Having 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 rather also allows you to select those beasts that play on defense, congratulations and felicitations are due you. 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 just attempt to score, but also to prevent those aforementioned offensive types from driving down the field and slipping 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 should make an effort to understand and adopt to garner the maximal value of your IDP personnel.

First, as with any fantasy league you are involved in, you simply must...