IDPwithBEE WEEK 01 LB RANKINGS

Here’s a look at my early week 01 LB rankings

RANK PLAYER TEAM OPP
1 LUKE KUECHLY CAR TBB
2 KARLOS DANSBY CLE PIT
3 VONTAZE BURFICT CIN BAL
4 PATRICK WILLIS SF DAL
5 LAVONTE DAVID TBB CAR
6 PAUL POSLUSZNY JAC PHI
7 ALEC OGLETREE STL MIN
8 BOBBY WAGNER SEA GBP
9 JEROD MAYO NEP MIA
10 CHAD GREENWAY MIN STL
11 DERRICK JOHNSON KCC TEN
12 JAMES LAURINAITIS STL MIN
13 DEANDRE LEVY DET NYG
14 BRIAN CUSHING HOU WAS
15 MYCHAL KENDRICKS PHI JAC
16 JERRELL FREEMAN IND DEN
17 PAUL WORRILOW ATL NOS
18 DONALD BUTLER SDC ARI
19 PERRY RILEY WAS HOU
20 STEPHEN TULLOCH DET NYG
21 WESLEY WOODYARD TEN KCC
22 LAWRENCE TIMMONS PIT CLE
23 KEVIN MINTER (Q) ARI SDC
24 CURTIS LOFTON NOS ATL
25 DEMECO RYANS PHI JAC
26 CJ MOSLEY BAL CIN
27 VON MILLER DEN IND
28 BRAD JONES GBP SEA
29 JAMIE COLLINS NEP MIA
30 RYAN SHAZIER PIT CLE
31 DARYL SMITH BAL CIN
32 JUSTIN HOUSTON KCC TEN
33 BRUCE CARTER DAL SF
34 ZACH BROWN TEN KCC
35 LANCE BRIGGS CHI BUF
36 NICK ROACH OAK NYJ
37 MASON FOSTER TBB CAR
38 THOMAS DAVIS CAR TBB
39 D’QWELL JACKSON IND DEN
40 JADEVEON CLOWNEY HOU WAS
41 KJ WRIGHT SEA GBP
42 DEMARIO DAVIS NYJ OAK
43 AJ HAWK GBP SEA
44 KHALIL MACK OAK NYJ
45 BRANDON SPIKES BUF CHI
46 JACQUIAN WILLIAMS NYG DET
47 EMMANUEL LAMUR CIN BAL
48 DAVID HARRIS NYJ OAK
49 CLAY MATTHEWS GBP SEA
50 KOA MISI MIA NEP
51 KEENAN ROBINSON WAS HOU
52 LARRY FOOTE ARI SDC
53 TERRELL SUGGS BAL CIN
54 JON BEASON NYG DET
55 DANNELL ELLERBE MIA NEP
56 BROOKS REED HOU WAS
57 JOPLO BARTU ATL NOS
58 JUNIOR GALLETTE NOS ATL
59 CRAIG ROBERTSON CLE PIT
60 JON BOSTIC CHI BUF
61 AHMAD BROOKS SF DAL
62 BRIAN ORAKPO WAS HOU
63 NATE IRVING DEN IND
64 JASON WORILDS PIT CLE
65 SIO MOORE OAK NYJ
66 WHITNEY MERCIULUS HOU WAS
67 VINCENT REY CIN BAL
68 ANTHONY BARR MIN STL
69 PHILLIP WHEELER MIA NEP
70 RYAN KERRIGAN WAS HOU

IDPwithBEE WEEK 01 DL RANKINGS

It’s that time again folks, it’s FOOTBALL SEASON! Let’s get cranking with the week 1 rankings, i’ll update these again (if there’s any shuffling) by Wednesday if any injuries pop up.

