One of the keys to IDP leagues is knowing your scoring system. They are sort of like dates, whether it be a guy or girl, they all have the same two chromosomes, but they can all be vastly different. If you’re just starting out playing in an IDP league this is the most important thing to know before you draft. Your rankings will be highly dependent on the scoring system so do not go into it blindly with some list of rankings.

The scoring for IDP generally breaks down into three categories, similar to standard and PPR scoring for offense, and they are based on the ratio of points given to tackles and “big plays”. Balanced scoring systems will have a ratio of big play to solo tackle points of 3:1 to 4:1.  If it’s above 4:1, the scoring is considered ‘big play heavy” and if it’s less than 3:1, it’s “tackle heavy”.

I’ve played in an IDP league for about 15 years and it’s big play heavy.  So what I’ve done is look at two other scoring systems and compared the players who finished 1-25 in my league with how they would finish in the other scoring systems.  It’s obviously not the complete picture, but it gives you an idea of the types of players that are favored in each format. I used the scoring from Fantasy Pros to use as our “tackle heavy” format as their big play to tackle ration is a little less than 3:1.  For the balanced approach I used the IDP 123 system from Expand the Boxscore’s Jordan Rains.  The scoring categories included are Solo Tackles, Assisted Tackles, Sacks, Forced Fumbles, Recovered Fumbles, Interceptions, Passes Defensed, and TDs. Each player’s stats are from MyFantasyLeague.  The scoring systems points are in the chart below.

 

 

Solo

Assts

Sacks

FF

FR

INT

PD

TD

Home Lg

0.5

0.5

3

3

3

3

2

6

IDP 123

2

1

6

3

3

6

3

6

Fantasy Pros

1.5

0.75

4

3

3

5

1.5

6

 

The following are the charts of where each player fell in each of the scoring systems based on total points.  Under each category is the number of POINTS for each player, not the number of sacks, etc.

Home League

 

Name

Pos

Scoring

Solo Tackles

Asst Tackles

FR

FF

Int

Sacks

PD

TD

Total Points

1

Logan Ryan

DB

Home League

36.5

19.5

0

12

12

13.5

34

0

127.5

2

Chandler Jones

LB

Home League

21.5

6

9

24

0

57

10

0

127.5

3

TJ Watt

LB

Home League

17.5

10

12

24

6

43.5

14

0

127

4

Cory Littleton

LB

Home League

40.5

27

12

6

6

10.5

18

0

120

5

Darius Leonard

LB

Home League

35

24.5

0

6

15

15

14

6

115.5

6

Joe Schobert

LB

Home League

46

22.5

3

6

12

6

18

0

113.5

7

Shaq Barrett

LB

Home League

22

5.5

0

18

3

57

4

0

109.5

8

Bobby Wagner

LB

Home League

43

36

3

3

3

9

12

0

109

9

Jordan Hicks

LB

Home League

46.5

27.5

3

6

9

4.5

12

0

108.5

10

Jaylon Smith

LB

Home League

42

28

3

6

3

7.5

16

0

105.5

11

Fred Warner

LB

Home League

45

14

0

9

3

9

18

6

104

12

Jamie Collins

LB

Home League

29

12.5

3

9

9

21

14

6

103.5

13

Luke Kuechly

LB

Home League

39.5

31.5

0

0

6

0

24

0

101

14

Stephon Gilmore

DB

Home League

22

4.5

3

0

18

0

40

12

99.5

15

Marlon Humphrey

DB

Home League

26.5

5.5

9

6

9

0

30

12

98

16

De’Vondre Campbell

LB

Home League

37

26

3

9

6

6

10

0

97

17

KJ Wright

LB

Home League

33.5

32

0

0

9

0

22

0

96.5

18

Eric Reid

DB

Home League

46.5

16.5

6

3

0

12

12

0

96

19

Blake Martinez

LB

Home League

49

28

0

3

3

9

4

0

96

20

Jamal Adams

DB

Home League

31

7

3

6

3

19.5

14

12

95.5

21

Minkah Fitzpatrick

DB

Home League

22.5

12.5

9

6

15

0

18

12

95

22

Demario Davis

LB

Home League

43.5

12.5

0

0

3

12

24

0

95

23

Devin White

LB

Home League

30.5

14.5

12

9

3

7.5

6

12

94.5

24

Marcus Peters

DB

Home League

20

6.5

3

0

15

0

28

18

90.5

25

Lavonte David

LB

Home League

41.5

19

3

9

3

3

12

0

90.5

 

As predicted, big play players like Logan Ryan, Chandler Jones, and T.J. Watt are at the top of the list. Shaq Barrett with only 27.5 total tackle points, comes in at number 7 thanks to his 57 sack points.  Overall this system gives relatively low scoring to the defensive side of the ball and this comes into play when drafting. When ranking your players overall, including the offensive side of the ball, it’s important to know where the defensive players fall as compared to the offensive ones. 

