This article is part of our IDP Analysis series.
This is the second of a three-part series in which we'll try to identify players RotoWire has ranked higher than overall industry rankings. By using this guide, you should be able to find values in your draft, which may give you options that allow you to wait significantly later than your competitors to select your IDPs.
After going over potential draft strategies before this series began, 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 from league to league, 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 try to address the needs of all as best as possible.
As noted, we'll be looking at linebacker values, and although we'll address inside and outside backers together, if you need to split your picks between the positions, there are plenty of values to help you find success regardless of roster needs.
To begin, we have three of our top-12 LBs identified as potential values this year, and the first one is Zach Cunningham, who we have ranked