Desmond Bishop | Minnesota Vikings | LB
2013 Experience: 7th Season
IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: I was almost shocked that the Packers released Desmond Bishop in June, especially after the released D.J. Smith earlier in the spring. Both linebackers were picked up fast, but of the two, it is Bishop who will hold an instant starting job and be ready to play week one.
With Chad Greenway on the field, I don’t like Bishops odds to lead the team in tackles, nor is he in the same style of defense in Minnesota. Playing in Dom Capers defense back in Green Bay you had one of the better situations for IDP success, and while I wouldn’t call Minnesota a horrible place to produce, it’s average at best.
Bishop still has to prove he’s able to string together daily practices after a leg injury cost him the entire 2012 season, and may have contributed to his release. We will have to keep an eye on Bishop in the preseason, but for now I like him as a LB3 option, but I would like him as an LB4 until I felt his injury problems were behind him.
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Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections
Three games missed, who gives a flip as Desmond Bishop still posted 90 solos and 5 sacks. Because of his big play upside from the inside and his high solo marks, Bishop is likely to be the first linebacker off the board in your league.
The Packers defense has its issues and opportunity should be there for Bishop as he is good in pass protection, and with teams forced to throw to keep up on the scoreboard, I wouldn’t be surprised if Bishop posts up to six sacks this year.
Likely won’t happen, but Bishop is the type of linebacker you want to target as one of the early IDP players to come off the board because of his consistency and big play upside.
Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
There is a reason why the Packers are going to let Nick Barnett go in free agency, and it’s because of the terrific play of Desmond Bishop last season. Bishop became a true waiver wire success as he had some big games for IDP leagues and maintained steady production to make him a weekly option for tackle heavy leagues.
Like most inside linebackers, Bishop won’t be the electric play-maker like outside rusher Clay Matthews, but he will be the better tackle option as the defense is design to funnel the play his direction. For tackle heavy leagues it is worth looking to Bishop as at least a top twenty five linebacker as he is sure to have another strong year.
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