IDP Wednesday is dedicated to the stepchildren of the Fantasy Football world—Individual Defensive Players. And it's broken up into six parts:
1. Go and Get 'Em: This section is dedicated to players you should think about for the rest of the way.
2. The Favorable and Formidable Fives: This section lists the five best and worst teams allowing points to the DL, LB and DB positions this year.
3. Bye-Week Fillers: This section is dedicated to the players who may not be great, but should have a solid, if not spectacular week because of the situation they're in.
4. IDP Opportunity: The average NFL game has 125 plays (average for one team is 63 offensive plays and 62 defensive plays). This section illustrates the top and bottom five teams that are above and below that average for both offense and defense, showing you which IDP players are getting more opportunities to pad their stats.
5. Playoff Considerations: This section is devoted to what you need to be thinking about with playoffs coming up.
6. IDP Injury Considerations: This section is devoted to who's out and who you should get as a replacement.
Please keep in mind that for the purposes of this article, I am excluding the top 20 linebackers, top 15 defensive backs and top 10 defensive linemen as I'm assuming they are already on someone's team.
Go and Get 'Em
Previous Recommendations I Still Like:
Andre Carter, Elvis Dumervil, James Hall, Anthony Hargrove, Jason Taylor, Jimmy Wilkerson,
1. Greg White (DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Alright, I'm a little late on this horse, but if he's available, pick him up immediately. For the season, he is averaging two solo tackles and one assist. In the last three games, he's averaging four solo tackles, one assist and one sack. This week he gets Green Bay ... enough said. Expect big things from White.
2. Robaire Smith (DE, Clleveland Browns). Yes, I know the Browns are on a bye this week, but you need to consider picking Mr. Smith up this week. We all know that they have been decimated at the ILB position this year (more on that a little later) and their second best amount of defensive plays played this year might even make a push on Buffalo as the NFL's best now because of it.
Overall this year, Smith has averaged four solo tackles and one assist. After D'Qwell Jackson's injury, Smith has been averaging five solo tackles and two assists. If you're in a tackle-heavy league, he just might be your man.
Previous Recommendations I Still Like:
Eric Barton (Injured), Keith Brooking (downgraded as Bobby Carpenter replaces him on 3rd downs now), Keith Bulluck, Brian Cushing, Andra Davis, Keith Ellison, Larry Foote, David Hawthorne, LeRoy Hill, Hunter Hillenmeyer, Thomas Howard, Calvin Pace, Mike Peterson, Paul Posluszny, Stephen Tulloch, Will Witherspoon
1. The best LB the rest of the way (MLB, Jacksonville Jaguars). Simply put, if you are in a tackle-heavy IDP league and he can stay healthy, I believe Justin Durant will be the No. 1 overall LB the rest of the way.
In my opinion, the Jaguars offense is not that good, which should keep him on the field. If you take out the games he's missed due to injury, he is averaging eight solo tackles and two assists a game. To this point, his worst game of the year was against Houston when he had five solo tackles and three assists.
If you are in a shallow league and he's available, get him. If you have Patrick Willis and your league is tackle-heavy, trade Willis for him ... yes, I understand just how crazy that sounded. Other than maybe Kirk Morrison, there is no other LB I want to own the rest of the way this year.
Also, if you have Barrett Ruud, now's the time to start thinking about trading him. His schedule the rest of the way is pretty brutal. Alright, now you can't say I didn't tell you so when I remind you about this post at the end of the year.
2. Nick Barnett (ILB, Green Bay Packers). Barnett started the season off slow, but has really come to life of late. On the season, he's averaging five solo tackles, one assist and has one sack and two pass deflections. Over the last three games, he is averaging seven solo tackles and one assist. If he's available and you're in need, pick him up.
3. Kaluka Maiava and David Veikune (ILB, Cleveland Browns). Eric Barton appears to be done for the season. Though it's a big loss for the Browns, it was a bigger blow to his IDP owners as he was in for a remarkable second half.
