Hopefully you’ve been reading my IDP (Individual Defensive Player) articles all season and know the landscape of which players are most valuable in this fun-filled scoring format. If this is your first time reading an IDP column, please refer back to my archive so you can follow along. This week I’m not going to be updating the lists of players you should have, but rather I’m going to talk about the upcoming fantasy playoffs (PLAYOFFS?!?!? PLAYOFFS???) and how best to manage them. Again, hopefully if you’ve been reading you will make your playoffs and the following info should be very useful to you.
The following lists will highlight the teams that allow the most points to defensive players by position, for instance through ten weeks, Arizona allows the most points to defensive linemen (mostly because they allow a ton of sacks). So, in other words, from top to bottom, these are the teams you want your IDPs to be playing against come playoff time. Most leagues have their playoffs from weeks 14 through 16 so I will highlight the team, the amount of points they give up to that position, and the three teams they’ll be playing in weeks 14-16 (14 will be first).
- Arizona, allow 20.17 ppg in a standard IDP scoring system, play SEA, DET, CHI (for example, you’d want a Seattle DL (Chris Clemons) playing for you in week 14, a Detroit DL (Ndomakong Suh) in week 15, and a Bear (Henry Melton/Julius Peppers) in week 16)
- Washington, 19.94 ppg, play BAL, CLE, PHL
- Green Bay, 18.78 ppg, play DET, CHI, TEN
- Houston, 18.39 ppg, play NE, IND, MIN
- Kansas City, 18.06 ppg, play CLE, OAK, IND
- Philadelphia, 17.61 ppg, play TB, CIN, WAS
- Carolina, 16.72 ppg, play ATL, SD, OAK
- Detroit, 16.56 ppg, play GB, ARZ, ATL
- Chicago, 16.44 ppg, play MIN, GB, ARZ
- Pittsburgh, 16.33 ppg, play SD, DAL, CIN
Summary: Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Oakland, Green Bay, Arizona, Atlanta, Minnesota, and San Diego all play two games against top-10 allowing teams. If you have to play a DL, then target one from one of those 12 teams.
- Kansas City, allow 25.89 ppg, play CLE, OAK, IND (for example, you’d want a Brown LB (D’Qwell Jackson) playing for you in week 14, an Oakland LB (Phillip Wheeler) in week 15, and a Colt (Pat Angerer) in week 16)
- Seattle, 25.80 ppg, play ARZ, BUF, SF
- San Diego, 24.67 ppg, play PIT, CAR, NYJ
- Philadelphia, 24.39 ppg, play TB, CIN, WAS
- San Francisco, 24.17 ppg, play MIA, NE, SEA
- Pittsburgh, 23.33 ppg, play SD, DAL, CIN
- New York Jets 23.28 ppg, play JAX, TEN, SD
- St. Louis, 22.89 ppg, play BUF, MIN, TB
- Chicago, 22.56 ppg, play MIN, GB, ARZ
- Minnesota, 22.50, play CHI, STL, HOU
Summary: Buffalo (Nick Barnett), Cincinnati (Vontaze Burfict), San Diego (Donald Butler), and Minnesota (Chad Greenway) all play two games against top-10 allowing teams.
- Indianapolis, 33.50 ppg, play TEN, HOU, KC (for example, you’d want a Titan DB (Jordan Babineaux/Alterraun Verner) playing for you in week 14, a Houston DB (Bernard Pollard) in week 15, and a Kansas City DB (Eric Berry) in week 16)
- New England, 32.00 ppg, play HOU, SF, JAX
- Kansas City, 30.89 ppg, play CLE, OAK, IND
- Detroit, 30.89 ppg, play GB, ARZ, ATL
- New Orleans, 30.28 ppg, play NYG, TB, DAL
- Denver, 29.89 ppg, play OAK, BAL, CLE
- Philadelphia, 29.61 ppg, play TB, CIN, WAS
- San Diego, 29.28 ppg, play PIT, CAR, NYJ
- Arizona, 29.17 ppg, play SEA, DET, CHI
- Buffalo, 28.83 ppg, play STL, SEA, MIA
Summary: Houston (Pollard, Johnathan Joseph), Cleveland (Joe Haden, T.J. Ward), Oakland (Tyvon Branch), Tampa Bay (Mark Barron), and Seattle (all four DBs are good) all play two games against top-10 allowing teams.