE, LB, S, CB. The hardcore IDP player though enjoys leagues that offer multiple players at all positions, making it just as difficult to find quality defensive players as offensive players. The best layout for defense would be one tackle, two ends, four linebackers, two cornerbacks, two safeties, and one utility giving the defense just as much importance as offense. If you are one of those hardcore players, or want to be, then majorleaguefantasysports.com is the place to be.
The IDP leagues that are the most enjoyable have at 10 to 12 starting slots for defensive players, and managers have to keep a few bench positions filled with quality backups at least at linebacker and defensive end. Just as with the offense, there are positions which have much more importance than others, meaning quality goes down very quickly after the first few are off the board. Defensive end and linebacker are the most important slots to fill early. Getting a J. J. Watt or Robert Quinn can be just as important as getting Jimmy Graham as your tight end. Quality linebackers can be just as scarce as three down running backs and you need at least four of them, as opposed to maybe two running backs. Defensive tackles usually score the least in an IDP dynasty, but there is also a great drop off after the first four guys are taken.
Safety and cornerback are possibly the positions to hold off selecting until the back end of your draft. I have had great success with finding quality week to week on the waiver wire, looking for matchups that can be exploited. Last year, finding those players who were either going up against Eli Manning or Matt Schaub worked very well for me. Players who are going against a rookie quarterback are targets also.
If you are lucky to get involved in startup dynasty this season that values defense at least as much as offense, you need to have a foundation defensive end and linebacker in your first seven picks, adding at least an additional linebacker by pick 10. Of course, different league sizes and draft position can greatly affect how you build your team and in future weeks we will delve into 32 team, 20 team, 16 team and 12 team IDP dynasty and how to build your best roster.
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