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: #7
Los Angeles Charger Defensive End Joey Bosa
Position: DE/Edge Rusher – Height/Weight: 6-5, 280lb – Age As Of Jan.1, 2020: 24
Salary / Contract
DL = Defensive Lineman – ER = Edge Rusher – Ranks(*) = Tied
Note* Among all of the league’s Defensive Lineman in the Gridiron Ratings, Joey Bosa was ranked 1st* overall at the designated Defensive End (DE) position.
And among his fellow Charger defensive lineman, he was 1st overall and 1st among the team’s designated defensive ends.
20 Yd Shuttle
Joey Bosa graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and as a four-star recruit ranked the fourth-best defensive end of his class. Bosa was also named to the USA Today High School All-American team in 2012 and went on to commit to playing as a Buckeye at the University of Ohio State.
Bosa was unanimously named a First Team All-American as a true-freshman after recording 42 combined tackle, fourteen for a loss and eight sacks in eleven contests. Only then to double down as a sophomore recording 55 combined tackles, 22 for a loss, fourteen sacks, adding four forced fumbles in fifteen games. Which included playing his way through the College Football Playoff National Championship, resulting in a National Title as the Big Ten Champions. And in the process, Bosa claimed First-Team Big Ten, Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors as a Consensus All-American. All recognitions leading to national notoriety as one of the best defensive players among the college ranks.
Coming off the “high” of the 2014 season, 2015 didn’t go as well. Including Bosa and fellow teammates being suspended the first game of the year for undisclosed reasons. The national title hangover continued for Bosa and the team as Ohio State lost numerous players to the NFL from the title team, reflecting their performances in 2015. Bosa did end the season with 51 combined tackles, with sixteen for a loss, but only had six sacks. He did still earn First-Team Big Ten and the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year honors as a Consensus All-American again. And securing his stature as one of the best pro prospects for the upcoming NFL draft.
Joey Bosa was the talk of the 2016 draft and had thirteen different NFL teams interviewing and fueling his draft stock. In the end, the Chargers acquired him as the 3rd overall selection in the first round, but his transition to becoming a Charger wasn’t exactly a smooth one. His rookie contract negotiations were just that, real negotiating to come to terms. But in the end, he did sign a contract offered by the Chargers making him the second-highest player of the draft and only under the Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.
Unfortunately, the timing of signing a contract in late August, as well as a lingering hamstring injury, hampered the start of his rookie season. But after getting things rolling in 2016, he did finish the season strong. He recorded a total of 41 combined tackles with eleven sacks in twelve contests. Which earned him NFC Rookie Defensive Player of the year and PFWA All-American honors for his efforts.
In 2017 he dominated in his second year as he did in his sophomore season of college. He made his statement in the league with 70 combined tackles, eleven for a loss, 21 quarterback hits, and thirteen sacks. While adding four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and a pass defended to earn an invite to the Pro-Bowl.
2018 wasn’t so great as an early foot injury sidelined him until week eleven and lingered for some time. In the following seven contests, including his first wild-card playoff game, he went for just 23 combined tackles and six sacks.
But again in 2019 returned to form earning another Pro-Bowl honor. Proving the Chargers were right in picking up his fifth-year option early, he finished the season with 67 combined, eighteen for a loss, twelve sacks and got to the quarterback with 31 hits.
Fantasy Football Dynasty IDP Targets Summary
Can anyone say “Obvious”? Which is what exactly some readers might be thinking. And as far as a general dynasty IDP targets for the future it is defiantly a no-brainer on Joey Bosa. But, ranking like this calls for going through the steps. And offering what info we can on who we can as the IDP industry grows. After all, more and more fantasy football owners are joining IDP leagues and these need to know players some might know about. Bosa, when healthy is a beast and just 24 years old, his prime physical years are just now about to hit. So knowledge as a veteran, his talented skill set, and now coming of age means he there is no argument if anyone ranked him higher than we did here.
It is this Writer’s Opinion
It’s this writer’s opinion that Joey Bosa is definitely the best talent among the Charger’s defensive line. The opposite defensive end, Melvin Ingram, isn’t that far off, but clearly isn’t at a “Bosa level” anymore and has surpassed his prime years at 30 years old at this time. And among the rest, there isn’t any real comparison. And among all the defensive ends and edge rushers he can arguably be the best in the league. One might even say he is the best player on the entire Chargers defense, at least a proven one with a few seasons under his belt. A fact he has proven when healthy, over that last four seasons. And is reflected among his Gridiron Rating for 2019, especially his solo Rating. And his career tackles per game played we can see in his stats.
It is hard enough to find an edge player that gets a nice amount of sacks, but to also record base tackles is another. The state of the Chargers as a team and organization will likely help his cause for us as well. And if he remains a Charger entering his prime he’ll have plenty of opportunities to prove he is the best physically talented player often. And even if he would decide to move on after 2020 or 2021, he’ll still be sitting amid his prime years and just as hungry to earn a ring. As I mentioned, obvious as it gets to this IDP writer, Bosa is a dynasty IDP target for a few more years.
Joey Bosa is one of the two pure defensive linemen in these rankings that would fit the bill as the perfect designated player at DL, DE, and edge rusher, for our lineups. Which can be seen in his Gridiron Rating ranks above or seen HERE, and you can make the call. That’s my opinion, thank you for letting me share it and this series of articles with you.
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