Week 7: IDP Studs and Sleepers
We take a look at Week 7 IDP action, from the starters and those free agents worthy of starting or stashing
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Note: Ranked outside Top 10 owned DTs on MyFantasyLeague
Tommy Kelly, New England Patriots
Kelly is playing like a Top 10 DT, yet remains just outside the Top 10 in ownership rates. He didn't play last week so you might get lucky and be able to snag him off waivers.
Jared Odrick, Miami Dolphins
This is Odrick's second mention in this article. In case you missed the argument for him the first time, this boils down to a young guy beginning to come into his own and receive lots of playing time. He is a Top 15 DT and quickly on the rise.
Note: Ranked outside Top 20 owned DEs on MyFantasyLeague
Sheldon Richardson, New York Jets
Richardson might not be available in your league. The rookie is a Top 5 DE in most leagues. What's really appealing about him is his consistency against the run game. This allows him to pile up healthy tackle numbers and he does just enough as a pass rusher to augment his numbers.
Corey Lemonier, San Francisco 49ers
Since Aldon Smith is in rehab, Lemonier is tasked to provide the pass rush on the edge for the 49ers. There will likely be some growing pains, but it's tough to ignore a guy who posts eight tackles, one sack, a forced fumble and a PD in his first three games. Better to be ahead of the curve.
Note: Ranked outside Top 30 owned LBs on MyFantasyLeague
Tamba Hali, Kansas City Chiefs
Hali already has 6.5 sacks this year. You're not drafting him for dependability since that only comes from tackling machines. Hali is your swing for the fences option against a poor offensive line.
Danny Trevathan, Denver Broncos
Trevathan was the linebacker who made that diving interception against Tony Romo to seal Denver's win. The second-year standout is on track for over 100 combined tackles and has shown excellent coverage skills (3 INTs, 6 PDs).
Note: Ranked outside Top 15 owned CBs on MyFantasyLeague
Tracy Porter, Oakland Raiders
Porter has stepped up his tackling number in a big way this year. He's already on pace to smash his career-best from 2010 (60 combined tackles) and the Raiders' defense struggles so often that there are tons of plays available for him to make a difference.
Chris Harris, Denver Broncos
Like the aforementioned Tracy Porter, Chris Harris is another tackling machine. Over his last two seasons, he tallied 133 tackles and he's on pace to hit 75 this year. He offers a little for big play leagues, but there are likely better options out there.
Note: Ranked outside Top 20 owned Ss on MyFantasyLeague
Ryan Mundy, New York Giants
This is Mundy's second listing here in this section. The reason for that is simple: he's still getting it done yet his ownership totals are still too low. He is a Top 10 safety and while his numbers are a touch erratic; when he's on, he's on. Two weeks ago, he had 10 tackles, two assists and two TFLs. That's crazy for a safety.
Tashaun Gipson, Cleveland Browns
Gipson is another player making his second appearance on the studs list. He's ranked inside the Top 15 in scoring; however, on MyFantasyLeague, he is the 51st most-owned safety. That's unacceptable. He's one of maybe 25 safeties averaging at least 10 fantasy points per game.