Benjamin Watson Hopes To Improve Yardage In Week 7 1 year ago

This article references Benjamin Watson and more! Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson has had some games with useful reception totals this week. His strength is accumulating receptions but fantasy owners wish he would put up more yardage totals so that his point totals would inch into the TE1 discussion. The Vikings are one of the better defenses but if Flacco is forced to pass a lot in the game, there is hope that Watson finds his way to some catches. He is not a great option in Week 7 though.Keep on reading: Benjamin Watson Hopes To Improve Yardage In Week 7

Joe Flacco On Schedule To Start The First Game Of Regular Season, L... 1 year ago

This article references Joe Flacco and more! Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (back) has received another positive prognosis and now is said to be on pace to start the regular season opener under center. However, he will be kept out of the preseason games as a precaution. Flacco is extremely likely to be the best that the Ravens are going to get this season so every fantasy offensive player on the Ravens outside his backups are likely happy he looks to be back. He is likely a QB2 and possibly a bye-week fill-in outside of deep leagu[...]Keep on reading: Joe Flacco On Schedule To Start The First Game Of Regular Season, Loses A Lineman

IDP Trash or Treasure: Pre-Draft Sleepers 5 years ago

We've officially hit the NFL's "silly season," that lovely time between the end of pro days and the NFL draft where draftniks speculate endlessly about this year's class while ESPN's Merrill Hoge says things that are stupid .

It's something he's pretty adept at.

We've already talked quite a bit about this year's rookie Individual Defensive Player (IDP) class, both here at Fantasy Sharks and at IDP Manor . So, rather than talk some more about the likes of the "atrocious" Jadeveon Clowney (really, Merrill Hoge? REALLY?), let's instead take a different tack with this article.

Every year in IDP there are players who come from absolutely nowhere to become solid fantasy contributors. At this time a year ago, if you'd said that Miami defensive end Olivier Vernon and Baltimore (now Detroit) safety James Ihedigbo would both post top 20 fantasy seasons in 2013, you'd have gotten the same look Hoge is getting right now in many circles.

Granted, the players on this list may be hard pressed to reach those heights in 2014. In fact, depending on how the draft plays out, these players could be left with all the value of MySpace stock.

However, if the door to a starting job that's open right now remains cracked after the second weekend in May, this trio of second-year players could represent great value picks later in IDP drafts this summer.

Devin Taylor, DE, Detroit

The aforementioned Clowney has surely hogged his share of the headlines this spring, but as we move to summer and fall it's very possible we'll all start hearing more about one of Clowney's old teammates at South Carolina.

Many IDP pundits are expecting big things from Detroit defensive end Ezekiel Ansah this year, but new Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin also thinks that fourth-round pick Devin Taylor (who played opposite Clowney at South Carolina) could be set to take a big step forward in 2014.

As Tim Twentyman of the Lions' website reports, Austin said, "I think Devin came back right now and is weighing a little more than he did last year, but he looks better. He's leaner. We're expecting some big things from him."

With Willie Young now in Chicago and Jason Jones recovering from a serious injury, Taylor could be set for a significant increase in the 308 snaps he saw in a rotational role as a rookie. Like, say, twice as many and then some.

If you take Taylor's 14 tackles, 2½ sacks and two forced fumbles and amortize that out over 750 snaps on defense (a reasonable number for a ...

Top 5 Rookie DL Prospects for 2013 6 years ago

As any Individual Defensive Player (IDP) fantasy owner can attest, the defensive lineman position has become quite the fickle mistress. With the proliferation of hybrid 3-4 defensive schemes leading to the position designations of players once deemed to be a defensive end being switched to outside linebacker, it is becoming harder and harder to secure high-scoring defensive lineman talent in IDP formats.

Even more difficult to find are rookie defensive lineman prospects that have a relevant fantasy impact on their IDP squads.

Adjusting to the speed of the NFL game as well as getting the number of snaps to put up decent numbers is a difficult task for most rookies and it generally takes a year or two for them to develop and blossom into viable fantasy options. While each of the players on this list is a dynasty draft selection for certain, some may be avoidable in redraft formats depending on the size of the league and roster limits.

1. Dion Jordan, DE, Miami: The Dolphins traded up to the third position to land the athletic 6-foot-6, 250-pound Jordan and will be able to utilize him in a number of ways. First and foremost, he can be the edge rusher lining up opposite defensive end Cameron Wake that the Miami defense has lacked the past few seasons.

Jordan already possesses excellent edge rush skills, and, while he needs to add some bulk to his frame, he has also shown the versatility to be able to drop into coverage. The ability to hold his own in coverage will serve him Jordan well in both Miami's 4-3 base defense as well as a hybrid 3-4 should the Dolphins employ it. He will see a lot of snaps as a rookie and holds solid DL4 fantasy value with the definite upside to reach high-end DL2 numbers.

2. Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah, DE, Detroit: Ansah fills an immediate need on the Detroit defensive line, as the Lions are desperate for an edge rushing threat from the defensive end position. With his limited exposure to football having been well documented (dare I say, beat to death), Ansah does know one thing already and that is how to get up the field.

He is freakishly athletic at 6-foot-5 and 271 pounds with an explosive burst off the snap and will have little competition from Jason Jones, Willie Young and Ronnell Lewis in landing a starting job for Detroit. The duo of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley at the defensive tackle position will force offensive lines to focus attention on the interior, freeing up Ansah to do what he does best in 2013 - get after the ...

An IDP look at FA signings - NFC North 6 years ago

Three weeks from today everything shifts to the evaluation of this year's draft and what grades each team should receive. While it is too early to accurately grade any draft the day after its completion, it has always been done that way and, to the benefit of no one, will be done that way again.

In the meantime, we'll continue to evaluate the Individual Defensive Player (IDP) ramifications of free agency 2013 as it unfolds, and this week take a gander at the NFC North. Once a division dominated by intimidating defenses, the former "Black and Blue Division" potentially boasts three of the more proficient passing attacks heading into 2013.

While Aaron Rodgers, Matt Stafford and Jay Cutler figure to air it out plenty next season, the division has had more than its share of intriguing defensive free agency action.

It's interesting to note that while Detroit and Chicago have been restocking and retooling thus far in free agency, the two teams that made the playoffs in 2012, Minnesota and Green Bay, have been very quiet.

DETROIT: The Lions made the most of their scheduled visits as they landed former Houston free safety Glover Quin and Seattle defensive lineman Jason Jones. Both players will have an immediate chance to contribute as they fill positions of need on the Detroit defense.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz is familiar with Jones from their time together in Tennessee, and look for Detroit to utilize the 6-foot-5, 276-pound lineman at both end and tackle. He has 19 career sacks and has shown the ability to bring pressure from both the edge as well as from the interior when healthy. It's the staying healthy part of the equation that has held Jones back from reaching the potential he flashed early in his career.

Detroit must hope that the reunion with Schwartz will rejuvenate Jones and he will help to pick up some of the sacks and tackles that they lost with the departure of Kyle Vanden Bosch, Cliff Avril and Sammie Hill. For fantasy purposes, Jones is an interesting name to keep in mind as a player that can put up surprisingly good numbers providing he stays healthy. Jones is not worth drafting in IDP leagues but does warrant keeping an eye on in leagues that require the defensive tackle position as a waiver wire option.

Quin will step right in as the starting strong safety in Detroit alongside the returning Louis Delmas, who is slated to play free safety as of now. Wherever Quin ends up in the Lions secondary, fantasy owners can count on him to...

An IDP Look at 2013 Free Agency Signings 6 years ago

The first week of NFL free agency 2013 is nearly in the books, and there are Individual Defensive Player (IDP) fantasy ramifications aplenty. While the market value of a lot of the big name free agent defenders has been less than anticipated, the signings have been fast and furious.

Examining the fantasy implications of the signings to-date is still a very fluid situation as the exact positions that each player will line up at has yet to be determined. The NFL Draft in April will also muddy the waters as rookies will be in the mix to fill some starting roles that as of right now appear covered by some of the recent signings.

Offseason workouts and minicamps will help to clarify a lot of these situations, but until teams begin to actually convene and release depth charts, we can only surmise what fantasy value players may hold on their new teams.

For the sake of brevity and clarity, I felt it best to break down the analysis of the free agency effect on 2013 IDP fantasy landscape to one of examining a single division at a time.

Starting with the NFC West seems like a good idea, as there has already been a plethora of signings that are sure to shake up plenty of IDP leagues in 2013.

SEATTLE: The Seahawks don't always go out and sign free agent defensive ends, but when they do it's two of the biggest names on the market. There were concerns at the conclusion of the 2012 season that Seattle would have trouble replacing the sack production of defensive end Chris Clemons as he recovers from an ACL injury.

Those concerns are laid to rest as the Seahawks have brought on board Cliff Avril, formerly of the Detroit Lions, and emerging defensive end talent Michael Bennett from Tampa Bay. For those of you counting at home, they bring a combined total of 18 1/2 sacks accumulated last season.

Seattle can allow Clemons to take his time returning from injury and ensure he is 100 percent before hitting the field as Avril, Bennett and second-year pass rushing specialist Bruce Irvin get after the quarterback. The rich got richer and the Seahawks are serving notice to the league that their defense is going to be bringing consistent pressure from all sides.

Over the past three seasons, Avril has amassed 29 1/2 sacks with nine forced fumbles and one interception that he returned for a touchdown. While he has never surpassed more than 41 total tackles in a season, Avril is that nice IDP combination of sack and big play potential that adds up to above ...