The IDP 123 scoring system was created to attempt to make a unified scoring system among the different defensive positions as we have for offense.  Scoring in some leagues vary the points among positions and this can get a bit confusing, especially if you’re just starting out in IDP. It also simplifies the scoring into just three positions DL, LB, and DB. Some leagues have split the DL position into DE and DT and the DB position into S and CB. Again, it just depends on what your league wants to do.  Here are the results of this balanced system with these 25 players. 

IDP 123

 

Name

Pos

Scoring

Solo Tackles

Asst Tackles

FR

FF

Int

Sacks

PD

TD

Total Points

1

Logan Ryan

DB

123 IDP

146

39

0

12

24

27

51

0

299

2

Joe Schobert

LB

123 IDP

184

43

3

6

24

12

27

0

299

3

Jordan Hicks

LB

123 IDP

186

55

3

6

18

9

18

0

295

4

Cory Littleton

LB

123 IDP

162

54

12

6

12

21

27

0

294

5

Bobby Wagner

LB

123 IDP

172

72

3

3

6

18

18

0

292

6

Blake Martinez

LB

123 IDP

196

56

0

3

6

18

6

0

285

7

Darius Leonard

LB

123 IDP

140

49

0

6

30

30

21

6

282

8

Jaylon Smith

LB

123 IDP

168

56

3

6

6

15

24

0

278

9

Eric Reid

DB

123 IDP

194

33

6

3

0

24

18

0

278

10

Fred Warner

LB

123 IDP

180

28

0

9

6

18

27

6

274

11

Luke Kuechly

LB

123 IDP

158

63

0

0

12

0

36

0

269

12

Demario Davis

LB

123 IDP

174

25

0

0

6

24

36

0

265

13

De’Vondre Campbell

LB

123 IDP

158

52

3

9

12

12

15

0

261

14

Chandler Jones

LB

123 IDP

86

12

9

24

0

114

15

0

260

15

KJ Wright

LB

123 IDP

134

64

0

0

18

0

33

0

249

16

TJ Watt

LB

123 IDP

70

20

12

24

12

87

21

0

246

17

Lavonte David

LB

123 IDP

166

38

3

9

6

6

18

0

246

18

Shaq Barrett

LB

123 IDP

88

11

0

18

6

114

6

0

243

19

Jamie Collins

LB

123 IDP

116

25

3

9

18

42

21

6

240

20

Jamal Adams

DB

123 IDP

124

14

3

6

6

39

21

12

225

21

Devin White

LB

123 IDP

122

29

12

9

6

15

9

12

214

22

Stephon Gilmore

DB

123 IDP

88

9

3

0

36

0

60

12

208

23

Marlon Humphrey

DB

123 IDP

106

11

9

6

18

0

45

12

207

24

Minkah Fitzpatrick

DB

123 IDP

90

25

9

6

30

0

27

12

199

25

Marcus Peters

DB

123 IDP

80

13

3

0

30

0

42

18

186

 

Logan Ryan’s outlier season remains on top of the board with this system. His tackle numbers were enough to keep him ahead of everyone else.  As for our big three sack guys, Jones drops from 2 to 14, Watt from 3 to 16 and Barrett from 7 to 18.  They did not get enough tackle points to keep them near the top.  Now they aren’t chopped liver either as the big plays gave them decent point totals, but they do drop significantly. 

Also noted is that the DBs take a hit in this system and the bottom four spots are now occupied by them.  All four of them had big years when it came to interceptions, passes defensed and TDs.  As these plays are the least predictable, it is why DBs are usually not ranked highly except for high tackle safeties. I’m sure if I included all defensive players, this group would fall in the ranks even further. Jamal Adams who only had a half point more than Minkah Fitzpatrick in my home league, now has a 26 point advantage. The one DB who improved his standing was Eric Reid moving from 18th to 9th. Reid had few big plays but was a tackle machine in 2019 so this scoring system helped his standing.