RANK PLAYER TEAM OPP
1 JJ WATT HOU WAS
2 CHANDLER JONES NEP MIA
3 MUHAMMED WILKERSON NYJ OAK
4 ROBERT QUINN STL MIN
5 JASON PIERRE-PAUL NYG DET
6 ROB NINKOVICH NEP MIA
7 CALAIS CAMPBELL ARI SDC
8 SHELDON RICHARDSON NYJ OAK
9 GREG HARDY CAR TBB
10 KYLE WILLIAMS BUF CHI
11 EZEKIEL ANSAH DET NYG
12 CAMERON JORDAN NOS ATL
13 OLIVIER VERNON MIA NEP
14 EVERSON GRIFFEN MIN STL
15 JURRELL CASEY TEN KCC
16 CAMERON WAKE MIA NEP
17 JARED ALLEN CHI BUF
18 MICHAEL JOHNSON TBB CAR
19 CHARLES JOHNSON CAR TBB
20 CARLOS DUNLAP CIN BAL
21 JERRY HUGHES BUF CHI
22 JUSTIN TUCK OAK NYJ
23 MICHAEL BENNETT SEA GBP
24 LAMARR HOUSTON CHI BUF
25 DEMARCUS WARE DEN IND
26 GERALD MCCOY TBB CAR
27 MARIO WILLIAMS BUF CHI
28 COREY LIUGET SDC ARI
29 CAMERON HEYWARD PIT CLE
30 ADRIAN CLAYBORN TBB CAR
31 MARCELL DAREUS BUF CHI
32 NDAMUKONG SUH DET NYG
33 DAMONTRE MOORE NYG DET
34 AKIEM HICKS NOS ATL
35 LAMAAR WOODLEY OAK NYJ
36 BRIAN ROBISON MIN STL
37 ANDRE BRANCH JAC PHI
38 MARGUS HUNT CIN BAL
39 CLIFF AVRIL SEA GBP
40 AARON DONALD STL MIN
41 WALLACE GILBERRY CIN BAL
42 GENO ATKINS CIN BAL
43 CHRIS LONG STL MIN
44 GEORGE SELVIE DAL SF
45 SEN’DERRICK MARKS JAC PHI
46 MATHIAS KIWANUKA NYG DET
47 MIKE DANIELS GBP SEA
48 NICK FAIRLEY DET NYG
49 JASON HATCHER WAS HOU
50 DONTARI POE KCC TEN
51 DAMON HARRISON NYJ OAK
52 MALIK JACKSON DEN IND
53 DATONE JONES GBP SEA
54 SHARIFF FLOYD MIN STL
55 HENRY MELTON DAL SF

IDPwithBEE Who is Akiem Hicks?

Akiem Hicks

Akiem Hicks is entering his third season in the NFL, and after posting 56 tackles 4.5 QB sacks in his first full season as a starter, he’s primed for a breakout season.  Hicks is a monster, standing 6’5 and 340 pounds and absolutely bullies his way thru the opposing offensive lines.  He is stout against the run and pushes his way thru to get to the Quarterback, shows consistency and is underrated amongst the top Defensive Tackles in the league.  

Hicks is still developing because believe it or not he’s still a bit raw, he’s improving his technique but mainly gets off the line and thru the offensive linemen with his strength.  It will be a nightmare for opposing QB’s once Hicks harnesses his tremendous physical skills and talent, he continues to work hard as he also has his eyes set on making the Pro Bowl.  Akiem was rated 15th overall via Pro Football Focus (PFF).  He has the raw power and ability to make an impact on nearly every single play, and he makes life easier for Cameron Jordan and Juinor Galette.  Now, Hicks is about to become a household name in NFL and get some recognition in the IDP community.  

In the IDP community, you barely see Hicks name being mentioned or he’s being slept on and that’s ok.  Defensive Tackles are making their stride in IDP and there’s a handful of dominant ones that have cemented their name amongst the top and Hicks is about to be on that list.  I have Akiem ranked as my DL34 with solid upside right now, I’d be real confident drafting him as my 3rd DL with his DL2 ceiling.  As his first season as a starter, Hicks put up 56 tackles and 4.5 sacks, good chance Hicks improves on the 4.5 sacks and mirrors his tackles.  You could steal Hicks off waivers (if your league already drafted) or one you could draft towards the end of your draft and feel like you just won the lottery.  

IDPwithBEE MAN-CRUSH TEAM

It’s that time of year where I unveil my IDP Man-Crush Team; IDP’s I’ve targeted in drafts and whom I traded for this off-season.  A handful of these IDP’s are in for a breakout season, a couple of veterans just need their respect and rookies who’ll greatly give an immediate impact on your IDP squad.

ZIGGY ANSAH

DEFENSIVE ENDS: 

  • EVERSON GRIFFEN (VIKINGS):   Everson got paid now he’s going to show what he’s got, many thought his breakout was in 2012 when he had 8 sacks – his breakout is now, in 2014 and don’t get surprised if he flirts with 15 sacks – rising DL2.
  • EZEKIEL “ZIGGY” ANSAH (LIONS):   This super sophomore was turning it on as the season went on, he got comfortable and with the presence of Fairley and Suh, Ziggy should have no problem getting after the QB as he won’t face much attention (yet).   Ansah will be a top 10 DL and at times you’re drafting him as your DL2, perfect.  

DEFENSIVE TACKLE: 

  • KYLE WILLIAMS (BILLS):  Maybe his age scares a lot of drafters; especially dynasty folks, but don’t be that guy.  Other DT’s are far more attractive but Kyle can and should out produce majority of them.  In DT leagues he’s a legit DT1 and in DL league’s mark him down as a strong DL2 option.  

