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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 Travis Kelce KC TE1
1.07 Cooper Kupp LA WR4
1.08 Bijan Robinson ATL RB3
1.09 Stefon Diggs BUF WR5
1.10 Tony Pollard DAL RB4
1.11 Nick Chubb CLV RB5
1.12 A.J. Brown PHI WR6
2.01 CeeDee Lamb DAL WR7
2.02 Saquon Barkley NYG RB6
2.03 Amon-Ra St. Brown DET WR8
2.04 Garrett Wilson NYJ WR9
2.05 Josh Jacobs LV RB7
2.06 Davante Adams LV WR10
2.07 Jaylen Waddle MIA WR11
2.08 Derrick Henry TEN RB8
2.09 Jonathan Taylor IND 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 Jahmyr Gibbs DET RB11
3.06 Lamar Jackson BLT QB4
3.07 Mark Andrews BLT TE2
3.08 D.K. Metcalf SEA WR15
3.09 Joe Mixon CIN RB12
3.10 Najee Harris PIT RB13
3.11 Keenan Allen LAC WR16
3.12 Christian Watson GB WR17
4.01 Amari Cooper CLV WR18
4.02 D.J. Moore CHI WR19
4.03 Drake London ATL WR20
4.04 Deebo Samuel SF WR21
4.05 Calvin Ridley JAX WR22
4.06 Joe Burrow CIN QB5
4.07 Justin Fields CHI QB6
4.08 Micah Parsons DAL ED1
4.09 Maxx Crosby LV ED2
4.10 Nick Bosa SF ED3
4.11 Myles Garrett CLV ED4
4.12 T.J. Watt PIT ED5

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 who 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

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

Round + Pick Player Team Position Rank
5.01 Travis Etienne JAX RB14
5.02 Breece Hall NYJ RB15
5.03 Aaron Jones GB RB16
5.04 George Kittle SF TE3
5.05 T.J. Hockenson MIN TE4
5.06 Dameon Pierce HST RB17
5.07 Jerry Jeudy DEN WR23
5.08 Terry McLaurin WAS WR24
5.09 Alexander Mattison MIN RB17
5.10 Haason Reddick PHI ED6
5.11 Jaelan Phillips MIA ED7
5.12 Cam Akers LAR RB18
6.01 James Conner ARZ RB19
6.02 Trevor Lawrence JAX QB7
6.03 Justin Herbert LAC QB8
6.04 Darren Waller NYG TE5
6.05 Roquan Smith BLT LB1
6.06 Foyesade Oluokun JAX LB2
6.07 Nick Bolton KC LB3
6.08 Miles Sanders CAR RB21
6.09 Chris Godwin TB WR25
6.10 Dallas Goedert PHI TE6
6.11 Javonte Williams DEN RB22
6.12 Kyle Pitts ATL TE7
7.01 James Cook BUF RB23
7.02 Rachaad White TB RB24
7.03 Mike Williams LAC WR26
7.04 Brandon Aiyuk SF WR27
7.05 Diontae Johnson PIT WR28
7.06 Danielle Hunter MIN ED8
7.07 Josh Allen JAX ED9
7.08 Brian Burns CAR ED10
7.09 Aidan Hutchinson DET ED11
7.10 DeAndre Hopkins TEN WR29
7.11 Kenneth Walker III SEA RB25
7.12 Jahan Dotson WAS WR30
8.01 Marquise Brown ARZ WR31
8.02 D'Andre Swift PHI RB26
8.03 Mike Evans TB WR32
8.04 Christian Kirk JAX WR33
8.05 George Pickens PIT WR34
8.06 Aaron Donald LAR DI1
8.07 Joey Bosa LAC ED12
8.08 J.K. Dobbins BLT RB27
8.09 Tua Tagovailoa MIA QB9
8.10 David Njoku CLV TE8
8.11 Khalil Herbert CHI RB28
8.12 Michael Pittman Jr. IND WR35

