Week One is in the books, and already some significant injuries are impacting fantasy fortunes. There are also some defensive players that are playing at levels exceeding where they were projected during the preseason, as well as a few that are not performing up to expectations. This article will suggest on a weekly basis who you want to target off the waiver wire, who you may want to drop or at least bench, and what injuries are affecting your rosters the coming week and perhaps all season long. So come along for the information every week to assist you in dominating your IDP leagues.

Bye Weeks coming up: None, it is too early for that yet.

Elevator Going Up

Linebackers

Jordan Hicks PHI

Hicks was an every down LB in Week One, and you can look for that to continue to be the situation going forward. He had an excellent stat line against the Falcons: seven total tackles (TT) with five of those being solo and one for a loss of yards (TFL), 1.5 sacks, two QB hurries (QH) and one pass defensed (PD).

Matt Milano BUF

Buffalo’s defense looks to spend considerable time on the field if the first week’s action is any clue. Milano had eight TT (seven solo, one TFL) and a fumble recovery against the Ravens, which will make the LB a wire target this week.

Nick Vigil CIN

Vigil was on the field for all 82 defensive snaps in Week One, and will be relied upon to shore up the Bengal defense so long as starter Vontaze Burfict is on the sidelines. He had 11 solo tackles with two TFL against the Colts on the road. This week is the Cincy home opener, and look for the defense to play well against the visiting Ravens.

Defensive Linemen

Margus Hunt DE IND

Hunt started at DE in Week One, and looks to get continued high snap usage going forward, based on the two sack/two QH effort he put forth on Sunday. He also added three solo tackles, all for a loss of yards.

Defensive Backs

Kareem Jackson S HOU

Jackson is a converted cornerback, which means on both the Yahoo and ESPN platforms he has dual eligibility. If you play in a cornerback-mandatory league, and he is available, snap him up immediately and plug him into your lineup.
Safety production from the CB roster position is huge. He is coming off an eight solo tackle effort against the Patriots in Week One, with two forced fumbles, so do not dawdle in making your claim for his services.

Kayvon Frazier S DAL

Kentrell Brice S GB

Brice looks like the starting strong safety for the Packers, a position which has yielded excellent fantasy value in the past. Morgan Burnett has left to join the Steeler defense, which provides an opportunity for Brice to grab the starting job. He grabbed his first sack of the season against the Bears, to go with nine TT (eight solo).

Damontae Kazee S ATL

With Keanu Neal now lost for the season, the Falcons will turn to Kazee to step in at safety. In the event you were (un)fortunate enough to snag Neal in the draft, now is the time to regroup by picking up his replacement.

Tavon Young CB BAL

Young has value so long as Jimmy Smith is out on suspension. He had two sacks in the first half against the Bills, but then again, the Bills will likely make lots of IDP look like superstars this season if Week One is any indication of future performance. He also had three solo tackles (two TFL) plus a pair of QH and a PD, to make for an attractive stat line coming out of the first week of action. He is a definite short-term pickup.

Denzel Ward CB CLE

Ward had a nice debut, grabbing a couple of INTs against Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers, as well as three PDs. Toss in six TT (two solos) and the Ohio State alum becomes an intriguing waiver wire addition if your CBs are underperforming.

Tre Flowers CB SEA

The converted college safety looked solid in Week One, with eight TT (seven solo) and a PD. As a rookie, expect offensive coordinators to target him until he proves his mettle, and thus, he should see a ton of action to open the season. If he keeps up his performance as he showed in the first game of the regular season, he is a player to keep an eye on, even if you do not need to add him immediately.

Escalator Going Down

Linebackers

B.J. Goodson NYG

Goodson was the starter at ILB with Alex Ogletree, but played in just over 50% of the defensive snaps. He was limited to just two total tackles (one solo), which is not the sort of production you should value on a weekly basis.

Defensive Linemen

Adrian Clayborn DE NE

The Patriots frequently frustrate fantasy owners with their usage of defensive players, and Clayborn was involved in just 30% of the defensive snaps against the visiting Texans. Unless and until his snap count increases, he is not going to produce for your IDP squad.

Defensive Backs

None to speak of, except those listed in the injury report below.

Matchups to Exploit

This portion of the report will highlight those teams you want to look to when picking up IDP to replace injured players or those whose teams are on a bye. It is too early in the season to truly get a handle on how defenses are shaking out yet, however, so you will have to wait until next week to see specific suggestions here. This early on in the season you should not panic, instead relying on those players that were projected as top IDP to draft so long as they are healthy. Patience is warranted here, rather than rash action that may not be easily remedied.

