IDP Wednesday: 2009 IDP Fantasy Football Recap

Justin CurryContributor IFebruary 12, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 27: Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers eyes quarterback Drew Stanton #5 of the Detroit Lions before a play during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on December 27, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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By: Justin Curry (Feb. 10, 2010)

Well, another fantasy football season is in the books. Hopefully you were able to take the advice from this site and others and win yourself a championship.

I was in three leagues this year and made it to the playoffs in all of them, but I found myself coming up just short as I lost in the championship game in two of them (thank you Mr. Curtis Lofton and Peyton Manning).

Though I'm still a little bitter, overall, it was a great year. This post is intended to recap the season from an IDP perspective so nothing will be forgotten when draft time starts back up in August.

I've run the numbers for you on all the IDPers from this season by category (DL, LB, DB) and compiled a list of what each averaged each game for the entire year, Weeks One through Five, Weeks Six through 11, and Weeks 12 through 16. I've also included one of my favorite sections—IDP Opportunity —to show which teams had the most and fewest opportunities to pad their stats this year.

Using My Preferred IDP Scoring System


Best DLs (Average Per Game Played)

After running the numbers, it was no surprise to see Antwan Odom with the best overall average this year. Anyone that watched him play this season saw just how truly dominant he was before his season ended. With that said, I believe expectations should be downgraded a bit on him to repeat his dominance in 2010 when healthy.

Other interesting items: Though Jared Allen ended No. 2 overall, Will Smith was actually the only one that ranked in the top 15 DLs for all three subsections when you break down averages over the three trimesters of the entire season. Definitely keep this in mind next year when looking for someone who consistently performs over the course of the entire year.

1Antwan Odom
2Jared Allen
3Justin Tuck
4Andre Carter
5Terrell Suggs
6Will Smith
7Trent Cole
8Aaron Schobel
9Julius Peppers
10David Bowens
11C.J. Ah You
12Ray Edwards
13Darnell Dockett
14Robert Mathis
15Marcus Stroud
16Kyle Williams
17Mario Williams
18Chris Kelsay
19Calais Campbell
20Louis Leonard

Best LBs (Average Per Game Played)

No surprise here—Patrick Willis ended as the No. 1 overall LB of the 2009 season. He is simply a man amongst boys at this point and will be for the foreseeable future. Other interesting points: Don't forget the power of the weakside linebacker position in Carolina. Whoever started there seemed to produce very well alongside Jon Beason.

When looking at the three subsections, Willis was the only top 15 performer in all three. Thomas Davis, Paul Posluszny, Jon Beason, Brian Cushing, London Fletcher, Ray Lewis, and D.J. Williams were in the top 15 for two of them and should all be considered upper echelon guys in 2010.

Also, I will preach this just like I have all year: YOU WANT JUSTIN DURANT on your squad in 2010!

1Patrick Willis
2Thomas Davis
3Paul Posluszny
4Jon Beason
5D'Qwell Jackson
6Brian Cushing
7London Fletcher
8Ray Lewis
9Curtis Lofton
10D.J. Williams
11Kirk Morrison
12Barrett Ruud
13James Laurinaitis
14David Harris
15Michael Boley
16Justin Durant
17Keith Bulluck
18David Hawthorne
19Lance Briggs
20Jonathan Vilma

Best DBs (Average Per Game Played)

After looking at the numbers on DBs, a lot of unexpected names (if you don't truly follow IDP) came up to the top of the list this year. This is a great lesson on where you can really do damage in your draft next year. Whoever starts at SS for Oakland and Buffalo in 2010 should be high on your list to draft.

Other takeaways: Bernard Pollard is simply a beast. I don't see that fact being any different in 2010. Also, hopefully you were able to jump on the Bryan Scott train this year. Next year should be good for him as well.

Speaking of Scott, only he and Tyvon Branch found themselves in the top 15 every part of this year. Pollard (not really fair because he didn't have a home for a while until he went to Houston), Brian Dawkins, Charles Woodson, and Antoine Winfield found themselves in the top 15 for two of them. All of these guys should be on your radar in the 2010 draft as well.

Even though he's a CB (those that regularly read my blog know how much I try to stay away from them), I also really like Nick Harper in 2010.