LINEBACKERS: 

  • ALEC OGLETREE (RAMS):  Ogletree had a superb rookie season and even mirrored Laurinaitis tackle for tackle but he has the edge because he was the playmaker.  I’m all in for Ogletree this year and beyond, I have no problem putting down Alec as my 5th ranked LB and call me crazy but I believe he out-produces his rookie year numbers.  
  • JAMIE COLLINS (PATRIOTS):  Collins was prime for a breakout after his playoff performance.  Collins seemed to be everywhere on the field and a standout on defense, he’s worked on his coverage skills in the off-season and will now become a 3-down LB in New England.  I mentioned he has a DeAndre Levy IDP profile; 100+ tackles and a handful of INT’s and PD’s are definitely in reach for Collins.  He cements his IDP value in 2014 and it’s only the beginning. 
  • KHALIL MACK (RAIDERS):  Yes, Mack is a rookie but he’s a beast attacking the ball carrier.  He’s going to immediately make an impact on the Raiders defense, he’s my #1 rookie IDP for good reasons.  He’s going to create turnovers and get after the QB and even give Peyton Manning in the AFCW fits.  I’ve targeted Mack in all rookie drafts in the 2nd round and confident starting him as my LB3 with a high ceiling.  
  • DONALD BUTLER (CHARGERS):  Butler is a solid 3-down LB but never gets the respect he deserves because he cannot stay healthy for a full-season.  Many bypass him on draft day because they don’t want to deal with his inconsistency of being injured and performance.  I don’t pay attention to that, Butler is a strong borderline LB1 option but more so a top tier LB2.  He’s been cheap in drafts and trades and I’ve been lucky to acquire him; he’s an every week starter without question. 

CORNERBACKS: 

  • DESMOND TRUFANT (FALCONS):  the future cover corner in the NFL, he definitely had an under the radar good rookie season last year.  I know the IDP community states to stream DB’s as their week in week out scores fluctuate but with Trufant I’ve been an avid buyer, he’s not elite (yet) but he’ll definitely flirt with CB1 numbers and have a strong DB2 season.  
  • JASON MCCOURTY (TITANS):  after having a stellar 2012 season where he had 100+ tackles, he fell off the radar.  With Horton calling the shots now you can expect McCourty to lock it back up into CB1 territory.  Underrated tackler and has a knack for the ball, you can get McCourty cheap on the trade market or late in the draft.  He’s an every week starter for me this season  

SAFETIES:  

  • HARRISON SMITH (VIKINGS):  battled an injury riddled 2013 season but looked like his old-self down the stretch, when he came back.  Smith makes a case to end up being the #1 ranked DB at season’s end; he’s the backbone of this secondary and puts up elite numbers.  He’s definitely worth being the 3rd or 4th DB/S taken off the board. 
  • JONATHAN CYPRIEN (JAGUARS):  Cyprien broke into the IDP scene last year as a rookie; although didn’t look good on film sometimes but that doesn’t matter in the IDP world (unless he loses his job).  Cyprien is a baller and he’s another DB I’m all in for this season and beyond, won’t surprise me if he finishes in the top 5 as he’ll continue to pad the stats.  If the front 7 can’t generate pressure on the QB, more so Cyprien and the secondary will get their opportunity.  Rising DB1 without hesitation. 

 

IDPwithBEE Who is Everson Griffen?

Everson Griffen   Patience is a virtue, continue to keep the hunger and keep working hard knowing your time is about to come and in the 2014 off-season that time has come for Everson Griffen, DE, of the Minnesota Vikings.  With future Hall of Famer Jared Allen leaving town via Free Agency,  Griffen’s opportunity to start has arrived, the Vikings paid Griffen a phat contract (5 years 42.5 million).   The question most will ask is if Griffen can handle the extended workload? how will he do when he’s doubling his snap count?

Let’s take a look at how Griffen will fare with this opportunity.  In his young career while playing sparingly along that Minnesota front line, he’s racked up 17.5 QB Sacks and had a career high of 8 back in 2012 and most thought that was his breakout year; but his best days are in front of him.  Griffen one of the top disruptive forces amongst defensive linemen in a 4-3 base.  In the last two seasons, Griffen hurried the QB 62 times but if you include QB hits that total rises to 95 QB disruptions in two seasons.  Another thing going for Griffen is that he can drop back into coverage, last two seasons a total of 66 snaps he dropped back into coverage and even had a pick-six while floating around the middle of the field.

Griffen is explosive off the ball, will attack you with a flurry of moves and is effective against the run.   In 2014, he will be the starting RDE (Jared Allen’s place) while Brian Robison stays at LDE and I believe Griffen will have no problem against some of the top OT’s on game day.  His attitude entering training camp is “You got to let your actions speak.” He said.  “And you can’t go out there and talk the talk when you’re not doing it on the field.”

