As opposed to my 2013 DL Rankings, the top spot in the LB rankings is not quite as clear cut. Luke Kuechly took the #1 overall spot in 2012, as a rookie no less, so common sense would tell you that he will only improve in year 2. I’m not one to disagree with Thomas Paine, so Kuechly will appear at the top of my rankings, but he likely won’t be on any of my teams. Unlike the top Linemen, the top Linebackers are not worth reaching for in 2013.Please, blog, may I have some more?
The 2013 NFL draft was ripe with talent on the defensive side of the ball, and there are quite a few guys picked that should go on to be perennial Pro Bowlers. But even the best defensive players may not start lighting up the stat sheet until the end of their first season, or even later. JJ Watt and Jason Pierre-Paul didn’t take the league by storm until their second year, Ronde Barber didn’t truly break out until his fourth season in the league, and we’re still waiting on Vernon Gholston to show us what he’s got.
From a fantasy perspective, this year’s draft doesn’t have anyone who is likely to match Luke Kuechly’s LB1 output in 2012. In fact, we’ll be lucky to see something like Vontaze Burfict’s LB24 finish. The top talent is probably at Defensive Tackle, and while the big boys are vital to a team’s defensive success, they don’t tend to have much of an impact in IDP leagues that don’t require their presence.
But that doesn’t mean we won’t have any impact rookies this year, it just may take some time to figure out who they are. Here is a look at each position and how relevant the rookies will be in 2013 IDP leagues.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Matt Schauf of RapidDraft.com stops by once a week to talk individual defensive players, “IDPs” for those in the know. There are a bunch of rematch games on the Week 13 schedule – eight, to be exact. (That’s the metric-system measure for a “bunch.”) I have no idea how this compares with upcoming weeks because […]Please, blog, may I have some more?
Fantasy football leagues that use individual defensive players (IDPs) add a new level of depth to your typical league. While using IDPs can be fun, it also means keeping track of an extra three or more players each week. An IDP will normally score around two to six points per week for your fantasy team, […]Please, blog, may I have some more?
Most who follow Matt Schauf of RapidDraft.com on Twitter seethe at each “IDP” tag and wonder how he can make light of internally displaced persons. In this case, however, we’re talking individual defensive players, who add realism to your fake football leagues and gripes for the whiny leaguemate who always finishes last anyway. Schauf will […]Please, blog, may I have some more?
Doc’s note: In IDP leagues you have to be sure to check the scoring system before you go all hog wild with our rankings here. Lawrence gives us his top 50 for IDP, but if a deflected pass is worth 30 points, adjust! 1. Patrick Willis, ILB, SF — The best there is in IDP […]Please, blog, may I have some more?