I wish I had more time to be heavily involved in IDP leagues these days, but that hasn't stopped me from recognizing a sleeper when I see one.
Tennessee Titans middle linebacker Colin McCarthy will be an IDP darling in 2012. While undersized, he is super athletic and flies around the field. Sometimes that works against him, however, leading to injuries.
He really has no notable competition for playing time. McCarthy didn't see significant playing time until Week 10, and he did not look back. After racking up 64 tackles in his final eight games, head coach Mike Munchak realized he has a special player on his hands.
"He came on in a big way. I didn't know if he would be able to stay on the field as much as he did, but he did," the coach said after the season.
McCarthy added an interception, two forced fumbles and three passes defensed to close out the year. A full offseason should do the second-year player wonders, and fantasy footballers will reap the benefits. Owners in leagues that reward heavily for tackles should be all over the former Miami Hurricane.
If you want to take a risk on a high-upside, low-cost linebacker, give McCarthy a look as a No. 2 linebacker.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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