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Instant Impact IDP Rookies - Footballguys

Dave Larkin identifies defensive rookies who can be a factor from day one.

Finding gems among the young, fresh-faced rookies can be a crucial differential for fantasy owners in securing an edge over the competition. Snapping up the right players in the right situations before their names get hot is the first step. The following young players are in prime positions to turn opportunity into fantasy points.

Consider these players priority adds in rookie drafts and in subsequent free agent runs.

(Credit to for stat crew grades.)

DE Tyquan Lewis, Indianapolis Colts

Tyquan Lewis lands in a situation ripe with opportunity. Colts general manager Chris Ballard pumped draft picks into his defense, and Lewis stands out as the player whose skill set lends itself to an immediate impact. A very solid run defender, he should be able to earn a starting job in a defensive line populated by veterans like Jabaal Sheard and Margus Hunt.

If you are in a league that puts a premium on pass rushing statistics, Lewis may be a player to avoid. If, however, you believe that the Colts defense is very much a work in progress and that game scripts will conspire to provide ample tackle opportunity, then investing in this rookie could pay dividends.

Competition for tackles/big plays: Margus Hunt, Jabaal Sheard, Kemoko Turay, John Simon, Denico Autry

Stat crew grade: Poor (ranked 30th in 2017’s total tackles awarded per tackle opportunity)

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