As if the D'Qwell Jackson injury wasn't enough, the linebacking situation in Cleveland has just passed Buffalo as the worst in the NFL. Up to the time they both were hurt, Jackson and Barton were averaging 11 solo tackles and five assists per game combined.
That production has to go somewhere. In comes two rookies—Kaluka Maiava and David Veikune—to do just that. In the three games Maiava has replaced Jackson so far, he has averaged five solo tackles and two assists. I believe he's the one you want first, but monitor the production of Veikune to see if he's the one that ultimately starts doing better when things settle down.
Previous Recommendations I Still Like:
Jordan Babineaux, Atari Bigby, Tyvon Branch, C.C. Brown, Mike Brown, Erik Coleman, Thomas DeCoud, Louis Delmas, Reed Doughty, Abram Elam, Chris Harris, Michael Lewis, Sabby Piscitelli, Bernard Pollard, Bob Sanders, Gerald Sensabaugh, Donte Whitner, (Injured)/George Wilson
1. Deshon Goldson (FS, San Francisco 49ers). Looks like Patrick Willis isn't the only IDP stud in San Francisco. Over the last three weeks, Goldson has averaged seven solo tackles, one assist, has a forced fumble and one pass deflection. On the season, he's averaging five solo tackles, one assist, has one sack, one interception and one forced fumble. If he's available, pick him up immediately.
2. Brandon McGowan (FS, New England Patriots): With McGowan taking more and more time away from James Sanders, pick him up if he's available.
On the season, he's averaging five solo tackles, one assist, has two forced fumbles and four pass deflections. Over the last three games, he is averaging five solo tackles, one assist, has one forced fumble and two pass deflections. These numbers should get even better over the second half of the season.
3. Donte Whitner/Bryan Scott (S, Buffalo Bills). Alright, the love I have for the safety positions in Buffalo when it relates to IDP has been well chronicled. After some research, here are a few more reasons.
a. Buffalo's SS Position. So far this year, this position has yielded an average of six solo tackles and two assists per game. This position has also received two sacks, three interceptions, one forced fumble and four pass deflections.
b. Buffalo's FS Position. Thus far, this position has yielded an average of three solo tackles and two solo tackles per game. In large part thanks to Jairus Byrd's crazy year, thus far, it has also provided eight interceptions and 11 pass deflections.
It looks like Scott is going to come back after the bye this week. If I was betting, I would say that Scott comes in after the bye and takes over for George Wilson at SS until Whitner comes back. Once Whitner comes back, I think he takes over as the starting SS, leaving Byrd at FS to continue the monster year he's having.
Favorable & Formidable Fives
As one looks at the favorable portion below, you will notice that you want your DL players to play Green Bay and your LB and DB players to play New Orleans.
As for the Formidable portion, DLs haven't been successful against Dallas' o-line, linebackers aren't productive against Philadelphia and you already knew to stay away from Oakland with your DBs.
One other note that isn't represented yet in the charts below, St. Louis has been just an awful place for MLBs to play these past three games. In those contests, MLBs are only averaging three solo tackles, so be cautious if your guys play the Rams and truly think about benching them no matter who they are.
Favorable (Ordered w/ Best Team to Play First)
|1||Green Bay||New Orleans||New Orleans|
|2||Miami||Cincinnati||New York Giants|
|4||New York Jets||New England||Atlanta|
Formidable (Ordered w/ Worst Team to Play First)
|2||Denver||Green Bay||San Francisco|
|4||Atlanta||Tampa Bay||Green Bay|
Week 9 Byes: Buffalo, Cleveland, Minnesota, New York Jets, Oakland, St. Louis
Well, my calls on Jason Taylor and Kyle Vanden Bosch last week allowed me to increase my DL average for the year. As far as my other recommendations last week, George Wilson went off again and everyone pretty much had a productive day, so all is good in numbers and guts land.
