IDP Breakdown - Week 1 Edition
You wouldn’t know it from his ADP, but Brad Jones is the Packers’ lone every-down inside linebacker. Sure, he was a general disappointment last season, but how quickly we forget that Jones was a rock solid LB2 as a three-down ‘backer in 2012. If he’s somehow still available in your league, pick him up. Don’t wait until after Week 1, because the secret will be out. And if you’re going to grab him, you might as well start him against one of the league’s most run-heavy offenses. … It will be interesting to see exactly how the Packers use Julius Peppers. He’s slated for the “Elephant” role in Dom Capers’ defense, which means he’s likely classified as a linebacker in your league. … Likewise, I’ll also be keeping a close eye on the safeties. It’s likely we’ll see more of Morgan Burnett in the box. He’s locked in as a DB1.
Ah, Seattle. They’re incredibly fun to watch, yet frustrating from an IDP standpoint. In the counterintuitive world of fantasy football, good defenses often hurt individual player value. Take Bobby Wagner for example. There’s no denying his abilities on the field, but his IDP value often takes a hit because of the Seahawks’ prowess on the field. Don’t get me wrong. He’s still and LB1, but his ceiling doesn’t rival the elite fantasy options. … It’s time to see if the rubber meets the road for Cliff Avril. With Chris Clemons now in Jacksonville, Avril stands to play more snaps. Whether he actually will is yet to be determined. The Seahawks tend to deploy a heavy rotation along the defensive line, so Avril’s snaps still have the chance to be limited. However, if he’s in there for 70-75 percent of the snaps, Avril will be squarely on the DL2 radar.
Jacksonville @ Philadelphia
Jeff Ratcliffe is the Assistant Managing Editor and resident IDP maven of PFF Fantasy.