Welcome to The NFL Defensive Schemes Article For 2020 Fantasy Football on Gridiron Ratings. And why would fantasy football owners playing with individual defensive players want access to the NFL defensive schemes? Well, some deeper formats it’s handy, it’ll help in trade evaluation, and simply be another tool in the owner’s IDP arsenal. So let’s get to it and list a few examples of why and go on to provide this general information for the win!


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Examples For Accessing NFL Defensive Schemes

  • An owner has made a trade offer to you and it includes defensive ends in it. Well, it’s a proven fact that a 4-3 defensive end is normally more IDP productive than a 3-4 defensive end.
  • Another trade scenario that some owners might not realize. Someone sends you an offer with a weel know outside linebacker for a lesser-known inside linebacker. Sometimes that “name” is nice and shiny but pending the leagues scoring format, the lesser-known holds more IDP value.
  • A Drafting situation could matter as well in knowing what players to target based on defensive schemes. And again pending the scoring format most sites just list players in a general LB or Linebacker designation. The problem here again is knowing that an outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme may have a value that varies based on scoring formats.
  • If an owner is looking at the depth charts and looking at inside linebackers on the different squad to freely pick up or draft a player. Did you know that the middle linebacker in the 4-3 scheme is consistently more productive in most cases? And that the weakside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme spends a lot more time in coverage than the weakside linebacker in the 4-3 scheme? Which both these scenarios can project tackle production?
  • And last but not least of all, understanding defensive schemes, in general, can simply enhance the game when viewing an NFL contest? So it doesn’t just help understand why your favorite player you own is doing what he is doing during the program. But it also helps to understand why he isn’t producing or is producing IDP points as you celebrate. Or perhaps if you’re throwing the remote at the T.V. depending on your perspective at the time. 🙂

In General

In general, just knowing the NFL Defensive schemes that the teams are using is just another way to enjoy the game. And that includes both fantasy football and the NFL. Because let’s face it, not all people playing fantasy football has played the game. Or if they have, not everyone played on the defense. And commonly we all understand a runningback mainly runs the ball and wide receiver mainly catch the ball.

But why in the world is there a player on defense that’s is so deep on the filled? Or how come you watched a guy bump a tight end but he didn’t run with him in coverage? All of these things can help by simply knowing what the team’s defensive scheme is. And it certainly translates playing IDP in fantasy football to the point that owners can keep the edge over their opponents in a league.

Let me end it this way as a IDP author. When I took the time to access this type of information when playing IDP, it basically took my game to another level. And it certainly set me on the path I’m on today in this fantasy football industry.

NFL Defensive Schemes

There are a couple of special notes when addressing the NFL defensive schemes for all 32 teams. One is that there are a handful of teams that have a known base defense they use. But depending on the matchup situations they can switch schemes often to get the personnel on defense in the best position. At least according to how they feel about doing so works to their advantage at the time. And what do we mean by “Base Defense”? Simply put, it is the main defensive scheme they’ve chosen to use the most and have structured the personal by.

There is one exception to what we’ve just said about base defensive scheming. And that is the New England Patriots won’t name a base scheme and can trot out either scheme or form of either at any given time. It’s how head coach Bill Belichick has done things for years. And it is just another added reason that the Patriots don’t normally offer as many IDP players worth owning in fantasy football as most of the other teams. But that would take a dedicated article in it’self to explain more, so we’ll leave it at that.

There are also multiple teams using multiple fronts at times in any given contest. But they do mainly stick to their base defense the majority of the time. Using multi-fronts is done a lot for packages or stunting the defense for whatever reason they have at the time. And often are applied to match up personnel as best they can to a particular opposing team’s offense’s formation. The NFL team’s known to do this on occasion are the Patriots (of course), Jets, Giants, Cowboys, Lions, Cardinals, and Buccaneers.

In Conclusion…

So in conclusion, there are a couple of things we will and won’t do to simplify everything. One will be that we’ll only concentrate and list the teams based defensive scheme. Because for our fantasy football purposes overall, it doesn’t actually affect anything in terms of IDP production. And the other thing is we will give the Patriots their very own designation and wish owners well if they want to figure it out beyond what we’ve mentioned. If you would like to know more about Belichick and the Patriots NFL Defensive Schemes Philosophy, check out the recent article link I came across below the list of schemes.

The Two Main NFL Defensive Schemes

Deciphering Designated IDP With NFL Defensive Schemes

AFC 4-3
NFC 4-3
AFC 3-4
NFC 3-4
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“Bill Belichick and the Patriots are on the forefront of a shift in defensive philosophy”


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