2024 IDP NFC South Draft Guide

by Jamie Perog
2024 IDP NFC South Draft Guide

Welcome to the 2024 IDP NFC South Draft Guide, your ultimate playbook for turning tackles into triumphs. Whether you're an IDP fantasy football newbie or a seasoned pro, this guide will have you navigating the NFC South like an expert, scavenging your way to steal a legendary roster. Explore and discover the defensive gems that will amplify your team's chances of victory this season.

Brace yourself as we soar through the Falcons nest, prowl into the jungle with the Panthers, march through the heavens with the Saints, and sail the seas with the Buccaneers. We're here to help you draft like a champion, avoid any foul play, and watch your fantasy rosters pan out. Let's dive into this guide and unearth the hidden treasures of the NFC South defenses on our journey to conquer the competition!

2024 IDP NFC South Draft Guide

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Atlanta Falcons

What can Jessie Bates and AJ Terrell bring to the Falcons' secondary?

In 2023, Jessie Bates had an impressive season. Through Week 17, he finished as the 11th overall IDP player and the second-ranked defensive back. He spent the majority of last season in a cover-6 coverage scheme, recording 132 tackles (89 solo), six interceptions, and three forced fumbles. Expect him to continue his dominance as one of the best defensive backs this season, making big plays with interceptions, tackles, and pass defenses.

Target Bates in drafts as a top 5 defensive back for an every-week starter who will consistently produce strong numbers.

AJ Terrell is a cornerback for the Falcons. With depth at cornerback being a concern for their defense, he is expected to play every snap. He is versatile enough to excel in press-man or zone coverage, and he's notably one of the best corners in the league when playing man coverage. Consider drafting Terrell only if your league includes a cornerback position, and target him right outside the top 12 as a CB2 option.

Should linebackers Kaden Ellis or Troy Andersen worth targeting as potential sleepers?

Kaden Elliss had 122 tackles last season, which was second on the team. He's a full-time player who plays every down, participating in 100% of snaps, and is capable of delivering high-impact performances with several sacks. His role is expected to remain unchanged this season, and he can be considered a strong IDP option as a third linebacker who will give some big spike weeks.

Troy Andersen, a second-round pick in 2022, played only two games before suffering a torn pec last season. He is expected to be fully recovered and ready to go for the upcoming season. Anderson should be considered a great depth piece as a fourth linebacker on fantasy rosters.

Carolina Panthers

Which Panthers' tacklers offer the best value in fantasy drafts this season?

Derrick Brown is ranked in the top five among defensive tackles, placing him as the 40th defensive lineman overall. He has emerged as one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL, recording 103 combined tackles last season. If your league requires starting a defensive tackle, consider drafting him early to gain a positional advantage.

Last season, Josey Jewell had a down year with 108 tackles and three sacks, but has been a consistent tackle machine in previous seasons. He finished last season as LB47 after missing 2 games earlier in the year. He's typically drafted around the 40th linebacker spot, but in formats where tackle scoring is more valuable, he would be a strong choice as an LB3 at his current Average Draft Position.

Shaq Thompson is returning after playing only two games last season due to injury. He has consistently been a solid option when healthy and is expected to lead the Panthers linebackers this year. Take advantage of his injury history and draft him at a value, as he is currently underrated in Average Draft Position.

Jadeveon Clowney, now 32 years old with 10 years of experience, has joined another team after his time with the Ravens last season, where he accumulated 9.5 sacks. This year, he has the opportunity to excel as a pass rusher with Brian Burns leaving the team. While he may not consistently produce fantasy points, he's being drafted late enough to provide value in certain weeks for fantasy teams.

Are the Panthers' safeties Jordan Fuller or Xavier Woods worth rostering?

Jordan Fuller is slated to start at safety and has prior experience playing under defensive coordinator Evero. He is expected to be a reliable option for IDP leagues, offering depth on benches for handling injuries and bye weeks. With his familiarity under Evero, he's set to thrive in the team's defensive schemes.

Xavier Woods had a solid season last year, where he excelled as the fourth-best safety in pass coverage. His ability to restrict yards per target consistently makes him a key player in deflecting passes, while also averaging about five tackles per game. Consider drafting him as your 4th defensive back as a depth player to fill in starting rosters as needed.

New Orlean Saints

Can the linebacker duo Demario Davis and Pete Werner be valuable for our fantasy rosters?

Demario Davis finished as the 21st linebacker in 2023 but is currently being drafted outside the top 30. He's known for his strengths in run defense, tackling ability, and versatility in pass coverage. Davis is expected to consistently rack up tackles and has demonstrated the ability to contribute with sacks as well. He'll be a reliable option at linebacker in IDP leagues that can enhance any fantasy roster at his value.

Pete Werner's last season was a letdown, even though he upped his tackle count from the year before. He's a dependable starter on the field but struggles with limited tackle opportunities. With just a few more tackles per game, he could crack the top 40 linebackers. Yet, fantasy players might hesitate to draft him at his current Average Draft Position, doubting if his stats will make the cut.

Which Saints' defensive linemen are worth targeting in fantasy drafts, and who should be approached with caution?

Carl Granderson was in the top 10 for defensive linemen last season but is now ranked closer to DL20 in expert consensus rankings. This makes him a great value pick in fantasy drafts! He posted career highs of 73 tackles and 8.5 sacks last season. Expect similar numbers, showcasing his potential impact on the field.

Chase Young signed a one-year prove-it deal and is expected to play a key role. Despite being drafted 2nd overall in the 2020 NFL draft, Young has often fallen short of expectations. He occasionally gets sacks and pressures on the quarterback but isn't known for high tackle numbers. If you're willing to take a chance on a potential breakout year, consider drafting him around the DL60 range in fantasy drafts.

Cameron Jordan, who ranked around DL50 last year, did not meet his usual standards, likely due to being over the age cliff. Considering this decline, he may not be worth drafting unless in deep leagues where he falls outside the top 70 defensive linemen.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Is there value in drafting Tampa Bay linebackers Lavonte David and Chris Braswell?

Lavonte David has consistently performed at this level throughout his career, yet he is often overlooked when discussing elite players. Having established himself as a top 12 linebacker in current drafts, Lavonte David wrapped up 2023 ranked as LB12. Stepping out of Devin White's shadow and securing a well-deserved payday this off-season, make sure to target him and reap the rewards in your drafts.

Chris Braswell, a talented second-round pick, brings impactful edge rushing skills to his team. He has the potential to effectively replace Shaquil Barrett and serve as a key rotational piece. With Barrett and Devin White's departures creating opportunities, Braswell could prove himself worthy of earning additional snaps as the season progresses. Keep an eye on him late in drafts as a flier outside the top 70 linebackers, or consider him as a potential waiver pickup during the season.

What should fantasy managers expect from the Bucs safety position?

Antoine Winfield was a standout in 2023 and is expected to be the top safety chosen in IDP leagues without a doubt. He contributes significantly in tackles, sacks, interceptions, forced fumbles, and pass breakups. Winfield Jr. plays a crucial role in both run defense and coverage, making him a solid choice as the number one overall defensive back. Look for Winfield Jr. to be a consistent producer for fantasy rosters and a top 15 overall IDP player in drafts who can end up putting up top 5 overall numbers.

The return of Jordan Whitehead, who previously played for the Bucs and won a Super Bowl with them in 2020, brings leadership to the locker room. He'll be a steady option after a career year in tackles last season with 97. Consider him as a bench piece for your fantasy football roster, targeting him around DB40 in drafts to provide occasional double-digit point weeks.

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