You know what I love around here… Jay. If I even mention the Chargers, I get an editors note. [Jay’s Note: True.] Like if I wanted to be a jerk, I would say the Chargers were originally from L.A. and need to come back home again. Or that I was a Denver fan since they drafted Elway and I found out my uncle had Bronco season tickets from day one of the franchise, but I wore this hat prior to that.  Yup, I thought it was cool because it looked like the old Pittsburgh Pirates hat and it was 1980… I was five-years-old. Speaking of the Chargers, with Gates returning, will this completely change everything they have done in fantasy so far? I hope you sold Keenan Allen… I’m kidding of course, but situations like this do worry me. Philip has a bestie already Ladarius and Keenan. Antonio es numero uno. Like we say on the baseball side, I’ll be watching this situation like a cyclops with a monocle. With possible injuries to Johnson and Floyd, this could be a real shizz show to predict when they are healthy. I also wonder if Woodhead will be catching as many balls out of the backfield. My Samoan NFL guru friend thinks that if they were smart the would line Greene up as a wide receiver and really mess with their opponents. These are just my thoughts when looking at what a team will do when someone this important returns to the field. It’s football, the teams change game plans like Tehol changes booty calls… week-to-week. Wait, a minute, I’m here to write an update… or am I?

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What’s up all you IDP junkies? It’s J to the F-O-H here to cover Kevin while he is off in Argentina working on Kevin Jr.. I imagine him munching on a steak with some chimi-churri and sipping on some Quilmes. I will not be doing the rankings, that’s his thing (which will still be updated and found below), but I will be covering the RazzDP’s in lieu of his usual player highlights and buys. I have a confession, I am not as deeply knowledgeable as Kevin in this format, but I have been playing IDP leagues for about six years now. Now don’t get me wrong, I have strong IDP knowledge, just not as vast and kick-ass as Kevin. Strangely the RazzDP’s are only my second venture into standard scoring, for I always customize my leagues for more dynamic numbers and higher rewards. I prefer more love for quality defensive performances. But that’s another article where I lay out my preferred scoring for IDP players. Damn stupid tangent… or is that agenda? Please feel free to share any opinions about what kind of scoring you like. Or any other opinion about anything… as long as it’s clean.

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2014 Rankings: Top-200 | Top-200 (Half-PPR) |  Top-200 (PPR) | QB | RB | RB (PPR)| WR | WR (PPR) | TE | TE (PPR) | K | DST | IDP Rankings: Top-100 | DL | DB | LB

Here come the big scorers. As opposed to the DLs, a very top heavy position, the Linebackers are much more balanced. There are a few studs, but they’ll come at a cost, and there is plenty of value to be found elsewhere. Based on name recognition, it might surprise some people to see Lavonte David at the top of the list. He’s probably most famous for costing the Bucs their Week 1 game against the Jets with that ridiculous Unnecessary Roughness penalty. But David is so much more than that. In a division with an extremely diverse set of offenses, David is a legit three-down LB who can put up stats in a variety of ways. He leads a very impressive crop of young LBs (half of my top 10 are 24 or younger), which makes the future of the IDP game very bright.

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Keeping with the theme of moving into the future while looking at the past, we move on to Linebackers. The top crop of LBs in 2013 had a lot of the expected faces, along with a couple of rookies and some throwback performances by Ghosts of IDP Seasons Past.  But before we get to the top 20, there are others that warrant some discussion:

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Fantasy Football thoughts and opinions heading into NFL Week 1.   New Orleans 34, Green Bay 42 I think the NFL should have used this version of an American anthem to kick off the season. Pierre Thomas, not Darren Sproles, was the running back in the first part of the two minute drill. Head coach […]

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Most who follow Matt Schauf of RapidDraft.com on Twitter seethe at each “IDP” tag and wonder how he can make light of internally displaced persons. In this case, however, we’re talking individual defensive players, who add realism to your fake football leagues and gripes for the whiny leaguemate who always finishes last anyway. Schauf will […]

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