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“Powell Gets Defensive”: Planning Your 12 Team IDP Startup — Part 1

The first and foremost reason we play dynasty football is because we love football.  Add in the chance to win a big prize at the end of the season and enjoy bragging rights for the next six months and it’s just a win-win all around. offers the most competitive leagues, uses a great site to manage your team (, is a safe place for your league funds, and has great payouts.  Owners that start playing here, stay here because of the quality.  Site owner, Corey Roberts has assembled a knowledgeable team of writers committed to sharing information for baseball, basketball, and football dynasty owners at this site.  I am humbled to be a small part of such a great undertaking here, and hope that the information I share will at least give you pause to think about the approach to dynasty.

IDP has exploded on the scene in the past few years, mainly in dynasty formats.  Twelve team leagues are the most popular choice among the pay league sites, the best being right here at Major League Fantasy Sports.  As a new owner myself, in a 12 team league on this site, keeping up to three players each season and redraft the rest, my goal is to collect as much top-level talent as possible at as many positions that I can.  I realize this is a keep three player league, so If there are two similar players, age and use will decide the way I choose.  The drop-off in potential scoring is another major area I factor in when selecting.

At quarterback, using the scoring system in the league I am in, Peyton Manning scores an incredible 15 points per game (41 ppg) more than Rivers (26 ppg), who ranks third.  That is a 35% drop off from QB1 to QB3.  Brees (33 ppg) is in the middle at eight points behind Manning, but seven more than Rivers.  Brees and Manning are nearing the end of their careers, so picking up another quarterback may be necessary at a point in the draft where others will be selecting a stud at a position of need.  Quarterbacks that fall between number 4 and 15  are less than four points per game apart.  The information that is easily obtainable shows the immediate value of Manning and Brees over their counterparts short term. But if they are already chosen, the rankings indicate that you can wait a long time to pick your quarterback while loading up at other positions with high quality talent.

Defensive end is another position of great importance and two ends start each week.  Last week I stated that Robert Quinn and J.J. Watt are important parts of any IDP league.  Watt (16.7 ppg), and Quinn (16.4 ppg) score, on average, at least 5 points per game more than Calais Campbell (11.1 ppg), a 34% drop between DE1 and DE3.  The huge difference here is both Watt and Quinn are 25 and under, bolstering a team for many years to come.  There were only 10 defensive ends to average even 10 ppg last season.   This league has 11 defensive starters, 9 offensive, and 1 kicker.  Depending on my draft position, Watt and Quinn would be on my radar as early as the third round, definitely the fourth.   Watt or Quinn would also be one of my three keepers for the next season.

Next week, linebackers are the focus as we look at the possible drops at certain levels, and where an owner should target them.  When all is said and done, leagues are a numbers game and knowing and studying how your league scoring system works can be the key to cashing in year after year.  This is hardcore and every owner should take advantage of opportunities to improve rosters.



  1. Ryan Ingram

    June 12, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    I think a really good takeaway from this is the points scored by someone like a DE. Usually you don’t expect to see them scoring so high in other IDP leagues; however I think it adds a very interesting dynamic to fantasy itself. I had always been primarily a Standard guy, so I’m very much looking forward to the new challenge.

    Great article man, thanks! I’m hoping others read this and are enticed to give Dynasty or IDP leagues a shot.

  2. Corey D Roberts

    June 12, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    You will more fun playing in this format than any other league you have played in. More strategy and it will make you a much better fantasy owner.

    • Kevin Powell

      July 10, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      I won 16 out of my 33 dynasty leagues in 2014. Shame I didn’t have the opportunity to try this one. I am good at what I do.

      • Corey D Roberts

        July 10, 2015 at 5:07 pm

        You can always buy into the league. There are 3 open teams. Congratulations by the way.

  3. Ben W

    June 13, 2014 at 8:11 am

    I’m ware he isn’t a DE, but in one league (MLFF) I’m currently mulling over whether or not to keep Kuechly. My defense single-handedly won me third place last season, and Kuech was a big part. So my dilemma is whether I keep Kuech, package him for an RB, or other. Only I can make the decision, and it’s tough. You can make an argument for and against keeping him.
    Corey can also speak to my strong defense in that league.

  4. Kevin Powell

    June 13, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    It’s true only you can decide. I would advise keeping a young player who could give you quality production for the next 8 – 10 years. They are hard to find.

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