Rookie IDP Success/Hit Rate Tracker For 2013 Thru 2020
January 1, 2020 Comments Off on Rookie IDP Success/Hit Rate Tracker For 2013 Thru 2020 2020 IDP Cornerstone Content, Article Gary Van Dyke

A Seven-Year Researched And Tracking Of The Rookie IDP Success Rate In The NFL. Based On End Of The Year Statistics For Fantasy Football Owners.

IDP term defined: Individual defensive player in fantasy football.

Rookie IDP Success Fantasy Football Relevancy

These are the rookie IDP’s to reach the top sixty-four in combined tackles according to the end of the year statistics. This is an all-position and all-player available rankings. Tiers may vary comparably in some fantasy football leagues. But the following tiers are the floor we’ll be using based on “standard” size leagues of ten to fourteen teams. As well as assuming there is a minimum of six to eight IDP’s per starting lineup.

Rookie IDP Success/Hit Rate Tiers 

One = Ranked 1 – 16  

Two = Ranked 17 – 32

Three = Ranked 33 – 48

Four = Ranked 49 – 64

The players are grouped by these designated NFL squads.

DL: Defensive Lineman (Includes defensive ends and tackles)

LB: Linebackers (Includes inside and outside linebackers)

DB: Defensive Backs (Includes safeties and cornerbacks < if any)

Last Seven Seasons Rookie IDP Success

Rookie IDP Success

2013 IDP’s Drafted: 51 DL – 25 LB – 52 DB (128 Total)


One: WLB Kiko Alonso ranked 3rd

Two: WLB Alec Ogletree ranked 25th

Three: SS Jonathan Cyprian ranked 40th

Four: N/A

Rookie IDP Success/Hit Total: 4 out of 128 (3.12%)

Rookie IDP Success

2014 IDP’s Drafted: 42 DL – 34 LB – 53 DB (129 Total)


One: ILB C.J. Mosley ranked 7th

TWO: W/MLB Preston Brown ranked 23rd – ILB Chris Borland ranked 27th

Three: WLB Telvin Smith ranked 33rd

Four: SS Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix ranked 51st

Rookie IDP Succes/Hit Total: 5 out of 129 (3.8%)

Rookie IDP Success

2015 IDP’s Drafted: 43 DL – 36 LB – 46 DB (125 Total)


One: N/A

Two: MLB Stephone Anthony ranked 20th (tied) – SS Landon Collins ranked 20th (tied)

Three: MLB Kwon Alexander ranked 44th – MLB Eric Kendricks ranked 45th

Four: N/A

Rookie IDP Success/Hit Total: 4 out of 125 (3.2%)

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 29: Deion Jones #45 of the Atlanta Falcons enters the field prior to the start of the game against the Tennessee Titans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

2016 IDP’s Drafted: 42 DL – 34 LB – 51 DB (127 Total)


One: N/A

Two: MLB Deion Jones ranked 25th – SS Keanu Neal ranked 26th

Three: N/A

Four: CB Daryl Worley ranked 51st – SS Vonn Bell ranked 53rd

Rookie IDP Success/Hit Total: 4 out of 127 (3.1%)

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 15:  Jarrad Davis #40 of the Detroit Lions defends during a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 15, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

2017 IDP’s Drafted:  42 DL – 32 LB – 56 DB (130 Total)


One: N/A

Two: MLB Jarrard Davis ranked 28th – I/OLB Zach Cunningham ranked 38th

Three: N/A

Four: SS Jamal Adams ranked 61st

Rookie IDP Success/Hit Total: 3 out of 130 (3.9%)

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - NOVEMBER 10: Darius Leonard #53 of the Indianapolis Colts reacts after a play against the Miami Dolphins in the third quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 10, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

2018 IDP’s Drafted:  43 DL – 39 LB – 47 DB (129 Total)


One: WLB Darius Leonard ranked 1st – M/WLB Leighton Vander Esch ranked 3rd – W/MILB Fred Warner ranked 12th – 

MLB Tremaine Edmunds ranked 13th (Tied) – W/MILB Roquan Smith ranked 13th (Tied)

Two: FS Jessie Bates ranked 23rd – SS Derwin James ranked 29th

Three: N/A

Four: W/MLB Foyesade Oluokun – SS Justin Reid

Rookie IDP Success/Hit Total: 9 out of 129 (6.97%)

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 06:  Devin Bush #55 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in action during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on October 6, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

2019 IDP’s Drafted:  47 DL – 31 LB – 51 DB (139 Total)


One: N/A

Two: MLB Devin Bush ranked 30th (tied)

Three: W/MLB Cole Holcomb ranked 38th (tied) – FS/SS Taylor Rapp ranked 43rd – W/MLB Dre Greenlaw ranked 48th

Four: M/WLB Devin White ranked 49th – WLB Mack Wilson ranked 59th

Rookie IDP Success/Hit Total: 6 out of 139 (4.3%)

Special note about the 2019 class.

It is to the best of our knowledge that three of the six in this class only became starters due to veteran season-ending injuries.

John Johnson > Taylor Rapp

Kwon Alexander > Dre Greenlaw

Christain Kirksey > Mack Wilson

Rookie IDP Success/Hit Rate For Last Seven Seasons

Total IDP Drafted: 907

Total Rookies Reaching Tier 1 – 4: 35

Seven-Year Total Rookie IDP Success/Hit Rate:


My Assessment: Don’t depend on the rookies in assisting you to win in his first season, no matter what the hype!

Personal Note: This is why I don’t like ranking rookies in my upper tiers when ranking IDP’s early. This is also why we should never depend on a rookie for our starting lineups. There are just too many variables at the pro-level of the NFL.

You may find that I support or hype a rookie from time to time. Please don’t ever take that as more than me promoting at a “rookie level.” They are great “sleepers” or “fliers” and as long as we approach it this way we will not be disappointed. But elated when they do succeed. This is why I personally target second through fourth-year players. And I’ll pay the price after they show us something worth owning.

And there is nothing better or safer to me personally than a veteran who has displayed his talents for at least a couple of seasons. Being consistent does matter in IDP, period.

Thank you for joining me in breaking down the Rookie IDP Success/Hit Rates.

Gary VanDyke

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