Don’t You; Forget About Me

There comes a time during the fantasy football off-season where all the incoming rookies get all the talk then we focus too much on who’ll regress and whose value is too high or too low; I’m here today to tell you about an IDP who seems to be forgotten because he’s not a “hot commodity” but is a steady contributor.

He put himself on the IDP map back in 2011 when he had a career high 105 tackles (85 solo) and 13 Pass Deflections while starting 15 games.  That stat line in itself is an elite CB1 in IDP world and continued that trend in 2012 as he started all 16 games for the first time in his career.  In 2012 he finished 5th among CB’s and 12th overall among DB’s (CB/S) by posting 93 tackles (73 solo) 17 Pass Deflections and a career high 4 interceptions.  Enter 2013 and some say he “fell off” when all he had been a down year from our perspective yet  he still was the 10th ranked corner at Pro Football Focus (PFF) as he put up 77 tackles (54 solo) 16 pass deflections but had 0 interceptions (that hurts).

Enter 2014 where he’ll be entering his 4th season as a starter and keep in mind, he lost a key contributor opposite him in 2011 & 2013 where both put up IDP worth numbers.  Replacing within, he’s the clear-cut CB1 once again and that could hurt him but I’m not buying that as I continue to target him throughout drafts as a late round steal.  His averages as a 3-year starter are 88 tackles, 13 pass deflections, 2 interceptions per season and that my friends is top-tier shape for CB1/DB1 status yet you’re getting this guy as a CB2/DB2 value because he’s not the “hot” name out there anymore.  In a couple of drafts I’ve seen him be the 20th or 30th CB taken and that’s absurd but thats where you’ll benefit because you’ll be able to fill other positions knowing this stud still remains.  He now gets a new defensive coordinator whom his recent CB1′s had great seasons and made their first Pro-Bowl (i know it doesn’t mean much) and the new d-coordinator is already impressed with this guy because of his physical presence he brings and is a very good tackler, brings aggressiveness with a small stature.  The new flexible scheme could allow this guy to put up even better numbers from any career high he posted within the last 3 years, from getting a QB sack to increasing his interception number.

Ladies and gentlemen, this guy plays for the Tennessee Titans and his name is Jason McCourty – don’t forget him come draft day as he’ll become a draft day steal.

Jason McCourty

IDPwithBEE DB SLEEPERS for 2014

With linebackers and defensive linemen out of the way, it’s time to take a look at 5 cornerbacks that should be on your draft list.  There’s a saying going around in the IDP world that you can stream your CB’s/DB’s and that’s absolutely true because week in week out the top 10 varies with and there’ll be a couple CB’s on there that you may not have heard of before.  Take that with a grain of salt though, there are a handful of CB’s that I believe you absolutely must own and 5 of them are here.  One thing about cornerbacks though, you kind of don’t want the shutdown corners because for one; they rarely get it thrown their way so the opportunities to put up numbers isn’t there.  Drafting CB’s is like a mind game but doesn’t require that much thinking; pretty much just throw darts with your eyes closed and you could get lucky; like how Barry Church owners got last year.

