Eight in the Box: Gaines Adams among '09 IDP Breakout Stars
Adams has broken many an IDP owner heart over his first two seasons, putting together the occasional multi-sack game before going MIA. But there's every reason to think a breakout season is on the way.
Sticking with our theme of underachieving pass rushers, Carter belonged on a milk carton in 2008. After 43 solo tackles, 10.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles in 2007, he responded with a 23-4.0-0 line last year. But it can't be pinned on him entirely. No offense to fourth-year tackle
You're a fool to rely strictly on numbers for fantasy football success, but you can't ignore what James did in the second half of 2008. Head coach
It doesn't take a mathemagician to figure out that Lofton is in for a big statistical jump. After playing almost exclusively on first and second downs last season, he will make the jump to third down duties this year. In anticipation, he has slimmed down and should have more range and be able to diagnose plays quicker in his second season. Atlanta's ball control offense generally keeps their defense off the field, but Lofton's leap in playing time and ability makes him one of the safest IDP linebackers out there, with an upside of 90 solo tackles if things break right.
This is the nicest way it can be said: Opposing quarterbacks are going to salivate when they see Marshall lined up on the outside. He's the kind of physical corner who was a nice fit in the nickel for three seasons, but I just don't think he can survive on the outside. Of course, this is great news for his IDP value. All those throws coming his way means more chances for PDs and, more likely, tackles. And Marshall will still mix it up against the run. Marshall has a similar skill set to Chicago's
He took over when
Phillips is another no-brainer. A former in-the-box safety and one of the most valuable DBs in fantasy leagues back in 2006 (83 solo tackles), he's making the move to weakside linebacker. The beauty of it is that Phillips will retain DB eligibility in almost every league. The only real red flag is that Jim Bates' run control scheme often funnels ball carriers to the middle linebacker (in this case
Sims certainly had some success in