I May Noah thing or two ’bout getting Jatavis with it – IDP Targets

KEVIN BYARD

It’s about that time ladies and gentlemen; dynasty leagues have started their rookie drafts and start-up drafts as well as waivers being open.  I will let you know three IDP targets whom I either own, trading for or already own and shouldn’t cost you much if you’re willing to acquire the upside.  If you were following when I told y’all about Kwon Alexander, Frank Clark or Danielle Hunter – we can take it back to Jamie Collins arrival too then you’re in for another treat as these rising IDP’s should without a doubt be on your radar (if not already owned by you).  Time to get that one up on your league mates and continue to build that strong IDP roster to dominate for years.

Let’s take a look –

  •  Kevin Byard (FS, TEN): a versatile piece (swiss army knife one might say) on an improving defense. Expanded role in 2017 as LeBeau will continue to move him around, has the ball skills to stay back in coverage and no problem playing the edge or blitzing the QB. Even with Cyprien on board, it’ll allow Byard to move to FS and make plays. Byard will make the leap into DB1 discussions (Top 10) this season and years to come because Titans didn’t address FS in the draft or free agency and Rashad Johnson and Damion Stafford no longer pose a threat (they gone). Byard was also the 3rd highest graded rookie safety last season behind Neal (ATL) and Adams (NYG) but also posted one of the better productive grades amongst rookie safeties from pass rush productivity.  *opens door* come on board, plenty room on the train – come get this playmaker before someone else does.

 

  •  Noah Spence (DE, TBB): recorded 5.5 sacks as a rookie last season as a situational pass rusher and will have a more diverse role in 2017. As TBB will throw out hybrid looks, Spence will move around from DE to OLB and there’s no denying his relentless motor. Like Danielle Hunter and Frank Clark in 2015; the time is now to get Spence to get ahead of the game and reap all the benefits he’ll bring to your IDP squad; as he has a top 10 DE ceiling.  With TBB flirting with hybrid formations, that’ll get Spence on the field more because the DL is stacked in TBB and Spence quickness can fly off the edge – he did stand up at LB at Eastern Kentucky a good amount so it’s nothing new to him.  With confidence I’ll take Noah Spence over guys like Ziggy Ansah and Brandon Graham – for me Ziggy has already peaked and Graham has hit his ceiling; both are good – esp Graham but for the next few years I’ll take my shot with Spence.

 

Noah Spence DE Bucs

Noah Spence

  •  Jatavis Brown, WLB (LAC): with Gus Bradley in town now, Jatavis will make move to WILL and play the role Telvin Smith had in Jacksonville. Last two seasons Telvin ended up LB6 & LB4; Jatavis will make this leap after producing 79 tackles 8TFL and 3.5 sacks in 12 games last year. Brown also received a PFF Grade in the 80’s and above average in both coverage and pass rushing and he shall continue to get after theQB.  Jatavis was a beast against his division rivals; especially against the Broncos (in 2 games he put up 24 tackles, 1 FR, 1 FF, 1 Sack, 1 PD) then against the Raiders in two games he recorded 12 tackles, 1 sack and 1 PD, against the Chiefs he put up 10 tackles and 1 PD – Jatavis didn’t get the starting job until week 3 (played KCC week 1) and recorded 7 tackles vs KCC in their second meeting.  As I stated multiple times, Jatavis is on the rise and I have zero problems putting him in my top 10.  I’ll also take Jatavis over Luke Kuechly, his ceiling is the roof.

 

Bonus IDP Targets you want:

  • Ukeme Eligwe (ILB, KCC):  runs a 4.5, his quickness and athleticism is shown on tape and has no problem dropping into coverage.  Slated to be Derrick Johnson’s successor; also DJ will be 35 in November and coming off an achilles injury so soon enough DJ’s great career is coming to an end.  Ukeme has oozing upside and many will go after Ramik, I’ll shoot my shot with Eligwe as DJ’s position is much more valuable in that KCC defense IMO.  If he can stay focused and get that work in; I don’t see why Eligwe won’t be in the top 15 discussion this time next season.
  • Marquel Lee (ILB, OAK):  with Cory James and Ben Heeney as his only competition right now; Lee arguably poses the clearest path to a starting role early on amongst majority of the rookies.  Lee was drafted in the 5th round, usually where guys start off being backups or do work on special teams – not so much for Lee.  Lee is a leader on defense, no doubt he can be their MIKE.  He has a knack to get into the backfield as he produced 20 TFL last year at Wake Forest, best suited as a run stopper and although he’s not the quickest guy he’s going to have to develop and rely on his instincts to help him get any advantage in coverage.  Raiders may address ILB depth throughout the off-season so that’s something to keep an eye on but for now, I’m buying Lee in dynasty especially since his price tag is relatively cheap in rookie drafts (5th-6th round).

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