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Fantasy Football: 2023 combined offense and IDP draft rankings and strategy

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  • A full offense and IDP draft strategy walkthrough: Find out where to take the first IDPs and which ones to target first.
  • Ideal roster breakdowns: Helping IDP managers curate how the ideal roster should look like at various points in the draft.
  • Helping get you started: Going through the preferred scoring and lineup requirements for a balanced offense and IDP league.
Estimated reading time: 13 minutes

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A common barrier that prevents fantasy football gamers from playing in IDP leagues is being unsure of where to value defensive players among the offensive players that they already know so well. Consider this a strategy guide for the optimal draft approach for IDP leagues, with summarized reasoning and walkthroughs throughout a typical 30-round draft.

Also included are preferred scoring and lineup requirements to provide a balanced starting point for fantasy gamers to dive in.

Offensive scoring (standard PPR)
Event Points
Passing touchdown 4
Passing yards 1 point for every 25
Rushing/receiving touchdown 6
Rushing/receiving yards 1 point for every 10
Reception 1
IDP scoring (PFF-preferred)
Position Solo TKLs Assists Sacks TFLs QB Hits PBUs
DE/DI 2.5 1.25 4 1 2 2
LB 1.5 0.75 4 1 1 2
CB/S 2 1 4 1 1 2
Starting lineup requirements (30 rounds)
Position Minimum starters Maximum starters
Quarterback 1 1
Running back 2 4
Wide receiver 3 5
Tight end 1 3
Total offensive starters 10
Edge defender 2 2
Defensive tackle 1 2
Linebacker 3 4
Cornerback 1 2
Safety 1 2
Total defensive starters 10

Be sure to check out the full tiers, rankings, and player-specific thoughts for each positional group:

Quarterbacks | Running backs | Wide receivers | Tight ends | Defensive linemen | Linebackers | Defensive backs

Rounds 1-4: Getting started and where the first IDPs fall

Round + Pick Player Team Position Rank
1.01 Justin Jefferson MIN WR1
1.02 Christian McCaffrey SF RB1
1.03 Austin Ekeler LAC RB2
1.04 Ja'Marr Chase CIN WR2
1.05 Tyreek Hill MIA WR3
1.06 Cooper Kupp LA WR4
1.07 Travis Kelce KC TE1
1.08 Bijan Robinson ATL RB3
1.09 Stefon Diggs BUF WR5
1.10 A.J. Brown PHI WR6
1.11 CeeDee Lamb DAL WR7
1.12 Davante Adams LV WR8
2.01 Tony Pollard DAL RB4
2.02 Saquon Barkley NYG RB5
2.03 Amon-Ra St. Brown DET WR9
2.04 Garrett Wilson NYJ WR10
2.05 Jaylen Waddle MIA WR11
2.06 Nick Chubb CLV RB6
2.07 Derrick Henry TEN RB7
2.08 Jonathan Taylor IND RB8
2.09 Josh Jacobs LV RB9
2.10 Tee Higgins CIN WR12
2.11 DeVonta Smith PHI WR13
2.12 Jalen Hurts PHI QB1
3.01 Josh Allen BUF QB2
3.02 Patrick Mahomes KC QB3
3.03 Chris Olave NO WR14
3.04 Rhamondre Stevenson NE RB10
3.05 Joe Mixon CIN RB11
3.06 Mark Andrews BLT TE2
3.07 Lamar Jackson BLT QB4
3.08 D.K. Metcalf SEA WR15
3.09 Drake London ATL WR16
3.10 Amari Cooper CLV WR17
3.11 Terry McLaurin WAS WR18
3.12 Christian Watson GB WR19
4.01 Deebo Samuel SF WR20
4.02 D.J. Moore CHI WR21
4.03 Aaron Jones GB RB12
4.04 Najee Harris PIT RB13
4.05 Travis Etienne JAX RB14
4.06 Jahmyr Gibbs DET RB15
4.07 Joe Burrow CIN QB5
4.08 Justin Fields CHI QB6
4.09 Micah Parsons DAL ED1
4.10 Maxx Crosby LV ED2
4.11 Nick Bosa SF ED3
4.12 Myles Garrett CLV ED4

