IDP Dynasty Watch is a weekly article that looks at players values for the future (2-4 years). Also, a player doesn’t have to be a rookie or second year guy to be included but as often as possible I will be focusing on younger players. However, with that said there are plenty of 30+ year old players that are productive into mid thirties and would be viable dynasty watch candidates under the correct circumstances.
Brandon Harrison – Houston Texans
Drafted: 2007 5th round (144th overall)
The past few years IDPers have been looking for a solid option at the safety position in Houston and that looking might just stop this year with Brandon Harrison. While it did take an injury to previous starter C.C. Brown, Harrison has made the most of his current starting opportunity. In his first two games started, Harrison has logged 16 total tackles. He has intimidating size, standing 6’2” and weighing 227 lbs. His scouting report shows that his strengths are his bursts out of breaks, toughness and size. However, his instincts are noted as one of his weaknesses along with inconsistent play and blowing assignments. Blowing assignments was very evident as he was the one that allowed Patrick Cobbs to score this past weekend versus the Dolphins. With all that said it looks like Harrison is still going to have some value going forward. He probably tops out at the DB2 level but keep a close eye on his mistakes as much as you do his stat line. If he continually misses assignments he could find himself without a starting job.
Chris Horton – Washington Redskins
Drafted: 2008 7th round (249th overall)
There was something in Chris Horton’s scouting report that jumped out at me as kind of funny, “Chris Horton doesn't have good hands.” yes, that is exactly what it said. Talk about ironic considering that in four games started this year Horton has THREE interceptions. On top of those interceptions Horton has logged 24 total tackles and 3 passes defended in those four starts. The Redskins have put Reed Doughty on IR (who Horton was playing in place of) so Horton won’t have to be looking over his shoulder when it comes to playing time. Horton was a 7th rounder but shouldn’t be dismissed because of being drafted so late. He has shown a nose for the ball and looks to have what it’s going to take to be a very good IDP DB. With LaRon Landry playing FS for the Redskins, Horton will be able to play much closer to the line of scrimmage which in turn should be very beneficial to his tackle numbers. As good as Landry is going to be for Horton’s value is about how bad Horton is going to be for Landry’s value. Going forward Horton could end up having a value very similar to that of Roman Harper (when healthy) of the New Orleans Saints.
Dontarrious Thomas – Minnesota Vikings
Drafted: 2004 2nd round (48th overall)
Dontarius Thomas returns this week to the team that drafted him back in 2004. Thomas played for the Vikings from 2004 thru 2007 before leaving in free agency. He tried to catch on with San Francisco earlier this year but was released. Thomas was actually on his way to Florida to work out for the Dolphins when he got a text message from his agent informing him that a deal had been struck with the Vikings. He started 10 games for the Vikings and logged 61 total tackles in those starts. However, he was a disappointment in his first stint in Minnesota for fantasy owners. Now with E.J. Henderson on IR for the year Thomas has a second chance for both the Vikings and IDP owners. Undrafted David Herron had been starting in place of Henderson but now he too is fighting an injury that might actually have Thomas starting at MLB this week for the Vikings. His long term value with the Vikings may not be very high with Henderson expected to be back next year from his injury but he surely can use the final 10 games to show what he has. In shallow leagues he is someone you can keep an eye on but I wouldn’t roster him just yet. However, in deeper leagues if you have the room to roster him you should. The Vikings MLB has shown to put up nice stats and at worst Thomas should end up having very good value for the rest of this year. That is if he isn’t a bust, AGAIN.
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