Individual Defensive Players Fantasy Football NFL Scoring for IDP


Custom league managers may choose to include Individual Defensive Players (IDP’s) in your custom league. By enabling IDP’s, your league can draft, trade and track live scoring for defensive linemen (DL), linebackers (LB) and defensive backs (DB). You can also choose to include a Flex IDP (DP) in your league’s starting roster slots.

Although there is no default IDP scoring, the NFL does offer standard scoring settings when IDPs are turned on in your league:


  • Tackle ( Default = 1 point)
  • Assisted Tackle ( Default = .5 points)
  • Sack ( Default = 2 points); Note: Half Sack will be recorded as half of a sack’s point value
  • Interception ( Default = 2 points)
  • Forced Fumble ( Default = 2 points)
  • Fumble Recovery ( Default = 2 points)
  • Touchdown (Interception Return) ( Default = 6 points)
  • Touchdown (Fumble Return) ( Default = 6 points)
  • Touchdown (Blocked Kick, Punt, or Missed FG Return) ( Default = 6 points)
  • Blocked Kick (Punt, FG or PAT) ( Default = 2 points)
  • Safety ( Default = 2 points)
  • Pass Defended ( Default = 1 points)


  • Interception Return Yards
  • Fumble Return Yards
  • Tackle For Loss Bonus
  • QB Hit
  • Sack Yards
  • 10+ Tackle Bonus
  • 2+ Sack Bonus
  • 3+ Passes Defended Bonus
  • 50+ Yard INT Return TD Bonus
  • 50+ Yard Fumble Return TD Bonus


  • Defensive Lineman (DL)
  • Linebacker (LB)
  • Defensive Back (DB)
  • IDP Flex (DL/LB/DB)

Filed Under: IDP Fantasy Football News

About the Author: Seems weird to think I started this wacky game in 2004. I love it, as I know all of you do too. My experience as an IDP guy starts as a waiver wire specialist. Anyone can tell you to start a Top 5 stud, but it's finding 1 or two "gems" off the waiver wire each year that makes the difference between winning your league and being in the middle of the pack. For instance, a long time ago before anyone new an SLB named James Anderson, I saw a perfect storm coming when they were about to play the Saints. I looked closely at the strategy and just knew the Saints were going to run at the strong side linebacker all day. I went all in on this unknown IDP Anderson and he rewarded us with a 13 solo tackle game from a relatively UNKNOWN waiver wire guy. He went on to be the top LB in every game from that day on throughout the season. I've managed to find that gem at one of the IDP positions every year before any other forecaster. I'm not sure how I have this knack. Maybe it's because I've played football since I was six and played both QB (reading defenses) and LB, reading offenses. It helps that my dad was a great coach for 36 years too. Most importantly, I love it and it's fun!
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