Having three or four offensive skill position players at this point would be ideal through the first four rounds. Fantasy managers could very well continue to attack those positions or add either a top quarterback or elite edge defender, depending on preference. The edge and quarterback pools are still fairly deep at this point, so for fantasy managers that want more stability at running back, wide receiver or tight end, waiting a few more rounds for quarterback or edge is perfectly fine at this point in the draft.

Ideal starting lineup through the first four rounds:

  • QB: 0-1
  • RB: 1-3
  • WR: 1-3
  • TE: 0-1
  • ED: 0-1

Rounds 5-9: Where the first IDPs will commonly start coming off the board

Round + Pick Player Team Position Rank
5.01 Breece Hall NYJ RB16
5.02 George Kittle SF TE3
5.03 T.J. Hockenson MIN TE4
5.04 T.J. Watt PIT ED5
5.05 Alexander Mattison MIN RB17
5.06 Keenan Allen LAC WR22
5.07 Haason Reddick PHI ED6
5.08 Chris Godwin TB WR23
5.09 Dameon Pierce HST RB18
5.10 J.K. Dobbins BLT RB19
5.11 Cam Akers LAR RB20
5.12 Miles Sanders CAR RB21
6.01 Mike Williams LAC WR24
6.02 Brandon Aiyuk SF WR25
6.03 Diontae Johnson PIT WR26
6.04 Jaelan Phillips MIA ED7
6.05 Danielle Hunter MIN ED8
6.06 Josh Allen JAX ED9
6.07 DeAndre Hopkins TEN WR27
6.08 Jerry Jeudy DEN WR28
6.09 Trevor Lawrence JAX QB7
6.10 Justin Herbert LAC QB8
6.11 Roquan Smith BLT LB1
6.12 Foyesade Oluokun JAX LB2
7.01 Nick Bolton KC LB3
7.02 James Conner ARZ RB22
7.03 Dallas Goedert PHI TE5
7.04 Kyle Pitts ATL TE6
7.05 Darren Waller NYG TE7
7.06 Rachaad White TB RB23
7.07 Javonte Williams DEN RB24
7.08 Kenneth Walker III SEA RB25
7.09 James Cook BUF RB26
7.10 Christian Kirk JAX WR29
7.11 Mike Evans TB WR30
7.12 Marquise Brown ARZ WR31
8.01 Calvin Ridley JAX WR32
8.02 Jahan Dotson WAS WR33
8.03 George Pickens PIT WR34
8.04 Isiah Pacheco KC RB27
8.05 Dalvin Cook FA RB28
8.06 Rashaad Penny PHI RB29
8.07 Anthony Richardson IND QB9
8.08 Brian Burns CAR ED10
8.09 Aidan Hutchinson DET ED11
8.10 Aaron Donald LAR DI1
8.11 Joey Bosa LAC ED12
8.12 Daniel Jones NYG QB10

For those fantasy managers that didn’t address tight end, quarterback or edge defender in the first four rounds, now would be a good time to do so, as the reliable starters pool begins to dry up fairly quickly. Doubling up on top-12 edge options is also a viable strategy to protect against a potential injury, as that player’s replacement will rarely produce similar production numbers, making the waiver-wire and/or depth options less than ideal once the season begins.

It’s more than likely that the first crop of linebackers will start to come off the board within these rounds, but for those willing to be patient, there will be plenty of opportunities to address that position in the next few rounds.

