Welcome, fellow IDP fantasy owners to my newest weekly article. For those of you just reading this for the first time, each week I am going to recap the top performances of a handful of rookies. We will look at how they did the past week, what it means going forward and, most importantly, the impact in the fantasy world. I hope this will help your fantasy rosters. With the fantasy playoffs in full swing, let’s jump right into this week’s write up.
LB, Tremaine Edmunds, Buffalo Bills Edmunds had a terrific rookie season but saved his best game for the last game of the year. In the season finale versus the Miami Dolphins, Edmunds had twelve tackles, eleven solo’s, one sack and one interception. Edmunds finished his rookie campaign with one hundred twenty-one tackles, eighty solos, two sacks, two interceptions, and eleven pass breakups. He’ll be a huge IDP fantasy piece going forward and must be owned in all IDP formats.
LB, Jerome Baker, Miami Dolphins The Dolphins have a number of young pieces to build their defense around, and Baker will be a pivotal piece for them. In the season finale versus the Buffalo Bills, he tallied six tackles, two for a loss and one sack. He finished the season with seventy-nine tackles, fifty-six solos, three sacks, and one interception. As Baker becomes more consistent, he’ll get more reps and that will greatly improve his fantasy stock. He should be owned in all dynasty leagues.
CB, Chavarius Ward, Kansas City Chiefs Ward is a newcomer to the weekly rookie recap. Better late than never and in the last game of the season versus the Oakland Raiders, he balled out. He received more playing time due to injuries and didn’t disappoint. He would record nine tackles, all solos, and two pass breakups. He didn’t do much on the season overall, but the last two games show his potential, where he had eighteen tackles and three pass breakups. A decent stash in dynasty leagues or taxi squad.
LB, Fred Warner, San Francisco 49ers Warner was one of the more pleasant surprises in the IDP world. He was a little inconsistent at times but will be a nice IDP play and a piece for the Niners going forward. In the 49ers last game of the season versus the Los Angeles Rams, he had a career-best fourteen tackles. With nine being solo. On the year Warner’s totals were one hundred twenty-three tackles, eighty-four solo’s, with six pass breakups. He will be a piece that San Francisco will build Around defensively and he should be owned in all IDP formats.
LB, Shaun Dion Hamilton, Washington Redskins Hamilton makes his first appearance on the weekly rookie recap. He’s a player that I thought would make a splash as a rookie a lot sooner in the season. In the season finale versus the Philadelphia Eagles, he produced eight tackles, five solos, and one sack. He showed his potential in the last quarter of the season. I expect him to be a bigger contributor in his sophomore season. A great taxi squad stash and showed be owned in all dynasty and deep roster leagues.
LB,Darius Leonard, Indianapolis Colts If I had a vote for defensive rookie of the year, I would cast it for Leonard. He has been a monster for the Indianapolis defense and a fantasy god. I would even go as far to put him in contention for Rookie of the Year overall. Yes, he’s been that damn good. On the season he has recorded an outstanding one hundred sixty-one tackles, one hundred twelve solos, twelve for a loss, seven sacks, four forced fumbles, two recoveries, two interceptions, and eight pass breakups. There is nothing he can’t do and for a team that desperately needed a playmaker.
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