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IDP Breakdown – Will Jason Pierre-Paul Start Week One?

For the second off-season in a row, IDP fantasy owners are faced with an interesting situation as to which linemen is worth having after Justin Tuck. On the other side of the line, you have three talented individuals in Osi Umenyiora, Mathias Kiwanuka and Jason Pierre-Paul. It would seem that JPP would be the least likely to get a starting gig but with Umenyiora looking like a possible holdout, this could work out that Paul will get the job.

To find out a little more about this situation I contacted (read here) Giants’ writer Ohm Youngmisuk from ESPN-NY on twitter. Youngmisuk pointed out that in all likeliness Pierre-Paul would not only have to have Umenyiora off the roster, but if Kiwanuka would have to leave to receive a starting opportunity. That said, as noted in a recent article by Youngmisuk, the Giants are over the cap at this time and Kiwi is one of the players this team will have to decide on, likely before the 28th of July.

Because of cap problems, the Giants may have a hard time retaining Kiwi for a one-year deal (prove he can return from his neck injury) or giving Umenyiora the new deal he’s looking for. We should know in the next week if Kiwi is going to stay, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s on the move. If that should happen, and Umenyiora does hold out, Pierre-Paul would likely get first-team reps this preseason, and that should only help his development and chances to be a factor in IDP fantasy football leagues.

IDP Outlook

JPP is a gifted athlete, and we saw what he could do towards the end of last season as he was dominant at times, especially against the Redskins and Jaguars. The Giants defensive scheme has been friendly to IDP leagues over the years, and it looks like this second-year linemen should be a valuable sleeper to hold in the later rounds of your draft.

If, at any time, Pierre-Paul does find a starting job, I would look to him as an instant No.2 defensive lineman to have, especially in big play scoring leagues. Yes, he needs to work on his defense against the run (better tackle numbers) but this young lineman is a play-maker that just needs to find the field in order to make an impact.

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