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JWolfe is back with his IDP nuggets for 2017. Here’s his first blast (of many) for the new season!
This next 2-3 week window prior to week 1 allows numerous opportunity on filling in IDP depth that post week 1 will cost quite a bit more in FAAB budget than striking the iron before the competition. Here’s a few targets that per MyFantasyLeague ownership rates should be on most available waiver wires in deep and competitive leagues. Many of these are situations that are very fluid but a vast majority are going to be settled even prior to week 1. Most are options in both dynasty and seasonal but default to the higher spots in ascending order with dynasty potential.
DL– DL currently is a wasteland as far as sleepers, the established guys in all teams are relatively healthy and there’s not a ton of open jobs. Some trade targets who could be owned but cheap to acquire would be Cam Heyward, Akiem Hicks, Derek Wolfe, Jerry Hughes and Emmanuel Ogbah that are generally owned but are for various reasons trading for very cheap
— DT- Dietrich Wise NE-First off as of now he’s a Cheat-code player which are some of the best finds in IDP as he will be playing DE primarily but is listed at least in MFL under a DT designation so this is a leap of faith he isn’t reclassified but is still worth a DE depth stash if changed but loses some luster. With the sudden Ninkovich retirement and the Derek Rivers ACL injury, he could be in line to play a vast majority of the snaps opposite Trey Flowers as reports on Kony Ealy have been lacking. The Pats being the Pats will likely probably foil this by making a smart trade or scooping a vet post 53 man cuts to strengthen the DL depth but for now the opportunity for snaps are there with the lacking depth chart and the measurables/mid round draft pedigree both look to be in line to play early and often.
— DE-Corneilius Washington DET-Kerry Hyder is done for the year, Ziggy Ansah is banged up yet again so Washington is next in line. He hasn’t played much but tore up the combine and should draw very few double team or chip blocks. Very few potential DE targets at this point of the year so more of a lack of options overall
— DE Alex Okafor-NO-Okafor has flashed pass rush potential in spurts with Arizona and could be able to shine in New Orleans opposite Cam Jordan’s double team attention.
LB-Lots of solid options available for free. This is the prime spot to hit hard early and hope to hit gold as there will always be plenty of DB’s available and DL are harder to come by until injuries start piling up as there’s many established solid DL already in place.
— LB-BJ Goodson-All reports suggest Goodson has a firm grasp on the green dot and play calling duties in his second year. Lack of competition means that he should be able to get a fair amount of slack. Have not seen much of him but is young and very little competition.
— Korey Toomer LAC-In line to start at MLB first 4-6 weeks min and possibly longer with Perryman injury. Was a stud last year when injuries hit and has a good shot to stick in the starting lineup even after a return which sounds shakier by the day prior to midseason from Perryman. I’ve stashed him in every league and would suggest he be the top priority if still available.
— Alex Anzalone/AJ Klein NO-I prefer Klein but currently these are the 2 nickel package players locked in New Orleans which is a great spot for IDP production the past few years looking at Stephone Anthony and Craig Robertson last year who both are well behind according to reports currently.
— Nick Kwiatkowski CHI-Assuming Trevathan ends up missing the first 6 games, here’s his replacement who showed fairly well late in 2016 filling in the last month plus. Love his schedule first few weeks as well to boot.
— Oakland-No idea what the play here is. One and likely two of these guys will be starting and playing 3 down role. Currently Cory James is play caller so I am holding him from last year, but a combination of Marquel Lee, Jelani Jenkins and Tyrell Adams all are vying. Lee had the early lead but has struggled so I would lean to Jenkins who was solid in Miami but couldn’t stay healthy. Our hero Ben Heeney is on NFI so RC can remove the picture from his milk carton but there’s no timeline on when or if the will be able to practice. I am still stashing as Heeney is the best talent in the group.
— Kamalei Correa BAL-Starting MLB- can do worse for bench depth and some potential unknown upside although not much more than LB3/4 based on situation.
— Ben Gedeon MIN-Only 2 down role but locked into a starting spot, potential to get a 3 down role if Kendricks goes down.
DB-Plenty of options available but below are a few free ones who could trade in top 20 DB’s and are sitting free on the waiver wire.
— S-Micah Hyde/Jordan Poyer BUF- Buffalo is going to be trailing a lot this year and on the field for many snaps without a ton of challengers for tackle opportunities with the league’s most generous scoring crew on tackles/assist stat padding. Sign me up for free.
— Calvin Pryor CLE-Not a solid hold on the job opposite Peppers but will be in position for DB2 numbers unless Campbell or Kindred can overcome their current backup role. First round pedigree likely will mean he gets one more shot and will be in the box frequently.