2013 Fantasy Football IDP Busts
August 17, 2013 | Neil Parker
It is time to take a peek at a few 2013 Fantasy Football IDP Busts. There are a number of guys who I value much lower than most, or generally think you should avoid
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2013 Fantasy Football IDP Busts
DE Justin Smith, San Francisco 49’ers: Don’t let the real game fool you into thinking Smith will be as important to your fake team as he is to the Niners. Smith is coming off a torn triceps that left him a shell of his elite self in the play-offs last season and isn’t getting any younger at 33. He is a solid source of tackles and will register a few sacks, but entering his 13th season there is no upside.
DE Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants: The highly ranked Giant is another example of an integral player on his real team and like Smith is coming off of injury. However, it is looking more and more doubtful that Pierre-Paul will be back in time for Week 1 and then there is the threat of lingering injury issues or the dreaded setback. The talent isn’t an issue, but Pierre-Paul also regressed significantly last season. At his price tag he is entering risky territory.
DE Julius Peppers, Chicago Bears: After a second straight season shy of 40 combined tackles, Peppers’ sacks are good, but they don’t accumulate enough to make him great. Peppers is always at risk of producing little, or nothing and that is risky business in fantasy land. Again, like Justin Smith, at 33 there isn’t any upside with Peppers either, so don’t reach for the Pro Bowler, because what you’ve seen the past 2 years is what you’re going to get.
LB Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers: Relying on your linebackers for sacks makes for tricky fake football. Matthews has never topped 60 combined tackles, so if all of a sudden his sacks dip to 8 on the season, you’re going to be in for a long season. The recently signed Packer is a great player, but unless your league is heavily weighted towards big plays, he should be an afterthought.
LB Von Miller, Denver Broncos: Obviously, if Miller is indeed suspended there is that whole issue and although, he is in a class of his own as far as a pass rushing linebacker, there are concerns. Miller’s 2 year averages are massive, with 67 combined tackles and 15 sacks, but what about the Broncos departures on defense this off season and all the off-field distractions? There is just too much going on in Denver right now to take a plunge on Miller.
LB Zach Brown, Tennessee Titans: The Titans freshman burst onto the scene after he was able to start and posted a huge season. However, he wasn’t the highest praised player coming out of the draft and now there is more competition for tackling opportunities with Colin McCarthy back in the mix. Brown should be fine, but don’t expect significant improvement and there are going to be better options than fine.
LB Perry Riley, Washington Redskins: In his first full season as a starter Riley went good for 128 combined tackles and even registered 3.5 sacks. He had a fantastic season, but before owners get too excited, don’t forget that London Fletcher is still in town and Brian Orakpo is healthy and having a great camp. It’ll be an impressive linebacking core and Riley might not build on his excellent 2012 season.
DB Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks: He claims to be the best cornerback in football and had a huge fake season in 2012 too, but don’t expect a fake repeat in 2013. Opposing teams should begin to avoid Sherman a little more this season, which will further decrease his tackle opportunities and then you’re left relying on interceptions. Let someone else reach for Sherman and target a tackling machine.