This is my first FFL with D players.
I may have too many D bench players.
Any manager tips?
I usually like to keep guys that get lots of tackles (80+ solo) if you get a point for that.
They tend to be consistent and there are a lot of LBs available that fit the bill.
INT's and sacks can vary quite a bit by year even for good players.
And if INTs are worth 3 pts and sacks are worth 2 pts relative to 1 pt for a tackle you're not going to make up those points.
Demarcus Ware is probably a keeper because he's going to have those sacks plus the tackles.
Ed Reed gets plenty of pics, but only about 40 tackles each year.
He gets some TDs too, but those are kind of random.
EJ is probably a good player to keep, but he may be a FF bust if Greenway eats tackles and opposing teams are pass happy when the Vikes are way up and completely stop the run.
Griffin gets a decent number of tackles, but who knows if he'll have a good year in terms of picks?
So my advice:
-Keep Ware and EJ as starters
-Keep Griffin and Woodson, hopefully you can find better players to start
-Try and trade Reed, Haynesworth, or Peppers for an upgrade at an offensive position, if not, I would probably drop them depending on who is available
-Take a look at the stats and see who that is available has had a lot of tackles, preferably for two or more years running
-Keep an eye on who racks up tons of tackles the first few weeks and consider picking them up
-Don't keep more than two backup defenders, they're just not that good... better to keep extra RBs that might actually become good starters at some point
Take it for what you will.