As the preseason draws near, it's time to look at this year's IDP (Individual Defensive Player) sleepers. These guys have likely never spent a day on a fantasy roster, but look for them to become solid contributors in 2010.
Analysis is based on the four main statistics for most IDP leagues (solo tackles, sacks, passes defensed and takeaways) in three-position formats (defensive linemen, linebackers, and defensive backs).
Fact is, Clemons should be sitting on the waiver wire by the end of your draft. But sack-heavy leaguers should keep an eye on him. He's a pure speed pass rusher and he's going to play more snaps than he ever has in his career. Clemons is certainly too small (6-feet-2, 240 lbs.) to hold up as an every down guy, but he's going to fill
Vernon's little bro is far from an unknown after entering the league as a first-round pick with a freak athlete reputation, but he was out of site and out of mind for the first half of 2009. After stepping into the starting lineup midseason, Davis put up an IDP stat line that was hard to ignore. In nine starts, he had 36 solo tackles, nine passes defensed and three interceptions. He's one of the few corners who combines big-play ability with a willingness to help in run support. He has DB1 upside.
I'm not crazy about Godfrey's upside; I think he's a solid DB2, but only a borderline DB1 in deep leagues. But the move to full-time strong safety bodes well, especially in tackle-heavy scoring formats. We'll have to wait and see how comfortable he is in the box, but he certainly has the straightline speed and range to make a lot of plays, especially as another
As with Clemons, there's not any reason to burn a draft pick on Jones, but he's a guy who belongs firmly on waiver-wire radars. The Packers are high enough on the 2009 seventh-rounder that they're handing him the starting job opposite Clay Matthews. And playing across from Matthews, who will command his share of double teams this year, is a good place to be. Jones delivered after taking over for an injured
It's been three years since Jones had fantasy relevance, as the starting strong safety in Cleveland. If he can beat out
He seems to be everyone's favorite sleeper in tackle-heavy leagues. It's easy to understand why. Last year,
Spencer has a chance to be this year's
It's a blast from the past, but the stars are aligning for Vanden Bosch to have a renaissance in Detroit. He's in a similar situation to his Tennessee heyday, 2005-07 when he had 41 sacks and 152 solo tackles over three years. He's playing under head coach