This time of year with everyone talking about the exciting incoming rookie class, we still need to look at our roster’s, and those in our respective league. Where can you find a bargain or take advantage of news and get a steal? Who’s on the trade block? I will let you in on some players I am looking at.
- Christian Kirksey – Cleveland Browns With Jaimie Collins in the dog pound some people are forgetting about Kirksey. Do not be that owner. Trust me he will stay on the field. Pro Football Focus had him graded as the 4th best LB against the run. He also played a massive number of snaps. His value is up and down from league to league. I have made proposals with anywhere between a 2017 1st to a 2017 4th in an attempt to acquire him. I bought for the latter.
- Kamalei Correa – Baltimore Ravens The news of Zach Orr retiring was like a bat to my chest. Startling news for all IDP owners. Who might we see taking the place of the former rising star? Correa could be that guy. The LB who struggled in the preseason and was not seen again, you say? I DO! I’m good tossing a late pick to see how this all unfolds. If the Ravens make a splash in free agency or draft another LB we will hold our breath. Worth a late pick I believe. Looking back at last season’s draft board he was ranked high. The guy can play.
- Jerry Hughes – Buffalo Bills Take advantage of last season’s lackluster ending for Jerry. Think back to a happier time [the 2014 season in case you forgot]. I look for Jerry to be used in a way that will have him performing at top fantasy value for us IDP owners. He is a smart player who understands his role. Playing run support he knows how to play in the scheme. When he is released to go get the QB he will make that happen. Winning against a tackle in space will propel him into a big play league winner next season. The Bills defense will be stronger in 2017.
- Whitney Mercilus – Houston Texans I have talked him up all season long. In leagues where we start 4 or 5 LBs, he is a good add to your team. Look at his playoff performance this past year as he racked up eleven tackles, of which seven were solo and three sacks. He was a terror for opposing QB’s. Why not offer a mid-round pick for a player who will get you double digit points. Looking ahead to 2017, a healthy J.J. Watt will help Whitney get back to double digit sacks.
- Deone Bucannon – Arizona Cardinals His move to LB I thought would be a move that would not disappoint. Well, it was an off year. I expected him to be a top tier LB in fantasy. I am taking advantage of owners who have moved on from him. He is only 24 years old and has plenty of football left. Heading into the 2017 campaign he will be fully healthy. Look for him to storm back into the top tier talk.
- Kevin Minter – Arizona Cardinals Take advantage of his numbers from this past season. He may have helped in a bye week or fill in to cover an injury for you. I don’t believe he is a good option on any of my teams. I would not be surprised if he was not a Cardinal next season. Better options will be available to both Arizona and your fantasy squad.
- D’Qwell Jackson – Indianapolis Colts Being suspended to end his 2016 season along with declining skills, screams out to us all to SELL now. You might be able to pawn him off as a depth piece to a contender. I can’t imagine you would get much for him but at this point, I am trying to get what I can. Always try and get something so players don’t get wasted away on your bench.
- Lawrence Timmons – Pittsburgh Steelers 76 tackles and 32 assists is a nice season. This 30-year old just played is final season under contract. My gut tells me he will not be back in Pittsburg. Will he retire? Does he play for another team? All the more reason to move on and lock up some younger talent.
- Paul Posluszny – Jacksonville Jaguars Another veteran of the gridiron that finished his season near the top of the stat sheet. On name alone, he gets owners in my leagues talking about his tackle numbers. Maybe you have a fan of his in your league. As good as he has been since entering the league, it’s time for you to move on. Talk up his solid tackle numbers and then move him. It was obvious he has lost his speed burst and you better make a trade or you will have a roster spot that is dragging you down this off-season. Do you also hear the whispers? ‘Myles Jack”.
- Korey Toomer – Los Angeles Chargers I admit he was a great in season add. Helped me out of a hole in a few leagues. Then I moved him. I mention Toomer because I have seen him moved around as add-ins on trades. Selling is your priority now. The Chargers LB core will return to full health next season and this will leave Toomer a free agent on the street or back in a backup role.
Always be building and preparing. Weekly I try to look for a few players to target to help me keep my roster turning to keep building. Make a plan for your teams and work it all off-season. Hit me up anytime to talk IDP. @DFF_JohnIDP