It is hard to find good IDP (Individual Defensive Player) help out there. I am not sure why. In one of my leagues, points from my IDP guys are equally as important to any week's success. For instance, the owner of Patrick Willis, LB, can expect an average of 12.5 points per week!! That equates to any RB/WR getting 125 yards on the ground or in the air. But for whatever reason, IDP strategy is just not talked about much.
With this in mind, you may have Patrick Willis, London Fletcher, or Barrett Rudd on a bye and looking for guys this week to fill in. My selections below are based on the standard scoring system in IDP leagues (Tackle-1, Tackle Assist-0.5, Sack-3, INT-2, Passes Defended-1, Forced Fumble-2, Fumble Recovery-2, Int Ret Yds-1 per 10yds). They must also be 40% or less owned in leagues to qualify as ones most likely out there on waiver wires across Fantasy Football land.
Brian Cushing, LB, Houston Texans - Who is leading the Houston D in tackles? DeMeco Ryans you say...WRONG. Brian Cushing has come onto the scene this year and getting the job done. He is number nine in IDP points above Rudd but is still only owned in 30% of FFB leagues. This guy is a stud and will give you a solid average of 8.5 points. He is quickly becoming an every week starter. He is going up against the Bills that love to run the ball and will give him plenty of opportunities to score tackles and a possible sack.
D.J. Williams, LB, Denver Broncos - While Dumervil is getting all the love and attention, Williams is having another solid year and making great plays. Owned in only 40% of the leagues out there, Williams is averaging nine points per week. Going up against the run happy Ravens this week is sure to create a great week for Williams owners.
Stephen Tulloch, LB, Tennessee Titans - Tulloch is averaging nine points a week, but seems to be getting ignored. He has scored more in IDP than Keith Bullock but is yet only owned in 18% of leagues. This week the Maurice Jones-Drew led Jaguars are on the slate. Tulloch had five tackles and a sack last meeting.
Thomas Howard, LB, Oakland Raiders - Howard is ninth in the NFL for solo tackles but yet is available in 80% of the leagues. He faces a San Diego Charger team that he racked seven solo tackles, two assisted tackles, and a Pass Defensed in Week One. Pick, plug, and start with confidence.
James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis Rams- Laurinaitis plays for a bad team that has him on the field a lot. He averages about 7.5 points a week. He had a letdown against the Colts this past week, but looks to comeback strong against the Lions.
These guys are great fill ins for any bye week so look ahead and grab them before they get picked up. Happy hunting!