He’s back, and he’s the man.
IDP owners missed J.J. Watt for most of last season, when he returned too soon from back surgery and ended his year before September was out. But all signs have been positive with Watt this time around. And a healthy Watt has dominated this position in fantasy more often than he hasn’t.
If Khalil Mack retains DL eligibility in your league, then the gap shrinks a bit. Mack would be #2 on this list -- we have him among the LBs – and in his own tier between Watt and Joey Bosa. But this remains Watt’s kingdom.
Of course, only 1 team in your league will land the Houston stud. Whether that ends up being you or not, the tiers below can reveal plenty of other value targets for your IDP fantasy football draft.
J.J. Watt, DE, Texans
In case it wasn’t clear, Watt gets his own tier.
Joey Bosa, DE, Chargers
Jason Pierre-Paul, DE Giants
Melvin Ingram, DE, Chargers
Ingram’s 2016 numbers would have ranked him top 5 among D-linemen. Now he is one, playing opposite breakout star Bosa. Only Ingram and Khalil Mack have tallied 50+ tackles and 8+ sacks each of the past 2 years.
JPP, meanwhile, got back to being his old self last year, leading all DL scorers at the time of his season-ending injury.