Top 26 Dynasty IDP Targets Under 26 In 2020: #3

Top 26 Dynasty IDP Targets Under 26 In 2020: #3
February 9, 2020 2 Comments Article Gary Van Dyke

Welcome to the fantasy football’s Top 26 dynasty IDP targets under 26 in 2020. This series of articles is intended to help those fantasy football owners looking to revamp or start a dynasty roster. So why 26 under 26? Because our focus is on a group of fantasy football defensive players that are no older than 25. And have shown to be long term potential IDP assets at the highest level. The kind players we want to have on our rosters as they hit their prime years. And hopefully helping us earn a few titles as the seasons roll by.

Dynasty IDP Targets Ranking Ground Rules

Ranking fantasy football players can vary in opinions. So we will lay out the ground rules on how those IDP hairs were split between these players. Starting with the following things taken under consideration. And making this statement now.

No matter how, when. or why it’s an opinion.  And the same can be said on who the players are that are chosen to be in the rankings. 

So with that being said, my credentials in IDP knowledge runs around fifteen years now. And much of that time is not just spent on fantasy football data. It also includes researching and keeping up on the latest reports and news. And although “numbers” have to be used to rank. I find that those IDP hairs are so thin to split that normally I’d soon have any player within a difference of ten from any given rank.

The point here is we’ll list the considerations taken into these rankings. And my personal opinions are just that. Because all of the 26 and likely a few that didn’t make my list, boils down to my personal preferences.

Now on to our Top 26 Dynasty IDP Targets under 26 years old for 2020.


Considered

Player statistics

Team situation

Surrounding Talent

Player potential

Consistency Margin Of Error

Preferences


 

2020’s Fantasy Football Top Dynasty IDP Targets: #3

Dynasty IDP Targets

Washington Redskin Safety Landon Collins

Position: SS  –  Height/Weight: 6-0, 220lb  –  Age As Of Jan.1, 2020: 25 (Born: 1/10/94)

Salary / Contract

Overall

 79

Rank 3rd
Performance

79

Rank 4th
Opportunity

 92

Rank 2nd (tied)
Availability

 93*

Injured*
Solo

119

Rank 4th

Note* Collins (Achilles), did not play in week seventeen. As of the moment, there are no follow up details indicating and lingering problems.

Combine

40 Yard Dash
 
 4.53 SECONDS

Bench Press

 16 REP (Pro-Day)

Vertical Jump

35 INCHES
Broad Jump
 
120 INCHES
3 Cone Drill
 
7.38 SECONDS

20 Yd Shuttle

4.33 SECONDS

College Credentials

Landon Collins graduated from Dutchtown High School in Geismar, Louisiana as an acclaimed superstar in both football and track and filed. And as an All-American defensive back and two-way gridiron player, Collins notoriety in the state of Louisiana at the high school level was legendary. He was the first player in state history to earn 5A All-State honors on both sides of the ball, earning numerous awards by national outlets in the process. And Collins track and field accomplishments were just as impressive as one of the state’s top high school sprinters.

Regarded as the top safety prospect in the nation, Collins took his talents to the Univerity of Alabama. Whereas a true-freshman, he contributed as a backup safety and on the special team squads. Then as a sophomore, he was a backup safety again until injuries accrued, and he assumed a starting role. He ended the season second on the team with 70 combined tackles, two interceptions, and two fumble recoveries. He accomplished this despite only starting six games of the thirteen contests of the season. Then as a unanimous All-American in 2014, his junior year, Collins led the Crimson Tide with 98 tackles, three interceptions, and two fumble recoveries. He earned All-SEC honors that final year and helped Alabama win their way to the first-ever college playoffs and All-SEC honors.

NFL Recap

Trading up with the Titans, the New York Giants selected Landon Collins as the 33rd overall pick in the 2015 draft. And competing for playing time as a rookie, the Giants opted to switch Collins from his natural strong to the free safety position. Keeping veteran Brandon Meriweather at the strong safety and getting Collins on the field among their best personal. He wrapped up his rookie season with 112 combined tackles, nine passes defended, and an interception in 16 games, earning Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie honors. In 2016 through 2018, Collins had returned to his strong safety position after moving on from a retiring Brandon Meriweather. In those three years, he inserted himself as one of the most instinctive and hardest-hitting safeties in the league. And as a key figure on the defense averaged 108 combined tackles and earned Pro Bowl honors each of those seasons.

