IDP Analysis: Help for Players Ranked Closely Together
IDP Analysis: Help for Players Ranked Closely Together

This article is part of our IDP Analysis series.

Looking for a good tiebreaker when drafting defensive players you have closely ranked together? Although not a hard and fast rule, using the projected win totals from Las Vegas casinos can help us have a better idea in identifying some teams that might face more rushing or passing attempts than the average team.

For the teams with the highest win totals, their opponents could find themselves playing from behind, which could elevate both sacks for the pass rushers and tackle totals for defensive backs. Conversely, for the teams expected to lose most of their games, the linebackers and strong safeties could see elevated tackle totals due to the fact that their opponents could find themselves running the ball late in games to run out the clock.

Again, the main purpose of this article simply is to provide tiebreakers between players you have similarly ranked, so we'll see a blend of superstars and ordinary IDP options.

We'll start with the teams that are projected to win 10 or more games, and those are the Vikings, Packers, Patriots, Eagles and Steelers.

Pass rushers who could see elevated sack totals by playing on a potentially elite team:

Defensive Tackles: Sheldon Richardson (Vikings), Fletcher Cox (Eagles)

Defensive Ends: Everson Griffen (Vikings), Danielle Hunter (Vikings), Mike Daniels (Packers), Muhammad Wilkerson (Packers), Trey Flowers (Patriots), Michael Bennett (Eagles), Brandon Graham (Eagles), Stephon Tuitt (Steelers), Cameron Heyward (Steelers)

Linebackers: Anthony Barr (Vikings), Nick Perry (Packers), Clay Matthews (Packers), Kyle Van Noy (Patriots), T.J. Watt (Steelers)

Defensive backs

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Jim Coventry
Coventry covers football for RotoWire. He started playing fantasy football in 1994 and won a national contest in 1996. He also nabbed five top-50 finishes in national contests from 2008 to 2012 before turning his attention to DFS. A published author, Coventry wrote a book about relationships, "The Secret of Life", in 2013.
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