By Adam McGill @adammcgill83twitter.com on June 24, 2014
Linebackers may seem like the obvious choice to load up on tackles, but defensive backs and defensive ,linemen can be just as helpful. To help you pick out your defense, here are five IDP fantasy football sleepers that will rack up tackles throughout the 2014 season.
The safety became an IDP superstar by averging nine tackles over the final four games of the 2013 season. Cyprien finished his rookie season with 104 hits, including 87 solo tackles. He missed one game with a bruised thigh last year, but he was still able to eclipse the 100-yard mark in his first season. Cyprien will be a sleeper DB to crack 100 hits again in 2014.
Dareus made his first Pro Bowl last season in Buffalo and the former first round pick had a brilliant season. He racked up 7.5 sacks last season, but he shockingly also added a staggering 71, which was fourth best among true defensive linemen. Dareus will not only be a underrated sack threat, but he will actively rack up tackles week after week.
Timmons has been a fixture on the Steel City forever, but he is still only 28 years old. The veteran racked up 126 hits last season, which was his highest total since back in 2010 (135). He will be a sleeper LB2 to grab this year and should easily rack up 120-plus hits.
Church was an anchor for Dallas last year. He recorded a team-high 135 tackles, including 11 games with eight or more hits. Without LB Sean Lee (torn ACL) in the middle to anchor the running game, Church will be once again be a key part of the team’s success. People are still sleeping in him this year, so don’t be afraid to grab him as your first defensive back.
Laurinaitis wrestled with an ankle injury for most of the 2013 season Due to the injury, Laurinaitis racked up just 116 tackles, which was a far cry from the 142 tackles he recorded in back-to-back-seasons between 2011-12. Luckily, the veteran will return to the middle 100% healthy this year and will walk back into a 140-tackle season. Consider him one of the best IDP sleepers this summer.
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