Welcome to the IDP free agency gauge, where we’ll use an assortment of available information to gauge a player’s potential fantasy football outlook. And signed or unsigned, we’ll accumulate what we’ve learned in the process to gauge how to proceed from an IDP point of view with each player. So sit back and enjoy as the NFL ramps up their free agency period, and we break down those scenarios along the way.
Late last night LB Blake Martinez agreed to a three-year deal worth $30 million with the Giants, per source. He was a tackling machine in Green Bay, with 140+ each of past three seasons. Giants get the middle linebacker they desperately need.— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) March 17, 2020
Dave Gettleman went all in on Martinez and came away with one of the top linebackers on the market. https://t.co/o0oG7ZM01s— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) March 17, 2020
Blake Martinez recorded a tackle on 15.5% of his snaps (on run plays and completed passes) last season. That was the highest rate in the league among three-down LBs.— Jeff Ratcliffe (@JeffRatcliffe) March 17, 2020
IDP Free Agency Scenario Gauged
Let’s face it, there is no real way to mark Martinez as ascending, well any more than he has been. The guy has already been a league-leading IDP inside linebacker play for a few seasons. All while manning the middle and basically being the only secure linebacker in the Packers front seven racking up the IDP production.
And another let’s face it, there were only a couple 3-4 schemed teams that Blake could have landed in, which is his scheme by trait, we could have really been excited about. And the Giants had to be in the top three of those teams. It’s been a long time since the Giants have offered us a true inside linebacker we can feel good about. And yes, Ogletree was their last guy, but the signs were he was starting to lose a step with age as he ended his Rams career.
That is not the case with Martinez, he is still young and just about to hit his prime. And although the “crack” on his play is that he isn’t good in coverage, IDP owners shouldn’t look at that as a problem. But maybe even as a bonus, as opposing teams test him, setting up the opportunities to make the tackle. After all, base tackles are base tackles in the box score, and that’s exactly what has kept Martinez owners in business for a few years now. His owners should remain excited, they still have a solid LB1 on their hands with that same potential upside to top of the top-tier IDP production.
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