2024 IDP NFC North Draft Guide

by Jamie Perog
2024 IDP Football NFC North Breakdown

Welcome to the realm of fantasy football: the 2024 IDP NFC North Draft Guide. Packed full of Lions, Vikings, and Bears, oh my! Let's take a dive into the players you want to draft in this division full of talent to dominate your fantasy league.

Imagine a magical gridiron where you decide to draft that Vikings pass rusher who sacks quarterbacks like he's pillaging villages! How about the Bears defensive backs snatching balls out the air like a grizzly bear catching fish for dinner? Or perhaps the Lion who roars through offensive lines like he's on a safari. Come explore which Packers IDP players are packing a punch for your IDP rosters.

At the end of this journey, we will all be better equipped with the knowledge and insights needed for our fantasy rosters, ensuring a more competitive and enjoyable season.

2024 IDP NFC North Draft Guide

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Minnesota Vikings

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Will Dallas Turner or Jonathan Greenard make an impact?

The Vikings' newly drafted rookie, Dallas Turner, could show strong early performances that greatly benefit Brian Flores' blitz-heavy defense. Despite blitzing about 50% of the time in 2023, the Vikings had a below-average pressure rate because edge rushers didn't consistently win one-on-one matchups. If Turner can win those matchups, the pass rush could significantly improve the defense in 2024.

Another new addition, Jonathan Greenard, brings a veteran presence to the Vikings' defensive line. He was credited with 54 wins on 241 plays, achieving a pass rush win rate of 22.4%, which ranked sixth among edge defenders. Greenard also ranked fifth in the NFL for his average time to pressure opposing quarterbacks, clocking in at 2.56 seconds.

Turner and Greenard both can be used as linebackers or defensive linemen on our fantasy team, giving us more options to build our lineup and optimize our draft strategy. Their versatility helps us manage injuries and bye weeks, ensuring we stay competitive throughout the season.

What can we expect from Harrison Smith, Camryn Bynum and John Metellus?

Harrison Smith, at the age of 35, has lost a step from his prime but has remained productive. Cine's lack of development leaves the Vikings heavily reliant on the aging star. I'm still expecting consistent top end numbers from the veteran.

Camryn Bynum played a lot of deep safety, alternating with Harrison Smith as the team’s primary free safety. Bynum also played significant snaps all around the field, both as the box safety and slot corner. He'll put up consistent double-digit games, making him a must start weekly in 2024.

Josh Metellus ended up playing at every defensive position last year. He was all over the field, lining up from defensive end to safety, and from outside linebacker to slot cornerback. With 94% of defensive snaps played, he accumulated a ton of fantasy points, and the best part is he has eligibility as both a defensive back and linebacker.

Detroit Lions

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Is Jack Campbell or Alex Anzalone a better value in 2024?

Jack Campbell, a second-year linebacker, has shown promising growth since entering the league as a first-round pick in a position where first-rounders are increasingly rare. While his first year in the league had its ups and downs, if he can make a significant improvement, he could move into the LB2 range for our rosters.

Last season, Alex Anzalone averaged 10.75 IDP fantasy points per game, which made him a fringe top-24 linebacker in IDP formats. He reached career highs in tackles, solo tackles, and sacks, playing a crucial role in Detroit's defense, which significantly improved its run defense. We can expect a similar performance this season, with Anzalone remaining a decent LB2-3 option.

With both linebackers being drafted in a similar area, you can either take the upside of Campbell over Anzalone or wait until one of them goes off the board and target the latter value.

Could Aidan Hutchinson become the top overall defensive lineman in the 2024 season?

Aidan Hutchinson has become a standout Pro Bowl edge rusher. Known for his intense focus and determination to improve, he is considered one of the league's most athletic linemen. His skill, speed, and intensity make him a powerful force on defense, always aiming to achieve more in his career.

In his second year, Aidan Hutchinson had 11.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and 51 combined tackles. He ended the season as the DL2-5, depending on the scoring settings. With increased support from his fellow Lions' edge rushers this year, Hutchinson could easily reach 16 sacks or more.

The Lions are excited about what DE Marcus Davenport could bring opposite Hutchinson. While Davenport might not contribute significantly to our fantasy lineups, he can help Hutchinson earn more points for our fantasy teams and become the No. 1 overall defensive lineman.

Chicago Bears

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Is Jaquan Brisker and Kevin Byard the best safety duo in the league?

With Jaquan Brisker and Kevin Byard both ranked in the top 15 defensive backs, this duo could certainly be considered one of the elite pairs in the NFL. Their talents make them a strong defensive pair that stands out in the league.

Chicago will be able to stack the box and play a variety of coverages. Both Brisker and Byard will have an immediate impact for fantasy teams. Byard's veteran experience let's Chicago use Brisker in the box to stop runs or blitz from the edge.

Will the Bears linebackers dominate the field this season?

T.J. Edwards is an every-down linebacker who puts up monster numbers. In his first year with Chicago last season, Edwards had 155 combined tackles, with 91 solo and 64 assisted, along with 8 hits on the QB. He should be considered a top 10 linebacker this season for our fantasy teams.

Tremaine Edmunds has been a consistent producer throughout his career, recording between 100 and 120 tackles in each of his six years in the league. 2023 was also his first year in Chicago, where he played an every-down role. Edmunds will be a player I'll be targeting as a low-end LB2 on fantasy rosters.

Green Bay Packers

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How will Javon Bullard and Xavier McKinney impact the defense?

With the 58th pick, the team selected safety Javon Bullard to pair with newly signed veteran safety Xavier McKinney. Bullard's versatility allows him to play both safety and in the slot. His skills suggest he could be a starter on Day 1, enhancing the team's defense immediately.

Xavier McKinney is set to significantly impact Green Bay's defense. As a veteran safety, his experience and skills will bring leadership and stability to the secondary. McKinney's ability to read offenses and make crucial plays will enhance the team's pass defense. Additionally, his presence will help mentor younger players like Javon Bullard.

Is Quay Walker or Edgerrin Cooper their top linebacker?

Quay Walker will wear the green dot for the Green Bay Packers, marking him the defensive play-caller on the field. In his first two seasons with the team, Walker made over 100 tackles each year, proving himself as the team's top off-ball linebacker. This season, he will adjust to a new 4-3 defensive scheme under first-year defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley, testing his versatility and leadership.

The Packers newly acquired rookie, Edgerrin Cooper has the skills to be a versatile player and will improve Green Bay's defense. He can penetrate gaps, pressure from the edge, cover in space and blitz from the second level. I’d bet on him winning Defensive Rookie of the Year and quickly becoming one of Green Bay’s top defensive players.


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