Who Would You Rather
There is something overlooked by the fantasy footballers of the world. Everyone acts quickly on those big time linebackers, failing to realize how important the defensive lineman actually is. In leagues where you have to start defensive linemen, this position goes the way of the offensive tight end when in fact they should be looked at as running backs (for those of you who think offensive). The DL position is very thin, and owning one of the top 5 will give you, the owner, a considerable advantage over your fake-football-peers.
With linebackers, you will notice over 40 players averaging 8+ fantasy points per game. Year after year we see the likes of Patrick Willis going light years before defensive linemen. This is understandable to the untrained IDP fantasy owner. We are well past the halfway point of the season, and Willis is in the middle of the pack amongst linebacker fantasy scoring. Mid to late round drafted players like Wesley Woodyard and Lavonte David are creating havoc for their owners.
Contrary to their line-backing counterparts, there are only 4 defensive linemen scoring over 8 points per game. Those owners who own these players have a huge advantage over those who drafted Patrick Willis or Jon Beason 3-4 rounds earlier. The top 3 linemen are the guys you should have taken well earlier. J.J. Watt, Jason Pierre-Paul and Elvis Dumervil.
Bottom Line, it is worth waiting for a linebacker. If you want a clear advantage over your buddies you should have drafted a Lineman. If you didn’t, please take notes. I am seeing player after player being added and dropped in my league as guys are looking for that invisible diamond-in-the-rough. Sadly, they will not find one. The position is simply much more inconsistent than your linebackers. The guys who score will continue to score. But, if you’re still searching, here are a few guys to keep an eye on for the late season push. They won’t win the league for you, but if you waiting to get your linemen, they may help:
Jonathan Babineaux, Atl
Derrick Morgan, Tenn
Brian Robison, Min
Henry Melton, Chi
Paul Kruger, Bal
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.