Robert Alford

  1. ROBERT ALFORD, Atlanta Falcons:  Alford is a ball hawk and I liked him a lot in last year’s draft but I knew he had to wait about a year or two before it’ll be his time.  Enter year two and it’s his time now; in spot duty he had 7 pass deflections and 2 interceptions.  With Asante Samuel now gone, Alford takes CB2 duties for Atlanta next to Trufant and the next best duo is about to make their presence felt in 2014-2105.  Alford has some serious upside, his big play ability will rack him up some points, being that he’s a starter now getting at least 15 pass deflections and 5-7 interceptions are in play.  Alford goes undrafted in a lot of leagues so you’d be able to snag him late and you’ll thank me later.
  2. DESMOND TRUFANT, Atlanta Falcons:  Yes, Alford’s teammate Trufant is an elite sleeper entering 2014.  He probably had the quietest dominant rookie year nobody talks about; Trufant is legit and is a rising superstar in this league.  How good of a year did Trufant have, he finished CB21, which is CB2 territory (he’s approaching CB1 by the way) and had 70 total tackles and 17 pass deflections.  He’s quietly gaining ground in some drafts but still getting him a cheap price; even trading for him will be cheap or should be.  So as you’re reading this I hope you’ve written down Trufant’s name on your list or engraved his name in your brain because he’s one CB you won’t want to miss out on.
  3. CASEY HAYWARD, Green Bay Packers:  What a welcoming sight this will be for the Packers as they get their ball hawk CB back.  He came flying out of nowhere in his rookie season and put his name on the map; he’s going to pick up where he left off and I hope he hasn’t been forgotten because I haven’t and I’ve patiently been waiting for his arrival back.  During his rookie season, Hayward put up 21 pass deflections and had 6 interceptions – highly impressive.  His price is real cheap right now and is flying under the radar, people forgot about him.  In CB-only leagues he has serious consideration as a CB1 but you can get him at CB3 value right now.
  4. BYRON MAXWELL, Seattle Seahawks:  whoever plays opposite Sherman they’re bound to see their opportunity to make plays.  With Thurmond gone to the Giants, Maxwell is the next man up and he’s not too shabby.  Maxwell posted 12 pass deflections and 4 interceptions last year; he could easily par with the interceptions and possibly add 1-2 more but I expect his pass deflections to increase a few and he’ll rack up a bunch more tackles.  You could probably grab Maxwell off waivers in your league, and if it’d blind bid go ahead and bid $1 – he should be all yours right after.
  5. DWAYNE GRATZ, Jacksonville Jaguars:  Gratz is primed for a big season, as he’ll see starter snaps in 2014.  Gratz put up 2 interceptions and 3 pass deflections in spot play in 2013; that’ll translate to bigger numbers in 2014 and I won’t be surprised when he doubles his interceptions and triples his pass deflections.  He is an underrated cover corner and with the improving Jaguars defense; you can only believe that improving secondary will take the next step forward.  The theme of these 5 CB’s that I’m providing for you are that you can get them cheap and at a great value at the moment (before their value rises).  I got Gratz at a solid CB2 value and needs to be on that list of yours; just saying.

IDPwithBEE 5 LB SLEEPERS for 2014

Continuing my IDP Sleeper list as we head into the 2014-2015 NFL Fantasy Football Season, I’m going to look at 5 Linebackers who are being overlooked and should be on your radar because they’ll put up numbers. Although the LB depth is huge for IDP, you always want that edge over your opponents, that next Paul Posluszny or Luke Kuechly, maybe even the next London Fletcher. Don’t worry, I got you covered and as big play scoring leagues are rising, certain LB’s have increasing value. With that being said lets take a look at my 5 Linebackers who you need to put on your radar.

Kevin Minter

  1. KEVIN MINTER, Arizona Cardinals: Minter has popped up because Dansby has departed but ever since the Daryl Washington news arose that he’s going to miss the season; Minter’s value has never been so high then it is now. He has little to no competition on tackle opportunities, he’s not flashy or fast but he’s a thumper and he’s going to hit. Not having any snaps last year, nobody really knows who this guy is but it won’t surprise me if he enters LB1 status early on as the loss of Dansby and Washington leaves about 280 tackles vacated, not saying Minter will get you 280 tackles but that’s the opportunity. You’re going to have to swerve your way thru traffic and cut corners to get Minter, so plan accordingly.
  2. SIO MOORE, Oakland Raiders: the Raiders have quietly added pieces to the defense that’ll help everyone. With the addition of Khalil Mack, Sio will move to WLB and make an impact. He was impressive when he got his chance on the field, solid edge rusher and potential to rack up 6-10 tackles per game. With the presence of Tuck, Woodley, Mack and Roach the red carpet is laid out for Moore to get to the QB or attack the flats. Sio is on the verge of having some serious IDP value in standard and big play leagues, grab him now, as his name is already a hot commodity.
  3. KJ WRIGHT, Seattle Seahawks: Seems like everyone is writing him off because of the rise of Malcolm Smith and his MVP ways during the Super Bowl. Wright held his own before his injury and should reclaim his WLB spot entering the season. What we forget is that he had 80 tackles prior to his injury and was just getting into his groove, there’s a chance he moves to SLB but Seattle now has depth at the LB position and regardless Wright will see the field. You can get him at such a good value right now and he’ll be a great LB3 for your squad.
  4. VINCENT REY, Cincinnati Bengals: He will be in competition with Maualuga for the MLB starting spot and in my opinion Rey is just that much better, especially in coverage. When Rey got his spot starts, he erupted for 15 tackles 3 sacks 3 pass deflections and 1 int (this was just one game) and followed that up with 12 tackles the next week. It’s no secret when he gets snaps he produces and if Bengals where smart, they’d find a way to get Rey on the field more often than not. Coming in cheap at LB4 value but once he gets that starting nod he’s going to rise to a LB3.
  5. PERRY RILEY, Washington Redskins: Now, you must be wondering why is Perry Riley’s name mentioned? I could’ve gone with a couple other LB’s here but I wanted to get my word out on Perry. He’s tremendously undervalued right now and is likely around the 30th LB taken in drafts, that’s way too low. He’s moving into Fletcher’s position and has no competition for tackles as Kerrigan/Orakpo are the edge rushers and Robinson is still developing, Sharpton doesn’t provide much competition. Riley will be asked to carry this defense and be the leader entering his 3rd season of being a full-time starter. Riley has averaged just about 122 total tackles the last 2 seasons and that number should rise to about 135/140 mark this season. Riley is going to finish in the top 20 and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s in the top 15, I’m looking for a career year from Perry and you should too.

