2020 Fantasy Football IDP Rankings: Hall of Fame expert says draft Cory Littleton, fade Kwon Alexander

Quickly rising in popularity are Fantasy football leagues with individual defensive players (IDP), in which owners can choose from defensive linemen, linebackers and defensive backs. It could be a more challenging format since there isn't a wealth of information and analytics available. Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner led the NFL in total tackles with 159 in 2019, but where does he fall in the 2020 Fantasy football IDP rankings?

When factoring in which defensive players to choose as part of an owner's 2020 Fantasy football draft prep, the league's scoring system is a major concern. Because IDP formats are different from league to league, solidifying your Fantasy football IDP picks is crucial. Before going on the clock in any IDP leagues, you need to see what SportsLine's Scott Engel has to say. His Fantasy football IDP rankings 2020 can help make sure you get maximum value out of your individual defensive player.

Engel is an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame and has been a premier analyst and Fantasy personality for nearly 25 years. He is a four-time FSWA Award Winner and nine-time nominee.

In addition to being the Fantasy writer for the official site of the Seattle Seahawks since 2012, Engel has appeared on ESPN.com, NFL.com, Yahoo Sports, the New York Post, USA Today, SI.com, Rotoballer and Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio and many other major sports news outlets. Engel also pulled off a three-peat in his highly-competitive New York City Fantasy football league in 2019 that features high-stakes players and top experts. 

Now, Engel has released his 2020 Fantasy football rankings for IDP leagues and revealed his top sleepers, breakouts and busts so you'll have an edge.

Top 2020 Fantasy football IDP picks

One player Engel is extremely high on in his Fantasy football IDP rankings 2020: Raiders linebacker Cory Littleton. The former Washington standout spent his first four seasons as a Los Angeles Ram, totaling 205 solo tackles and 110 assisted stops. He also improved each season, recording a career-best 134 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, and two interceptions in 2019. 

A sideline-to-sideline force, Littleton agreed to a three-year, $36 million contract with the Raiders during the offseason. He doesn't turn 27 until Nov. 18 and joins Nick Kwiatkoski in remaking the Las Vegas linebacking corps that has struggled in recent years. Littleton has six interceptions in the past three seasons, while all Raiders linebackers combined have five picks in the past six seasons. Littleton's youth and talent, coupled with his consistent playmaking ability, is why Engel ranks him as his No. 8 overall defensive player in his Fantasy football IDP rankings 2020.

And a massive shocker: 49ers linebacker Kwon Alexander, who's recorded 90 or more total tackles in three of his first five seasons, doesn't even crack the top 15. Alexander was an integral part of San Francisco's dynamic defense that ranked second in total defense last season. The 49ers gave up just 281.8 yards per game during the regular season a year ago, and they're expected to feature a formidable unit again in 2020. 

However, despite having racked up almost 300 tackles in his five-year career, Alexander has struggled to stay healthy over the past two seasons. In fact, Alexander has played in just 14 games since 2018. Engel doesn't trust Alexander to stay on the field and doesn't believe he's worth a major investment in IDP leagues. 

Where to find 2020 Fantasy football IDP rankings

Engel is also calling for a surprising linebacker you aren't even thinking about to finish in the top 10 of his 2020 IDP Fantasy football rankings. This pick could be the difference between winning big and going home with nothing. See who it is here

So which defensive players should you build your team around? And which overlooked linebacker do you need to jump on? Visit SportsLine now to find out which players should be the top targets in 2020 Fantasy football IDP leagues, all from an award-winning Fantasy football expert, and find out. 

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