Wake Up! IDP Sleepers to Watch for 2022 – Cody Barton
Pike Place Market. The Space Needle. Tech companies. Seattle is famous for many things, and in the world of IDP fantasy football, they have had great fantasy linebackers going back to the mid-2000s. Yes, the Seahawks feel like they are in a state of rebuilding on offense, but that can still be great for IDP purposes! After last year’s performance Jordyn Brooks looks like another fantastic linebacker pick, but is another lurking? Let’s dive into Cody Barton and see why I feel like his a 2022 sleeper for IDP leagues.
Wake Up! IDP Sleepers to Watch for 2022 – Cody Barton: College and Early NFL
A three-star prospect out of Salt Lake City, Utah, Cody committed to the University of Utah in June of 2014, as a member of the 2015 recruit class. He played in 39 games over his four years in college, with 25 of those over his last two years. He ended his time there with 235 tackles (132 solo), 24.5 TFL, 9 sacks,10 PD, 3 fumble recoveries, 1 forced fumble, and 1 interception.
Cody had a high overall RAS (Relative Athletic Score) going into the draft, with good speed, great agility, and ok explosiveness. He was generally viewed as needing to show more discipline and consistency to develop into a full-time player and was deemed to likely be a special teams player and back-up to start his career.
The Seahawks took Cody with the 88th pick (3rd round) in the 2019 NFL Draft. He was the seventh non-edge linebacker taken that year. Since then he has played in 16 games each of his three years, starting two, two, and one game in those years. In that span, he has 95 tackles (56 solo), 2 PD, 2 forced fumbles, 1 recovered fumble, and 1 TFL. PFF has him improving year-over-year in regards to overall performance, with pass rushing and run defense as his strong suits.
Wake Up! IDP Sleepers to Watch for 2022 – Cody Barton: Looking Towards 2022
Cody has his time in the NFL behind other quality IDP linebackers. KJ Wright, Mychal Kendricks, and Bobby Wagner in 2019. Jordyn Brooks, KJ Wright, and Bobby Wagner in 2020. Jordyn Brooks and Bobby Wanger in 2021. Bobby Wagner is gone and there is a huge void left in his spot. Jordyn Brooks looks poised to take over as the team LB1 for good after doing so last year, but there is still a valuable LB2 spot left to fill that has fantasy relevance. Using the RotoHeat IDP scoring we have for a base, Jordyn Brooks was ILB 3 overall last year, while Bobby Wagner was ILB 12.
As the proverbial “next man up”, with good draft capital, Cody will have his shot to win a starting job this offseason. With the improvement he has shown, and his physical skill set, he should make for another quality linebacker in Seattle. He started at MIKE for Seattle in Weeks 16 and 17 this 2021, logging these stat lines:
Week 16 (98.4% snap share): 5 solos, 2 assists, 1 TFL, and 1 PD
Week 17 (100% snap share): 7 solos and 4 assists
He played multiple positions in college, but given his limitations in coverage thus far, he fits better inside or rushing the passer. He will still probably need to improve in coverage if he is going to stay on the field as a true three-down (or close to it) linebacker, but Seattle seems to be willing to give him a shot in 2022. For a player going undrafted right now in most leagues, and outside of most top 60 linebacker rankings, Cody Barton has a great shot to greatly outperform his current perceived IDP value.
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