Ideal starting lineup through eight rounds:

  • QB: 1
  • RB: 1-4
  • WR: 2-4
  • TE: 1
  • ED: 1-2
  • LB: 0-1

Rounds 9-12: Getting a reliable interior defender, as well as skill position and ED depth

Round + Pick Player Team Position Rank
9.01 Evan Engram JAX TE8
9.02 David Njoku CLV TE9
9.03 Courtland Sutton DEN WR35
9.04 Tyler Lockett SEA WR36
9.05 Michael Pittman Jr. IND WR37
9.06 Treylon Burks TEN WR38
9.07 Geno Smith SEA QB11
9.08 Dak Prescott DAL QB12
9.09 Michael Thomas NO WR39
9.10 Dre Greenlaw SF LB4
9.11 Bobby Wagner SEA LB5
9.12 T.J. Edwards CHI LB6
10.01 Kadarius Toney KC WR40
10.02 Kirk Cousins MIN QB13
10.03 Tua Tagovailoa MIA QB14
10.04 Russell Wilson DEN QB15
10.05 Deshaun Watson CLV QB16
10.06 Ernest Jones LAR LB7
10.07 Josey Jewell DEN LB8
10.08 C.J. Mosley NYJ LB9
10.09 Devin White TB LB10
10.10 Brian Robinson Jr. WAS RB30
10.11 D'Andre Swift PHI RB31
10.12 Za'Darius Smith CLV ED13
11.01 Montez Sweat WAS ED14
11.02 Matthew Judon NE ED15
11.03 Alex Highsmith PIT ED16
11.04 Kayvon Thibodeaux NYG ED17
11.05 Josh Sweat PHI ED18
11.06 Khalil Herbert CHI RB32
11.07 Samaje Perine DEN RB33
11.08 David Montgomery DET RB34
11.09 Pat Freiermuth PIT TE10
11.10 Dalton Schultz HST TE11
11.11 Alvin Kamara NO RB35
11.12 Jaxon Smith-Njigba SEA WR41
12.01 Gabriel Davis BUF WR42
12.02 Javon Hargrave SF DI2
12.03 Quinnen Williams NYJ DI3
12.04 Chris Jones KC DI4
12.05 Dexter Lawrence NYG DI5
12.06 Aaron Rodgers NYJ QB17
12.07 Brandin Cooks DAL WR43
12.08 Nico Collins HST WR44
12.09 Allen Lazard NYJ WR45
12.10 Jordan Addison MIN WR46
12.11 Fred Warner SF LB11
12.12 Bobby Okereke NYG LB12

These four rounds should be used to build talented depth at skill positions while making sure the IDP positions that rely on talent are starting to get filled out. Trying to grab two top-20 edge defenders along with a Tier 1 defensive tackle will ensure you don’t have to worry about those positions in-season, barring injury. Defensive line production can be very sporadic, making talent and pass-rush ability all the more important to get locked up to create a strong weekly floor at a thin position.

The linebacker position is easily replaceable once the season and injuries start, as that production is usually a result of playing time/opportunity versus talent, so it becomes easier to find on the waiver wire than a defensive lineman or wide receiver, for example.

Ideal starting lineup through 12 rounds:

