As we begin to settle into this off-season, our team here at DFF has decided to tackle a list of sleepers at each position. As you’ve probably already noticed, this isn’t just offensive sleepers; this 7-part series will consist of IDP sleepers as well. We know not every league is offense-only so we’ve got you covered. In case you missed it, we’ve already looked at the wide receiver and defensive back positions, but today we’ll look at defensive linemen.
Malik Jackson, DT, Jacksonville: Those in DT required leagues would be happy to add him into their lineups. Weeks 12 and 17 really showed what he can do. The defensive coaching staff will remain intact and that is a good sign. Many owners didn’t value him and he is sitting on waivers around the leagues. Add him and stash him. In 2017 he will make that contract signed last offseason look like a good deal.
Noah Spence, DE, Tampa Bay: I know he was drafted by most in 2016. In your 12 team leagues though he is no longer at the top of owners minds. After injuring his shoulder in the season’s final game most owners have lost interest in him. Chances are he will miss OTA’s and minicamp. Take advantage and wait on him. He will recover as he is a determined guy and he will produce for your fantasy teams.
Kenny Clark, DE, Green Bay: This former wrestler can play the run. When you’re able to shed blocks and make tackles you’re an asset to your team (both the Packers and our fantasy team). Will work on his pass rush this offseason and will become a solid addition to your team.
DaQuan Jones, DE, Tennessee: Strength helps him get a push and he will get up field and get tackles. Leagues that reward the tackle points will boost his value. Having one of the games better ends on the other side [Jurell Casey] will only help him. Lock him up now. You salary cap players would be wise to add him as well. Like him locked in starting role next couple years.
Josh Mauro, DE, Arizona: Meet the starting RDE for the Cards. Not flashy and will not be doing any sack dances but….. plays the run well and gets tackles. I like him to build on his 24 tackle season and will be a nice depth piece for me.
Every new NFL season brings with it millions of predictions and projections for real life and for fantasy. 2017 will be no different. With the 2016 fantasy season over and the draft and free agency yet to come, every move will impact multiple players across all positions. This list is a work in progress, but as of today, these are a few players to keep an eye on during the off-season and might be worth grabbing when draft day rolls around.