ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 19: Jason Snelling #44 of the Atlanta Falcons is tackled by Calais Campbell #93 of the Arizona Cardinals at Georgia Dome on September 19 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
You know football season is nearing when Mike Gallagher of Fake Teams starts posting his awesome fantasy IDP rankings. The guy really knows what he is doing, as last season he helped me climb out of a last place hole and end up with the bronze medal. Not too shabby.
Most recently, Mike put up his IDP rankings for the defensive linemen around the league. We know that the Cardinals have a talented bunch up along their front three, but how did they stack up against other players around the league fantasy-wise?
Calais Campbell came in at #15. He led the Cardinals in sacks last year and as a 3-4 defensive end, he is very productive. He gets plenty of tackles, as he is a large part of the run game as well. Perhaps one of the most overlooked things that Campbell brings to the table are his long arms.
At 6'8", Campbell can do quite a bit that most players cannot. He has the ability to bat down passes, which will get you fantasy points. He defended 10 passes last season alone. He can also block field goals. He had three blocked FG attempts last season.
But Campbell wasn't the only Cardinals D-Line member to make the list.
Where would the party start without his running mate, Darnell Dockett? Gallagher placed him in the 26th slot. Dockett didn't have the sack numbers in 2011 that we accustomed to seeing him get, but that is mainly due to a huge role change. Still, as the season wore on, Dockett continued to get more comfortable in Ray Horton's defense and was able to make more plays.
So if you happen to be playing in an IDP league this season, keep your eye out for these two. I am sure they will be off the board quicker than you think.