2017 Dynasty IDP Awards

Eric Olinger

Now that the 2017 fantasy season has come to an end, it is time to reflect on what we saw in order to move forward to 2018. As we all know, the dynasty season never actually ends. I asked the DLF IDP team to give me their votes for a few IDP awards. Let’s get to it.


Bobby Wagner, LB SEA

In multiple leagues across the board Wagner is averaging nearly 20 points per game and has been arguably the most consistent linebacker throughout the season. –Brandon “Bee” Salamat

Bobby Wagner, LB SEA

Wagner leads all linebackers in scoring and while he wasn’t the number one IDP overall, he was a monster on the field. IDP is about strong linebackers and Wagner is the hulk. –Adam Tzikas

Calais Campbell, DE JAC

He got on the sack score sheet in ten separate weeks this season. He was utterly dominant at times and even his floor was pretty good.  I’d argue he only had one bad game all season. -Tom Kislingbury

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Demarcus Lawrence, DE DAL

I had a hard time deciding between Lawrence and Cameron Jordan. I went with Lawrence based on the price it took to acquire him prior to the season. Lawrence was coming off a down, injury-riddled 2016 and far outperformed expectations. He started the year as a mid-DE2 and finished the year top three at the position. –Eric Olinger

IDP Rookie of the Year

Budda Baker, S ARI

With a season-ending injury to Tyvon Branch, Budda took off once he got the starting role the last seven weeks of the season and has averaged 16 points per game in that span, He’s probably on some championship rosters. –Brandon “Bee” Salamat

Reuben Foster, LB SF

Yeah, yeah, Marshon Lattimore is good, but this is fantasy, Lattimore is a decent fantasy corner and all, but when Foster was on the field he was magical. I can see him being a top linebacker in the league for years to come. –Adam Tzikas

Desmond King, CB LAC

Yes, the Chargers slot man. He was consistently putting up scores and is probably near the top of scoring for cornerback in your league. He finished with a very good and underappreciated season. –Tom Kislingbury

Myles Garrett, DE CLE

Garrett missed the first four games of the season with a high ankle sprain and another with a concussion, but overall the top pick in the 2017 draft performed very well. Playing on a team always behind makes it harder for defensive ends to collect sacks as the other team is running the ball to get the game over quicker. Garrett had seven sacks in 11 games and showed a ton of IDP potential. –Eric Olinger

IDP Comeback Player of the Year

Demarcus Lawrence, DE DAL

The dude came back with a vengeance after a forgettable 2016 season dealing with injuries and poor performance. He’s having a career year with 14.5 sacks and 58 tackles, which is good enough for the DE2 in most leagues. –Brandon “Bee” Salamat

Calais Campbell, DE JAC

Not that he had really gone anywhere, but the man has been on fire. For a 33-year-old pass rusher he was a dream come true. –Adam Tzikas

Reshad Jones, S MIA

I was really down on him preseason but he was pretty fantastic all year long. Chalk that one up for a huge miss by me! –Tom Kislingbury

Demario Davis, LB NYJ

Davis was pretty much an afterthought in fantasy leagues and almost everywhere outside of New York. The Jets re-acquired Davis in the summer from the Browns for Calvin Pryor in what seemed like a throwaway deal of players not likely to make either roster. Then the Jets cut David Harris, got Demario Davis to agree to a big pay cut and somehow got a career year out of the 28-year-old linebacker in a contract year. He finished as a top-five IDP linebacker. –Eric Olinger

IDP Breakout

Blake Martinez, LB GB

This was one of the biggest turnarounds in recent memory. He was awful in his rookie season, then erupted in his second with improved play, and finished the year as the LB3 overall. He almost reached 100 solo tackles on the season as well. –Brandon “Bee” Salamat

Demario Davis, LB NYJ

This one is easy. Davis was going for LB3 prices in the off-season. He massively paid off for those who took a shot on him. –Adam Tzikas

Demario Davis, LB NYJ

He was lying unloved on waivers everywhere and put up a top-five linebacker season. Crazy production. It just goes to show how much a consistently high workload can transform a journeyman player into an IDP star. –Tom Kislingbury

Blake Martinez, LB GB

I agree with Bee. Martinez looked overwhelmed last year and didn’t appear to be a great fit for Dom Capers’ defense. It looked like he was cemented into a part-time role sharing snaps with Jake Ryan and dime backer Morgan Burnett. Instead, Martinez played nearly every snap and put up big time numbers on his way to a top-five linebacker season. –Eric Olinger

Best IDP Buy for 2018

Keanu Neal, SS ATL

His slumping start and the up-and-down season has probably left a bad taste in owners’ mouths. Therefore, you can probably acquire Neal cheaper than before. He’s one defensive back you want on your roster. –Brandon “Bee” Salamat

Jabrill Peppers, S CLE

He didn’t do much as the deepest safety of all time in Cleveland, but as that defense gets more talented he should be used more as a box safety or a linebacker. Gregg Williams isn’t going to be with the team much longer. –Adam Tzikas

Carlos Dunlap, DE CIN

I’m more convinced than ever that a top defensive end is the best IDP piece you can have given the positional scarcity. Dunlap had a high pressure but low sack season and people are down on the Bengals in general. He could absolutely be a double digit sack player in 2018 and he’s going cheap right now. –Tom Kislingbury

Olivier Vernon, DE NYG

I agree with Tom’s assessment of needing to own an elite defensive end in order to win in IDP leagues and I think Vernon remains one of those assets. He fought injuries throughout the year and by the time he got healthy again the team was an overall dumpster fire. With whispers of Jim Schwartz becoming the next Giants coach and bringing his wide-nine defense to the Big Apple, I’d try acquiring him right away. His price will skyrocket if this happens. –Eric Olinger

Best IDP Sell for 2018

Luke Kuechly, LB CAR

I love the talent but hate the repeated concussions. He still has high name value and I’d capitalize while you still can. –Brandon “Bee” Salamat

Kwon Alexander, LB TBB

Sell now while the name is still hot as an iron. If you can get top ten linebacker value for him, do it now. –Adam Tzikas

Joe Schobert, LB CLE

He was fantastic this year but it came about because of volume and scheme. Both of those advantages could evaporate in a heartbeat. If I can get LB1 value I’m trading him away very fast. – Tom Kislingbury

Joe Schobert, LB CLE

Schobert was by far my best IDP free agency add of 2017. I spent a ridiculous amount of my blind bidding dollars to add him in the DLF IDP league and he was a big, consistent, part of what brought me home the title. Having said that, I’d sell him in a heartbeat. Yes, he put up great numbers but I believe he’s the third best linebacker on his own team behind Jamie Collins and Christian Kirksey. I don’t know how the off-season will treat Schobert but if someone comes knocking and offers a high upside defensive end I’m trading him and looking for the next free agency darling. -Eric Olinger

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