DLF’s 2017 IDP Predictions: Fantasy Sleeper of the Year

Eric Olinger

At this time of year there is absolutely no shortage of fantasy football articles, information, metrics and ADP but it always comes back to one question: “who are you drafting/avoiding?” We get a lot of those kinds of tweets and predictions are my favorite part of the preseason. If you have as many hits as you did misses you did great but nobody remembers the hits. Instead, you’ll be crucified for that one miss…and I love it. So I asked my DLF brethren to give me their IDP predictions for 2017. We’ll undoubtedly have some of those hits and misses so let’s get right to them. Today we’re focusing on the “IDP Sleeper of the Year”.

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Robert Nkemdiche, DL ARI

He’s got all the talent in the world and Bruce Arians seems to have got his head screwed on straight. Look for him to wreck the NFC West. – Doug Green

Noah Spence, DE TB

I’m not sure if he’s considered a flier anymore as the hype is catching up to him. I ain’t mad though. I do believe Spence will make his mark as one of the better pass rushers in the league and it starts in 2017. Hitting double digit sacks will just be the beginning.  As the defensive end platform shuffles year in and year out, I can definitely see Spence earning his way into the top 12 and becoming a mainstay. – Brandon “Bee” Salamat

Nick Vigil, LB CIN

I was one year early on the Nick Vigil train. I won’t be drafting Bengals rookies after that slip-up. Marvin Lewis is a stubborn mule. –Bob Brannon

DeMarcus Walker, EDGE DEN

DeMarcus Walker was an early second round pick who almost no one talks about. With the injury to Derek Wolf last year and injuries plaguing Jared Crick, Walker is practically walking into a decent amount of playing time as a rookie. Another nice deal is he should step in at outside linebacker for Shane Ray, but back to defensive end next year when Crick leaves, making him even cheaper with that linebacker designation. He’s likely sitting on your waiver wire too. –Adam Tzikas

Joe Schobert, LB CLE

Joe Schobert was battling Tank Carder for the starting MIKE linebacker gig in Cleveland prior to Carder going down with a torn ACL in week two of the preseason, and it already looked like he was well on his way to wrestling it away. Gregg Williams has taken lesser-known players and made them defensive studs. Schobert could be that next guy. The next hurdle will be fighting Christian Kirksey for passing down work next to Jamie Collins. Schobert might still be sitting on your league’s waiver wire but savvy owners could’ve swiped him up when Carder went down or after the week three preseason game, both of which Schobert shined bright. – Eric Olinger

Who is your IDP Sleeper of the Year?

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