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  • 2018 Regular Season Preview

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    The NFL Season is just around the corner! Here is a preview of things to look out for as we approach the 2018 Regular Season!

    As we all get ready for preseason kickoff, "Hard Knocks", fantasy drafts and the hall of fame inductions, it is a good time to preview the 2018 season. Here are some of the storylines (IDP and otherwise) I'm looking forward to this season. Let's dive into a few of them and lay out some more hot takes. Just a heads up I don't do offensive players so any takes on individuals will be all IDP related.

    The Rookies

    I'm definitely looking forward to seeing this year's defensive rookie class and see who wins DPOY. My money is on Tremaine Edmunds in Buffalo. He is in a great position to put up huge numbers in the MLB slot. That 4-3 defense that should be on the field a ton this year. (Editor's Note: Roquan Smith wins if he ever reports to camp!)

    Derwin James, Bradley Chubb, Roquan Smith and Rashaan Evans also have a pretty decent shot at DPOY. However, historically, the middle linebacker slot in the Bills defense has put up north of 100 combined tackles every season since 2001. Edmunds is far too talented to screw that up.

    Cleveland (Believeland)

    With all the moves the Browns made in the offseason, they HAVE to be better than 0-16. Tyrod Taylor, Carlos Hyde, Jarvis Landry along with their drafting of Nick Chubb and Baker Mayfield adds a ton of talent to their offense. With the return of a healthy Myles Garret on defense, Cleveland becomes a legit threat in the AFC North. I could see them winning six or more games this year and cannot wait for "Hard Knocks" to start to get a look at them.

    The Next Wagner

    I really think this year or next is the year Deion Jones takes over as the consensus No. 1 IDP LB. He has improved incrementally year to year as his knowledge base broadens. I think he definitely ends up in a dead sprint with Wagner this year and pulls ahead in 2019.

    CJ Mosley, Kwon Alexander, Christian Kirksey and Myles Jack are also guys 26 and younger that have room still to grow. With the monster numbers they put up year after year, I think they'll be in the conversation for the next "Wagner" or "Kuechly" as well. Really looking forward to seeing how all those guys do this season. I am especially excited about Myles Jack assuming he ends up the MLB for the Jags.

    San Francisco

    Will Jimmy Garoppolo and Jerrick McKinnon live up to the hype? IS Jimmy G the best looking QB in the league? Did he go out on a date with the star of "Big Butts 4"? Maybe, yes and definitely yes. Personally, I'm looking forward to Jaquiski Tartt more than any of the offensive shenanigans. He was well on his way to a monster season as the strong safety before a season-ending injury last year around week 9. I have a bunch of shares of Tartt and hope he can stay healthy so he can prove me right. Regardless, the 49ers should be a fun team to watch this year.

    Passing The DB Torch

    Reshad Jones has been incredible for several years now and is always in the discussion for best IDP safety. However, Jones is 30 years old and entering his 9th season in the NFL. On top of that, Miami drafted Mincah Fitzpatrick laying the groundwork for their next great safety as Jones starts to fade out. This year, I'm certainly interested in seeing if Landon Collins or Keanu Neal can dethrone Jones and take over as the consensus No. 1 safety for IDP. Also pumped to see where Derwin James lines up for the Chargers and what sort of impact he has his rookie year.

    The Vikings

    This team was one win away from the Super Bowl last year with Case "Freaking" Keenum at quarterback. They upgraded quite a bit in that department with the acquisition of Kirk Cousins in the offseason. Add in a healthy Dalvin Cook plus Diggs, Thielen and company and you've got a scary-talented offense. Minnesota's defense has been good for quite some time and didn't lose any super important parts either. This team is ridiculous on paper. I'm very much looking forward to watching them this year.

    The Fliers

    How will all of these under the radar guys or filers do this year? Between Avery Williamson, Josh Bynes, Jon Bostic, Antonio Morrison, Raekwon McMillan, Matt Milano, Anthony Hitchens and many others you have differing levels of IDP flyers this season. Some of them are cannot miss and some are hail marys. And that's just linebackers.

    Here at idpguys.org and on Twitter, our writers and analysts have been pumping out flyers for 2018 since last season. I am very interested to see how they all do. You can find most of mine in my articles 2018 Take Tracker Part 1 and Part 2. Gary has his laid out in his Narrative Dossiers. All can be found on this site.

    Having so many flyers on defense allows you to go a little deeper offensively and still feel safe that you can put together a solid IDP defense afterward. Our collective butts and reputations are on the line with these takes, so seeing how it all goes down is high on my list for things I'm interested in this year.

