I’ve determined that IDP rankings are not only hard to complete but I don’t know how much help they are to others. There are so many factors in dynasty that a list does not factor in. Is your team competitive or in rebuild? How many LBs do you start? Does your league use a different scoring system? The most important factor is how much you like a player per market value. So I have decided to make a love/hate list instead using there approximate market value. If you didn’t already know from following me on twitter (@Breeze121212) I love dogs … and despise cats.
My DL Dogs (Players I love compared to price)
Jurrell Casey: I think the Titans LB FA signings only help him. Expect numbers more like 2013 than 2014.
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Geno Atkins: A bit of a risk here but I think 8-10 sacks are coming this year.
Greg Hardy: He is an elite pass rusher. Top 5 in dynasty when on the field. Buying window may be shut now though.
Demarcus Lawrence: Now will have Hardy on the other side. I think 10-12 sacks are in store.
My DL Cats (Players I hate compared to price)
Mario Williams/Jerry Hughes: Production will still be there, but loss of DL eligibility is possible and would be devastating.
Rob Ninkovich: he scored FF points last year because he was always on the field not because he played great. Chandler Jones will be back and Jabaal Sheard was added. Time to sell Nink.
Marcell Dareus: Amazing player, but I think he plays NT for Rex Ryan which means numbers will come down. He may be a good player to acquire during midseason on the cheap because I do not understand how the Bills are going to resign him next year.
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Jerrell Freeman: LB2 at LB3-4 prices. He still isn’t that old and was a top 10 LB in 2013. Injuries really hampered him in 2014.
Khalil Mack: Going to beast in big play leagues. Also boost in leagues that reward TFL.
Brian Cushing: He is practically forgotten at this point. He may never regain form with all the injuries but is worth a cheap pickup.
Sean Weatherspoon: talent is not his issue, health is. If he can stay healthy he should be top 20 LB in the dessert. Buy for cheap now.
James Laurinaitis: Continues to be valued because of name brand. He is an LB3 with Ogletree and McDonald in town yet still gets drafted as a high LB2.
Jerod Mayo: Vet LB once again ending on IR. Hightower was lights out last year. Once Hightower is full strength from shoulder surgery, I wouldn’t be surprised if Mayo lost some snaps. I’m more concerned with Mayo’s patella tendon rupture than DH’s shoulder.
Paul Worrilow: I could write pages. Short story, the fallout is near.
Chad Greenway: he is not a top 20 dynasty LB anymore, it would be hard for me to put him in top 40. There is a ton of young LB talent right now.
Derrick Johnson: See Chad Greenway.
Reshad Jones: My #2 dynasty safety. Last year he put up those stats — in 12 games. He is as close to Harrison Smith as you are going to find, only one year older too.
Kenny Vaccaro: He was terrible last year however he will get another chance. There is some risk here but the reward is elite DB points.
TJ Ward: Seems to be forgotten after a subpar 1st year with DEN, Wade Phillips will use him correctly.
Earl Thomas/Kam Chancellor: Both phenomenal NFL players, but just not great in FF. Too many great players on that defense to take away tackles.
Tyrann Mathieu/Deone Buchannon/Rashad Johnson: I think they eat into each other’s snaps. Last year, all three got snaps because the Cardinals were decimated at ILB (only Larry Foote played more than 400 snaps at ILB). With Weatherspoon added, Foote still possible to come back, and the NFL draft still to come, I’m not banking on three safeties being able to get enough snaps to live up to expectations.