1Bryan Scott
2Bernard Pollard
3Kenny Phillips
4Tyvon Branch
5Brian Dawkins
6Charles Woodson
7Nick Harper
8Yeremiah Bell
9Dashon Goldson
10Oshiomogho Atogwe
11Tanard Jackson
12Antoine Winfield
13Roman Harper
14Jordan Babineaux
15Erik Coleman
16Jacob Lacey
17Tracy Porter
18Eric Weddle
19Antoine Bethea
20Mike Brown

Seasonal Breakdown

Weeks One through Five (Top 15)

1Jared AllenThomas DavisTroy Polamalu
2Trent ColePatrick WillisBryan Scott
3Antwan OdomCurtis LoftonKenny Phillips
4Julius PeppersStephen CooperDanieal Manning
5Marcus StroudLondon FletcherAntoine Bethea
6Justin TuckD'Qwell JacksonEric Weddle
7Robert MathisJames HarrisonBrian Dawkins
8Terrell SuggsKirk MorrisonTyvon Branch
9Jimmy WilkersonMike PetersonDonte Whitner
10Andre CarterRay LewisCharles Woodson
11Adewale OgunleyeDavid HarrisRoman Harper
12Kroy BiermannElvis DumervilChris Harris
13Will SmithStephen TullochAntoine Winfield
14Aaron SchobelD.J. WilliamsChris Hope
15Greg EllisJustin DurantDerek Cox

Weeks Six through 10 (Top 15)

1David BowensBrian CushingLeon Hall
2Andre CarterDavid HawthorneTanard Jackson
3Greg WhitePaul PoslusznyErik Coleman
4Ray EdwardsThomas DavisBryan Scott
5Robaire SmithClint SessionReed Doughty
6Jared AllenPatrick WillisRoman Harper
7Chris KelsayNick BarnettDashon Goldson
8Kevin WilliamsKeith BulluckDanieal Manning
9Brett KeiselJulian PetersonBernard Pollard
10Robert MathisCalvin PaceKo Simpson
11Julius PeppersJustin DurantTyvon Branch
12Anthony HargroveLawrence TimmonsTracy Porter
13Jonathan BabineauxRay LewisC.C. Brown
14Will SmithJon BeasonCary Williams
15Marques DouglasD.J. WilliamsJairus Byrd

Weeks 11 through 16 (Top 15)

1Justin TuckJon BeasonBernard Pollard
2Aaron SchobelPatrick WillisAntoine Winfield
3Sedrick EllisLondon FletcherBryan Scott
4Will SmithPaul PoslusznyTyvon Branch
5Trent ColeHunter HillenmeyerLaRon Landry
6Kyle WilliamsJames LaurinaitisBrian Dawkins
7Anthony AdamsJonathan VilmaCharles Woodson
8Darnell DockettLaMarr WoodleyJordan Babineaux
9Mario WilliamsBrian CushingYeremiah Bell
10Derrick HarveyGeno HayesNick Harper
11Tony BrownMichael BoleyBrent Grimes
12Daniel MuirDemorrio WilliamsMalcolm Jenkins
13Mathias KiwanukaGary BrackettTracy Porter
14Trevor ScottBarrett RuudAdrian Wilson
15Shaun EllisClint SessionMike Brown

IDP Opportunity

When looking at the total number of defensive plays for each team, the numbers found were as interesting as I thought they would be earlier in the year. For the 2009 season, the Buffalo Bills' defensive starters played 1,086 plays. The Minnesota Vikings only played 940.

If you do the math, that's a 146-play difference, meaning the Buffalo starters had about two games more worth of opportunities to pad their stats than Minnesota players.

This is one of the reasons I've always preached that, when all other factors are equal, go for the player on the team that is worse or teams with high-potent offenses that score quickly as the tiebreaker.

Greatest Number of Total Defensive Plays in 2009

1Buffalo Bills1,086
2Indianapolis Colts1,084
3Cleveland Browns1,072
4Kansas City Chiefs1,062
5Seattle Seahawks1,050
6New Orleans Saints1,044
7Tampa Bay Buccaneers1,039
8Arizona Cardinals1,038
9Tennessee Titans1,038
10Philadelphia Eagles1,037

Fewest Number of Defensive Plays in 2009

1Minnesota Vikings940
2New England Patriots941
3Green Bay Packers948
4New York Giants953
5New York Jets953
6Pittsburgh Steelers967
7Miami Dolphins968
8Houston Texans974
9Carolina Panthers976
10Dallas Cowboys979

Well, that's it for this week. Make sure to check back every now and again, as I will post when big news regarding the IDP world happens (NFL draft, 2010 Fantasy Football drafts are about to begin, etc.).

Thanks for reading.

Justin Curry

Remember, you can always go to Numbers and for the latest IDP Fantasy Football insight.


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