One of the basic tenets of a successful dynasty IDP league is to know where to spend your resources. Clearly, in the early rounds of your rookie drafts, startups or auctions, you want to go after scarcity. Examples include a young top ten defensive end or a linebacker who is a tackle machine and great in coverage too. Top tier safeties can command a premium as well.
Down around the bottom of your priority list are cornerbacks.
It’s not hard to understand why. The best cornerbacks in the league in real-life football are essentially worthless for IDP leagues. If you’re a “shutdown corner,” you generate almost no stats at all. Rookie corners are likely to get picked on, but once they graduate to “shutdown corner” they become worthless. What you really want is a corner who will be targeted regularly, give up plenty of catches, and thereby tackle the receiver often. As an IDP owner, you seek this kind of corner. As an NFL coach, you’d bench or cut that guy.
Sure, the occasional pass defense or interception will goose the numbers of a CB, but those are very rare events that can’t be counted on for IDP.
All of this said, perhaps the best strategy for cornerback-required leagues is the “hot hand” approach or the corner who will be targeted often. And hopefully, you can acquire a guy like that as close to free as possible.
This is what I’ll be trying to help you with for the rest of the season. I’ll look for players who will have increased opportunity over the next few weeks who can be had for waiver wire pennies and can give you a short-term boost so you can use your dynasty assets elsewhere.
On to the recommendations!