This article is part of our IDP Analysis series.
This is the first of a three-part series in which we'll identify players that RotoWire has ranked higher than the overall industry rankings. By using this guide, you should be able to find values throughout your draft, which will allow you to wait significantly later than your competitors to select IDPs.
After discussing draft strategies last week, it's critical to go into your draft planning knowing whether you're going to stream defensive players all season, draft players with late-season byes to keep you from having to potentially drop IDPs early in the campaign or, if you have the roster flexibility, draft the best options and make seasonal moves as needed. Also, as we noted, the amount of IDPs needed can be vastly different in leagues, with many leagues needing just a single player per position grouping (DL, LB, DB) along with a flex while other leagues will require a full lineup of players. The purpose of this article is to address the needs of all as best as possible.
We'll start this series by looking at defensive linemen. Although we'll address ends and tackles together, you'll notice that should you need to split your picks between the positions, there are plenty of values regardless of roster needs.
Landing a projected top-12 lineman might not be a difficult task at all, as we have five players ranked well ahead of the consensus.
Sam Hubbard, DE - Hubbard is a full seven spots ahead of the industry consensus at No.