Just as in real football, many fantasy contests in the opening weekend were won with defense. It is normal in IDP leagues to see a few linebackers sprinkled in with the top scorers every week. Last week, defensive backs in particular lit up the fantasy scoreboard. The trick, of course, is finding which ones will come back and do it again.
Several usual IDP studs also managed to disappoint their owners in Week One. As we keep saying here at the Maniaxs, this is not cause for panic. The occasional dud is all part of using IDPs. Winning owners keep the faith with the right players and don’t churn their rosters just for the sake of chasing last week’s points.
Defensive Linemen to Start:
Mathias Kiwanuka, Giants (at Colts) – The Giants pulled a bit of surprise last week by starting Osi Umeniyiora at end and moved Kiwanuka to strong side linebacker. This is a formation that worked well for them a couple of years ago, and it certainly was a hit against the Panthers, with Kiwanuka collecting four tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. Kiwanuka will probably continue to be listed as a DE on all sites for the rest of the season.
Chris Long, Rams (at Raiders) – Don’t be discouraged by the goose egg put up by Long in Week One. He was in Derek Anderson’s face all day, hitting him three times. With that kind of penetration, the sacks will eventually come. Oakland meanwhile gave up four sacks last week to guys like Jason Babin and Jacob Ford. I’m leaving Long in my lineups...