I believe that to properly analyze the 2017 IDPs you need to have an idea of how they’ll ALL perform so you can benchmark and compare them effectively. So I built a model using past performance, efficiency, scheme information and coaching tendencies to predict what will happen in 2017. I’ve applied that to my best estimates for how teams will use players this year which gives a projection and ranking for all IDPs. You can read more about what I did and how here.
Ding dong, Jeff Fisher is dead! If the Rams had any fans I’m sure they’d be celebrating riotously. For neutral fans like me the Rams are now suddenly a much better proposition too. They might even score some touchdowns. Gregg Williams leaving town isn’t ideal given how much fun his defences are, but Wade Phillips is a great replacement assuming the personnel do okay with the transition.
The Rams are actually a fairly solo-heavy stat crew so inside linebackers and strong safeties tend to thrive there. How well the linebackers do this year is the biggest theme of this team for me.
Aaron Donald, DE
As my good friend Sticky said on Twitter recently you shouldn’t worry too much about Donald’s alignment. He’s still going to be really good. It’s not ideal that owners have lost such a great asset in DT-premium leagues, but he’s still going to be a menace at end. I’ve got him down for six sacks but I won’t be shocked if that’s much higher in the end. I expect him to be the #6 defensive end.
Key stats: 909 snaps, 44 solo tackles, 16 assists, six sacks, seven passes defended.