IDP Report Week 4

We have another week with a plethora of injuries thinning out the defensive players available to use in IDP leagues while also dealing with the first set of byes (no Green Bay or Philadelphia in Week 4). How many of you benefitted from picking up either Zach Orr (LB BAL) or Marcus Peters (CB KC) last week? I will confess both those players helped me record superb IDP results, and even win a couple of leagues. I do attempt to populate my rising player section with new players, so do not expect those guys to get repeat analysis anytime soon. Read on to see what new gems are available to snatch off the wire this week.

Elevator Going Up


Benardrick McKinney HOU -- McKinney is going to be seeing a ton of action, with both J.J. Watt and Brian Cushing out with injuries. He had 16 total tackles last week (six solo) with a sack, and a QB hurry (QH). Houston may have some injury issues on D, but McKinney is someone to focus on grabbing right now, before your league wises up.

Shane Ray DEN -- Ray is living up to his first round pick status from 2015, with DeMarcus Ware out of action and he picked up three sacks in Week 3 to go with six total tackles, three QHs and two of his tackles were for a loss. Denver's defense is a dominant force, and Ray is just the kind of under-owned star in the making to pick up now.

Denzel Perryman/Jatavis Brown SD -- Perryman and his teammate Brown will see more action, now that Manti Te'o is out with a torn Achilles tendon. Each had a sack in Week 3, and combined for 15 total tackles: seven solos for Perryman (nine TT), five solos for Brown (six TT). Brown also forced a fumble and defensed two passes, while Perryman added a QH. Keep an eye on Perryman's status going into Week 4, though, as he suffered a minor knee injury at the end of the game against the Colts.

Darron Lee NYJ -- Lee is not playing like a rookie, but rather an every-down linebacker. He had five solo tackles (one assist), a half a sack and one QH. Playing alongside David Harris, he should continue to put up good stat lines.

Vontaze Burfict CIN -- Burfict is returning to action after a three-game suspension, and is just sitting out there on the wire, waiting to be activated. He is always a risk for another suspension, given his style of play, but should put up top ten LB numbers going forward.

Nick Perry GB -- While Perry is on a bye in Week 4, if you have some bench room, he is a sneaky add this week. He had seven TT against the Lions in Week 3, with two of those for a loss of yardage, and filled his stat line with two QH, one PD and two sacks. Act while your league sleeps on his potential due to the lack of action in Week 4.

Defensive Linemen

Jabaal Sheard DE NE -- Sheard is coming off a two sack week, and with the Bills coming to town, he should be in line for more production as a pass rushing end.

Everson Griffen DE MIN -- Griffen is part of a dominating defense and should not be available on the wire, but he is in most leagues. He just finished collecting three sacks, four QB hurries, and four total tackles (three solo, three TFL). That was against the Panthers, who looked confused by the Viking defense all day long. Expect that trend to continue.

Kerry Hyder DT DET -- Hyder stood out with Ezekiel Ansah on the sidelines when the Lions headed to Green Bay. He put up a nice balanced stat line: two solo tackles, a sack , one TFL and a QH just to round things out. He should be started in Week 4 when the Lions take on the Bears, who have been generous to DTs this season.

Damon Harrison DT NYG -- Harrison was an effective run-stuffer when the Giants took on Washington, gathering in 10 total tackles (nine solo). The Vikings are not a great matchup for DTs this season, but their attack will feature the run game, so more tackles should be in line for Harrison.

Fletcher Cox DT PHI -- Cox is on a bye this week, and while he is owned in 50% of leagues at this point, with short benches, he could become available in your league, and you should pounce for the balance of the season if you can. He is coming off a two sack, five tackle (three solo, two TFL), two QH and a forced fumble performance, so act fast if he becomes a free agent in your league.

Defensive Backs

Jordan Poyer S CLE -- Poyer will see plenty of time on the field with Ibraheim Campbell out, and he collected 13 TT against the Dolphins in Week 3 (10 solo), and also defended one pass. You have to love a safety that collects tackles, in any type of IDP league.

Karl Joseph S OAK -- Joseph stepped in when the Raiders decided to bench underperforming Keith McGill, and led the team with 10 total tackles (six solo). Oakland decided that they needed to revamp the D, and Joseph is a beneficiary of that initiative.

Troy Hill CB LA

Jacoby Glenn CB CHI

 The two corners that round out the rising defensive backs are that particular species of defensive player that is not proven his ability, and thus is targeted by opposing offensive coordinators. This leads to plenty of action, and thus tackles and pass defense opportunities. Hill collected 11 solos in Week 3, and Glenn, who is starting in place of Kyle Fuller, had eight total tackles (six solo) with a PD and forced fumble. A bit of IDP advice: find the young CBs that are unproven, and ride them until they prove their mettle on the field.



Escalator Going Down


Mychal Kendricks PHI

I have finally given up on Kendricks. He has graced many of my rosters over the past several years, but his persistent injuries make him only a part-time LB, and one that does not provide the stats you need to win. Unless the Eagle linebacking corps suffer severe losses due to injury, you should not have him on your roster.

