There is a growing trend to incorporate individual defensive players (IDP) in fantasy football league setups, with linebackers, defensive linemen, and defensive backs being part of the draft pool, much in the same way that offensive players have been available for lo these many seasons of fantasy football competition. In some schemes, these IDPs have supplemented the Team Defenses and Special Teams (DST) roster slot, while in others the defensive players supplant the entire team defense roster position. Since IDP tend to collect fantasy points from the same categories as the team defense, this makes sense to avoid duplication of point production.

Every fantasy football league this writer has ever set up has an IDP component, and this...