Different IDP Scoring Settings – Customization Is The Standard


IDP is growing at a rapid pace and some are calling for a “standard scoring setup”. I am here to tell you this NOT necessary, and it actually takes some of the fun out of IDP.


The game we all love so much, IDP fantasy football, is growing increasingly popular. We created the IDP Invitational, a 96 team tournament of newcomers and IDP analysts that donates to charity and it has received rave reviews. Many in the industry have been calling for standardized scoring when playing IDP. I for one am not an advocate for this, I prefer to offer multiple IDP scoring settings. IDP has been around for many years, it did not just appear out of thin air. Now that it is more popular, many want to be the first to standardize scoring but I believe diverse scoring options should be encouraged.

 

Personally I love the ability to fully customize your scoring settings. When trying to urge more to play IDP, instead of driving a base scoring system down the throat of newcomers, why don’t we offer the vast array of different types of IDP scoring settings that are available. What makes IDP so interesting is the different varieties in which it can be played. All the way from tackle heavy simple scoring to adjustments making cornerbacks some of the top scorers. Lets take a look at the different types of scoring.

Basic IDP Scoring Setting AKA Tackle Heavy

  • Solo Tackle: 1 pts
  • Tackle Assist: .5 pt
  • Tackle For a Loss: 0.5 pt
  • Sack: 2 pts
  • Interception: 3 pts
  • Pass Defended: 1 pt
  • Forced Fumble: 1 pt
  • Fumble Recovery: 1 pt
  • Safety: 2 pts
  • Blocked Kick: 2 pts
  • Touchdown: 6 pts

This is a good format for people who are starting to get into IDP. Research does not have to get so deep here as you can see the difference between tackles and sacks/interceptions is not that far off. Using this scoring base, offense usually still rules the room as it scores much more than IDP does. It does not cater to the play-makers of the league as much, and with only one point per pass defended, virtually makes cornerbacks irrelevant unlike big play IDP scoring settings.

This is a setting where you can look at the top tacklers in the league and they will also likely be the top scorers in the league. Play-making leagues hold the players with stats outside of tackles in more esteem, this one makes guys like De’Vondre Campbell a tier one linebacker. In this scoring setting he was 21.5 points behind IDP high scorer Jordan Hicks. In this setting there is not as much research involved in drafting IDP though it is a good place to start.

Mayhem D-League IDP Scoring Setting

  • Solo Tackle: 2.2 pts
  • Tackle Assist: 1 pt
  • Tackle For a Loss: 0.5 pt 
  • Sack: 8 pts
  • Interception: 8 pts
  • Pass Defended: 4 pts
  • Forced Fumble: 2 pts
  • Fumble Recovery 1 pt
  • Safety: 5 pts
  • Blocked Kick: 5 pts
  • Turnover Return Yards: 50 yards per point
  • Touchdown: 6 PTS

This is without a doubt one of my favorite IDP scoring settings to use. My good friend @mrMayhem_IDP created this scoring format and it is what got me hooked on IDP. I am going into my 8th year playing it and have three championships to my name to go along with a 2nd place and a 3rd place finish as well. In this IDP scoring system, the IDP scoring is equal, and sometimes higher, than offense. Take a look below the top 10 scorers on offense and on defense and compare.

Credit Image and Scoring to Yahoo Fantasy Sports
Credit Image and Scoring to Yahoo Fantasy Sports

There were only three offensive players to outscore the leading IDP player in this setting. The one thing that Mayhem does is cater a lot to cornerbacks and defensive backs with the high scoring to interceptions and passes defended. Logan Ryan in 2019 was one of the best IDP players and in this scoring system he was the best. He was able to outscore the likes of Patrick Mahomes and Michael Thomas. The next three IDP players virtually matched Michael Thomas who was the best skill position player (outside of quarterback) not named Christian McCaffrey. After the top three offensive players you can see how equal offense and IDP are based off of total points scored.

The key to this setting is balance. Look at the top 10 lists for both offense and defense and it is easy to see how close in scoring offense and IDP are and it makes your draft strategy change from your tackle heavy scoring. Looking at those scoring totals for 2019, it is easy to see that this format is one of the best to get a balance between IDP and offense.

Lanny’s Covid-19 Start-Up Series IDP Scoring Setting

  • Solo Tackle: 1 pt
  • Tackle Assist: 1 pt
  • Tackle For a Loss: 2 pts
  • Sack: 6 pts
  • Interception: 6 pts
  • Pass Defended: 3 pts
  • Forced Fumble: 3 pts
  • Fumble Recovery: 3 pts
  • Safety: 6 pts
  • Blocked Kick: 6 pts
  • Turnover Return Yards: 1 pt per 10 yards
  • QB Hit: 1 pt
  • Touchdown: 6 PTS

My good friend @Lanny1925 (content manager for www.dynastyfootballdigest.com and IDPGUYS co-host) was one of the many that were affected by the Covid-19 virus. Since we did not have much going on, we created 10 plus start-ups with this scoring setting. Last year we played one league with this IDP scoring setting and had a blast in doing so. You can see here that there is yet a couple more additions to the scoring setup. Here is the addition of what is almost IDP PPR. For every turnover return yard you get .1 point or 1 point for every 10 return yards. That is comparable to every yard a wide receiver or running back gets on offense.

You also see the addition of quarterback hits into effect at 1 point per hit. This adds another level to defensive lineman and helps make defensive tackles more relevant, a position that is generally one of the least productive in fantasy football. These leagues have deep 53 man rosters so more cornerbacks and defensive tackles are chosen. Because of this, making them more relevant helps keep team balance across the league.

