What Is IDP In Fantasy Football?

What Is IDP In Fantasy Football

In fantasy football, there are multiple ways to earn points for your team. Depending on the type of league, the methods of scoring vary. While many leagues use a standard defense scoring system, IDP leagues score defense in a different fashion.

What is an IDP League?

An IDP (Individual Defensive Player) league is a type of fantasy football league that is unique in its method of defensive scoring. In this league, team owners pick specific defensive players for their teams. The defensive players can earn points for their team for statistics such as sacks, interceptions, tackles, passes defended, and touchdowns.

IDP leagues differ from traditional fantasy football leagues. For a standard league, team owners draft team defenses that perform and earn points as a single unit. The defense earns their team points based on how many points they allow the offense to score, along with other plays the defense makes, such as interceptions and fumble recoveries. Therefore, an IDP league gives the owner more flexibility and independence but can also pose further challenges.

Scoring Systems

IDP scoring systems may vary from league to league. Some leagues award more points based on sacks, while others focus on awarding points for regular tackles. Leagues that concentrate on tackles award more points to the players that record the most tackles. These players usually include safeties, middle linebackers, and weak side linebackers in a 4-3 defensive scheme. In a 3-4 defensive scheme, outside linebackers generally don’t accumulate as many tackles and are not as favorable for a tackle-heavy scoring system.

In a scoring system that focuses on sacks, players that record a higher number of sacks earn more points for their team. Therefore, it is important to draft players that are skilled at getting to the quarterback. To be considered a sack-focused scoring league, the ratio of sacks to tackles should be 5 to 1. Therefore, a sack is worth five times the amount of points as a regular solo tackle.

In addition to solo tackles and sacks, defensive players can earn different amounts of points for assisted tackles, tackles for loss, interceptions, forced fumbles, fumble recoveries, defensive touchdowns, safeties, and passes defended.

A typical IDP scoring system will look something like this:

Solo Tackle1.5
Assisted tackle0.5
Fumble recovery2
Forced fumble2
Interception 4
Defensive touchdown6
Pass defended1

Drafting Individual Defensive Players

When drafting individual defensive players, it is important to consider how many IDPs a team is required to start. For leagues that only start a few individual defensive players, it is wise to draft those players later in the draft. This will help save the initial picks for valuable offensive players.

On the other hand, some IDP leagues require teams to start multiple defensive linemen, linebackers, and defensive backs. Additionally, these leagues may separate defensive linemen into defensive ends and defensive tackles while also separating defensive backs into cornerbacks and safeties. For such specific leagues, it is smart to draft IDPs earlier in the draft because they play a more important role on the team. Team owners may even begin to draft IDPs as soon as the third, fourth, and fifth rounds.


What is standard IDP scoring?

In an IDP league, defensive players earn points for a variety of actions. For a standard IDP scoring system, players will earn points for actions such as tackles, forced fumbles, fumble recoveries, interceptions, and sacks. An IDP scoring system is different from the standard scoring system, as with the standard system, the defensive unit as a whole accounts for one roster position, while in IDP, each defensive position has a roster spot.

Who are some predicted sleepers for 2022 IDP leagues?

According to Fantasy Pros, three prominent IDP sleepers for the 2022 season are Kamu Grugier-Hill, a linebacker for the Houston Texas, Sam Williams, a defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys, and Divine Deablo, a safety/linebacker for the Las Vegas Raiders.

Who are the top ranked defensive rookies for 2022 IDP leagues?

According to Pro Football Network, the top ranked IDP defensive rookies for 2022 are Devin Lloyd of the Jacksonville Jaguars, George Karlaftis of the Kansas City Chiefs, Travon Walker of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kayvon Thibodeaux of the New York Giants, and Aidan Hutchinson of the Detroit Lions.