  • QB: 1-2
  • RB: 2-5
  • WR: 3-6
  • TE: 1-2
  • ED: 2-3
  • DI: 0-1
  • LB: 0-1

Rounds 13-18: Addressing the linebackers and wrapping up QB and TE

Round + Pick Player Team Position Rank
13.01 Will Anderson Jr. HST ED19
13.02 Harold Landry III TEN ED20
13.03 Uchenna Nwosu SEA ED21
13.04 De'Vondre Campbell GB LB13
13.05 Alex Singleton DEN LB14
13.06 Jerick McKinnon KC RB36
13.07 A.J. Dillon GB RB37
13.08 Jamaal Williams NO RB38
13.09 Zach Charbonnet SEA RB39
13.10 Antonio Gibson WAS RB40
13.11 Lavonte David TB LB15
13.12 Nakobe Dean PHI LB16
14.01 Tremaine Edmunds CHI LB17
14.02 Zaire Franklin IND LB18
14.03 Derek Carr NO QB18
14.04 Jared Goff DET QB19
14.05 Cameron Heyward PIT DI6
14.06 DeForest Buckner IND DI7
14.07 Jonathan Allen WAS DI8
14.08 Jeffery Simmons TEN DI9
14.09 Chigoziem Okonkwo TEN TE12
14.10 Tyler Higbee LA TE13
14.11 Cole Kmet CHI TE14
14.12 Devon Achane MIA RB41
15.01 Jaylen Warren PIT RB42
15.02 Tank Bigsby JAX RB43
15.03 Elijah Mitchell SF RB44
15.04 Elijah Moore CLV WR47
15.05 JuJu Smith-Schuster NE WR48
15.06 Rashod Bateman BLT WR49
15.07 Pete Werner NO LB19
15.08 Azeez Al-Shaair TEN LB20
15.09 Logan Wilson CIN LB21
15.10 Matt Milano BUF LB22
15.11 Darnell Mooney CHI WR50
15.12 Rondale Moore ARZ WR51
16.01 Zay Flowers BLT WR52
16.02 Quentin Johnston LAC WR53
16.03 Trey Hendrickson CIN ED22
16.04 Sam Hubbard CIN ED23
16.05 Gregory Rousseau BUF ED24
16.06 Daron Payne WAS DI10
16.07 Leonard Williams NYG DI11
16.08 Christian Wilkins MIA DI12
16.09 Irv Smith Jr. CIN TE15
16.10 Greg Dulcich DEN TE16
16.11 Dalton Kincaid BUF TE17
16.12 Sam LaPorta DET TE18
17.01 Denzel Perryman HST LB23
17.02 Shaq Thompson CAR LB24
17.03 Raheem Mostert MIA RB45
17.04 Damien Harris BUF RB46
17.05 Devin Singletary HST RB47
17.06 Tyler Allgeier ATL RB48
17.07 Kendre Miller NO RB49
17.08 Brock Purdy SF QB20
17.09 Bryce Young CAR QB21
17.10 Kenny Pickett PIT QB22
17.11 Matthew Stafford LA QB23
17.12 Demarcus Lawrence DAL ED25
18.01 Chase Young WAS ED26
18.02 Odafe Oweh BLT ED27
18.03 Kwity Paye IND ED28
18.04 Jakobi Meyers LV WR54
18.05 Odell Beckham Jr. BLT WR55
18.06 Jonathan Mingo CAR WR56
18.07 Khalil Mack LAC ED29
18.08 Azeez Ojulari NYG ED30
18.09 Carl Granderson NO ED31
18.10 Jordan Love GB QB24
18.11 Tyler Boyd CIN WR57
18.12 Curtis Samuel WAS WR58

This is a great range to start grabbing safe linebackers who should play a full-time role and accrue plenty of tackles. Grabbing one or two coming out of these four rounds should give fantasy managers a solid start at the position if they didn’t already grab one earlier.

This is also a good range to finish drafting the quarterback and tight end positions. Outside of this range, things get much thinner in terms of reliable options.

Ideal starting lineup through 18 rounds:

