IDP Analysis: Baker Breakout

IDP Analysis: Baker Breakout

This article is part of our IDP Analysis series.

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Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, DAL

If Smith is still eligible at defensive line in your IDP league, then he should probably be a top-priority pickup. The Cowboys threw a curveball by listing Smith as a starting outside linebacker rather than a defensive end, which might have removed Smith's DL eligibility in some formats, but in those where he's still listed at DE we could have a standout producer whose production value is compounded by a positional loophole of playing more like a linebacker but having his point totals graded relative to defensive linemen. It's easier to pile up tackles at linebacker than defensive end, which might have something to do with Smith's staggering total of 11 tackles and one sack in Week 1. The tackle rate will fall off and perhaps he'll be less than great as a pass rusher too, but a tackle rate of half of Smith's Week 1 total would still have him at the higher end of the DL1 spectrum in most formats.

Jerome Baker, LB, MIA

There was question going into this year whether the Dolphins would give Baker a three-down role, but after the Raekwon McMillan trade and especially after Week 1, it's clear the Miami is rolling with Baker as their lead linebacker, placing him in LB1 contention in most formats. Baker somehow piled up 16 tackles (13 solo) against the Patriots on Sunday, adding one sack and one forced fumble on 61 snaps. That will probably go down as his

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