stomperrob wrote:Click on the "Rankings" on the left hand margin here and you'll see some IDP rankings complete with some sleepers. One sleeper I like is LB Karlos Dansby in Ari who is moving to the inside in their 3-4 scheme this year.
At the same time though, 3-4 ILBs are rarely as productive as 4-3 MLBs and even sometimes 4-3 WLBs so it could very well have a negative impact on his fantasy production as well.
It really depends on how much guys in your league keep up with fantasy IDPs and also how deep your rosters are in what "sleepers" will be out there. Keep your eye on Barrett Ruud, if you have some knowledgeable people in your league i would be surprised if he was available but he was the backup MLB last year for TB and will be taking over this year as the starter with Quarles being released. He could have a monster season. Another guy at LB to watch for is Freddie Keiaho who is taking over Cato June's spot at WLB in the Colts defense this year and that position especially under Tony Dungy is nearly always a very productive fantasy spot.
I'd also keep your eye out for guys like Chad Greenway who is coming back from injury this year, Matt Wilhelm and Stephen Cooper are the two LBs taking over the ILB positions for SD this year and are surely worth a look, Michael Okwo (rookie) could step in at OLB in Chicago if Briggs continues to hold out, Mathias Kiwanuka is moving to OLB this year for the Giants and could make an impact there, and Stephen Tulloch is taking over as the starter at MLB in Tennessee this year. Those are just some of the LB guys I would be keeping an eye out for.
At DB I would be looking through and seeing if any of the guys that play safety for their teams are available as those are normally the higher scoring DBs and the more consistent guys. Someone that might be worth keeping an eye on is Adam Archuleta who is at Chicago and playing under the only coach that he ever had relevant fantasy value under in Lovie Smith. Lovie knows how to use him and he could be a productive DB yet again. Also, look out for some of the rookie safeties like Laron Landry (WAS) and Reggie Nelson (JAC) Also keep your eye on Antoine Bethea who is taking over at SS for the Colts and Anthony Smith who is likely going to be starting for the Steelers at FS.
Most of the time after the well known DLs it's kind of a crap shoot so just pay attention early in the season to see who is producing well (especially with the rookies) and make changes accordingly.