One of the most common questions our IDP experts here at DLF get regards when people should start taking IDPs in their drafts. The answer, of course, is it depends on a lot of things such as league size, scoring rules, and starting lineup requirements. Ranking players within a position is much easier. But in an attempt to help everyone out, here’s an early Average Draft Position for rookie drafts based on 30 leagues I have been tracking.
Now, no two leagues are alike. The leagues I’m following have a variety of different rules which will change the relative value of IDPs based on their position and the types of statistics they are likely to accrue. But inevitably patterns emerge, and players tend to be taken around the same spot regardless of these leagues’ idiosyncracies.
To qualify for these leagues, there must be at least 96 total IDP starters (such as eight starters in a 12-team league), and draft at least 60 rookies (such as five rounds in a 12-teamer). Seven of the leagues were Superflex, and I have distinguished the QB ADPs based on SF or Start 1.
Because many of these leagues began immediately following the conclusion of the NFL Draft, there was a good amount of volatility in where players went in the first few days. Then a consensus appeared to take hold. But new information could quickly alter perceived value.