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- Fantasy Baseball: Week 4 Pitching Streamers
- My 2017 NFL Mock Draft 1.0
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Fantasy Football: IDP: Lions rookies.
So, it’s not a secret to anybody that I’m an avid fantasy football(and other fantasy sports) player. I love playing in leagues where IDP’s are used. I just think it adds more spice to the fantasy game. My absolute favorite team, and has been for years, is the Detroit Lions. This piece will focus on Detroit’s IDP’s rookie players and will have a brief, typical, points system with it(i.e. 1 tackle = 1 point, 1 sack = 2 points, etc). So, sit back, relax, and hopefully this piece will help you when drafting any Detroit Lions rookies in your IDP leagues.
Remember, all point values are the ones I’ve typically used in IDP leagues, so the values may vary based on the commissioner of your league. ALWAYS double check those values.
I’ll start with rookie defensive tackle(DT) A’Shawn Robinson, taken in the 2nd round out of Alabama.
I’m not going to lie, I have high hopes for this young man. I expect him to start the season as the #3 DT on the Lions’ defensive line, but I strongly believe that he’ll claim one of the starting 2 spots on their depth chart by mid-season. Now, DT’s usually don’t get a ton of points/game(the average being around 3, depending on point values). In my leagues, tackles = 1 point, assisted tackles = 0.5 points, sacks = 2 points, and forced fumbles/fumble recoveries = 2 points. I don’t expect many sacks in Robinson’s rookie year, so I’m going to set the bar for him at 4 sacks on the season(so there’s 8 points). However, I DO expect him to rack up somewhere around 40 tackles(which is decent for a defensive lineman), and around 20 assisted tackles(so that would be 10 points off of assisted tackles). Robinson is a mountain of a man. He’s huge, strong, physical, and smart. The Lions got a steal in the 2nd round with Robinson, but for fantasy purposes, I’m projecting 58 points for him.
The Lions took safety(S) Miles Killebrew out of Southern Utah in round 4. Safety is a tricky position in IDP leagues. Most safeties are either ball hawks or tackle machines, few are a good combination of the two. Killebrew is a hitter. He’s going to need to be deployed closer to the line of scrimmage, which means he SHOULD get a bunch of tackles, especially on running backs and tight ends. So, I’m going to guess that Killebrew will get somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 tackles, 22 assisted tackles, 3 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery. All told, that’s 78 points for Killebrew this season, if he grows as a player and gets a good amount of snaps.
Detroit then grabbed linebacker Antwione Williams, out of Georgia Southern, in round 5. Williams, while not the sexiest name in the draft, was super productive in college, racking up a ton of tackles. If he can work his way into the starting spot, I think Williams can rack up around 70 tackles, 46 assisted tackles, and I’ll toss in one sack. So, IF he can grab a starter spot, I’m projecting 95 points. If he just stays on special teams, I’ll give him half of the tackles I projected, so that would be 35 points. However, as a starter, I think Williams could be a productive LB in the IDP’s.
In round six, the Lions drafted my favorite player in this year’s draft PSU DT Anthony Zettel. I loved watching Zettel play while in Happy Valley, and I firmly belive 2 things about him: 1. Zettel will swap out to defensive end(DE) as a run stuffing DE with the occasional pass rush, and 2. Zettel will play a ton of snaps as a starter, beating out incumbent Devin Taylor. I just have faith in Zettel. Yes, I believe he’ll start off slow as a rookie. There is no doubt that he will. However, with his work effort and motor, he’ll be a starter by season’s end. I’m going to project 4 sacks, 17 tackles, 10 assisted tackles, 2 forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery, totaling 41 points for Zettel. Keep in mind, outside of a few studs like JJ Watt, DE IDP’s don’t typically get a ton of points in fantasy.
I hope this helps you in your draft if you’re looking to draft Detroit Lions rookie IDP’s in your IDP leagues.
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