Greetings Sharkfans! The 2005 season is upon us and while I realize that everyone is focusing on final drafting, line-ups and roster fine-tuning, I wanted to start the season off with a little different flair. For the most part, everyone’s drafting is over with and I’m sure everyone had excellent drafts in all their leagues. Right? Okay, okay, perhaps some of you (myself included) are in need of tweaking your rosters just a little bit. So, that’s why I want to take this opportunity to take a look at some IDPs to keep an eye on as preparation for waiver wire action begins in earnest. A lot of these players will be available via waiver wire. (Please keep in mind that these are in no particular order).
1. Robert Geathers CIN This is my “under the radar” pick for the year. Cincy has made him their starter at end opposite Justin Smith. They even moved Smith to the left side so that they could take advantage of Geather’s pass rushing skills.
2. Trevor Pryce DEN I know Pryce isn’t necessarily an “unknown”, but I’m betting he has a productive year despite the influx of former Cleveland Browns on the Denver line.
3. Marcus Tubbs SEA This 2nd year player has had a great preseason for a defensive tackle. I like his potential with Seattle’s improved defensive line.
4. Darnell Dockett ARI Another 2nd year defensive tackle. He was labeled as a risk last year as a rookie, but my hunch is that he turns in a good year this year.
5. Demarcus Ware DAL (rookie) I know, he’s kind of a linebacker/DL hybrid. For fantasy purposes, I’ve only seen him listed as a DL. He’s had a great preseason.
1. Peter Sirmon TEN Bullock will still garner most of the high-end stats for Tennessee at the linebacker spot, but keep an eye on Sirmon. He missed last year with a knee injury, but has been very productive before that. He’s another that’s had a good preseason.
2. Antwan Peek HOU He’s starting on the outside for Houston this year as part of their new revamped linebacker corps. Let’s see how he does the first couple of weeks. He might be worth a shot.
3. Rosevelt Colvin NE Colvin is in-line for the Comeback Player of the Year award. It appears that he’s back to his old “sackmaster” self.
4. Chaun Thompson CLE He’s another young player who is finally getting a shot to play. Some say he’s the best linebacker, talent-wise, on the Brown’s squad.
5. Lofa Tatupu SEA (rookie) A lot of “experts” questioned Seattle’s decision to draft this guy when they did. I think he will prove them wrong; although he may be a year away.
1. Eugene Wilson NE Rodney Harrison gets most of the thunder in New England, but Wilson is coming into his own. On some fantasy lists he may be labeled as a cornerback which may be an added bonus
2. Terrance Holt DET I like the way this guy plays. He’s done well this preseason – worth keeping an eye on.
3. Antrel Rolle ARI (rookie) Here’s the classic example of a rookie cornerback who is apt to get picked on a lot. He’s a hard hitter and he should have a pretty good year this year. I think he might be this year’s “Dunta Robinson”.
4. Tommy Davis CAR (rookie) This guy is probably not on most waiver wire lists, but I had to mention him. Linebacker – safety – doesn’t matter; he’s the real deal.
5. Nick Collins GB (rookie) My 3rd rookie mentioned in a row. Collins has won a starting safety slot. Green Bay’s defense isn’t so great this year, so he should see plenty of action.
Thanks again for reading. Next week will see a return of the regular season Seadog Reports with key IDP matchups as well as a first week report on the Wall our IDP-only league. See you then!