This article is part of our IDP Analysis series.
Welcome back to our weekly IDP article, which will run through the end of the NFL regular season. As always, the July and August articles will give advice for draft preparation while the in-season articles will help owners identify players with potential for elevated performances in their weekly matchups.
To kick off our preseason series, draft strategy is a great place to start. As always, this is an article that will try to help as many IDP players as possible, but with varying league sizes and rules, it's not always possible to serve everyone equally. It goes without saying that it's vital to be fully cognizant of your scoring system and roster requirements. If you're in a situation that these articles fail to address, feel free to post a question below or reach out to me on Twitter @jimcoventryNFL.
For those who are in the most common type of IDP league where each team drafts a defensive lineman, a linebacker, a defensive back and a flex, you may consider going with the streaming approach all season. In this case, you'll realize there are plenty of defensive linemen and defensive backs available at the end of drafts, and there's no need to reach for any of them. The one position you may choose to draft a bit earlier is linebacker because most owners will also use a linebacker as a flex, so potentially 24 of the top linebackers will be drafted. That could cause the pool of top backers to