Fantasy Pros

 

Name

Pos

Scoring

Solo Tackles

Asst Tackles

FR

FF

Int

Sacks

PD

TD

Total Points

1

Joe Schobert

LB

Fantasy Pros

138

32.25

4

8

20

8

13.5

0

223.75

2

Cory Littleton

LB

Fantasy Pros

121.5

40.5

16

8

10

14

13.5

0

223.5

3

Jordan Hicks

LB

Fantasy Pros

139.5

41.25

4

8

15

6

9

0

222.75

4

Logan Ryan

DB

Fantasy Pros

109.5

29.25

0

16

20

18

25.5

0

218.25

5

Bobby Wagner

LB

Fantasy Pros

129

54

4

4

5

12

9

0

217

6

Blake Martinez

LB

Fantasy Pros

147

42

0

4

5

12

3.5

0

213.5

7

Darius Leonard

LB

Fantasy Pros

105

36.75

0

8

25

20

10.5

6

211.25

8

Eric Reid

DB

Fantasy Pros

145.5

24.75

8

4

0

16

9

0

207.25

9

Jaylon Smith

LB

Fantasy Pros

126

42

4

8

5

10

12

0

207

10

Fred Warner

LB

Fantasy Pros

135

21

0

12

5

12

13.5

6

204.5

11

Chandler Jones

LB

Fantasy Pros

64.5

8

12

32

0

76

7.5

0

200

12

TJ Watt

LB

Fantasy Pros

52.5

15

16

32

10

58

10.5

0

194

13

Luke Kuechly

LB

Fantasy Pros

118.5

47.25

0

0

10

0

18

0

193.75

14

De’Vondre Campbell

LB

Fantasy Pros

111

39

4

12

10

8

7.5

0

191.5

15

Demario Davis

LB

Fantasy Pros

130.5

18.75

0

0

5

16

18

0

188.25

16

Lavonte David

LB

Fantasy Pros

124.5

28.5

4

12

5

4

9

0

187

17

Shaq Barrett

LB

Fantasy Pros

66

8.25

0

24

5

76

3

0

182.25

18

Jamie Collins

LB

Fantasy Pros

87

18.75

4

12

15

28

10.5

6

181.25

19

KJ Wright

LB

Fantasy Pros

100.5

48

0

0

15

0

16.5

0

180

20

Devin White

LB

Fantasy Pros

90.5

21.75

16

12

5

10

4.5

12

171.75

21

Jamal Adams

DB

Fantasy Pros

93

10.5

4

8

5

26

10.5

12

169

22

Marlon Humphrey

DB

Fantasy Pros

79.5

8.25

12

8

15

0

22.5

12

157.25

23

Minkah Fitzpatrick

DB

Fantasy Pros

67.5

18.75

12

8

25

0

13.5

12

156.75

24

Stephon Gilmore

DB

Fantasy Pros

66

6.75

4

0

30

0

30

12

148.75

25

Marcus Peters

DB

Fantasy Pros

60

9.75

4

0

25

0

21

18

137.75

 

In this slightly tackle heavy format Logan Ryan falls out of the top spot to number 4 and Eric Reid moves up a spot to number 8. Jamal Adams moves down a slot to 21, but stays in the range he has been in all 3 systems.  Adams is not as tackle heavy as Reid, but has a mix of tackles and big plays that keeps him in the upper tier of IDP scoring no matter the system.

Joe Schobert moves to number 1 and with his move to Jacksonville I have him ranked second among linebackers this season. With the Jags likely to be behind in a lot of games, teams will run more and Schobert will garner even more tackle opportunities. 

Demario Davis who went from 22nd to 12th falls back to 15th.  His finish at number 22 wasn’t as bad as it seems as he was just 10 points from a top 10 finish.  He did have a fair amount of big play points, along with over 100 total tackles which is rewarded in the IDP 123 format.  He takes a slight hit in the Fantasy Pros format when his big plays are worth a little less.

Lavonte David relies primarily on his tackle success therefore moving up from 25 in my league to 17th and 18th in the other formats. The slight bump up in forced and recovered fumbles moves T.J. Watt and Chandler Jones back up the board.

Knowing your scoring system is the single most important thing to IDP success.  Your rankings list should be based on projections that are then married to the scoring. From this you can map out your drafting strategy.  Picking a high scoring linebacker is relatively easy when the top 15 or so scorers are almost all from that position which is why I preach taking your DL first.  

As I touched on earlier, another important aspect of the scoring system is to help you decide when to take your defensive players. Comparing their projected totals to that of the offensive players helps you map out when to start dipping into that pool.  If your second WR will outscore your first LB, then why take the LB first? Be cognizant of where you will get the most points from.  

I hope I shed some light on the subtleties of scoring systems in IDP leagues. Winning any fantasy league is about taking advantage of the rules and scoring system. I’m always available for questions and welcome all comments either below or on Twitter @gasdoc_spit. Be safe out there!

  1. everywhereblair

    everywhereblair says:
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    Thanks, Doc! My home league auction with IDP is coming around in August, and your tips will be very helpful!

    • GasDoc

      GasDoc says:
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      Thanks! Hope it helps!

  2. Aaron Pags

    Aaron Pags says:
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    15 years of knowledge in IDP! You are a true historian in this format. Take notes people!

    • GasDoc

      GasDoc says:
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      Thanks Aaron…more like ancient historian LOL…

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