Eric’s Campus To Canton IDP Scoring Setting

  • Solo Tackle: 1.5 pts
  • Tackle Assist: 0.5 pt
  • Tackle For a Loss: NA
  • Sack: 4 pts
  • Interception: 4 pts
  • Passes Defended: 2.5 pts (3.5 pts for CB)
  • Forced Fumble: 2 pts
  • Fumble Recovery: 2 pts
  • Safety: 5 pts
  • Blocked Kick: 5 pts
  • Turnover Return Yards: NA
  • QB Hit: 0.5 pts (1.25 pts for DT)
  • Touchdown: 6 pts
  • Run Stuff: 2.5 pts
  • Hurries: 0.5 pts (1.25 pts for DT)

This scoring set up comes from my man @ejh1528IDP (current host of the Devy Grind and IDPGUYS writer) with his Campus to Canton leagues. If you are interested in these leagues get in contact with him, you draft both Devy and NFL rosters. He has great information on these leagues and is a terrific commissioner. But take a look at the scoring setup here, it adds even more levels to your IDP scoring.

In this IDP scoring setting you see the additions of run stuffs and hurries. To further customize the IDP scoring setting, Defensive Tackles get additional points for quarterback hits and hurries and cornerbacks receive extra points for passes defended. Some may call this defensive tackle premium or cornerback premium leagues, much like offense has tight end premium leagues. This is yet another one of the highly customized IDP scoring settings in which makes IDP so interesting.

The IDP Edge Pledge

IDP is looking to make a change to make scoring more relevant to position and to make players worth more. As of right now, when looking at drafting linebackers, you typically look for off-ball linebackers as opposed to outside linebackers. This reasoning is because their point scoring is far more consistent. This leaves guys Za’Darius Smith as LB3/4 even though in real life they had stellar seasons. When drafting defensive ends, you typically want to look for ends that play in a base 4-3 defense because they produce so much more than ends in a base 3-4. Calais Campbell is bound to have a down year because he is playing in a 3-4 defensive scheme this year.

What the edge pledge vows for is that outside linebackers and base 4-3 defensive ends be classified together as EDGE players. What this allows is for players considered edge defenders or edge rushers to hold equal value and not allow the outside linebackers be lost in the linebacker shuffle. It also classifies base 3-4 defensive ends and defensive tackles as IDL or interior defensive lineman. This allows 3-4 defensive ends to not get lost in the shuffle of the 4-3 defensive ends. My good friend @DHH_Oklahoimie wrote the edge pledge while with us, check it out here.

The IDP Invitational IDP Scoring Setting

  • Solo Tackle: 2 pts
  • Tackle Assist: 1 pt
  • Tackle For a Loss: 1 pt
  • Sack: 4 pts
  • Interception: 6 pts
  • Passes Defended: 2 pts
  • Forced Fumble: 3 pts
  • Fumble Recovery: 3 pts
  • Safety: 2 pts
  • Blocked Kick: 5 pts
  • Turnover Return Yards: .1 pt per yard ( 1 pt per 10 yards)
  • QB Hit: 1 pt
  • Touchdown: 6 pts

The IDP Invitational is a huge IDP tournament in which we have a mixture of both decorated IDP analysts as well as newcomers to IDP. The fact that we had so many newcomers join this tournament in this scoring setting against so many big names, leads me to believe that the intimidation-factor to playing IDP may be fading. All we need is the support of the community as we have done our best to get some of these newbies to play, while at the same time offering guidance. We formed draft position chat groups with the analysts and newcomers based on where you were drafting so while the draft was happening, you could ask for any help or direction you needed from people drafting in the same position.

Support like this, and the ability to adapt by analysts, is what separates IDP from regular fantasy football. This scoring setting is well balanced throughout the IDP positions with high scoring on big plays (interceptions, sacks, passes defended, forced fumbles and fumble recoveries) while using a tight end premium and PPR format for offense. This leads multiple outcomes to who could be the overall leading scorer. The intrigue and guidance for newcomers proves that people are willing to adapt to any scoring setting, with the right tools.

Future Tools From IDPGUYS

The biggest knock on having multiple scoring settings and not a single base standard is the ability to set rankings based on scoring. Well the future is coming and IDPGUYS has a new tool that is coming out. Some of our rankers, and highly respected IDP analysts, will be doing deep IDP player projections into this tool. When you access the tool it will allow you to input whichever of the IDP scoring settings you will be using. The tool will then calculate rankings based off of our rankers’ projections and the scoring setting selected. All of our rankings now are based off of what we project players to score, this is just a bit deeper on our part, listing the actual projections. This will in turn allow for our rankings to work for whatever IDP scoring setting you choose to use.

Conclusion

There is a leaning consensus in the community that a standard of scoring is necessary. I am here to tell you that it will take too much away from the game of IDP. IDP is so customizable that to sell it short on base scoring is blasphemy. We, as analysts, should be able to adjust our advice based off different leagues’ IDP scoring settings. IDPGUYS will soon have the tool that will allow for rankings for whatever scoring system you choose to use.

There are so many IDP scoring settings that we do not want to handcuff newcomers into a certain scoring, we want to give them options and these are some of the best options out there. We have your basic tackle heavy, your Mayhem big play scoring but equal to offense, and your more customized to make normal irrelevant players relevant, and deep rosters more competitive.


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