  • QB: 2
  • RB: 2-5
  • WR: 4-6
  • TE: 2-3
  • ED: 2-3
  • DI: 1-2
  • LB: 1-3

Rounds 19-24: Locking up our linebackers and starting the safety run

Round + Pick Player Team Position Rank
19.01 Rashan Gary GB ED32
19.02 Cole Holcomb PIT LB25
19.03 Jamin Davis WAS LB26
19.04 Divine Deablo LV LB27
19.05 Frankie Luvu CAR LB28
19.06 Derwin James LAC S1
19.07 Kyle Hamilton BLT S2
19.08 Josh Uche NE ED33
19.09 Shaquil Barrett TB ED34
19.10 Gerald Everett LAC TE19
19.11 Juwan Johnson NO TE20
19.12 Romeo Doubs GB WR59
20.01 Van Jefferson LA WR60
20.02 Zay Jones JAX WR61
20.03 Kamren Curl WAS S3
20.04 Budda Baker ARZ S4
20.05 C.J. Stroud HST QB25
20.06 Kyler Murray ARZ QB26
20.07 Eric Kendricks LAC LB29
20.08 Troy Andersen ATL LB30
20.09 Quay Walker GB LB31
20.10 Shaquille Leonard IND LB32
20.11 Jaquan Brisker CHI S5
20.12 Grant Delpit CLV S6
21.01 Jalen Pitre HST S7
21.02 Quincy Williams NYJ LB33
21.03 Anthony Walker CLV LB34
21.04 Jordan Hicks MIN LB35
21.05 Terrace Marshall Jr. CAR WR62
21.06 D.J. Chark Jr. CAR WR63
21.07 Rashee Rice KC WR64
21.08 Christian Kirksey HST LB36
21.09 Demario Davis NO LB37
21.10 Kyle Dugger NE S8
21.11 Jeremy Chinn CAR S9
21.12 Eric Gray NYG RB50
22.01 Zonovan Knight NYJ RB51
22.02 D'Onta Foreman CHI RB52
22.03 David Ojabo BLT ED35
22.04 Bradley Chubb MIA ED36
22.05 Jalen Carter PHI DI13
22.06 Derrick Brown CAR DI14
22.07 Noah Fant SEA TE21
22.08 Trey McBride ARZ TE22
22.09 Hayden Hurst CAR TE23
22.10 Mike Gesicki NE TE24
22.11 Jameson Williams DET WR65
22.12 Skyy Moore KC WR66
23.01 Dalvin Tomlinson CLV DI15
23.02 Zach Allen DEN DI16
23.03 D.J. Reader CIN DI17
23.04 Christian Barmore NE DI18
23.05 Jack Campbell DET LB38
23.06 Patrick Queen BLT LB39
23.07 Devin Lloyd JAX LB40
23.08 Rayshawn Jenkins JAX S10
23.09 Jayron Kearse DAL S11
23.10 Ryan Neal TB S12
23.11 Richie Grant ATL S13
23.12 Talanoa Hufanga SF S14
24.01 Dre'Mont Jones SEA DI19
24.02 Kenny Clark GB DI20
24.03 Grady Jarrett ATL DI21
24.04 Minkah Fitzpatrick PIT S15
24.05 Antoine Winfield Jr. TB S16
24.06 Xavier McKinney NYG S17
24.07 Roschon Johnson CHI RB53
24.08 Jerome Ford CLV RB54
24.09 Gus Edwards BLT RB55
24.10 Jordan Fuller LAR S18
24.11 Harrison Smith MIN S19
24.12 Jamal Adams SEA S20

Fantasy managers that waited to attack the linebacker position can target the position heavily here with plenty of names still left on the board who can be solid producers. As we get later into the draft, the players with full-time roles start to diminish so for those that don’t want to rely on the waiver-wire in-season, this could be the last range to get those final pieces at the position.

Don’t be the fantasy manager to grab safety earlier than this and instead, focus on rounding out other key positions first before someone else starts the run. There are plenty of safeties in this range, so it’s best not to grab more than one in the first 24 rounds.

This is also about the last shot to grab a starting interior defensive lineman for DT-required leagues before this volatile position gets dicey.

