Now that the draft has ended and we know where most rookies will be starting their NFL careers, I thought I would write an article about which fit is the best for IDP fantasy football. There were many players drafted into good, ideal situations for themselves to succeed. Among those players is Bradley Chubb, Ronnie Harrison, Roquan Smith, Derwin James, Darius Leonard, and others. The player that landed in the best spot for IDP is Roquan Smith, linebacker for the Chicago Bears. Here’s why:
Roquan Smith was my favorite linebacker coming out of college in this draft. He has the ability to cover receivers in the middle of the field and has also shown the ability to track receivers down the field as well. He is a thumper that can sift through traffic and find the ball carrier quickly. He rarely gets hung up on blockers at the second level and shows constantly his ability to fight through blocks to rack up tackles. Smith can also get after the quarterback, amassing 6.5 sacks from his inside linebacker position his senior year. Smith will be a high-volume tackler, coming up with 137 total tackles his senior year, 14 of which were for a loss. Smith is a fast, physical linebacker tough to block that has great instincts for the ball and is a extremely solid tackler.
The defense ran by Bears’ defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is the perfect fit for Roquan. I’m not sure there could’ve been a better landing spot for the young linebacker. Fangio’s defense asks the interior defensive lineman to hold their blocks and allow the players like Smith to identify the play, where the ball is going, and then attacking the ball carrier. Smith is perfect for this role because his ability to dissect a play and figure out where the ball is going is tremendous. Smith will be able to do what he does best in Chicago, which is go after the ball carrier and make tackle after tackle. Smith will be an upgrade for the Bears at the linebacker position. The linebackers last year did a good enough job, but Smith simply has talent and instincts they lack. Expect Smith to come in and immediately win a starting job as the leader of the Bears defense. Smith could very well be the defensive rookie of the year and will be a tremendous asset to your dynasty team. I know someone who used the 1.02 on Roquan this year. Smith is easily worth a 1st round pick and if your linebacking corps is weak, don’t be afraid to take him early in the draft. Even in his rookie year I could see Smith getting around 100 total tackles, 3-4 sacks, and an INT. Expect big things from Smith as he landed in, probably, the best place he could have.
Brenden Armour - @b_armour70