IDP Dynasty Sleepers: Week 17

A handful of linebackers, defensive linemen, and defensive backs to keep an eye on from a dynasty perspective.

With the NFL regular season all but wrapped up and most fantasy leagues crowning their champions, we'll take a look at a handful of IDPs entering the 2018 draft that should be regarded as sleepers. As we saw with players like Marshawn Lattimore (pictured), rookies can contribute from the outset. With that said, let's look at a few of the lesser-known names that could be contributors in the 2018 season.


Rashaan Evans (Alabama): Evans will not come out as highly touted as the long line of former Crimson Tide linebackers, but don't sleep on Evans' talent. He has decent speed (4.75 40-yard dash) and accumulated 57 tackles in 14 games this season as a senior. He has excellent footwork and shows a good nose for the football, meaning there is 3-down potential here. A name to keep an eye on, especially if he shines at the combine this spring.

Joel Lanning (Iowa St.): Lanning will not wow you with physical traits but as a converted quarterback, has all the traits "above the shoulders" to become a productive linebacker at the next level. Since he was a "wildcat" quarterback, you'd think he should be able to make the marks physically as well. Just look at his production from a tackle standpoint.

Zaire Franklin (Syracuse): Perhaps a little undersized at just 6'0", Franklin was a stat-sheet-stuffer in his four years at Syracuse. He has excellent speed (4.70 40) and shows good lateral quickness and leadership. In the right scheme, he could really shine.

Defensive Linemen

Jalyn Holmes (DE - OSU): Here's a guy who projects as a rush end at the next level with little chance of being converted to the dreaded outside linebacker. He has the size/speed combo (6'5", 270 with a 4.70 40) to wreak havoc on Sundays.

Kylie Fitts (DE - Utah): Fitts has had a couple of quieter seasons rounding out his career at Utah, but in 2015, he showed flashes of dominance.  He had 7 sacks, 41 tackles, and a whopping 10 pass breakups. If he has a strong showing at the combine he could be a name to watch entering the draft.

Qualen Cunningham (DE - Texas A&M): Cunningham's profile suggests he may be headed to the outside linebacker designation in a 3-4 scheme given his size/speed profile (6'3", 245 lbs., 4.75 40) but if his measurables are up to snuff and if he's drafted to the right scheme he could be a surprise.  He displayed good lateral quickness and moves to the quarterback lining up as the left defensive end for the Aggies.

Defensive Backs

Jaylen Dunlap (S/CB - Illinois): Highly productive as both a junior and senior, Dunlap's size/speed combo presents well. At 6'1", he has room to grow into his frame as he's only 190 lbs. The question will be whether he sticks at corner or moves back to safety where he started his Fighting Illini campaign. He will compete at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and could impress scouts there.

Sean Chandler (S - Temple): With the speed to chase down ball-carriers and the ability to thump in the box, Chandler is an interesting prospect. He's been a mainstay in the Owl defensive backfield since stepping on campus. He's a name that keeps popping up as a sleeper in the scouting community and impressing at the combine will only make his name more known.

Tony Brown (CB - Alabama): Speed, speed, speed. Brown is a speedster (4.40 40) with size (6'0") and good cover skills. He has the physical traits and pedigree to shine as a solid nickel corner at worst at the next level but has the upside to perform much better. He's dealt with some off-and-on knee issues which are a minor concern, but as with the others listed here, a good combine performance can up his value.

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