These IDP rankings might not work for your rookie draft.
Don’t worry. I’m not discrediting my own work and telling you to ignore the rest of this article. That would have meant I wasted lots of time over the past couple of weeks.
What I’m saying is: Please don’t blindly apply these rankings to your draft. IDP formats vary—widely. If you play in a tackle-heavy fantasy football setup, then most of the edge-rushing OLBs below won’t help you a whole lot. If your league favors sack scoring, however – and especially if it also counts stats such as tackles for loss – then you should probably bump those guys up.
I’ve tried to balance these rankings as best I can amid the varied formats. Most of all, I’ve tried to show where I think players at the same position are grouped together—or spaced apart.
As plenty of our IDP dynasty players can attest, you can always email me (via email@example.com) with any specific questions as you head into and then navigate through your rookie draft.
Below, you'll find write-ups on the top 30 overall, followed by expanded lists for each position (54 total players).
Top 30 Overall
1. Myles Garrett, DE, Browns
The draft’s top player gains fantasy value with an initial DE designation on MyFantasyLeague.com. His special pass-rush skills would draw plenty of value even at LB, though (in most scoring formats). And even if Garrett does enter 2017 as a LB in your league, there will always be a chance for a Khalil Mack-style switch to DL.
2. Reuben Foster, LB, 49ers
It doesn’t matter why Foster slipped in the NFL Draft, relative to expectations. He landed with a Niners team that loves him and has room to start him right away—as long as Foster’s shoulder is ready. Even if that limits him in 2017 (a la Shaq Lawson in Buffalo last year), there’s big IDP upside long term.
3. Jarrad Davis, LB, Lions
Detroit grabbed Davis with Foster still on the board. Whether that was the right call or not, it shows how much the Lions think of their rookie. GM Bob Quinn has said they plan to play Davis in the middle. Whether he stays there or settles on the outside, he’s a near-lock to start Week 1 this fall.
4. Jamal Adams, S, Jets
Adams’ 3 years at LSU produced 18 tackles for loss, 5 INTs and 14 pass breakups. His tackle counts likely would have been larger had he played in a less talented defense. The Jets’ iffy LB corps will help right away on that front, and Adams should spend plenty of time “in the box.”