Tuesday, June 19, 2012

2012 Fantasy Football - IDP Breakout Candidates

Yesterday I published my offensive version of my Breakout Candidates for 2012, and today I am back with my IDP picks.  The nice thing about IDP leagues is that you are usually in a deeper league and the waiver wire is often full of guys on the verge to be bumped up on teams depth charts and be given a chance to make an impact immediately. 

I spend a majority of my time ranking players in the Fantasy Football world, and never get a chance to speak out about guys maybe lower down in my rankings that I think have a really good chance to breakout in 2012. I am going to pick 2 players at each position that I think have a solid chance of being Fantasy starters for your team in 2012 that you can find on the cheap.

Half the battle is Fantasy Football is having a little bit of luck and picking players that out perform their ADP. You can never truly dominate in the world of Fantasy Football by playing it safe and taking players solely based on rankings, you need to be adventuress and take some chances, and really believe in guys that are further down in the rankings but have potential to break out. Here are a few of the guys I have been targeting in some of my early drafts, and guys I want to watch closely in training camp and preseason.

LB
Perry Riley - The time is now to grab this guy, with London Fletcher on the brink of extinction.  In 2011 Riley came on strong from weeks 10 to 17, and showed he can take over when the time comes and even if Fletcher can continue to defy all odds and stay around for another year or two, he can still be a huge part of the Redskins defense.

Jasper Brinkley -  Is going to be the starting MLB in Minny and can be had on about any waiver wire or for peanuts.  Entering his third year so knowing the plays and schemes will be easier and with the addition of a full offseason the sky is the limit.  Has potential to be a top 30 LB by seasons end if everything unfolds just right for him.

Others to Note - Lofa Tatupu, Paul Kruger, Justin Houston. 

DE
Robert Quinn - The Rams got rolled over last year, and what did they do because of it?  Well they brought in a defensive mastermind in Jeff Fisher and gave him control on how he wanted to build his team.  He elected to trade down in the draft passing on the sexy Offensive players and went all in on building a defense that will be fierce and one that will not back down.  Quinn who starts opposite Long has the chance to be a beast type of player in the same vain as a Jason Pierre Paul.

Jeremy Mincey - Turning a team around starts with Defense and Mincey who is coming into his 5th full year in the league and coming off a 8 sack year in 2011 has a chance to be a leader for the Jags and be a force on the D-Line.  With the team drafting Andre Branch this also adds to Mincey's ability to outperform his ADP in 2012, and is set up for a perfect breakout year.

Others to Note - Kamerion Wimbley, Derrick Morgan, Muhammad Wilkerson

DT
Tyson Alualu - Some leagues force you to start DT's separate from DE's and when doing this you can often find DT's hidden on the waiver wire.  Alualu is entering year number 3 and is ready to grow with a young defense and improve upon his numbers in the first two years, the guy was the 10th overall pick and definitely has talent to succeed.

Jurell Casey - When you think of the Titans you think of defense and a team that can stop the run and prides itself of that.  Well things have been a tad shaky the past few years and rebuilding the D-Line has been a big process for the team.  Coming off a rookie year Casey put up excellent numbers and may still be off some owners radars despite it.

Others to Note - Randy Starks, Brodrick Bunkley, Brandon Mebane

CB
Brent Grimes - Playing in a division against Brees, Newton, Freeman you need a hefty Secondary to compete.  The Falcons have done as much as possible to make this happen and Grimes after coming off a tough 2011 campaign is sure to rebound in 2012 and get back to his 2010 form.  Can be had on the cheap currently.

Patrick Robinson - Heading into his 3rd year and is set to have his best year so far.  Plays in a defense that thrives off of big plays, and with 2 years under his belt the former 1st rounder is ready to evolve to the next level and become a fantasy starting CB.

Others to Note - Alterraun Verner, Jerraud Powers, Vontae Davis

S
Jaiquawn Jarrett - Currently sits behind Kurt Coleman on the depth chart for the starting SS gig.  A player like Jarrett needs time to learn and grow and when the time is right he will come in and be a big presence that the Eagles have missed since Dawkins.  He is a guy that you need to monitor closely over the summer with training camp but beating out Coleman doesn't seem like a stretch.

Tom Zbikowski - Slated as the starting SS for the Colts and never really getting an opportunity in Baltimore, I think he has the potential to be a top 15 Safety for Fantasy purposes.  He is listed as the Colts starting safety and with a young team the defense will be set to make improvements in 2012 and Zbikowski is a good FA pickup and good potential to breakout.

Others to Note - William Moore, Major Wright, Quinton Carter














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