IDPwithBEE 5 DL SLEEPERS in 2014

We are entering draft season already and we’re all wondering who the late round sleepers are in the IDP world, who should you take a flier on? who should be on your radar so you have an advantage on your league mates? I’ll be covering this for you and provide you my top 5 sleepers on the IDP positions (DL, LB, CB, S).

Everson Griffen

  1. EVERSON GRIFFEN, Minnesota Vikings :  he’s been hiding behind Robison and Allen for quite some time now & has shown flashes of his dominance when he gets the chance to play.  Now that Allen is gone, Griffen is expected to take over his spot and has put up 13.5 sacks the last 2 seasons on minimal snaps (impressive).  With Zimmer calling the shots now on defense & Griffen getting just about full-time duty (his contract speaks volumes) you can expect Griffen to put up at least 10 sacks and be a very solid DL2.
  2.  MOORE, New York Giants:  still struggles against the run which is why Ayers/Kiwanuka have the edge to start early on as they bring more to the table (right now).  Declared “not starter ready” so far as OTA’s are going on and camp is about to arrive, bet that changes as we inch towards the week 1 and come mid-season he’ll be the starter.  Moore has the upside to get 5-7 Sacks this season, great dynasty grab right now too.
  3. DEVIN TAYLOR, Detroit Lions:  he’s going to battle Jones in camp to start opposite Ansah and I wouldn’t be surprised Jones gets the starting nod early on and Taylor takes it away from him by week 5.  Taylor is a beast, quick and wouldn’t see much attention on the line that features Suh, Fairley and Ansah so that’ll let Taylor run free and wreck havoc.  Definitely worth a late round pick because he’s an injury or opportunity away from DL2 status.
  4. LAMARR HOUSTON, Chicago Bears:  one has to wonder why Oakland didn’t resign their rising DL but that’s a different story and Chicago got a steal with Houston.  He’s so undervalued right now, don’t people realize that having Jared Allen on the line helps? Ray Edwards and Brian Robison had career years, Lamarr is better than both of them as he’s just scratching the surface.  No doubt in my mind he gets more than 6 sacks (career high) he posted last year, you can grab Houston as a DL2 and be confident week in week out.
  5. WALLACE GILBERRY, Cincinnati Bengals:  With Michael Johnson gone (60 snaps per game roughly) that leaves a hole between Gilberry and Hunt.  Hunt is expected to start but Gilberry has been and will continue to be a solid rotational DE.  Gilberry will definitely get an uptick in snaps this season with the possibility of moving inside on nickel packages too.  Gilberry posted 16 Sacks the last 2 seasons being a rotational DE, reminds me of William Hayes, just comes in fresh and starts bullying his way through the offensive line.  With an increase in snaps, no reason Gilberry can’t flirt with 9-10 sacks being that he’s pretty damn good at putting pressure on the QB and yes, you’d be able to draft Gilberry real late or even pick him up off waivers.

That concludes my 5 DL sleepers for 2014 season, as always feel free to contact me via twitter @IDPwithBEE_DSE

 

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IDPwithBEE PRE-SEASON DB RANKINGS

