Top 26 Dynasty IDP Targets Under 26 In 2020: #3.0February 15, 2020 3 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.
Consistency Margin Of Error
2020’s Fantasy Football Top Dynasty IDP Targets: #3.0
Minnesota Viking Defensive End Danielle Hunter
Position: DE/Edge – Height/Weight: 6-5, 255lb – Age As Of Jan.1, 2020: 25
Salary / Contract
20 Yd Shuttle
School: LSU – Position: DL/DE
Astonishingly, nothing is standing out to mention or honors awarded to list from his college career. To be able to see just how plain, click HERE to see his combine take according to NFL.com. The only thing really relevant that is noted, he was a physical beast with upside. And his college stat chart below backs that up to a point, noting the four sacks in two seasons for a defensive end. Although the 73 combined tackles with thirteen for a loss in 2014 did show that beast upside mentioned.
Danielle Hunter was selected by the Vikings in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft as the 88th overall pick. In the first three seasons of his career, he was relegated to the strong side defensive end position. And played opposite of Everson Griffen, a known high motored veteran that’s been a mainstay for the Vikings for years.
Then in 2018, Griffen experienced personal issues that kept him from being able to join the Vikings organization in the offseason. It was at then Hunter assumed the premier blindside role and has thrived there ever since. And his 2019 Gridiron Ratings indicate this across the board with high marks in all categories as a dominate player opponents have to account for every game.
Fantasy Football Dynasty IDP Targets Summary
Hunter showed that high potential for IDP owners to acquire him for the future in 2016 when he stacked the sacks up from that less preferred strongside defensive end position. To only return in 2017 a just show above-average stats at that position, likely disappointing on what owners thought they had come that year. And that teaser effect likely created a roller coaster ride for owners, dropping him, picking up again, or losing the chance they had in hand at one point. But at the expense of Griffen owners, lucky for Hunter owners who held tight, waiver wire pick up, and may have drafted him, got paid in the stat box in 2018 and 2019.
Hunter’s stats speak for themselves, averaging 71 combined tackle, with 51.5 of those solos, and eighteen tackles for a loss since taking over the blindside edge rusher role. And the quarterback hits (pressure) shows he is in the opposing team’s backfield often in the process, setting himself up to make some extra game-changing plays from time to time. In general, he has been the best overall producing defensive end in the league.
It is this Writer’s Opinion
It’s this writer’s opinion this IDP writer made a rookie mistake back in December of 2018 when setting these rankings. A mistake that luckily was caught by some diligent readers and friends on Twitter. And noting now that the case might have been different here in how the layout of these rankings played out if I hadn’t made that mistake.
Questions started popping up asking what about Danielle Hunter, and my reply was he is already 26 years old and didn’t make the cut under the guidelines set for these top 26 under 26 dynasty IDP targets. And that’s when it was kindly pointed out to me I had made my mistake. I apparently read his age wrong, thinking it said he was 26 when he was actually 25 years old. So this is my recovery article to try and save face and give Hunter his dues.
So in the end, I decided the best way was to create a tie at third with the safety Landon Collins. And this thinking came from my personal approach of addressing these rankings from a balanced tackle format while referring to his 2019 Gridiron ratings. So, now I’ll try to attempt to get the rest of this right as I can as I reexamined the ranking situation.
Why Tied Third In The Dynasty IDP Targets Rankings
For time restraint purposes, due to my mistake, I’m going to try to sum this up by the process of elimination. We’re going to do that first by comparing positions from a tackle base scoring format. And referring to the 2019 IDP Bible, I suggest when ranking by position while looking for the best opportunity in core tackle stats. The article may appear with broken images, but the info is still legit and relevant to use. And just noting it broke the images while merging with Gridiron Ratings this winter in the transfer. And it’s something I hope to fix soon, but back to the topic at hand. This is my preferred order when revamping or drafting IDP for standard leagues with nearly balanced or tackle heavy-based scoring formats.
Please keep in mind that any discrepancies that may occur in doing this can likely be resolved by reading about each player at the end of this article. And remembering that ranking boils down to preferences in the end.
The IDP Bible Suggested Position Target Rankings
Base/Balanced Tackle Format
- Middle Linebacker (4-3)
- Weakside Linebacker (4-3) / Mike Inside Linebacker (3-4)
- Strong Safety (both) Starters! Fall back, Free Safety.
