On the Verge: Von Miller, Cliff Avril, Charles Johnson, Elvis Dumervil, Jabaal Sheard, Aldon Smith, Andre Carter
Take A Ways: Let me start off by saying; it sure is nice to see someone not-named Jared Allen on the top of a pre-season fantasy Defensive lineman list. Jason Pierre-Paul exploded in a big way during his sophomore campaign and is the closest thing to a shoo-in as there is in fantasy football. Pierre-Paul wreaked havoc on opposing offensive lines from a week-to-week basis. His tackle totals make him a perfect fantasy specimen on the defensive line.
It’s impressive when a player who is “slowing down” is still found at the top of the top 10 defensive linemen list. Jared Allen filled the stat sheet yet again, and totaled an unheard of 22 sacks in 2011. His numbers may begin to fall this year, but that doesn’t mean to go run and hide from him on fantasy draft day (unless you’re an NFL quarterback). Playing in the pass-heavy NFC North will only keep his sack happy owners happy.
The biggest surprise on this list has to be Jason Babin. For those of you lucky enough to drafted him, I congratulate you. For those of you who didn’t, don’t let his age scare you. After completing his first back to back (injury free) NFL seasons, it’s safe to say NFLers are on their heels. His 18 sacks came on the heels of a 12.5 sack campaign in 2010. His 2012 owners should expect double digit sacks and strong tackle totals.
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.