RANK PLAYER TEAM
1 ERIC BERRY KCC
2 TJ WARD DEN
3 ERIC WEDDLE SDC
4 KAM CHANCELLOR SEA
5 HARRISON SMITH MIN
6 KENNY VACCARO NOS
7 BARRY CHURCH DAL
8 JONATHAN CYPRIEN JAC
9 EARL THOMAS SEA
10 MORGAN BURNETT GBP
11 TYRANN MATHIEU ARI
12 MARK BARRON TBB
13 WILLIAM MOORE ATL
14 ERIC REID SF
15 RESHAD JONES MIA
16 CHARLES TILLMAN CHI
17 JAIRUS BYRD NOS
18 ANTREL ROLLE NYG
19 TYVON BRANCH OAK
20 JASON MCCOURTY TEN
21 CALVIN PRYOR NYJ
22 TASHAUN GIPSON CLE
23 BERNARD POLLARD TEN
24 STEVIE BROWN NYG
25 DEONE BUCHANNON ARI
26 ANTOINE BETHEA SF
27 DESMOND TRUFANT ATL
28 MATT ELAM BAL
29 JANORIS JENKINS STL
30 BRENT GRIMES MIA
31 DJ SWEARINGER HOU
32 MICHAEL MITCHELL PIT
33 MALCOLM JENKINS PHI
34 LARON LANDRY IND
35 STEPHON GILMORE BUF
36 PRINCE AMUKAMARA NYG
37 ALTERRAUN VERNER TBB
38 DEVIN MCCOURTY NEP
39 TJ MCDONALD STL
40 HAHA CLINTON DIX GBP
41 CHARLES WOODSON OAK
42 COREY GRAHAM BUF
43 JJ WILCOX DAL
44 RICHARD SHERMAN SEA
45 AARON WILLIAMS BUF
46 JIMMY SMITH BAL
47 SHAWN WILLIAMS CIN
48 JOSH EVANS JAC
49 DONTE WHITNER CLE
50 ROMAN HARPER CAR
51 CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN MIN
52 DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE NYG
53 TRAMON WILLIAMS GBP
54 BRANDON FLOWERS KCC
55 JOE HADEN CLE
56 PATRICK PETERSON ARI
57 ROBERT ALFORD ATL
58 MARCUS GILCHRIST SDC
59 LARDARIUS WEBB BAL
60 WALTER THURMOND NYG

IDPwithBEE 2014 LB RANKINGS

Now we enter my top 70 Linebackers heading into the off-season, to make this look a bit easier on the eyes I will be creating TIERS so you can get a better idea on how your Linebacker’s value is or who you’ll be drafting.

lavonte david

 

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

IDPwithBEE 2014 DL RANKINGS

The NFL Draft is over and we’re kicking in drafts at a fast pace not even light can keep up with it.  Some of us have been prepping for draft since the Super Bowl as we know no off-season and wondering who’ll you want to draft.  I got for you some very early DL rankings to help guide you through your draft and as always feel free to communicate with me on my twitter @IDPwithBEE_DSE.

ROBERT QUINN

 

RANK PLAYER TEAM
1 ROBERT QUINN STL
2 JJ WATT HOU
3 CHANDLER JONES NEP
4 CAMERON JORDAN NOS
5 JASON PIERRE-PAUL NYG
6 GREG HARDY CAR
7 MUHAMMAD WILKERSON NYJ
8 CALAIS CAMPBELL ARI
9 SHELDON RICHARDSON NYJ
10 EZEKIEL ANSAH DET
11 JURRELL CASEY TEN
12 JARED ALLEN CHI
13 CHARLES JOHNSON CAR
14 CAMERON WAKE MIA
15 MICHAEL JOHNSON TBB
16 EVERSON GRIFFEN MIN
17 CARLOS DUNLAP CIN
18 OLIVER VERNON MIA
19 CAMERON HEYWARD PIT
20 MARCELL DAREUS BUF
21 ROB NINKOVICH NEP
22 MARIO WILLIAMS BUF
23 GERALD MCCOY TBB
24 JUSTIN TUCK OAK
25 DEMARCUS WARE DEN
26 MICHAEL BENNETT SEA
27 GENO ATKINS CIN
28 ADRIAN CLAYBORN TBB
29 COREY LIUGET SDC
30 AARON DONALD STL
31 CLIFF AVRIL SEA
32 CHRIS LONG STL
33 NDAMUKONG SUH DET
34 KYLE WILLIAMS BUF
35 JUSTIN SMITH SF
36 ROBERT AYERS NYG
37 JULIUS PEPPERS GBP
38 LAMAAR WOODLEY OAK
39 GEORGE SELVIE DAL
40 DAMONTRE MOORE NYG
41 MALIK JACKSON DEN
42 BRIAN ROBISON MIN
43 NICK FAIRLEY DET
44 OSI UMENYIORA ATL
45 KONY EALY CAR
46 DEMARCUS LAWRENCE DAL
47 CHRIS CLEMONS JAC
48 DOMINIQUE EASLEY NEP
49 JASON BABIN JAC
50 DEVIN TAYLOR DET
51 ANDRE BRANCH JAC
52 TANK CARRADINE SF
53 WILLIAM GHOLSTON TBB
54 MICHAEL BROCKERS STL
55 JONATHAN MASSAQUOI ATL

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