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IDP Free Agent Report: Week 1
Darin Tietgen
September 8, 2011
 

Welcome to another year of fantasy football, IDP-style. This new free agent report will help you identify players that you can add to your team that can give you immediate help or increase the strength of your bench.

Who's Hot

Here we’ll take a look at players that are heating things up on defense and can bring your fantasy team some immediate help.

This section will kick off Week 2, once we find out who gets off to rip-roarin’ starts.

Digging For Sleepers

These players will be typical free agents in 12 to 16 IDP leagues and should be targeted.

Linebackers

Kirk Morrison (BUF):  Morrison, at one point not too long ago, was an absolute beast for the Raiders.  He moved over to Jacksonville, where he had a pretty lackluster season.  He’s now a Buffalo Bill, and while everyone thinks Nick Barnett is a shoo-in for 100+ tackles replacing Paul Posluzny, Morrison is a dark horse even if he’s buried on the depth chart.  He may not help you Week 1, but we recommend keeping an eye on him in case his playing time increases week to week.

Chris Gocong (CLE):  For a moment there, folks were ready to pounce on Gocong, as he had the inside edge as the Browns’ MLB.  Then D’Qwell Jackson took the spot back and Gocong was shifted over to WLB, despite some reports saying he’s more of a natural on the strong side.  He’s battling a neck stinger, but could be a valuable fantasy backup if he can stay injury-free.

Gerald McRath (TEN):  The Titan LB corps has undergone some serious turnover.  Gone are Keith Bulluck and Stephen Tulloch, who reigned supreme in the Titan scheme as fantasy studs.  Now, Barrett Ruud steps into the middle and should be the prime producer.  But the aging Will Witherspoon should also make some noise at WLB, that is until the coaching staff figures out that McRath is far superior athletically.  It may not be the first couple weeks, but it should happen.  Stay tuned. 

Defensive Line

Brett Keisel (DE – PIT):  The Steelers’ never really have a DE that is a game-changer nor a fantasy producer.  But both Keisel and Aaron Smith have provided fantasy owners with decent points in larger leagues.  Keisel returned from injury late last season and put up just under 10 points per game in five contests.  Keisel’s set to start and won’t have to hold off the young Ziggy Hodd, who’s backing up Smith.

Andre Carter (DE – NEP):  He may still be listed as a LB in your league but he’ll be playing DE for the Pats.  In fact, he’s listed as a starter and could approach double-digit sacks if he can stay healthy.

Defensive Backs

Abram Elam (S – DAL):  Elam put up serviceable stats as a Brown and now is starting on the strong side for a revamped Cowboy defense.  As always, DB is ultra-deep, but if you’re looking for a guy with some serious upside, Elam could be your guy.

Jabari Greer (CB – NOS):  Not to say that Tracy Porter is a true shutdown corner, but he’s developing into one heck of a play making defensive back.  Greer could benefit, as opposing QBs decide to test his side more.  And you know teams will have to throw to keep up with the Saints.

Digging Even Deeper

Here you will find "one injury away" players, or those worth a look in very deep leagues.

Linebackers:  Tamba Hali (KC), Joe Mays (DEN), Ashlee Palmer (DET)

Defensive Linemen:  Roy Miller (DT – TBB), Cory Redding (DE – BAL)

Defensive Backs:  Captain Munnerlyn (CB – CAR), Rashad Johnson (S – ARI)


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