Having one week in the books, it is time to see who to pick up and who to drop from your IDP rosters. It is important to realize, however, that we are looking at only 1 week's performances, and things will continue to shake out over the next 16 weeks.
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I urge you to take the reports on falling IDP with a grain of salt, as most of the players listed below have histories of playing well over the course of a season. So think carefully before you make any drastic drops.
Justin Houston KC
Erin Henderson MIN
Rey Maualuga CIN
Josh Bynes BAL
Houston had three sacks in Game 1, so if you are looking for a big play LB, he's your man. Henderson should be a great MLB to add to your team, if your league mates were asleep during the draft. Maualaga is a great depth LB for your team, if your bench is deep enough. Bynes is taking playing time away from the rookie Arthur Brown, and as long as the Ravens trust him, he would make a great addtion to your linebacking corps.
Justin Tuck NYG DE
Desmond Bryant CLE DE
Robert Quinn StL DE
Dontari Poe KC DT
Michael Brockers StL DT
Good to see Tuck rebound after a pair of disappointing years. Depending upon your league, Bryant may be a DT, and if so, you have to grab him, as a DE will provide you with excellent DT stats all season long. Quinn gathered 3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles against the Cardinals in Week 1, and is a must add at this point. Poe looks to be a dominant DT, providing strong interior defense, with the bonus of sacks. Brockers was a tackling monster in the first game, racking up 5 which is excellent for a DT. Well worth picking up considering what most DTs provide in terms of tackles.
Duke Ihenacho DEN S
Da'Norris Searcy BUF S
Tyrann Mathieu Ari S
Leonard Johnson TB CB
Leodis McKelvin BAL CB
Ihenacho could be a one week wonder, but how can you not take a flyer on him after that Thursday Night performance (12 total tackes/11 solo, 3 PDs)? Searcy was a bright spot in the Bill's defensive backfield, a backfield that should be mined for value all season long. Honey Badger Mathieu lived up to expectations, and if he is still available, you should act immediately to pick him up. Johnson plays opposite Darrelle Revis, and given how Offensive Coordinators game plan to avoid Revis, you can expect Johnson to put up good to great numbers week in, week out. Nice to see McKelvin take advantage of his return to the starting lineup with the injury to Stephon Gilmore, and like Johnson in Tampa, expect him to be the CB targeted by Offensive Coordinators this season.
Colin McCarthy TEN
Arthur Brown BAL
McCarthy posted a goose egg in Week 1, and while I don't expect that trend to continue, but he is also no longer a starting LB, so feel free to drop him for someone more dependable. Brown is obviously slow to pick up the NFL game, given that he only played 4 snaps. Keep him on your watch list, but don't expect much early on in the season.
Julius Peppers CHI DE
Osi Umenyior ATL DE
Geno Atkins CIN DT
While these three all posted putrid numbers in Week 1, expect them to rebound (eventually). Until that happens, however, I hope your bench is deep enough to start another DL in their stead.
Charles Woodson OAK S
Matt Elam BAL S
Joe Haden CLE CB
We have to expect the 36 year old (soon to be 37) Woodson to show the effects of time, and Week 1 demonstrated that. Still, I expect a rebound from him as the season progresses. Elam was a high draft pick, but he is a bench hold for now until he earns more playing time. Haden has great skills, and I suspect his poor Week 1 results had to do with his ability to play as a shutdown corner, holding Mike Wallace to 1 reception on 5 targets. Expect opposing OCs and QBs to look elsewhere on the field as to where to throw the ball. As I frequently preach, the best CB on a team is often a bad fantasy player to own.
All the injury reports below need to be evaluated at kickoff. Teams are notoriously sketchy about injury reports, and we often do not know a player's status until just before game time. The list below is intended as a "heads up" as to what is going on early in the week, and should not be considered definitive.
Larry Foote PIT (ruptured biceps)
Foote is out for the season. Shame to see the veteran go down this early, as I had him as a sleeper in a couple of leagues.
Nothing much this week.
Same as with the DLs.
As ever, good luck and godspeed in your fantasy efforts. Make sure to read all of our great articles to help you win your fantasy match ups every week and ultimately bask in championship glory. If you have any fantasy football questions, especially about IDP leagues, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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