2018 Edge Rusher OLB/DE IDP PAPS Grades

by | May 15, 2019

Fantasy Football IDP

PAPS Grades

The PAPS grades tactical tool is formulated and innovated strictly based on relevant fantasy football IDP player information. We no longer will worry about real-life NFL player grades translating over to fantasy football.

Over the years we have learned that defensive players can be graded incorrectly by “real-life” grading formats for fantasy football purposes. This will no longer be the case with the PAPS grade formula. As it is solely based on the actual data in production versus the opportunity for that production.

This IDP fantasy football grading formula has been in development over the last few years and used in many IDP related articles. But now after it has been put to the test and proven to be as viable as possible we are happy to officially launch it at this time.

This original formula for grading the defensive players is based on a simple but effective format. This includes the actual production data as well as the opportunity received to produce that data. With all this information being essential in determining the IDP player grades for fantasy football. Keep in mind that the PAPS is only geared towards the game and not the real NFL. However, it can reflect closely to other real-life grading systems.

In short, an NFL player can grade well in terms of real-life performance on the field. But in many cases, it does not translate into what we need to know for fantasy football. A player can “look” good or bad in real life, but it is the actual IDP production we need to pay attention to.

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2018 Edge Rusher OLB/DE IDP PAPS Grades

General Notes:

Edge Rusher Grading

When reading the IDP PAPs grades in general with the Outside Linebacker and Defensive End the PAPS grade is the prominent feature. And the second would be the WOPS. Which when sorted by snap count percentage comes into play. The WOPS can split the hairs with who did more with less opportunities. Indicating at times that a player is earning the PAPS grade the hard way. Or should we say they are players that can be seen as trending upward.

Grade Ranges:

The following grade ranges are based off the overall performance of the 2018 qualifiers. And to qualify they must have played at least 30% of snaps allowed on defense. A special note, always consider the players snap count versus the PAPS grade. The WOPS can help here. But knowing that a player earned a high grade with iron man amount of snaps does matter.

Elite: 91+

Strong: 87 – 90

Serviceable: 82 – 8

Other: 0 – 81


Remember that the PAPS grade is a fantasy production based formula. Not a “real-life” performance in the NFL. They are completely two different entities.


Player – Player

Team – The main team they spent the season with.

DS% – Defensive Snap Count Percentage from allowed.

PAPS – Playmaking Abilities Per Snap that they played. Hence, the production versus time spent on the field. WOPS – The Weighted Opportunity Per Snap.Hence, PAPS weighted against snap count opportunities. Note: 50.00 is the best possible WOPS score.

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