DLF’s 2018 IDP Predictions: Fantasy MVP

Eric Olinger

Every July and August people are looking for sleepers, players on the come up or comeback. They want to know who is going to be the next Alvin Kamara or, on the flip side, who runs the risk of being the next Willie Snead? Whether you’re reading because you’re into dynasty leagues, keeper leagues or just the annual redraft, you’re looking for the value of the hidden gem, the next big thing, and trying to avoid the next big pitfall.

Offensive leagues are infinitely more popular than IDP leagues, I’m not living under a rock, but whether it’s a website, a podcast or a show on SiriusXM, the offensive talents have been discussed over and over to the point every player has been on the breakout and the breakdown lists. You’re here because you like a meatier cut of heavily marbled fantasy beef. You’re here for the 32-ounce tomahawk ribeye with a bone sticking out of it so far it looks like a weapon of war, and you know what? It is.

After having to step away for the off-season, I return for another season of IDP writing for Dynasty League Football and what better way than to reach out to my IDP brethren, from DLF and beyond, and ask them for their picks for the following categories:

IDP Comeback Player of the Year

IDP Sell


IDP Rookie of the Year

IDP Sleeper of the Year


Please note I have included the Twitter handles of each person who contributed. If you’re reading this you should be following them. Today’s topic is IDP MVP.

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Cameron Jordan, DE NO

In my opinion, defensive ends are clearly more valuable than any other IDP positions – even if they score fewer points. It’s just so much harder to obtain a top end than it is a starting linebacker. Jordan remains a top player in all phases of the game and will play on a team that’s likely to be ahead a lot – leading to oppositions passing heavily. – Tom Kislingbury @TomDegenerate

Myles Garrett, DE CLE

I know people are obviously aware of Myles Garrett but I don’t know if everyone really appreciates how awesome of a rookie campaign he really had. In 11 games, he popped off for seven sacks while playing limited snaps. He dedicated this off-season to better conditioning because he wants to log more plays as a full-time player. Against the Eagles in week three of the preseason, he looked downright nasty. Garrett is a dark horse candidate to lead the NFL in sacks this year and I can’t wait to see what this kid can do. – Eric Olinger @OlingerIDP

Kwon Alexander, LB TB

Can we talk offense for a second? (Ducks from rotten tomatoes being thrown.) Look, Jameis Winston’s suspension means the Bucs defense is going to have to play better if they want to win games. Tampa goes how Alexander goes, so I think he takes it upon himself to try to will the Buccaneers into the playoffs and that means big points for you. – Doug Green @BigBoardIDP

Danielle Hunter, DE MIN

This defensive line is immensely talented and should allow more freedom for Hunter to dominate the game. Adding Sheldon Richardson to the interior of that line will limit teams abilities to double team Hunter and the rest of the pass rush talent in Minnesota. – Pete Lawrence @_PeteLaw

Chandler Jones, DE ARI

It brought me great pleasure to type ‘DE’ next to Jones as he has once again been designated at the position after a couple of seasons as an outside linebacker. Jones led the league in sacks last season and posted over 50 solo tackles. The MVP trophy is headed west in 2018. – Walton Spurlin @WaltonSpurlin of PFF

Joey Bosa, DE LAC

Bosa is the real deal! He is a complete player that showed what he can do! With a stout secondary, he should get lots of opportunities to get to the quarterback this season. I like him to lead the league and win the MVP. – Bill Latin @BillLatin

Joey Bosa, DE LAC

Originally submitted without explanation and when asked why, Andy said: “Joey Bosa needs to explanation!” So there you go. – Andy Miley @AndrewMiley of Dynasty Trade Calculator

Deion Jones, LB ATL

Often overlooked at the top of the linebacker lists, Jones is in his prime on a good defense, but with little talent to his right or left. This should put him in a choice position to gobble up all the tackles in Atlanta. His blend of athleticism and pure instinct are in the elite category and his coverage skills will keep him on the field indefinitely. – Adam Tzikas @Adamtz, aka StickyZ

Myles Garrett, DE CLE

Garrett is a monster. If he gets the opportunity to show off his talents for an entire season without injury, he should definitely have IDP MVP potential. Of course, at his position in fantasy, that means he’s going to have to get to the quarterback and pile up the sacks. I think he can. – Kelly Smelser @PDWonderland

Robert Quinn, DE MIA

In my opinion, the IDP MVP isn’t just the linebacker who piles up the most tackles. Or the edge-rusher who amasses the most sacks. It’s the player with the most value – the player who comes from the middle of the pack (or even off the radar entirely) to post top-ten numbers in a season. Think Blake Martinez and Joe Schobert last year. Those are the types of picks that win leagues. In 2018, Quinn is one of those picks. I’ve been beating the drum for Quinn almost from the moment he was traded to Miami, in large part because I remember what a healthy Quinn is capable of with his hand in the dirt. He’s done nothing to dissuade me in the preseason – if anything I’m higher on the 28-year-old than ever. IDP squads with loaded linebacker corps who snatch Quinn up as a low-end DL2 (or even a DL3) are going to be awfully hard to beat this fall. – Gary Davenport @IDPSharks of Fantasy Sharks, RotoWorld and Football Diehards

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