Quiz time. What does Colorado State, Rutgers, South Carolina State, and Utah State have in common? They all produced four of the top nine fantasy IDP players in 2019! For the most part, we all know the studs on the offensive side of the ball, but these days dynasty leagues are more than just skill players. More and more people are dipping their feet into the IDP pool. So let us try to find some of those late-round rookies from some schools which are not necessarily known for producing first-round talent. These players could set your IDP team up for a long-term run of success for a bargain price.
The schools mentioned above produced the following players with their 2019 standard IDP scoring* finish:
Shaquil Barrett- Colorado State (LB2, #2 overall)
Logan Ryan- Rutgers (CB1, #5 overall)
Darius Leonard- SC State (LB4, #7 overall)
Bobby Wagner- Utah State (LB6, #9 overall)
*Standard IDP scoring used: 1.5 pts/tackle, .5 pts/assist, 2 pts/forced fumble or a fumble recovery, 4 pts/sack or interception, 6 pts/touchdown, and 1 pt/pass defended.
Here are four rookie IDP players who can be had in the later rounds of deeper IDP dynasty league drafts. These players could garner a productive starting role early on in their career and put up some decent fantasy points for your squad.
Jordyn Brooks, LB, Seattle Seahawks (Texas Tech)
Brooks was taken with the 27th overall pick despite clear depth by the Seahawks at the position. The team already has two established linebackers in Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright. Mychal Kendricks is currently a free agent and Wright is coming off shoulder surgery. Even though the team drafted two linebackers in 2019, with Wagner turning 30 years old the Seahawks felt the need to add some depth to the position. Brooks initially had a third-round draft grade, but much like what they did with running back Rashaad Penny in 2018, the Seahawks reached in the first round for their guy. Brooks has the ability to be a three-down linebacker in the NFL and was one of the best inside linebackers in the nation in 2019, ranking fifth overall with 66 solo tackles and 108 total tackles. With Kendricks leaving due to legal issues and Wright’s status dependent on how his shoulder recovery goes, Brooks could be in line for a lot of playing time alongside Wagner.
Justin Strnad, LB, Denver Broncos (Wake Forest)
Strnad was a highly productive player for the Demon Deacons, registering 135 solo tackles, 225 total tackles, 8 sacks, and 3 interceptions in just two and a half years. His senior season was cut short in Week 7 due to a torn bicep. This injury also forced him to miss the 2020 Senior Bowl for which he was an invitee. Todd Davis and Alexander Johnson are currently entrenched as the inside linebackers for the Broncos, but Davis is an unrestricted free agent in 2021 which could pave the way for Strnad to earn the starting spot next to Johnson as early as next season. A fringe benefit: Strnad has star linebackers Von Miller and Bradley Chubb to help mentor him. He will more than likely make his name on special teams in 2020, but could see some reps at linebacker. Strnad has a high motor, good coverage skills, and great lateral movement, all traits you want in a three-down linebacker.
Bradlee Anae, DE, Dallas Cowboys (Utah)
Anae was a consensus All-American who recorded 30 sacks while at Utah, including 13 sacks alone last season. He was given a third-round draft grade by NFL draft experts, yet fell to the fifth round giving the Cowboys incredible value. The Cowboys have depth at EDGE in front of him, but they are truly question marks. Aldon Smith was recently reinstated after not playing for the past four years due to a variety of legal issues. The Cowboys are also waiting on a decision from the NFL on if Randy Gregory will be reinstated. This means Anae could possibly see the field a lot earlier than expected depending on how those two veteran players perform on and off the field. You may have to wait on Anae before plugging him in every week, but he was a nightmare for Pac-12 offenses to contend with while at Utah and has the technical ability to be a great EDGE rusher in the NFL.
Kyle Dugger, S, New England Patriots (Lenoir-Rhyne)
If you had ever heard of the Division II Lenoir-Rhyne University Bears before the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft then you are a better person than me! Dugger was the second safety off the board, taken before All-American and Jim Thorpe Award winner Grant Delpit. Dugger is in a good position in regards to joining the Patriots secondary, from a development aspect, as he has two-time Pro Bowl safety Devin McCourty and veteran safety Patrick Chung as mentors. McCourty and Chung have a combined six Super Bowl rings between them. Dugger may not have to wait too long for solid playing time as both McCourty and Chung are 33 years old and the Patriots like to employ three safeties on the field at one time. The Patriots also added Adrian Phillips in free agency, who despite being an All-Pro in 2018 is coming off a 2019 season where he sustained a broken arm. Dugger has size, speed, and great hands, but is also a hard hitter who played a lot of time up in the box in college to stop the run game. Patriots coach Bill Belichick loves versatile players and Dugger is definitely able to play anywhere on the field. He is even rumored to be in the mix to return punts. Dugger is definitely someone you want to add in the later rounds and should be a productive safety for years to come.
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