Studs Will Be Studs?
As we creep closer to the midway point of the NFL season, I want to take a look at those “big name” defensive players that we all drafted to lead our IDP defensive corps to the epitome of fantasy football. We all hope that our predictions for the top IDPers come to fruition, but that is not always the case. There are always those guys who cease to exist in the fantasy world and just below we will see who, if any, are hurting their preseason drafters.
Jason Pierre-Paul, NYG- The top defensive end drafted has been steady this year, but not the force he has been in the past. His numbers are down across the board is only on pace for around 7 sacks. This number would be a full 10 sacks below his 2011 output. His tackle numbers are also falling below the ridiculous 91 total tackles from last season. He is still post top 10 type numbers, but not the dominant numbers we saw in 2012. If you spent a high pick on him, sit on him. He should come around at some point.
Patrick Willis, SF- Willis seems to have picked up right where he has left off in his previous seasons. He is on pace for yet another ho-hum 130+ tackle season. Similar to Jason Pierre-Paul, Willis has put up solid numbers at best. His number 1 overall IDP-ADP really puts a cloud over his tackle numbers. He has yet to record a sack or even a tackle for loss, suggesting that they are using him much more in coverage and as a spy. I envision him finishing in the top 10 linebackers, but his number 1 overall draft position is shot.
Tyvon Branch, Oak- Entering the season, Tyvon Branch had some lofty expectations. While they were lofty, they were not unwarranted. He filled up the stat sheet with tackles, sacks, passes defended, and a pick. He has yet to record an interception or even a defended pass so far in 2012 and his tackle numbers are well below his preseason projections. Drafted in 99% of IDP leagues, he is currently only owned in 70% and dropping. Do what you wish here, but at this point there seem to be many better options available. I recommend you cut your losses and find other options.
Jason McCourty, Tenn- Of all the top preseason Individual Defensive Players, Jason McCourty has lived up to his preseason expectations the most. He is on pace for almost 100 tackles and at the Cornerback position, this is a great number. Already racking up 8 passes defensed and 2 interceptions; Jason McCourty has pleased all of his owners to the fullest and should continue to carry your fantasy defensive back corps without a hitch. Leave him in your starting lineup and reap the rewards, as teams will continue to toss the ball around on the Titans.
Robert comes from an extensive background in fantasy football. He has competed in competitive leagues for over 10 years, which he has won on numerous occasions. He should bring a fresh perspective to a side of fantasy football looked over by the bulk of fantasy informers. Individual defensive players are possibly the most important element to having a well-rounded fantasy football team, as most people look to the big names to carry their team. Robert comes from a back ground in sports, where he played D3 college basketball at Millsaps College. As an intense competitor he wants to share his knowledge to help you compete in this years fantasy football season.