Collins did not go unscathed those three seasons as a result of his hard-hitting leadership with the defense. In 2017 he suffered a fractured forearm in week sixteen that required surgery. And in 2018, during week thirteen’s contest, Collins suffered a partially torn rotator cuff. He was placed on the injured reserves list after he announced he would have surgery to repair it the damage. And luckily as an unrestricted free agent that year, he fully recovered and was signed by the Redskins. Notably, it was under a hefty 84 million dollar contract with a huge amount of it fully guaranteed. He then became the veteran anchor of the Redskins struggling defensive squad, picking up where he had left off with the Giants. Collins was snubbed as a Pro-Bowl stater and named an alternate after recording 117 combined tackles and nine tackles for a loss in fifteen games.

Fantasy Football Dynasty IDP Targets Summary

Collins has been golden for IDP owners for quite some time now. And his consistency has inserted him into the realm that he should never be on our benches any given week. In general, he is matchup-proof no matter the opponent’s offensive game plan. And it’s the longevity of his consistency that ranks him third among the dynasty IDP targets.

Collins has a career average of 7.5 combined tackles per contest, with an outstanding 74% ratio of solo to assisted tackles made. And as a core base stat for scoring in IDP leagues, that is a major ratio over five years to maintain. Although it did dip in 2019, as a Redskin, that was likely due to having to support the cast around him more. And it is a fact that despite missing a handful of games due to injuries, he has led his teams in combined and solo tackles every season.

Over a five year career, he owns an average rank of 18th among all designated IDP positions in combined tackles, including linebackers. With a high of 12th and the low at 28th, in 2018, when he only played 12 games due to an injury. And in that time owns an average rank of 4th among the designated defensive backs each season. With a high of 2nd and the lowest again in 2018 of 10th. And let’s not forget the 74% solo to assisted tackle ratio that to a degree would separate him even more.

Comparable Defensive Back Dynasty IDP Targets

This writer was hard-pressed to find a more consistent defensive back or designated safety over the period Collins has achieved what he has. And the list of players that came close, at a glance, didn’t really come near matching his consistency overall. And only these players have had the opportunity in that time to be as comparable. In other words, in the league as long as Collins, and consistently ranked at his level. Among these players, the average is two seasons in a row.

  • Antoine Bethia
  • Reshad Jones
  • Jordan Poyer
  • Jonathan Cyprien
  • Eric Weddle
  • Shawn Williams
  • Harrison Smith
It is this Writer’s Opinion

It’s this writer’s opinion that with Collins just turning 26 on Jan 10th, he’ll maintain his IDP value for three to four more years. And as readers might have noticed, he just made the top 26 under 26 rankings as I set this list in late December. And luckily, he just made the cut, because afterward ex-Panthers head coach Ron Riveria was hired by the Redskins. The hiring only secured Collins’s situation as the top option in dynasty leagues at safety.

Riveria is known as a defensive-minded head coach and likely hired to right the ship that previous coaches seemed to ignore the most. And that is the Redskins defense, although attempts to fix the offense haven’t exactly gone well overall either. Riveria knows what he has in Collins and will lean on his talented leadership skills to carry the defense as he reboots the defensive scheme. And with as much revamping that needed, Collins’s opportunities will continue at a high rate.

The odds are the process will take at least a couple of seasons, and that works in favor of Collins IDP owners. And even if there is a stunningly quick turnaround, we are talking a defensive mined head coach with a player at the top of his game. And just now hit his prime years mentally and physically. Collins has seen it all, he can read and react to everything, and has proven to have the chops to make the plays consistently.

It is this Writer’s Opinion, Dynasty IDP Targets Conclusion

So barring any injury or unforeseen situation, Collins should be considered to be our first defensive back off the board. This does include dynasty and redraft formats for the foreseeable future. And based on his career, age, and situation, his odds remain high that any given season he’ll be a top-three producing defensive back.

His legacy of consistency also means that an IDP owner wouldn’t be crazy about reaching for him among the better linebackers in drafts. And we do mean among the stud linebackers normally taken in the first wave of IDP players in most drafts. His production so far is on average is better than 80% of the starting linebackers in the base tackle or balanced tackle formats. And at that level, the designated linebacker position is way deeper at a comparable level versus Collins’s strong safety position.

In other words, taking him first or second for your core roster isn’t as crazy as one might think. And then the other deeper positions can be supported in the later rounds from the bigger pools of players at their respected levels of production. As for this writer, he is always a top-five target in one form or another in any scoring format. That even includes sack-heavy formats, just to be able to secure an anchor for the designated defensive backs with a “set and forget” player.

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Gary VanDyke

“The IDP Tipster”

The IDP Tipster

Would you like directly have access to Gary VanDyke and his fantasy Football IDP “takes” or interact? You can find him here @TheIDPTipster via Twitter. His most active account. Or chat with us using our member’s chat on site. We look forward to hearing from you.

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