First Round of Official Position Changes – Myfantasyleague.com

Full List of Initial Position Changes

Link: MFL Position Changes

Why Are Positions Changing? (The Basics)

These position changes are inevitable in most IDP setups. Every year owners do their best to predict some of these changes to maximize value and construct their roster with the balance or imbalance they prefer. This is especially important in dynasty leagues and keeper leagues where players carry over year after year, but it is also important to understand the concepts and possibilities before entering a redraft IDP league.

Position changes usually occur when teams change defensive schemes or players move to a team that runs a different scheme. Changes are also possible if teams decide to utilize players differently, recent examples include Vic Beasley moving from DE to LB and back to DE and Tavon Austin from WR to RB and back to WR.

This is the first round of changes that has taken place this year, but it definitely will not be the last. There is still some unknown regarding the exact scheme(s) some teams will utilize and how Rotoworld will set the depth charts.

The Rotoworld depth charts are utilized by MyFantasyLeague to set the final position designations. We are also still in the midst of free agency, have the NFL Draft upcoming and other possible transactions like trade.

MyFantasyLeague is one of the most popular platforms for heavily customized leagues and is very popular for dynasty leagues as well, if you are playing on a different platform it is possible that the changes will occur at another time or may be applied completely differently.

General Position Change Value Rules

Generally pass rushers cannot compete with off ball linebackers in terms of fantasy points scored. This devalues most EDGE players that are designated as linebackers.

In DT specific leagues, there’s generally a lack of quality options at the top of position. So when a player like Aaron Donald or Chris Jones gets a DT designation where they vastly outperform the rest of the position, it is usually a positive for their value.  If they move back to defensive end, the elite players remain valuable but do not provide the same huge disparity over the rest of their position group.

Good for Value

  • EDGE moving from LB to DE
  • DE getting DT designation (DT specific leagues)

Bad for Value

  • EDGE moving from DE to LB
  • DT getting DE designation (DT specific leagues)

Most Important Changes Listed

  1. KC : Chris Jones from DE to DT
  2. ARI: Chandler Jones from DE to LB
  3. TB : Gerald McCoy from DT to DE
  4. SF : Dee Ford from LB to DE
  5. CLE: Olivier Vernon from LB to DE
  6. MIA: Minkah Fitzpatrick from S to CB
  7. LAR: Dante Fowler from DE to LB
  8. SF : Solomon Thomas from DE to DT
  9. JAX: Taven Bryan from DE to DT
  10. DET: Romeo Okwara from LB to DE
  11. DAL: Tyrone Crawford from DT to DE
  12. ARI: Robert Nkemdiche from DT to DE
  13. CHI: Bilal Nichols from DE to DT
  14. NYG: Dalvin Tomlinson from DE to DT
  15. KC : Breeland Speaks from LB to DE
  16. TB : Noah Spence from DE to LB
  17. TEN: Cameron Wake from DE to LB
  18. DEN: Shelby  Harris from DE to DT
  19. SEA: Poona Ford from DE to DT
  20. NYJ: Tarell Basham from DE to LB

Buys/Targets/Waiver Wire Additions

  1. KC : Chris Jones from DE to DT
  2. SF : Dee Ford from LB to DE
  3. CLE: Olivier Vernon from LB to DE
  4. MIA: Minkah Fitzpatrick from S to CB
  5. SF : Solomon Thomas from DE to DT
  6. JAX: Taven Bryan from DE to DT
  7. DET: Romeo Okwara from LB to DE
  8. CHI: Bilal Nichols from DE to DT
  9. NYG: Dalvin Tomlinson from DE to DT
  10. KC : Breeland Speaks from LB to DE
  11. DEN: Shelby  Harris from DE to DT
  12. SEA: Poona Ford from DE to DT

Sells/Holds/Drops

  1. ARI: Chandler Jones from DE to LB
  2. TB : Gerald McCoy from DT to DE
  3. LAR: Dante Fowler from DE to LB
  4. DAL: Tyrone Crawford from DT to DE
  5. ARI: Robert Nkemdiche from DT to DE
  6. TB : Noah Spence from DE to LB
  7. TEN: Cameron Wake from DE to LB
  8. NYJ: Tarell Basham from DE to LB

Final Note

Again, please note these are general rules and the important thing is that you understand the changes and how they impact your roster relative to your specific league settings.  If your league uses an EDGE designation that groups DE and pass rushing LB, a lot of these changes mean very little.

If your league groups all defensive lineman together, some of the changes mean less. The changes here are specific to leagues run using the default MyFantasyLeague position designations, so make sure you understand how and if this impacts other platforms that you may be playing on.

So please do your research and understand the changes in context before making any big changes. If you need further help understanding how this impacts your team and players please reach out to me or anyone at IDPguys.

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