Ideal starting lineup through 24 rounds:

  • QB: 2
  • RB: 4-6
  • WR: 5-6
  • TE: 2-3
  • ED: 2-3
  • DI: 1-2
  • LB: 3-5
  • S: 0-1

Rounds 25-30: The final rounds, aka the best place to target the defensive back position

Round + Pick Player Team Position Rank
25.01 Jalen Thompson ARZ S21
25.02 Donovan Wilson DAL S22
25.03 Kevin Byard TEN S23
25.04 Jimmie Ward HST S24
25.05 K.J. Osborn MIN WR67
25.06 Isaiah Hodgins NYG WR68
25.07 Marquez Valdes-Scantling KC WR69
25.08 David Long MIA LB41
25.09 Ja'Whaun Bentley NE LB42
25.10 Julian Blackmon IND S25
25.11 Eddie Jackson CHI S26
25.12 Jordan Poyer BUF S27
26.01 Jessie Bates III ATL S28
26.02 Terrell Edmunds PHI S29
26.03 Carl Lawson NYJ ED37
26.04 Preston Smith GB ED38
26.05 Cameron Jordan NO ED39
26.06 Von Miller BUF ED40
26.07 Nicholas Morrow PHI LB43
26.08 Leighton Vander Esch DAL LB44
26.09 Alex Anzalone DET LB45
26.10 Cody Barton WAS LB46
26.11 Germaine Pratt CIN LB47
26.12 Marcus Epps LV S30
27.01 L'Jarius Sneed KC CB1
27.02 Nate Hobbs LV CB2
27.03 Charvarius Ward SF CB3
27.04 Taron Johnson BUF CB4
27.05 Kyler Gordon CHI CB5
27.06 Kenny Moore II IND CB6
27.07 Parris Campbell NYG WR70
27.08 Adam Thielen CAR WR71
27.09 Hunter Renfrow LV WR72
27.10 Josh Downs IND WR73
27.11 Donovan Peoples-Jones CLV WR74
27.12 Jordan Battle CIN S31
28.01 Sydney Brown PHI S32
28.02 Daxton Hill CIN S33
28.03 Darrick Forrest WAS S34
28.04 Keanu Neal PIT S35
28.05 Devin Bush SEA LB48
28.06 Robert Spillane LV LB49
28.07 Kaden Elliss ATL LB50
28.08 Willie Gay Jr. KC LB51
28.09 Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah CLV LB52
28.10 B.J. Hill CIN DI22
28.11 Osa Odighizuwa DAL DI23
28.12 Ed Oliver BUF DI24
29.01 Grover Stewart IND DI25
29.02 Trent McDuffie KC CB7
29.03 Adoree' Jackson NYG CB8
29.04 Sam Howell WAS QB27
29.05 Deommodore Lenoir SF CB9
29.06 A.J. Terrell ATL CB10
29.07 Mike Hilton CIN CB11
29.08 Sauce Gardner NYJ CB12
29.09 Carlton Davis TB CB13
29.10 Roger McCreary TEN CB14
29.11 Trevon Diggs DAL CB15
29.12 Tariq Woolen SEA CB16
30.01 Marcus Jones NE CB17
30.02 Devon Witherspoon SEA CB18
30.03 Jaire Alexander GB CB19
30.04 Chidobe Awuzie CIN CB20
30.05 Jamel Dean TB CB21
30.06 Derek Stingley Jr. HST CB22
30.07 Patrick Surtain II DEN CB23
30.08 Tyrann Mathieu NO S36
30.09 Jordan Whitehead NYJ S37
30.10 Jevon Holland MIA S38
30.11 Isaiah Simmons ARZ S39
30.12 Denzel Ward CLV CB24

The final rounds are where fantasy managers should be addressing the cornerback position for the first time while rounding out starting lineup requirements for their safeties. Defensive back is by far the deepest position in this format, and there are plenty of names not listed here that can score similarly on any given week.

The last rounds are also a good spot to take your favorite dart throws at more valuable positions like wide receiver, tight end or running back while quarterback, edge defender and defensive tackle should all have been addressed by this point with a set starter and reliable backup locked in for DT-required leagues.

Ideal starting lineup through 30 rounds:

  • QB: 2
  • RB: 4-6
  • WR: 5-7
  • TE: 2-3
  • ED: 3-4
  • DI: 2-3
  • LB: 3-5
  • S: 2-3
  • CB: 1-2

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