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 TE9
9.02 Isiah Pacheco KC RB29
9.03 Alvin Kamara NO RB30
9.04 Bobby Wagner SEA LB4
9.05 T.J. Edwards CHI LB5
9.06 Ernest Jones LAR LB6
9.07 Dre Greenlaw SF LB7
9.08 Josey Jewell DEN LB8
9.09 Dalvin Cook NYJ RB31
9.10 David Montgomery DET RB32
9.11 Courtland Sutton DEN WR36
9.12 Jordan Addison MIN WR37
10.01 Brian Robinson Jr. WAS RB33
10.02 Antonio Gibson WAS RB34
10.03 Dak Prescott DAL QB10
10.04 Daniel Jones NYG QB11
10.05 C.J. Mosley NYJ LB9
10.06 Devin White TB LB10
10.07 Tyler Lockett SEA WR38
10.08 Treylon Burks TEN WR39
10.09 Michael Thomas NO WR40
10.10 Anthony Richardson IND QB12
10.11 Kayvon Thibodeaux NYG ED13
10.12 Za'Darius Smith CLV ED14
11.01 Geno Smith SEA QB13
11.02 Kirk Cousins MIN QB14
11.03 Jaxon Smith-Njigba SEA WR41
11.04 Gabriel Davis BUF WR42
11.05 Zach Charbonnet SEA RB35
11.06 Montez Sweat WAS ED15
11.07 Matthew Judon NE ED16
11.08 Alex Highsmith PIT ED17
11.09 Aaron Rodgers NYJ QB17
11.10 Russell Wilson DEN QB16
11.11 Deshaun Watson CLV QB17
11.12 Javon Hargrave SF DI2
12.01 Quinnen Williams NYJ DI3
12.02 Chris Jones KC DI4
12.03 Dexter Lawrence NYG DI5
12.04 Fred Warner SF LB11
12.05 Bobby Okereke NYG LB12
12.06 Will Anderson Jr. HST ED18
12.07 Harold Landry III TEN ED19
12.08 Pat Freiermuth PIT TE10
12.09 Tyler Allgeier ATL RB48
12.10 Samaje Perine DEN RB37
12.11 Jerick McKinnon KC RB38
12.12 Brandin Cooks DAL WR43

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 Elijah Moore CLV WR44
13.02 Nico Collins HST WR45
13.03 Zay Flowers BLT WR46
13.04 A.J. Dillon GB RB39
13.05 Jamaal Williams NO RB40
13.06 Josh Sweat PHI ED20
13.07 Uchenna Nwosu SEA ED21
13.08 Jaylen Warren PIT RB41
13.09 Tank Bigsby JAX RB42
13.10 Allen Lazard NYJ WR47
13.11 Chigoziem Okonkwo TEN TE12
13.12 De'Vondre Campbell GB LB13
14.01 Cole Holcomb PIT LB14
14.02 Nakobe Dean PHI LB15
14.03 Lavonte David TB LB16
14.04 Logan Wilson CIN LB17
14.05 Tremaine Edmunds CHI LB18
14.06 Zaire Franklin IND LB19
14.07 Cameron Heyward PIT DI6
14.08 DeForest Buckner IND DI7
14.09 Jonathan Allen WAS DI8
14.10 Jeffery Simmons TEN DI9
14.11 Dalton Kincaid BUF TE12
14.12 Sam LaPorta DET TE13
15.01 Jared Goff DET QB18
15.02 Sam Howell WAS QB19
15.03 Alex Singleton DEN LB20
15.04 Azeez Al-Shaair TEN LB21
15.05 Shaquille Leonard IND LB22
15.06 Jamin Davis WAS LB23
15.07 Matt Milano BUF LB24
15.08 Shaq Thompson CAR LB25
15.09 Chase Young WAS ED22
15.10 Jakobi Meyers LV WR48
15.11 JuJu Smith-Schuster NE WR49
15.12 Rashod Bateman BLT WR50
16.01 Tyler Higbee LA TE13
16.02 Cole Kmet CHI TE14
16.03 Raheem Mostert MIA RB43
16.04 Kenneth Gainwell PHI RB44
16.05 Elijah Mitchell SF RB45
16.06 Kadarius Toney KC WR51
16.07 Romeo Doubs GB WR52
16.08 Trey Hendrickson CIN ED23
16.09 Sam Hubbard CIN ED24
16.10 Gregory Rousseau BUF ED25
16.11 Christian Wilkins MIA DI10
16.12 Pete Werner NO LB26
17.01 Frankie Luvu CAR LB27
17.02 Divine Deablo LV LB28
17.03 Denzel Perryman HST LB29
17.04 Daron Payne WAS DI11
17.05 Leonard Williams NYG DI12
17.06 Derek Carr NO QB20
17.07 Brock Purdy SF QB21
17.08 Zay Jones JAX WR53
17.09 D.J. Chark Jr. CAR WR54
17.10 Odell Beckham Jr. BLT WR55
17.11 Demarcus Lawrence DAL ED26
17.12 Khalil Mack LAC ED27
18.01 Azeez Ojulari NYG ED28
18.02 Derwin James LAC S1
18.03 Kyle Hamilton BLT S2
18.04 Gus Edwards BLT RB46
18.05 Tyler Boyd CIN WR56
18.06 Adam Thielen CAR WR57
18.07 Quentin Johnston LAC WR58
18.08 Marvin Mims DEN WR59
18.09 Marquez Valdes-Scantling KC WR60
18.10 Luke Musgrave GB TE16
18.11 Irv Smith Jr. CIN TE17
18.12 Greg Dulcich DEN TE18

