James Anderson | Carolina Panthers | LB
2012 Experience: 7th Season
IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: James Anderson was brilliant again for IDP owners as Jon Beason was lost early in the year and Anderson benefited. Now Beason is back in the middle, and while I have my concerns about his production, it’s the addition of Luke Kuechly in the draft that gives me pause about Anderson’s stock.
Someone is going to see a drop in value and it seems reasonable to think Anderson will be the one on the strong side. Early three down listings have Beason and Kuechly as the two linebackers for sub packages. This could easily change, pending on Beason’s Achilles situation, but only time will tell.
For now, view Anderson no higher than an LB4 in your rankings, but he does have the opportunity to jump back into an LB3 role if the situation falls right.
|2012 Projected Stats||92||74||3||1||6|
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Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
It looks like new head coach Ron Rivera will continue to keep the Panthers defense in a 4-3 defensive scheme but is likely to mix in some 3-4 looks to get reserve inside linebacker Dan Conner some time on the field. With Jon Beason moving back to the middle and Thomas Davis still projected (if he’s healthy) to be the weak-side backer, James Anderson is likely to be the teams strong-side option if and when he re-signs.
Anderson proved to be a useful starter for IDP leagues last year as a strong-side linebacker and I wouldn’t be surprised if he find a way over 100 tackles once again. The main reason for this is that the Panthers offense should be horrible in the passing game and they will probably leave their defense on the field, often. That’s not great for the teams odds to win games, but for IDP it’s great.
The more your players are on the field, the more they have a chance to get things done for you IDP squad so looking to Anderson as a No.3 linebacker for your team would be a solid value in ten team leagues. You may vary well be able to draft him cheaper than that because he’s a strong-side linebacker and many will hesitate to pull the trigger on him. At some point he’s worth the risk for the success he had last year, and if he doesn’t workout, their will be another option that comes up off the waiver wire. Just don’t look to him as one of your first two linebackers and he will be a fine target to add on your team.
|2011 Projected Stats||106||85||2.5||2||6|