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.
Consistency Margin Of Error
2020’s Fantasy Football Top Dynasty IDP Targets: #13
Tampa Bay Buccaneer Linebacker Devin White
Position: MILB/WILB – Height/Weight: 6-0, 237lb – Age As Of Jan. 1 2020: 21
Salary / Contract
Note* White (knee) was out weeks three thru five.
20 Yd Shuttle
As a gridiron two-way player at North Webster High in Springhill, Devin White was outstanding with a four-star rating and was named to the Baton Rouge Advocate’s Super Dozen recruit list in 2015 as a senior. While playing at running back for the offense, he recorded a whopping 5,031 yards with an astonishing 81 touchdowns. And while playing linebacker on the defense, he tallied 192 tackles, securing his stature at the high school level that many could only dream of.
But his transition to college did not go without unwanted drama and personal problems. White and a high school teammate were arrested for a misdemeanor and were accused of having sex with a minor in 2015. Then soon after that again was charged with another misdemeanor. This time it was for the reckless operation of a vehicle while fleeing and eluding. The bone-headed moves not only got him dismissed from the Under Armour All-American game but affected his recruitment process. As many college organizations rightfully marked him off of their eligible prospect lists because of character concerns.
Devin Wite’s Redemption
The Louisiana native did manage to keep his talents in-state and joined football powerhouse LSU. And went on as a true freshman to suit up for all twelve contests and posted 30 combined tackles with three of them for a loss in 2016. Earning his spot on the SEC All-Freshman squad without another bone-headed incident damaging his reputation, again, in the process.
White proceeded to break out for the Tigers and stood out nationally as a sophomore. Leading all the SEC with 133 combined tackles, fourteen tackles for loss, 5 sacks in 2017. He earned a permanent team captaincy along with a first-team all-conference and second-team USA Today All-American honors as the team’s MVP award winner.
White’s junior year was just another step towards a pro career as he earned a 2018 first-team All-SEC pick and Associated Press All-American honor. And topped it off with the Butkus Award as the top linebacker in the country. He has the team-leading defensive player with 123 combined tackles, twelve for a loss, three sacks, with six pass breakups and added three forced fumbles. Securing his redemption from the juvenile mistakes that could have very well derailed his life.
Devin White was selected by the Buccaneers as the fifth overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft, securing his legacy as an LSU Tiger. By being the highest defensive player ever drafted into the NFL in school’s history since the Arizona Cardinals selected Pro-Bowler Patrick Peterson in 2011. And Tampa Bay put their high profile right to work in the starting defensive unit alongside long-time veteran Lavonte David.
White showed poise and atheism with his instincts on full display his rookie season. Using his 4.4 speed and above average size for that speed to work by recording 91 combined tackles and multiple additional playmaking type plays. Instantly making his mark with the team in thirteen contests with just 73% of the snaps available for the season due to a knee injury early in the season. He was second on the team in combined tackles behind Pro-Bowler Lavonte David, who ended the season recording 122 combined tackles in all sixteen games. While establishing himself in 2019, White received a couple of awards for the NFL’s Rookie Of The Month and was also named to the NFL’s All-Rookie Team.
Fantasy Football Dynasty IDP Targets Summary
This one is simple, and we need to add off the top that White is arguably lower in these dynasty IDP targets rankings over some other 2019 rookies that might be of the same draft class. But my personal preferences of the defensive scheme, the other rookie’s situations, designated positions ranked, and Lavonte David still present has him slotted in where he is at 13th.
Fantasy Football owners that acquired White last year were rewarded nicely. And other than the knee injury he suffered keeping him out for three weeks, he showed moderate consistency for most of the contest he played in as a rookie IDP play. Was he an LB1 for owners every week, no. But in contests he may not have of had the core tackle stats for scoring he did manage to record some sort of playmaking type stat. And playing directly next to a high caliber player like Lavaonte David that is impressive to this IDP writer. I don’t think we could have wanted or expected more than he gave us in those terms.
White, on average, recorded seven tackles in some form each contest he played as a rookie. Additionally, he added an average of 1.88 game-changing type playmaking play per contest. While it was erratically done, it showed us we should be excited about his potential going forward.
It is this Writer’s Opinion
It is this writer’s opinion, that with Lavonte David still under contract through 2020, we will see the same type of production out of White as we did this past season and hopefully for all sixteen games. Keeping him in the borderline LB1 conversation any given week and in our lineups with a secure LB2 designation. Of course, that is pending the league’s format, but in general, it will secure him as a valuable asset. We’ll also note a similar scenario for David owners here for the 2020 season. Because White will likely affect David’s production even more next season as he grows as a pro and develops his craft.
This fantasy football “take” is pretty cut and dry in terms of being easy to make the call. White is young and still a few years away from his prime physical age of around 26. And whenever David is out of the picture with the Bucs, he instantly will be that upper-tier LB1 we want in our lineups every week. He showed he had the pedigree coming out of high school and then in college, and now has shown it in the NFL naturally.
I have to admit this and will also go as far as suggesting it to anyone reading this fantasy football article. If you’re an owner that is looking for a real long term option for a dynasty league, White should probably be one of your top three to pick from among the dynasty IDP targets we are ranking here. And it isn’t out of the question to make him your number one target overall with that in mind.
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