DLF’s 2019 IDP Predictions: Best IDP Buy

Ryan Finley

More and more, standard fantasy leagues have made moves to eliminate positions like kickers and team defense. The simplification makes sense, if you’d prefer to focus on a few offensive positions to make the game more enjoyable. But some folks want to go the other route with defense, and would prefer to roster individual defensive players rather than sweep defense under the rug.

Are IDP leagues more difficult? I don’t think there’s a great answer for that, but I can tell you that managing a 40+ man roster and trying to figure out which cornerbacks to carry can be quite difficult. But that’s why here at DLF we give you the IDP content you crave, including DLF’s 2019 IDP Predictions. As we do every year, we have several different prediction articles for you in the following categories:

Next we’ll drop some names we like as our Best IDP Buy for 2019:

Lavonte David, LB TB

Yes, I know they got Devin White, but David has been undervalued for a while now. It will take the rookie some time to get acclimated to the NFL. That might be enough of a difference to push David into upper LB1 territory. – Doug Green

Ed Oliver, DT BUF

Buy Oliver now. He is likely very attainable and could get cheaper if he struggles a little his rookie year, but I love what he brings to the table. He is going to be one of the top tackles for many years and put up numbers a tier down from Aaron Donald. Oliver is a stud. Buy him now, before he blows up. – Dwight Peebles

Jordan Hicks, LB ARI

Hicks is one of my top candidates to bounce back this year. He is a do-it-all linebacker on a new team that is sorely lacking playmakers, and Hicks has a knack for always being near the ball. His injury concerns are very real, as he’s only played more than 12 games once in his career so far, and that’s a problem. Injury concerns aside, Hicks is easily a three-down player that should outplay his cost. – Adam Tzikas

Avery Williamson, LB NYJ

Everyone is fixated on CJ Mosley. There is plenty of room for two top linebackers in Gregg Williams’ scheme. Williamson is a very good player and will prove it again. – Tommy Kislingbury

Mack Wilson, LB CLE

I might be so wrong about this, but I think Wilson has the look of an elite three-down linebacker. Not only can he drop into coverage, he excels at it. He only started one year at Alabama, but was a ravenous ball hawk with six interceptions. All preseason long they have talked about how his ability to be around the ball has carried over from his college game, and during the Brown’s preseason game against the Redskins he intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown.

The problem is the Browns are loaded with talent on defense with Joe Schobert, Chris Kirksey and fellow rookie Sione Takitaki who they selected in the third round. Barring injury, we may be a year away from the “Mack Wilson show,” but once he gets on the field I don’t see how they ever let him come off. – Eric Olinger

Carl Lawson, DE CIN

Lawson had but one sack last year before going down injured in the seventh game. Rookie Sam Hubbard came on in Lawson’s place, getting six sacks, and supposedly cementing his spot as the starting defensive end opposite Carlos Dunlap. This means Lawson’s price will never be cheaper. The former fourth round pick out of Auburn is actually the Bengals best pass rusher, and will get a lot of snaps this year, and will likely replace Dunlap by next year. – Ryan Early

Fred Warner, LB SF

When the 49ers signed Kwon Alexander, many were pushing Warner to the side and wondering if he had any value. The answer is yes, he’ll have a big value. He’s still going to be the Niners MLB, will still be calling the plays and there’ll be enough for both to eat on that defense. Will either be LB1’s? Probably not, but Warner remains a great LB2 value and you shouldn’t shy away from him. – Bee Salamat

Josey Jewell, LB DEN

Everyone forgot about Jewell because he didn’t step into a starting role his rookie season. However, he’s now set to take over a starting role with the Broncos. The best part is you can find him on waivers and he’ll be, at the very least, a good bye week fill-in. – The FF Ghost

Marcus Davenport, DE NO

A surprisingly high pick for the Saints last year, Davenport didn’t do a whole lot to get IDP owners excited. That sounds like a buying opportunity to me. He has the talent and a strong team around him, that might be just the right mix to allow Davenport to shine. If he performs like I think I can, this might be the last good buying window you get. – Ryan Finley

There you have it. Who is your favorite player as the Best IDP Buy? Comment below!