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 Zamir White LV RB47
19.02 Jerome Ford CLV RB48
19.03 Ezekiel Elliott NE RB49
19.04 Kamren Curl WAS S3
19.05 Budda Baker ARZ S4
19.06 Kwity Paye IND ED29
19.07 Carl Granderson NO ED30
19.08 Eric Kendricks LAC LB30
19.09 Troy Andersen ATL LB31
19.10 Quay Walker GB LB32
19.11 Christian Harris HST LB33
19.12 Odafe Oweh BLT ED31
20.01 Rashan Gary GB ED32
20.02 Josh Uche NE ED33
20.03 Van Jefferson LA WR61
20.04 Darnell Mooney CHI WR62
20.05 Rondale Moore ARZ WR63
20.06 Jeff Wilson Jr. MIA RB50
20.07 Kenny Pickett PIT QB22
20.08 Matthew Stafford LA QB23
20.09 Jordan Love GB QB24
20.10 Bradley Chubb MIA ED34
20.11 Preston Smith GB ED35
20.12 George Karlaftis KC ED36
21.01 Cameron Jordan NO ED37
21.02 Jaquan Brisker CHI S5
21.03 Kyle Dugger NE S6
21.04 Jalen Pitre HST S7
21.05 Grant Delpit CLV S8
21.06 Gerald Everett LAC TE19
21.07 Juwan Johnson NO TE20
21.08 D'Onta Foreman CHI RB51
21.09 Damien Harris BUF RB46
21.10 Devin Singletary HST RB47
21.11 Jonathan Mingo CAR WR64
21.12 Jameson Williams DET WR65
22.01 Skyy Moore KC WR66
22.02 Kyzir White ARZ LB34
22.03 Patrick Queen BLT LB35
22.04 Quincy Williams NYJ LB36
22.05 Anthony Walker CLV LB37
22.06 Jordan Hicks MIN LB38
22.07 Demario Davis NO LB39
22.08 Dalton Schultz HST TE21
22.09 Jake Ferguson DAL TE22
22.10 Curtis Samuel WAS WR67
22.11 Josh Downs IND WR68
22.12 Donovan Peoples-Jones CLV WR69
23.01 Jalen Carter PHI DI13
23.02 Derrick Brown CAR DI14
23.03 Dalvin Tomlinson CLV DI15
23.04 Zach Allen DEN DI16
23.05 Bryce Young CAR QB25
23.06 C.J. Stroud HST QB25
23.07 Zack Moss IND RB54
23.08 Carl Lawson NYJ ED38
23.09 Denico Autry TEN ED39
23.10 Shaquil Barrett TB ED40
23.11 Yannick Ngakoue CHI ED41
23.12 Jordyn Brooks SEA LB40
24.01 Kaden Elliss ATL LB41
24.02 Cody Barton WAS LB42
24.03 Devin Lloyd JAX LB40
24.04 Zach Cunningham PHI LB41
24.05 Robert Spillane LV LB42
24.06 Rayshawn Jenkins JAX S9
24.07 Ryan Neal TB S10
24.08 Richie Grant ATL S11
24.09 Talanoa Hufanga SF S14
24.10 Ty Chandler MIN RB55
24.11 Chuba Hubbard CAR RB56
24.12 Hayden Hurst CAR TE23