    The Bills

    Many people have already started measuring the Bills offense for their caskets before the first snap of preseason. With either a rookie QB, Nathan Peterman or AJ McCarron at the helm and looming trouble for LeSean McCoy in the form of accusations of abuse amongst other things (all not good), the Bills offense looks to be a dumpster fire even before the season starts.

    Last year that lack of offensive firepower allowed the Bills to produce the most individual IDP studs of any one team in the NFL. With this year's defensive snap forecast looking as good if not better than 2017, the sky is the limit for IDP production out of Buffalo this season. Cannot wait to see how Edmunds, Milano, Poyer, Hyde, White and others do in 2018.

    Differing Strategies

    If you're a regular listener to the IDP Guys podcast you would know that me and Nate ( @natecheat ) usually go about our IDP drafts one way while Gary ( @HBogart27 ) and Sean ( @Lanny1925 ) have a different strategy. Now while each draft is unique and you can never lock yourself into a single method ahead of time, I generally prefer to draft my specialist IDP positions first (DE, DT, CB) over linebackers and safeties because there are so many of them.

    You can usually find some pretty productive linebackers or safeties through waivers during the season. Whether it is via injury, suspension or act of God, you can usually find linebackers and safeties during the season. The league leaders in combined tackles last season were definitely not drafted or drafted high before the year started, but they ended up with their stats due to in-season circumstances. Besides the yearly heavy hitters (Wagner, Jones, Kuechly, etc), there are always fliers and guys that come out of nowhere that end up with great numbers throughout the season.

    Gary is a fan of going after linebacker first in most leagues simply because they are the biggest point scorers usually. It can be said that if you screw up your linebackers in IDP you have no shot at winning and I back that up 100%. So while IΒ play it a bit riskier and put off LB and S until later, Gary makes sure to land the big fish in both those positions and guarantees himself huge point totals from those slots. There are variations of these strategies but most of the IDP world is divided on which of these is best. I'll definitely be paying attention to my drafts this season and see how each strategy plays out.

    These are just a few of the many storylines I'll be following this season. Definitely let us know what you're looking forward to seeing this season on our Twitter page ( @idpguys ). Football is just around the corner, it's about damned time.

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    Johny The Greek

    Non-delusional Cowboys Fan. Been playing Fantasy since 2003, IDP since 2004 and watching football for 35 years. Being a firm believer in "you should know if the person you're taking advice from actually knows or wins anything" I'd like to present exhibit A: I have a diamond rating in Yahoo (976) with 29 plus titles in redraft/dynasty across Yahoo, Sleeper, Fantrax and MFL and an additional 57 plus 2nd/3rd place in redraft/dynasty, same platforms. I also play in and have won several all-IDP leagues. I started playing FanDuel with a free entry and have won almost a grand since. I've also won many leagues on the draft app (RIP Draft App, we miss you) and play the maximum number of free college fantasy leagues on Yahoo every year as well with 3 titles and 9 trophies in just two years of playing before Yahoo discontinued those leagues. My profile includes multiple titles in survivor and pick em leagues as well. I was a finalist in the 2021/22 IDP Guys Invitational and the best ball tournament. Also a MFL & Sleeper best ball & eliminator degenerate with many titles there as well. I just started playing All-22 this season and I would bet the mortgage I'll be good at that too. (Update, I did fine, 9-5 first season and made playoffs). What does all that mean? Nothing except when I do something I tend to overdo it. I have been at this for a long time though so I'll help you with your IDP roster and questions however I can whenever I can. I write a weekly streaming IDP corners article (Johny The Greek's Cornerbacks Corner) and whatever I feel like in the offseason. You can find me @OrangeMan3142 on Twitter. Feel free to reach out for any questions or just to talk some football. Check out my articles on Friday mornings all season long. And new this season and going forward stick around for "Johny The Greek's Free Real Estate" where I interview the best and brightest from FF Twitter, and by that I mean the interesting people who actually help you win and not the useless engagement farmers. I am not an "analyst" I'm just a crazy person/degenerate who has been doing this a long time, has been pretty good at it and is dialed in because I have to be to not sound like an idiot writing all these articles and doing all these shows. My style is straightforward & conversational, IDP isn't complicated and you're not trying to win an argument on Twitter you're trying to win your league. Come join me weekly in season for Johny the Greek's Cornerbacks Corner, where we look at the fine art that is streaming corners or finding ways to maximize your production from your CB slots each week. Also in season check out the IDP Pros Podcast on SGPN network. I hope you enjoyed the article. Let us praise our Messiah Babu Frik and give worship to Baby Yoda. Jimmy G would make a fine husband. Thanks for reading. -Johny the Greek-
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