By Adam McGill @adammcgill83twitter.com on June 23, 2014
From an IDP standpoint, nothing is more exciting than a defensive player sacking an opposing quarterback. Sacks literally made IDP leagues popular, so naturally fantasy owners love to load up on sack specialists. To help you pick out your defense this summer, here are five IDP sleepers that will rack up sacks throughout the upcoming fantasy season.
Ninkovich always flies under the radar in IDP formats. However, all the linebacker does is make plays. The veteran racked up seven sacks over the final nine games last year and has become a key part of New England's defense. Ninkovich will be all over opposing quarterbacks in 2014 and the linebacker will be a very cheap source of sacks.
Ansah burst onto the fantasy season last year. He led all rookies with eight sacks and showed true All-Pro potential. He had offseason shoulder surgery and will miss the majority of the workouts this summer. He will likely fall in drafts as a result of his absence from camp, but he still warrants a spot as a DL2. Look for him to finish with at least eight sacks in 2014.
Bennett posted 8.5 sacks in his first season with the Seahawks and quickly became a valuable pass rusher in Seattle's defense. Bennett never receives attention in deeper IDP formats, but he seems to always flirt with double-digit sack totals. Look for the veteran to have another productive fantasy season and rack up at least six sacks in 2104.
Robert Quinn may have made all the headlines in St. Louis for finishing second in the league with 19 sacks last year, but the guy on the other side of the line also had a decent year. Long finished with a respectable eight sacks and 40 tackles. Long will now see plenty of one-on-one matchups after Quinn’s breakout performance, which will only allow the veteran to get free more. Long should rival his career-high numbers across the board in 2014.
Houston shocked the world by racking up 11 sacks over the first eight games of the 2013 season. He was a sack machine and was racking up IDP points. Unfortunately, a shoulder injury forced the outside linebacker to be slowed down the rest of the year. Before his injury, though, he was an absolute beast and there is no doubting that he has the potential to lead the league in sacks.
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