Year after year, some defensive players go overlooked in fantasy football IDP leagues. It is just something that happens each season and it tends to produce some solid sleepers in the middle of the draft.
One IDP sleeper to target this fantasy season is Cleveland Browns LB D’Qwell Jackson.
Jackson had a typical season in 2012, as he finished with 118 tackles. DQ has averaged 9.05 tackles per game over his last four seasons and has matured into one of the best tacklers in football. However, regardless of his consistent tackle numbers, #52 always seems to fall outside of the top-20 linebackers on draft day.
Jackson has been unfairly slapped as injury-prone recently despite playing a full 16 game-season in three of the last four years. It is true that Jackson missed the last 10 games of 2009 with a shoulder injury and missed all of the 2010 season with a torn pectoral muscle, but those were freak injuries. The veteran has since played in 32 consecutive games and become a linchpin in the middle for the Brownies. Needless to say, I think he has dropped his injury label.
The linebacker has even started to mature into more of an all-around IDP option. He has racked up seven sacks, three interceptions, and 10 passes defensed over the last two seasons. Most consider him as strictly a linebacker that accumulates tackles, but the former Maryland standout has proven that he can fill a stat sheet quite nicely for IDP owners.
D’Qwell has all the potential in the world to rack up riDQulous numbers this fantasy season. He will easily average seven hits per game and will be a great sleeper to grab after the top-10 backers come off the board.