Week 17: IDP Studs and Sleepers
There were more downs than ups in attempting to predict the fickle nature of IDP. Whether it is finding free agents, deciphering matchups or discerning a lucky game or trend from actual talent, IDP is a booming faction of the fantasy football landscape. Only the most casual leagues should avoid IDP as it forces fantasy owners to learn more about offensive tendencies and of course, the rich talent on the other side of the ball. Hopefully some of my insights were useful to you this year and we here at FFToolbox hope to expand our IDP coverage more into the future. Now onto Week 17!
HAND-SELECTED WEEKLY PICKS
The following players are my own personal choice to have an excellent game this week. Call it clairvoyance, but it's more about matchup and situational awareness. From Weeks 4 to 9, I tried to dig deep, usually selecting players from outside the Top 25 at their position. For the rest of the season, all players will be available to choose from. This should help include players who are actually more relevant to IDP leagues. A hit now means the player finished among the Top 20 in fantasy scoring at his position.
DT: 6-7 | DE: 2-11 | LB: 7-6 | CB: 2-11 | S: 7-6
Last week's pick: Jurrell Casey, Tennessee Titans - (miss)
Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Often overlooked in his draft class by Ndamukong Suh, McCoy has come into his own this season. Expect for him to finish 2013 on a strong note against the Saints.
Last week's pick: J.J. Watt, Houston Texans - one tackle, one assist (miss)
Robert Quinn, St. Louis Rams: For all the hype bestowed upon J.J. Watt -- and all of it deserved -- some of that attention should reroute to Quinn. He is challenging Watt as the league's top defender.
Last week's pick: Karlos Dansby, Arizona Cardinals - four tackles, two assists, one PD, one INT (miss)
Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers: Kuechly proved in Week 16 that he is the league's pre-eminent stud MLB with an absurd 24 combined tackles.
Last week's pick: Corey Graham, Baltimore Ravens - (miss)
DeAngelo Hall, Washington Redskins: Hall's gambling style of play leads to highs and lows, but as he has aged, the glaring mistakes have slowly decreased. He is one of Washington's few quality defenders.
Last week's pick: Antrel Rolle, New York Giants - six tackles, one assist, one FR (hit)
Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs: In just his fourth season, Berry has blossomed into an all-world safety who can both patrol the deep half or terrorize as a fouth 'backer in the box.
These players have to be in your lineup every week, regardless of opponent! These lists are in no particular order. Each player is listed by position, which assumes you must start a player at that position.
DT: Marcell Dareus, Jason Hatcher, Kyle Williams, Dontari Poe, Ndamukong Suh, Jurrell Casey, Michael Bennett, Chris Jones, Gerald McCoy, Joseph Linval
DE: Michael Johnson, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Cameron Jordan, Lamarr Houston, Carlos Dunlap, Calais Campbell, Rob Ninkovich, Chandler Jones, Robert Quinn, J.J. Watt, Muhammad Wilkerson
LB: Alec Ogletree, Paul Posluszny, Karlos Dansby, Lavonte David, DeMeco Ryans, DeAndre Levy, Kiko Alonso, Navorro Bowman, Vontaze Burfict, Derrick Johnson, Chad Greenway, Luke Kuechly
CB: Deangelo Hall, Alterraun Verner, Travy Porter, Corey Graham, Brandon Carr, Prince Amukamara, Lardarius Webb, Tim Jennings, Tramon Williams, Josh Wilson, Brandon Flowers, Bradley Fletcher
S: Earl Thomas, Antrel Rolle, T.J. Ward, Johnathan Cyprien, Barry Church, Eric Weddle, Bernard Pollard, James Ihedigbo, Antoine Bethea, Mark Barron, Eric Berry, Charles Woodson, Morgan Burnett, Jairus Byrd
NEVER WAIVER: REST-OF-SEASON FREE AGENTS
Note: Ranked outside Top 10 owned DTs on MyFantasyLeague
Nick Fairley, Detroit Lions
Fairley has entered the Top 20 in fantasy scoring at his position. He accumulated 11 tackles, one assist, two TFLs, one FF and one safety over his last three games.
Pat Sims, Oakland Raiders
Sims dominated over his last two games, piling up 14 tackles, five assists, two sacks and one TFL.
Note: Ranked outside Top 20 owned DEs on MyFantasyLeague
Jason Babin, Jacksonville Jaguars
Babin has 5.5 sacks over his last six games. The 33-year-old
Andre Branch, Jacksonville Jaguars
Branch now has three straight games with a sack (five in his last six). Something has clicked for the second-year DE out of Clemson.
Note: Ranked outside Top 30 owned LBs on MyFantasyLeague
Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers
The former first round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft isn't quite as productive as he once was, but that changed in a big way last week. Willis dominated with 15 tackles, three assists, three TFLs and a PD against the Falcons.
Jon Bostic, Chicago Bears
The hard-hitting rookie is starting to come around as a viable fantasy defender here late in the season. He has at least five tackles in five of his last seven. Definitely someone worth monitoring next season.
Note: Ranked outside Top 15 owned CBs on MyFantasyLeague
Dee Milliner, New York Jets
It may have taken all season, but Milliner played like the first round pick he was supposed to be. He had eight tackles, one assists, five PDs and one INT last week against the Browns.
Brandon Boykin, Philadelphia Eagles
Boykin's fantasy value has been all over the place this seaeson, but he finally got back on track last week in what was his best game since Philly's Week 12 bye. In that game, he had one tackles, two PDs and a pick six.
Note: Ranked outside Top 20 owned Ss on MyFantasyLeague
Will Hill, New York Giants
Hill has eclipsed at least nine fantasy points in five of his last six (based on default MFL scoring settings).
Glover Quin, Detroit Lions
In his last two games, Quin has eight tackles, one assist, one FF, one INT and one sack. He is someone who could return to DB3 status next season.