Waiver Wire Targets

As with the Matchup section, this portion of the IDP Report will feature those players that are available on the wire in better than 50 % of leagues. All those players discussed above as rising IDP should fall within that definition in Week Two, and therefore you are directed above to find your targets to add to your rosters. This section will begin to be populated in full beginning with next week’s IDP Report.

Ouch (My Aching Roster)

All the injury reports below need evaluation prior to kickoff.  Teams are notoriously sketchy about injury reports, and we often do not know a player's status until just before game time. Consider the list below as a "heads up" as to what is going on early in the week, and should not be considered definitive.

Linebackers

Deion Jones ATL foot (IR)

Alvin Jones BAL undisclosed

Julian Stanford BUF nose

Luke Kuechly CAR knee

Jonathan Anderson CHI undisclosed

Preston Brown CIN ankle

Oren Burks GB shoulder

Duke Ejiofor HOU hamstring

Ben Heeney HOU ankle

Leon Jacobs JAX foot

Manase Hungalu JAX undisclosed

Ben Niemann KC hamstring

Mark Barron LAR ankle

Travin Howard LAR undisclosed

Obo Okoronkwo LAR foot

Mike Hull MIA knee-MCL

Christian Sam NE undisclosed

Tae Davis NYG hamstring

Olivier Vernon NE ankle

Josh Martin NYJ concussion

Paul Worrilow PHI knee-ACL (IR)

Ryan Shazier PIT spine (PUP)

Malcolm Smith SF hamstring

Brock Coyle SF concussion

Dekoda Watson SF hamstring (IR)

K.J. Wright SEA knee

Erik Walden SEA hip

Rashaan Evans TEN hamstring

Harold Landry TEN ankle

Defensive Linemen

DE

Vontarius Dora ARI undisclosed

Shaq Lawson BUF hamstring

Carlos Dunlap CIN calf

Emmanuel Ogbah CLE ankle

Lenny Jones CLE undisclosed

Randy Gregory DAL concussion

Ezekiel Ansah DET shoulder

Christian Covington HOU thigh

Tyquan Lewis IND toe

Joey Bosa LAC foot

Tyson Alualu PIT shoulder

Frank Clark SEA elbow

Anthony Lanier WAS hip

DT

Willie Henry BAL sports hernia

Brian Price OAK hamstring

Justin Ellis OAK ankle

Eddie Vanderdoes OAK knee-ACL (PUP)

Vita Vea TB calf

Mitch Unrein TB knee (IR)

Stacy McGee WAS groin (PUP)

Defensive Backs

S

A.J. Howard ARI undisclosed

Keanu Neal ATL knee-ACL (IR)

Blidi Wreh-Wilson ATL shoulder

Bennett Jackson BAL undisclosed

DeShon Elliott BAL forearm (IR)

DeAndre Houston-Carson CHI arm

E.J. Gaines CLE knee

Xavier Woods DAL hamstring

Su’a Cravens DEN knee (IR)

Marcus Cromartie DET knee (IR)

Josh Jones GB ankle

Kayvon Webster HOU Achilles

Chris Milton IND concussion

T.J. Green IND hamstring

Eric Berry KC heel

Daniel Sorensen KC knee Meniscus (IR)

Afolabi Laguda LAR undisclosed

Craig James MIN hamstring

Duke Dawson NE hamstring (IR)

Dar NYG hamstring

Marcus Maye NYJ ankle

Marcus Gilchrist OAK undisclosed

D.J. Killings PHI undisclosed

Joe Haden PIT hastring

Dontae Johnson SEA hip

Bryon Maxwell SEA hip

Kam Chancellor SEA neck (PUP)

Brent Grimes TB groin

Kendrick Lewis TEN foot

Troy Apke WAS hamstring

CB

Isaiah Oliver ATL ankle

Maurice Canady BAL thigh

Jaylen Hill BAL knee-ACL/MCL (PUP)

Taron Johnson BUF shoulder

Kevon Seymour CAR shoulder (IR)

Josh Shaw CIN undisclosed

Davontae Harris CIN knee

Marcus Rios DEN hip

Kevin Johnson HOU concussion

Keith Reaser KC quadriceps

Mackensie Alexander MIN ankle

Trae Waynes MIN knee

Jabari Price MIN knee (IR)

Dexter McDonald OAK ankle (IR)

Devin Ross PHI ankle

Vernon Hargreaves TB shoulder

Amari Coleman TB concussion (IR)

Adoree’ Jackson TEN shoulder

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, send a message to ia@fantasyalarm.com.

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