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: #23
Atlanta Falcons Linebacker Deion Jones
Position: W/MLB – Height/Weight: 6-1, 227lb – Age As Of Jan. 1 2020: 25
Salary / Contract
20 Yd Shuttle
Deion Jones took home The New Orleans Metro Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in high school. Then as an LSU Tiger wait in line for his opportunity to shine in college. Recording just one start in his first three years while other talented upperclassmen, who also had paid their dues, played ahead of him. Meanwhile, he played special teams and learned to hone in his craft as a linebacker at the NCAA level. And he did so very well. Because when given the starting inside linebacker job his senior season he flashed the talent he had shown as a younger player in high school. He became a team captain and earned the defensive MVP after leading the team with 100 tackles and 14 tackles for loss. As well as recorded an additional five sacks, two interceptions, and three passes defended.
The Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn personally selected Deion Jones in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft. And as the 52nd overall pick, the eight Linebacker off the board, there was a lot of criticism about the pick. The credits mainly claimed that Jones was undersized. They noted that the Falcons not only went too early on Jones but that there were better players on the board at the time. Some even including the Falcon’s fourth-round pick De’Vondre Campell in the same draft. But that tone quickly disappeared after the 2016 season got underway.
Jones shut down his pre-season credits by not only making plays but ending the season as the most productive combined tackle rookie of the season. While assuming the middle linebacker position, and as the captain of the defense, with little problem after a few games into the season.
In 2017 Jones picked up right where he left off from his rookie season. By flashing his talent, making play after play on the field for the Falcons. And again ended the season as the clear leader of the defense, and as a notable player in the NFL.
Unfortunately in 2018, Jones sustained a foot injury early in the season that cost him approximately ten games. And when he did return from the injured reserve list later in the season was not quite up to par.
That foot injury reportedly was a lingering issue entering the 2019 season. Which showed as he didn’t return completely to his 2016-2017 form. Finishing the season with less pass related stats that he had been known for earlier in his career.
Fantasy Football Dynasty IDP Targets Summary
Deion Jones needs to recover completely for fantasy football owners from his foot injury. We want him to be at the top of the top tier of options for IDP purposes. And at the age of 25, and with no current reports of complication, there is no reason he shouldn’t recover. And at least he did still manage to record significant stats in this past season, keeping him on the dynasty IDP target list.
The Atlanta Falcons just paid him handsomely before the 2019 season. While locking him up through the 2023 season. They also confirmed that head coach Dan Quinn will be returning in 2020, which keeps Jones connected to the coach who helped make him what he is in the NFL.
It is this writer’s opinion that Jones will recover and remain a dynasty league assist for years to come. And that the likely outcome this season is that he’ll at least record the same stats he did this past season. Fantasy Football owners will see drafts that he slips down the rankings. And to be honest, those same reasons are why he is coming in at number 23 here in these rankings.
We should not hesitate to draft him where we think we are getting a good value. And we shouldn’t shy away from making a “buy low” trade for him either. There might be a Jones owner that is down on him and willing to sell him cheap. I know personally when it time to draft or try to add talent to a roster this offseason, I’ll be looking at Jones. Because in the end, I do have faith his odds are good he will return to his 2017 form. And he will have plenty of seasons that he’ll be a top dynasty IDP producer again.
The Top 26 Dynasty IDP Targets
Thank you for joining me as we rank the top 26 under 26 fantasy football dynasty IDP targets for 2020.
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