Week 4: IDP studs and sleepers
NEVER WAIVER: LAST MINUTE FREE AGENTS
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Jurrell Casey, Tennessee Titans
A reliable tackler who can occupy space in the middle of Tennessee's line. He has already posted nine tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss and two passes defended through three games. Casey is only 23 years old and would make a great dynasty option as well long-term. He faces four run-dependent teams over the next four weeks: Jets, Chiefs, Seahawks and 49ers.
Tommy Kelly, New England Patriots
This ten-year vet is currently ranked second in points in one of my leagues (tackle-dependent). With Vince Wilfork not playing up to his own high standards, Kelly is cleaning up inside with high tackle numbers and 1.5 sacks. He has the potential to put up around six to eight sacks this season. It also helps that defenses are forced to pay a lot of attention to Wilfork, Chandler Jones and even Rob Ninkovich.
Adrian Clayborn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Clayborn seems to have finally found his way after a brutal 2012 season spent on injured reserve. He has one sack in each of his last two games and the Bucs finally appear to have the pass rush they've so desperately needed from their front four. Clayborn is a must-add across both tackle-heavy and big play leagues.
Jason Hunter, Oakland Raiders
With a combination of great tackle numbers (13 total tackles) and solid periphery stats (two sacks, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed), Hunter has been a pleasant surprise for the Raiders defensive front. Hunter should be a familiar name for IDP diehards. Back in 2010, he put up 60 total tackles, more than enough to stay relevant and rostered all season.
Daryl Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Despite ranking within the Top 5 in many IDP leagues, Smith is only owned in about half as many leagues as Luke Kuechly. His numbers are currently a bit inflated by the touchdown he scored in Week 3, but his tackle numbers are good enough to account as a LB3.
DeAndre Levy, Detroit Lions
Due to Detroit's bend, but don't break defense, there are plenty of tackling opportunities for Levy. He plays behind two fantastic defensive tackles, which allows him to roam free with few offensive linemen coming up to the second level to take him out. He isn't even in the Top 40 by ownership percentage on MyFantasyLeague.com.
Chris Houston, Detroit Lions
Through three games, Houston already has five passes defensed and an interception. The Lions have yet to allow a touchdown pass to wide receivers, so they must be doing something right. Houston is barely owned and is a solid CB2 if you need to start a corner.
Prince Amukamara, New York Giants
Pressed into action due to a couple injuries, Amukamara has held up well. A huge Week 2 performance (10 tackles, one forced fumble and one pass defensed) really shows how much the NFL is willing to try to exploit young corners or perceived mismatches. Use this to your advantage by adding Amukamara.
Major Wright, Chicago Bears
It seems every Bears IDP is capable of scoring a touchdown. Such was the case for Wright in Week 3, but even before that, he was emerging as a force. He already has 24 total tackles, so even disregarding his INT return touchdown still makes him a viable low-end S1.
Ryan Mundy, New York Giants
This six-year vet is putting up huge tackling numbers, making him a Top 5 safety in tackle-dependent leagues. If he's still available, he's a must-add. The Giants' defense is playing very poorly, which is creating a lot of tackle opportunities on their back end. Mundy has the right chops to be something of a fourth linebacker for the G-Men.