Fantasy managers who 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 Chandler Jones LV ED42
25.02 Travon Walker JAX ED43
25.03 Deatrich Wise Jr. NE ED44
25.04 Marcus Davenport MIN ED45
25.05 Isaiah Likely BLT TE24
25.06 Marvin Jones Jr. DET WR70
25.07 DeVante Parker NE WR71
25.08 Nathaniel Dell HST WR72
25.09 Rashee Rice KC WR73
25.10 Dre'Mont Jones SEA DI17
25.11 D.J. Reader CIN DI18
25.12 Christian Barmore NE DI19
26.01 Harrison Smith MIN S13
26.02 Jayron Kearse DAL S14
26.03 Minkah Fitzpatrick PIT S15
26.04 Vonn Bell CAR S16
26.05 Xavier McKinney NYG S17
26.06 Julian Blackmon IND S18
26.07 Jordan Fuller LAR S19
26.08 Antoine Winfield Jr. TB S20
26.09 Alex Anzalone DET LB43
26.10 Jerome Baker MIA LB44
26.11 David Long Jr. MIA LB45
26.12 Ja'Whaun Bentley NE LB46
27.01 Willie Gay Jr. KC LB47
27.02 Kevin Byard TEN S21
27.03 Jalen Thompson ARZ S22
27.04 Donovan Wilson DAL S23
27.05 Jamal Adams SEA S24
27.06 John Franklin-Myers NYJ ED46
27.07 Brandon Graham PHI ED47
27.08 Randy Gregory DEN ED48
27.09 Drake Jackson SF ED49
27.10 Von Miller BUF ED50
27.11 Kenny Clark GB DI20
27.12 Grady Jarrett ATL DI21
28.01 Leighton Vander Esch DAL LB44
28.02 Germaine Pratt CIN LB47
28.03 Tyrel Dodson BUF LB48
28.04 Kwon Alexander PIT LB49
28.05 Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah CLV LB50
28.06 L'Jarius Sneed KC CB1
28.07 Nate Hobbs LV CB2
28.08 Charvarius Ward SF CB3
28.09 Taron Johnson BUF CB4
28.10 Kyler Gordon CHI CB5
28.11 Kenny Moore II IND CB6
28.12 Trent McDuffie KC CB7
29.01 Adoree Jackson NYG CB8
29.02 Deommodore Lenoir SF CB9
29.03 A.J. Terrell ATL CB10
29.04 Mike Hilton CIN CB11
29.05 Sauce Gardner NYJ CB12
29.06 Carlton Davis TB CB13
29.07 Roger McCreary TEN CB14
29.08 Trevon Diggs DAL CB15
29.09 Tariq Woolen SEA CB16
29.10 Devon Witherspoon SEA CB18
29.11 Trent McDuffie KC CB7
29.12 Adoree' Jackson NYG CB8
30.01 Jaire Alexander GB CB19
30.02 Chidobe Awuzie CIN CB20
30.03 Jamel Dean TB CB21
30.04 Derek Stingley Jr. HST CB22
30.05 Patrick Surtain II DEN CB23
30.06 Denzel Ward CLV CB24
30.07 Jimmie Ward HST S25
30.08 Eddie Jackson CHI S26
30.09 Jordan Poyer BUF S27
30.10 Dax Hill CIN S28
30.11 Jessie Bates III ATL S29
30.12 Justin Simmons DEN S30

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

Depending on how many rounds you go, or how deep your league is, there are still plenty of options at all positions to consider and can be found in all the updated rankings and tiers by position to help you fill out the rest.

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


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