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: #17
Cleveland Browns Defensive End Myles Garrett
Position: DE/DL – Height/Weight: 6-4, 272lb – Age As Of Jan. 1 2020: 24
Salary / Contract
DE = Defensive End – ER = Edge Rusher
Note* Myles Garrett was suspended for fighting in a contest versus the Steelers in week eleven. So with just 51% of the snaps available played, we did not rank his ratings among the designated positions. This fact also affected his Gridiron Rating availability totals. Which did in turn, and by right, effected all of his ratings from the 2019 season.
We will also note that it is this writer’s judgment that he would have likely have ended the season ranked in designated positions among the top 15 of each, and possibly in the top 10 of either. This is purely a guess based on the trend we do see on paper in his prior production on the field.
20 Yd Shuttle
Myles Garret was named the Defensive Player of the Year in Dallas (Texas) as a senior in high school. And then took his talent to Texas A&M and earned a second-team ALL-Sec selection, as well as being named the consensus Freshman All-American in 2014. While catching the attention of the nation, he recorded 49 combined tackles, twelve for a loss, and eleven sacks in eleven contests.
He then continued his rampage his sophomore season as a finalist for the Lombardi and Hendricks award as one of the nation’s top defenders.
Recording an outstanding 59 combined tackles, 20 for a loss, and 12 sacks in thirteen contests. And helped secure his claim to fame in 2015 by adding one interception, two passes defended, and a whopping five forced fumbles.
Then as a junior, in 2016, while fighting a knee injury all season, Garrett still managed a first-team All-American honor and was an All-SEC selection. Finishing out his college career that year with 33 combined tackles, fifteen for a loss, and nine sacks in ten games on his way to becoming pro.
In 2017, as the first overall pick in the draft by the Browns, Garrett didn’t exactly get the chance to light the league on fire. Unfortunately, he suffered a high-ankle sprain right before the season opener that kept him from making his debut until week five. And then promptly afterward, just as he was reportedly nearing 100% from the ankle injury was placed in the league’s concussion protocol. Which then kept him from playing in the week eight contest. But Garrett did finish out his rookie season on a high note, showing the talent that made him the overall number one pick.
He did keep up that pace in 2018, and it was a notable season in terms of any second-year edge rusher. He played all sixteen contests with 86% of the available snaps. Which the snap counts are well above the average for defensive lineman across the league these days. Garrett went on ending the season ranked fifth among the edge rushers in sacks. And 21st among all defensive lineman in combined tackles. But the real notable stats were the recorded 29 quarterback hits combined with the twelve tackles for a loss. Showing as an edge rusher, he could indeed get into the backfield of the opposing team applying pressure.
In Garrett’s third season (2019), he was well on pace to match and possibly improve his numbers from 2018 in sacks and combined tackles. But then the helmet incident happened (idiot move) in the Steelers game ending his season by being suspended for the rest of the year.
Fantasy Football Dynasty IDP Targets Summary
Let’s face it head-on, Garrett made a stupid mistake and created unwanted drama as far as fantasy football owners are concerned. And he would likely be ranked higher among the edge rushers (defensive lineman) in these dynasty IDP targets if he hadn’t been an idiot. But he did, so we move on and hope that he has his head on straight now and can be depended on for entire seasons going forward. At this time, no indications are coming out that he’ll face anymore disciplinary action. And expectations are that there won’t be.
It is this Writer’s Opinion
It is this writer’s opinion that at only 24 years old, Garrett is going to be in this conversation of dynasty IDP targets for a while. He has the credentials and talent to back it up. And can be that anchor for our lineups we need for a long time at his designated positions. We shouldn’t hold his mistake against him as long as it ends here. And as a bonus, the opportunity may be that his IDP value took a hit. But it’s not likely going to be the case unless a fantasy football owner just doesn’t like him anymore. And I wouldn’t hesitate to expect even more out of him in 2020. Because the odds are he has one heck of a chip on his shoulder. And will be determined to show the world he is a pro-bowl caliber player in every aspect of the game.
A Possible Change
So what about a possible defensive scheme change in Cleveland? Once again, the Browns are cleaning house in the coaching staff. And those rumors of a possible scheme change are all over the place right now. And for some fantasy football owners, this will be a real concern. If the Browns do go to a 3-4 scheme over the current 4-3 scheme, he could become a designated outside linebacker. And that would not only take him out of the defensive lineman pool but would slot him in as a linebacker. And that wouldn’t be good for the owners that aren’t able to insert him as an edge rusher into their lineups.
Breaking that situation down from my point of view. Outside linebackers are rarely high-end linebackers for our IDP purposes. Unless the scoring format is “sack heavy” and favors them. So, he’ll lose his IDP value as soon as his designation changes in fantasy sites.
And if your league doesn’t use that designated edge rusher in the lineups, he’ll fall in IDP value fast. So, in that case, get him on the trade block as soon as word hits that they have switched. Because our best-case scenario is that he would remain a defensive end and edge rusher option in leagues for the next four to five seasons. So if he does change designated positions, all we have talked about in this “take” becomes one from the edge rusher point of view only.
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