It is time to take a peek at a few 2013 Fantasy Football IDP Sleepers. There are a number of guys who I value much higher than most.
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DL Chandler Jones, New England Patriots: It was a great start to the season for the Pats’ rookie, but he slowed down, as both injuries and fatigue took their toll. Entering his sophomore season though, you can expect Jones to get back to business and push for a top 10 DL fantasy season. Don’t let his year end totals fool you, through the first 8 games of 2012 he went good for 6 sacks and 23 total tackles.
DL Robert Quinn, St. Louis Rams: It would be nice to see him throw a few more bodies to the ground, but entering his 3rd season there is room for improvement in Quinn’s game. He’ll get his sacks and has the talent to improve his numbers for a second straight season. With Chris Long on the left side of the line, there is certain to be issues for opposing offensive lines and Quinn should sneak up into the top 20 defensive linemen in 2013.
DL Bruce Irvin, Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks 2012 First Rounder is being groomed to move into a hybrid defensive end / linebacker role that should increase his ability and chances of getting to opposing quarterbacks. Unfortunately, he is suspended for the first 4 games of the season and currently nursing a groin injury. Make sure to make a note of Irvin and add him for Week 5 if you need help at DL. He should increase his tackles and sacks with the position change.
LB Nick Roach, Oakland Raiders: Everything is glowing thus far in camp, as the former Bear is set to be the middle linebacker and has already been heralded as the “quarterback of our defense” by Dennis Allen. His performance in Brian Urlacher’s absence last season highlighted Roach’s natural ability and with the Raiders’ defense likely on the field a lot, you can expect huge tackle totals. Anything around 100 solo tackles equals a lot of fantasy points.
LB Brian Cushing, Houston Texans: Coming off a season ending injury Cushing may be falling under the radar, but don’t sleep on the tackle machine, who is an equally lethal play-maker. He’ll be ready for Week 1 and given his lackluster start to last season he should come at a discount for his upside. It’ll be interesting to see initially how he fares from the get go, but he is a lock for tackles and a few forced fumbles and sacks.
LB Stephen Tulloch, Detroit Lions: Recently revealing that he played all of 2012 suffering from knee tendinitis, the Lions middle linebacker claims to be back to full health and therefore poised for a bounce-back campaign. His 2010 totals are likely career bests, but getting closer to 2011 would make Tulloch a serviceable linebacker in fantasy land and you wont have to reach to land him. Expect improved range and a higher tackle total in 2013.
DB Da’Norris Searcy, Buffalo Bills: The physical strong safety is set to start for the Bills and his tackles will add up in bunches. He excels near the line of scrimmage and traditionally Bills’ strong safeties have been excellent fake football players to own. Searcy slowly cut into George Wilson’s playing time last season and could easily approach 100 tackles by season’s end, which would put him on the fringe of being a top 10 defensive back in fake football land.
DB DeAngelo Hall, Washington Redskins: Perhaps, Hall isn’t the prototypical sleeper, but he is rated relatively low for a guy who has 3 straight 90 total tackle seasons. He is good for a few interceptions, turnovers and 15 pass deflections and should end up as a near the #1 DB territory. It isn’t that trendy, he isn’t a popular player, but the opposition will air it out against the Redskins again and Hall will reliably put up fake points.
DB Marcus Gilchrist, San Diego Chargers: Although, Gilchrist is a little undersized, the strong tackler has been converted to strong safety and has a clear path to starting for the Chargers. Last season, he went good for 59 total tackles despite being on the field for only 59% of defensive snaps. With his new role, you can expect more production from Gilchrist and he is currently flying way under the radar, so you can target him late.