- Defensive Lineman/Edge Rushers (both) Consistent Starters! Look for 4-3 DE & DT and 3-4 DE. (I’ve included the edge rushers here today for this particular article’s purpose.)
- Repeat list: #’s 1, 2, and 3 for depth.
- Repeat list: #4 for depth
- Cornerbacks, if a designated position.
The revamped and most recently updated in 2019 IDP Bible, The New Testament, can be found HERE on Gridiron Ratings.
Order Reflected in Top Ten Ranked Dynasty IDP Targets
- Five qualified inside linebackers in the top ten with an overall average of a 99.9 2019 Gridiron Solo Tackle Rating.
- Two qualified safeties in the top ten with an overall average of a 134.5 2019 Gridiron Solo Tackle Rating.
- Four qualified edge rushers in the top ten with an overall average of a 72.5 2019 Gridiron Solo Tackle Rating.
- Three qualified defensive linemen in the top ten with an overall average of a 62.6 2019 Gridiron Solo Tackle Rating.
- One qualified outside linebacker in the top ten with an overall 41 2019 Gridiron Solo Tackle Rating.
Note: Numbers four and five are the edge rushers listed in number three.
At least for this writer, step one reflects why I tied Hunter (see his ratings below) third with Collins, a strong safety with a 119 solo rating. The Solo rate just separates the positions but noting the individual IDP value. And to clarify as well here, Martinez at 166 solo rating, and Lenard at 84, because he missed three contests, which is reflected in his final solo rating in the end.
Dynasty IDP Targets Gridiron Ratings
Among these players, the number speak for themselves.
In step two, we won’t hold Joey Bosa’s 2018 stats against him. And would refer to his article below for the body of work in production over his four-year career. As for Nick, he just got his feet wet at the pro level as a rookie. And because of that, it reflects why he was ranked tenth overall as a defensive end and edge rusher.
Dynasty IDP Targets Gridiron Ratings Compared
In the final step, the ratings will speak for themselves and help split the IDP hairs to its smallest margin. And keep in mind that the Opportunity and Availablity are neutral in this case. It is the Overall, Performance, and Solo ratings that were gauging. It’s not that the other two don’t have an impact on the ratings, but the three we want to look at have the highest IDP value impact in this step.
They were all healthy the whole season in terms of not missing any contest, hence their availability. And the opportunity is based on the player availability versus the snap counts each received for whatever reason. So the three we want, in this case, are the ratings they earned as a result of that opportunity given via their 2019 availability. And of course, you can find a description of each rating on any rating page via the main menu.
Final Leader Counts
Hunter: 5 – Watt: 3 – J. Bosa: 3 – N. Bosa: 0
It is this Writer’s Opinion
It’s this writer’s opinion, either I’ve confused readers or successfully broke down my odd IDP process, especially when it boils down to the nitty-gritty of ranking IDP players. Either way, this is how I ranked Danielle Hunter third and tied with Landon Collins among the top players. We used positional ranking, broke down stats, and looked at the Gridiron ratings, adding my opinion along the way.
As of right now, no matter the format, Hunter is the defensive end, or edge rusher ranked as the first defensive lineman off the board under 26 years of age. The argument could be made that Hunter is the best option at any age, and I’d agree.
In closing, like to remind everyone, these are early offseason rankings, and situations will change for some players, with events like free agency, injuries, and the draft over the next six months. So expect that some projected outcomes will waiver, and no players IDP value is ever set in stone.
Top 26 Dynasty IDP Targets To "Click On" And...
- Blake Martinez
- Darius Leonard
- Landon Collins –Tied– Danielle Hunter
- T.J. Watt
- Roquan Smith
- Zach Cunningham
- Joey Bosa
- Budda Baker
- Jaylon Smith
- Nick Bosa
- Jamal Adams
- Devin Bush
- Devin White
- Leighton Vander Esch
- Jayon Brown
- John Johnson
- Myles Garrett
- Derwin James
- Deforest Buckner
- Tremaine Edmunds
- Fred Warner
- Bradley Chubb
- Deion Jones
- Tracy Walker
- Shaq Thompson
- Kenny Clark
Thank you for joining me as we rank the top 26 under 26 fantasy football dynasty IDP targets for 2020.
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