IDPwithBEE 2013 PRE-SEASON MAN CRUSH TEAM
Each year you read some fantasy football expert analysis go bonkers about their man-crush team for offense, well I’m here for the 4th straight season to bring you my IDP Man Crush team running a 3 4 defensive scheme. If this is the first you’ve seen of my man-crush teams then let me tell you that these are IDP’s I’m targeting in every draft and there’s a strong chance you can end up with this same exact squad I’m about to tell you; then again it also depends how your league is set up for IDP starters. Quite a few of these IDP’s are primed for a breakout season, some are ready to stamp their name in the IDP world and another is a savvy vet that longed for a starting gig once again; he got it and watch him take advantage of it.
DEFENSIVE ENDS: Osi Umenyiora (Falcons) and Greg Hardy (Panthers) – I do not mind having Hardy as my DL2 and rolling with Osi as my DL2, could be a lock for 30 QB Sacks combined. Osi is on a mission to prove that he’s still a good pass rusher in the league and Hardy is just coming into his own and it also helps that Hardy plays on a very talented front now in Carolina. If your league starts 2 DL and you end up with these 2, you’re in good hands; I’m a believer that Hardy finishes the season in the top 5 and Osi in the top 15. As inconsistent as the DL were in 2012, I look forward to a bit more consistency and having these 2 as your DL’s cements your starters each week without worry; their good games will out-duel their duds.
DEFENSIVE TACKLE: Michael Brockers (Rams) – Brockers is a definite sleeper, but only in leagues that need you to start a DT. If you miss on Fairley, Suh or Ngata to name a few then just wait a few more rounds and snatch up Brockers who has shown flashes in 2012 on what he’s capable of. He’s another beneficiary on playing on a talented line and should take advantage of that. He’s solid against the run, his pass rush can improve some and he’ll rack up tackles. Michael is entering his 2nd season and is about ready to take off. He’s seen nearly 70% of the snaps from week 4-17 and should roughly see around the same entering this season.
OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS: Nigel Bradham (Bills) & Dont’a Hightower (Patriots) – these 2 sophomore sensations are primed for breakouts in 2013. Hightower battled some injuries last year but flashed his potential and what he’s capable of. Well balanced in rush defense and pass rush, can improve in pass coverage. Hightower posted just about 60 tackles last year and I expect that number to increase to around the 85-90 range and offer you solid LB3 value with LB2 potential. Bradham on the other hand shall give you LB2 values from the get go as he’ll be the main LB in Buffalo. You may have read about Bradham in my LB sleeper article; if not just know you can get him cheap now but that’ll all change as we get closer to the season. So if you’re in a draft now and searching for another LB, don’t hesitate to pull the trigger on Bradham; do it!
INSIDE LINEBACKERS: Bobby Wagner (Seahawks) & Arthur Brown (Ravens) – If you’ve been following me on twitter (@IDPwithBEE_DSE) then you’d know how bullish I’ am with Wagner and Brown. I got Wagner as my #3 LB and targeting him heavily with the sidekick of a rookie named Arthur Brown as my LB2. Both LB’s will get you a ton of tackles, Brown is in a great situation as he’ll take over the MLB job once owned by the great Ray Lewis. Wagner came on late in 2012 but like they say “Better late than never” and Wagner is solid against the run. Wagner is a constant flirt with 10+ tackles week in week out and that’ll continue to stay the same as Seattle is trying to fill its holes up front. Brown has a great chance to rack up 110+ tackles and then some; he gets help from playing along Suggs and Dumervil which would allow Brown to roam around free if he’s trying to get in the backfield. You may have to reach for Brown but it’ll be worth it; especially if you want him.
CORNERBACKS: Janoris Jenkins (Rams) & Stephon Gilmore (Bills) – Here are 2 rising CB’s in the NFL that are bound for greatness. Janoris have a solid rookie season from an IDP standpoint but on the field he can improve (allowed 61% completion percentage) but I’m not worried, as long as he’s getting thrown to the opportunity is there for Janoris to put up numbers. Gilmore on the other hand started off shaky then showed why he’s a lock down corner and a legit CB1. Both will give you double-digit pass deflections; a handful of INT’s and Janoris will be the one who will give you the tackles. If your league has a CB spot than I’d highly target Janoris first; especially if you miss out on Tillman or Jennings or Finnegan. Then wait a handful of rounds and you’d be able to grab Gilmore towards the end of the draft but don’t wait too long as the word could spread and you’ll lose out. Janoris is a solid CB1 and Gilmore is a solid CB2 or in DB leagues both are good enough to be DB2’s.
SAFETIES: Jonathan Cyprien (Jaguars) & Eric Weddle (Chargers) – The word is out on Cyprien and he’s about to take the league by storm, or maybe just your IDP league. He’s my #1 DB IDP; he moved ahead of Vaccaro because of the uncertainty in New Orleans. Cyprien is in place to put up prime numbers across the board and flirting with 100 tackles isn’t out of the question; but on the realistic side he’ll probably range from the 85-90 tackle range to start things off. As for Eric Weddle, well he’s my #1 overall DB and I stand confident in that. He’s been consistent and although the upside is small; you know what you’re getting out of Weddle; a lock for 100 tackles. Weddle won’t be the first Safety/DB taken in drafts though as you got the sexier names atop of him in the ADP ranks but let it play out and gladly strike with Weddle shortly after. Weddle is one of those IDP’s you just leave in your starting lineup, even on his bye week because the points will be there and you’d have no worries. Cyprien is a solid DB2 and Weddle is a DB1.