This article is part of our IDP Analysis series.
This is the second of a three-article series running before August that will help IDP owners find outstanding values on draft day. Obviously, IDP drafts come in all shapes and sizes, so players ranked in the Rotowire season-long positional preseason rankings with standard scoring are featured. Then, the players who we have ranked well above their preseason ADP are listed as the best players to target in drafts. Obviously, if there are specific players whom you must have, like an Aaron Donald or Khalil Mack, you'll be using a premium pick to acquire them, but the purpose of this article will be to help you determine when you can focus on other positions, such as offense, before adding productive IDPs to your roster.
The great news is that if you don't want to pay up for the most-expensive linebackers on the board, you can wait to see when the top-end players are selected and still get an elite talent. Coming in at second in our rankings is Leighton Vander Esch, who is usually drafted after five linebackers have been selected. If you really want to have a dominant pair of linebackers, our third-ranked player is Lavonte David, who has an ADP after the top-12 LBs. Based on the value of these two players, you should be able to come away with one of them, but if you still need a top-end starter, Jaylon Smith is the eighth backer on our board, and he's typically selected