Do you buy or sell these 3 IDP players? Here at RotoHeat, I strive to deliver as much helpful information as I can to help you all have successful individual defensive player rosters and win a couple championships along the way. There are a lot of questions for IDP with all the major free agent signings and the NFL Draft now complete. For these next few weeks, I will offer up some thoughts on whether or not you should buy or sell these IDP players.
Many circumstances have changed to either add value to a player or decrease value on a player. Did they bring in a veteran free agent? Did they draft a rookie or rookies in the top 4 rounds? Did they lose a veteran player to free agency? All of these scenarios play a very big part on a player’s fantasy success from one year to the next.
Kamren Curl – Safety
Kamren Curl was a 7th round pick out of Arkansas last year and is just 22 years old. After averaging just 6.3 points per game in my league for the first 7 games, Curl then averaged 25.75 points per game. Curl went from 2-3 tackles a game to 7-11 tackles per game. Curl went from 22% to 68% of snaps to 86% to 100% of snaps. Curl took full advantage of the Landon Collins injury and now will be a staple in the Washington defensive backfield.
Not only did Curl average 7.9 tackles per week as a safety, he had 5 QB hits, 4 passes defensed, 3 interceptions, and 1 TD. With all of this being done in the second half of his rookie season, Curl has put himself in the conversation of a #1 safety for the immediate future. Do you buy or sell this IDP player? Buy him all day long. He will be a “set it and forget it” start for years to come.
John Johnson – Safety
After playing his first 4 years for the Los Angeles Rams, John Johnson was signed as a UFA by the Cleveland Browns. Johnson is joining a very good defense with his very good resume. What’s better than a young safety on your IDP squad that racks up tackles by the hand full. After starting 11 of his 16 games as a rookie, Johnson started all 16 of his games in 2018 and 2020. Johnson missed 10 games in 2019 because of a shoulder injury. In the two seasons that he started all 16 games, Johnson racked up 119 total tackles in 2018 and 105 total tackles in 2020. In his shortened 2019 season, he had 51 total tackles in 5 1/2 games.
These tackle numbers are linebacker numbers. It is a huge advantage to get these kind of numbers out of your safety, especially if your league has tiered scoring based on positions. Johnson also has 8 interceptions, 32 passes defensed, a forced fumble, 2 QB hits, and 8 tackles for a loss in his 4 year career. At just 27 years old for the 2021 season, Johnson can be another set and forget safety for your championship IDP roster. Do you buy or sell this IDP Player? I think you already know the answer. Buy him yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Keanu Neal – Safety/Linebacker
Will Keanu Neal be a safety, a linebacker, or a hybrid with the unknown position designation? Neal was a safety for the Atlanta Falcons for his first five years in the NFL. Neal signed as an UFA with the Dallas Cowboys and rumors flowed stating he would be a linebacker for the Cowboys. As of right now, Neal is still listed as a safety on MFL and I would expect him to stay there with the Cowboys drafting of Micah Parsons and Jabril Cox. Don’t forget that Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch are still on the Cowboys roster also.
Neal should be the Cowboys #1 safety. After two incredible seasons to start his career, which included 106 tackles as a rookie and 116 tackles in his second year, he was crowned a #1 safety by all IDP media. Then the injuries happened in 2018 and 2019. After tearing his ACL at the start of the 2018 season, then rehabbing and coming back strong for the 2019 season, Neal tore his achilles tendon at the start of the 2019 season. Two lost seasons and doubt was cast on his career. However, Neal bounced back in 2020 for 100 total tackles while playing in 15 of the Falcons’ 16 games. During his first two years, Neal accumulated 8 forced fumbles and 14 passes defensed. Last year, Neal had 0 FF and 2 PD. Did Neal lose his enforcer mentality?
The Cowboys defense was very bad last year. They drafted Parsons in the 1st round and Cox in the 4th round to take over for Smith and LVE eventually. They also drafted 2 defensive linemen in the 3rd round and another in the 6th round. Then they drafted cornerbacks in the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th rounds. These moves tell me that the Cowboys are well aware of their defense and are putting great effort to upgrade for 2021.
I think the Cowboys will be better, but with the number of rookies they are expecting to play, they will not improve dramatically for a couple years. Is Neal all the way back now from those injuries? Do you buy or sell this IDP player? With the uncertainty of Neal’s position and role, I recommend selling him while his name still has the value. This hurts to say also, as Keanu Neal was my very first pick in my first IDP league back in 2016.
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Next week, I will continue to try and give you some good advice for your IDP rosters. Until then, have a blessed day, and may the fantasy gods smile down on you!
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