Congratulations, you have decided to begin enjoying the benefits of playing in a fantasy football league that does not limit your player selection to the usual quarterback/running back/wide receiver/tight end offensive positions, but also allows you to select those beasts that play on defense, too. Playing in a league with individual defensive players (IDP) will broaden your appreciation for the entire game being played on the gridiron, and will allow you to root for your players to not only try to score, but also to prevent those aforementioned offensive types from moving down the field and getting into the end zone. Ah, the thrill of two-way football. It is not all roses and unicorns over on the defensive side of the ball, however, and there are some key techniques that you want to understand and embrace that will allow you to maximize the value of your IDP personnel.

First, as with any fantasy league you are involved in, you must understand your league rules. This is an...