Defensive Linemen

Chris Long DE NE

Khalil Mack DE OAK

Long may be past his prime, and once Rob Ninkovich is done with his suspension, expect his playing time to take a hit. Drop him now and find another player to take his place. Mack is the victim of his own success, as teams seem to be scheming against him this season. Thus, the lack of sacks. He should not be started but if Oakland can reconfigure their defense to let him loose again, he could return to elite status. It is just not there right now.

Defensive Backs

Lardarius Webb S BAL

The move to safety from corner has not been kind to Webb. He only has six solo tackles on the season, which is not the kind of production you want from a starting safety in an IDP league. Feel free to drop him for someone who can provide a better stat line consistently.

Matchups to Exploit

Indianapolis @ Jacksonville

Jacksonville is just bad. I may just put them at the top of this list every week, without adding any commentary, until they turn things around. Overall, they are the worst team at stopping defensive production. Or maybe, the best for us that play in IDP leagues. In any event, despite the London venue, I would play the Indy IDPs against the Jags. Of course, there is the huge defensive secondary injury issue with Indy, but if unproven CBs are playing, then expect them to get plenty of IDP scoring opportunities.

New Orleans @ San Diego

I would expect this to be a shootout. Therefore, I am expecting the coverage guys on both teams to get plenty of opportunities to make plays, either tackles or PDs, or perhaps INTs.

San Francisco vs Dallas

The Cowboys love to run the ball, and the news is that Dallas' best WR has a hairline fracture to his knee. Expect the Cowboys to favor the run aspect of their offense, leading to a boatload of tackle opportunities for the 49ers in Week 4.

Miami @ Cincinnati

The Bengals are going to try to run the ball all night long. That will lead to big numbers for the Miami front seven and perhaps their safeties as they try to fill the gaps. Ryan Tannehill will not be passing except to keep the defense honest, so plug your Dolphin DLs and LBs (and safeties) into your lineups.



Waiver Wire Targets

All these players are spotlighted above, and you can read my comments about them in the "Elevator Going Up" section of this article. Not all the players I comment on are here, however, as I am not going to waste your time searching for players that are heavily owned. This group consists of those that you may have a chance of locating on your league's waiver wire in that they are owned in significantly less than 50% of leagues. Happy claiming for your weekly matchups.


Benardrick McKinney HOU (his ownership is at 28%, time to act)

Shane Ray DEN

Denzel Perryman SD

Jatavis Brown SD

Darron Lee NYJ

Vontaze Burfict CIN

Nick Perry GB

Defensive Linesmen

Jabaal Sheard DE NE

Everson Griffen DE MIN (owned in one third of leagues, grab him now if he is on the wire)

Kerry Hyder DT DET

Damon Harrison DT NYG

Fletcher Cox DT PHI (owned in 50% of leagues, but with the bye this week, could be available for Week 5 usage)

Defensive Backs

Jordan Poyer S CLE

Karl Joseph S OAK

Troy Hill CB LA

Jacoby Glenn CB CHI

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.


Paul Worrilow ATL groin

De'Vondre Campbell ATL ankle

Elvis Dumervil BAL foot

Danny Trevathan CHI thumb

DeMarcus Ware DEN back

DeAndre Levy DET quadriceps

Clay Matthews GB ankle

Brian Cushing HOU knee

Sam Barrington KC hamstring

Koa Misi MIA neck

Jelani Jenkins MIA groin

Kiko Alonso MIA hamstring

Don’t'a Hightower NE knee

Dannell Ellerbe NO quadriceps

Erin Henderson NYJ foot

Lawrence Timmons PIT shin

Ryan Shazier PIT knee

Manti Te'o SD Achilles

Defensive Linemen


Frostee Rucker ARI knee

Robert Nkemdiche ARI ankle

Ezekiel Ansah DET ankle

J.J. Watt HOU back

Jared Odrick JAX elbow

William Hayes LA ankle

Lawrence Thomas NYJ shoulder

Joey Bosa SD hamstring

Robert Ayers TB ankle

Kendall Reyes WAS groin


Vernon Butler CAR ankle

Letroy Guion GB knee

Sharrif Floyd MIN knee

Defensive Backs


Colt Anderson BUF foot

Ibraheim Campbell CLE hamstring

Tavon Wilson DET neck

Morgan Burnett GB groin

Reshad Jones MIA knee

Kenny Vaccaro NO ankle

Jaheel Addae SD collarbone

Marcus Cromartie SF ankle

Da'Norris Search TEN ankle


Ronald Darby BUF hamstring

Dre Kirkpatrick CIN hamstring

Tramon Williams CLE shoulder

Joe Haden CLE groin

Orlando Scandrick DAL hamstring

Sam Shields GB concussion

Darius Butler IND hamstring

Patrick Robinson IND concussion

Jalil Brown IND ankle

Tevin Mitchell IND hamstring

D'Joun Smith IND ankle

Prince Amukamara JAX hamstring

Xavier Howard MIA quadriceps

Delvin Breaux NO lower leg

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie NYG groin

Eli Apple NYG hamstring

Leodis McKelvin PHI hamstring

Jimmy Ward SF quadriceps

Bashaud Breeland WAS ankle

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