In the IDP world Griffen is on the verge of becoming a stud DL2 option.  He’s roughly the DL24 coming off the draft board, tough to argue who is going ahead of him but I’ve targeted him heavily and knowing I can grab him kind of late, I’m very confident in snatching him up as my every week DL2 option.  His ceiling screams Chandler Jones (a mix of tackles and high sacks) has a floor of Lamarr Houston and I’m gunning for his upside and what he can do with this defense.   Griffen will lead by example and will lead the team in sacks, a reasonable stat line for Griffen for his breakout campaign would look like (67 tackles 2FF 2FR 1TD 8PD 13 Sacks) you can’t tell me that doesn’t look intriguing, target Griffen on draft day or enjoy the benefit of buying him on the cheap side (for now).

IDPwithBEE Who is Jamie Collins?

Jamie-Collins5

 

Standing 6’4 and the opposing teams Quarterback throws the ball in the flat, here comes #91; the QB takes a 3-step drop and #91 is there in his grill it seems like no matter what the offense does #91 stands out and ladies and gentlemen I introduce you to the New England Patriots sophomore rising star; OLB Jamie Collins.

Jamie Collins played sparingly throughout the regular season, saw a couple starts and when playoff time came around he got nearly 98% of the defensive snaps.  If you watched either of the regular season or playoff game(s) when Collins was on the field you’d instantly notice #91 was everywhere and he stood out.  Collins is becoming a versatile LB as he can get after the QB (see picture above,  no Luck for Luck) and has the capability to cover running back’s and tight ends when he drops back into coverage.

The word breakout has been applied to Collins during the off-season; but I already figured that out as I watched Collins towards the end of the 2013 regular season & playoffs (especially the playoff game against IND).  Collins was one of my favorite linebacker prospects in the draft entering last season and no better team he could’ve landed on.  Collins is about to explode on the IDP scene; and one thing we love the most about LB’s is “are they a 3-down player” and Collins fits the criteria there.

A reporter had asked Collins what was one of areas he’d like to focus in training camp and Collins had this to say.  “Just to play a little faster, man”  he answered.  “Just get the playbook down all the way down so i can just go out here and go all out.”

Collins plays fast but when he plays with instincts he is insanely quick and strong.  He is about to scratch the surface of his potential as he starts putting it all together in 2014.  For IDP purposes, Jamie Collins can have a DeAndre Levy IDP profile, where he’ll give you a bunch of tackles yet specializes being all over the field so anywhere in the range of 3-5 interceptions and 9-12 pass deflections is a bonus and definitely attainable.  Right now Jamie Collins has flown under the radar and you’d be able to draft him as your LB4 sometimes even LB5 and at that rate that’s nearly robbery as he’ll give you LB2 numbers when the season is over.  Collins upside is appealing and definitely worth keeping an eye on; don’t pass up Collins on draft day.

Who is Emmanuel Lamur?

Emmanuel Lamur

Emmanuel Lamur is entering his 3rd season in the NFL, missed the entire 2013 season after suffering a shoulder injury in the pre-season finale.  Labeled as a “tweener” as he reminds some of Kam Chancellor; he played Safety one season at Kansas State then moved to Linebacker the last two seasons playing the SAM and WILL.  Prior to his season ending injury he was battling for snaps behind James Harrison at SLB and was expected to be the nickel linebacker.

Lamur is now healthy and hungrier than ever, he’s expected to be a 3-down linebacker with WLB Vontaze Burfict.  Lamur is the best cover LB in CIN and has the ability to make game-busting plays.  He has good ball awareness in zone coverage and no problems playing man to man coverage; his versatility allows him to cover tight ends (which is important in today’s game).  Lamur allows CIN’s defense to give different looks and confuse the offense; his height (6’4) causes problems in the pass game and has no problem bringing the heat to the opposing QB.

Emmanuel only has 19 total tackles to his name in his short career; but he started off on the practice squad then made his way up to special teams to eventually being called upon to start a playoff game in 2012.  If he can stay healthy in 2014, the sky is the limit for Lamur and the world will witness this kid’s potential as Burfict and company already know what Lamur is capable of.

“It was definitely hard, but it made me more motivated than anything”  He said.  “I just appreciate the game more.  Things happen playing this game.  It’s part of football, you don’t know when you’re going to get hurt so you just have to go out there and seize every opportunity.”  Emmanuel Lamur has been getting the rave this off-season and let’s just say the Bengals are glad he’s back and healthy.

Lamur’s versatility in the IDP scene allows him to have a LB2 ceiling; think of an Alec Ogletree IDP Profile.  Lamur has the opportunity to rack up anywhere between 85-110 total tackles, and contribute in just about every category (Sacks, Interceptions, Pass Deflections, Forced Fumbles and Fumble Recoveries).  He’s definitely being slept on right now; worth a late round flier.  You can grab him as a LB4/5 right now and you’re getting a LB2 potential.  Definitely keep Lamur on your list of “can’t miss” IDP’s – you’ll thank me later.

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