Landon Collins (SS, NYG) is my SLEEPER OF THE YEAR.
Landon Collins, SS, New York Giants
Collins looks as close to elite at the DB position as you can get for a IDP, period, let alone a rookie. The lack of LBs in New York means lots of TACKLES and lots of points. He is DB1 in all IDP leagues.
New York Giants safety Landon Collins plans to join Derrick Thomas and DeMeco Ryans at the end his first season in the NFL.
Collins was asked by nfl.com at the NFL’s Rookie Symposium on Friday about his expectations for the 2015 season, and the former Alabama All-American answered: “Defensive Rookie of the Year — that’s my expectation.”
If he reaches his goal, Collins would become the third Crimson Tide standout to earn the honor, following Thomas in 1989 and Ryans in 2006. C.J. Mosley finished as the runner-up for the award last season. One former Alabama star has been the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year – running back Eddie Lacy in 2013.
Unless he’s injured, Collins should at least have a chance to earn the award on the field. The three players who started games at safety for the Giants last season are all gone. Collins worked at strong safety with New York’s first-team defense throughout OTAs and minicamp. The most recent Giant to win the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award is Lawrence Taylor in 1981.
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About the Author: Seems weird to think I started this wacky game in 2004. I love it, as I know all of you do too. My experience as an IDP guy starts as a waiver wire specialist. Anyone can tell you to start a Top 5 stud, but it's finding 1 or two "gems" off the waiver wire each year that makes the difference between winning your league and being in the middle of the pack. For instance, a long time ago before anyone new an SLB named James Anderson, I saw a perfect storm coming when they were about to play the Saints. I looked closely at the strategy and just knew the Saints were going to run at the strong side linebacker all day. I went all in on this unknown IDP Anderson and he rewarded us with a 13 solo tackle game from a relatively UNKNOWN waiver wire guy. He went on to be the top LB in every game from that day on throughout the season. I've managed to find that gem at one of the IDP positions every year before any other forecaster. I'm not sure how I have this knack. Maybe it's because I've played football since I was six and played both QB (reading defenses) and LB, reading offenses. It helps that my dad was a great coach for 36 years too. Most importantly, I love it and it's fun!