So far this year, if you take out the bye week recommendations that were benched after my original Wednesday posting and players that were injured in the first half and didn't return, here are my averages for each position so far:
Using My Preferred IDP Scoring System
Avg. Return for Bye-Week Filler Positions I've Recommended
|Position||Point Total That Week|
As mentioned at the beginning of this post, these four charts are to illustrate which players are actually getting more opportunities to fill up their stat sheet just because they are on a certain team.
Offensively, what can be gained from these first two charts along with the 'Favorable & Formidable Fives' section is that you want your safeties and linebackers to go up against New England and New Orleans.
As far as the defensive play portion (bottom two charts), if one of your IDPers plays on Buffalo, Cleveland or Oakland, this is primarily why they've been doing so well. If one of your IDPers plays for Miami or Carolina and his name isn't Thomas Davis, this is primarily why he hasn't. Please adjust your rosters accordingly.
Most Amount of Offensive Plays per Game Avg. (League Avg. is 62.5)
|New York Giants||66.6||33||32|
Least Amount of Offensive Plays per Game Avg. (League Avg. is 62.5)
Most Amount of Defensive Plays per Game Avg. (League Avg. is 62.4)
Least Amount of Defensive Plays per Game Avg. (League Avg. is 62.4)
|New York Giants||53.6||27||25|
If your at a point where you're wondering what the SOS (strength of schedule) is like for the IDPers on your squad, take a look at this great recommendation from the Fantasy Football Librarian :
FFToolbox.com's SOS Application
Not quite sure the methodology behind it and would like to see it broken out into DE, ILB, OLB, SS, FS and CB, but I have a feeling those will be coming in the future. With that said, seriously, is there a better SOS fantasy football tool on the web? If there is, I haven't found it yet.
IDP Injury Considerations
|Michael Lewis||SS||Returned Last Week|
|Justin Durant||MLB||Returned Last Week|
|James Hall||DE||Returned Last Week|
|Patrick Kerney||DE||Returned Last Week|
|Scott Fujita||LB||Should Return This Week||JoLonn Dunbar|
|Roy Williams||SS||Should Return This Week||Chinendum Ndukwe|
|Lawrence Timmons||ILB||Might Miss This Week||James Farrior|
|Bryan Scott||SS||Might Return Next Week||George Wilson|
|Donte Whitner||FS||Might Return Next Week||Jairus Byrd|
|Nick Harper||CB||Might Return Next Week||Elsewhere|
|Ricky Brown||SLB||Might Return Next Week||John Alston|
|Antoine Winfield||CB||Out Until Week 11-13||Benny Sapp|
|Nate Clements||CB||Out Until Week 14-16||Dashon Goldson|
|Greg Ellis||DE||Out Until Week 11||Elsewhere|
|Jarrad Page||FS||Out Indefinitely||Mike Brown|
|Eric Barton||ILB||Out Indefinitely||David Veikune|
|Brian Urlacher||MLB||Out Rest of Season||Nick Roach|
|Jermaine Phillips||FS||Out Rest of Season||Sabby Piscitelli|
|Daniel Bullocks||FS||Out Rest of Season||Louis Delmas|
|Kenny Phillips||SS||Out Rest of Season||C.C. Brown|
|Michael Boley||WLB||Out Rest of Season||Chase Blackburn|
|Antwan Odom||DE||Out Rest of Season||Michael Johnson|
|Lofa Tatupu||MLB||Out Rest of Season||David Hawthorne|
|D'Qwell Jackson||ILB||Out Rest of Season||Kaluka Maiava|
|Will Allen||CB||Out Rest of Season||Elsewhere|
|Kris Jenkins||NT||Out Rest of Season||Elsewhere|
|Omar Gaither||MLB||Out Rest of Season||Will Witherspoon|
|Pisa Tinoisama||SLB||Out Rest of Season||Nick Roach|
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