Welcome to The Huddle’s IDP Hot and Not Report for Week 1. Here, we’ll take a look at a few linebackers, defensive linemen and defensive backs that could get off to hot starts and a few that may stumble out of the gate. This article is designed to assist the beginning IDP’er or those in “play ‘em once” leagues, or to just foster some discussion about the future prospects of IDPs that were more than likely drafted in most leagues.. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to discuss the players in further detail or recommend a name or two.
Curtis Lofton (ATL): With Big Ben suspended for the Steelers, Lofton should be plenty busy chasing down RB Rashard Mendenhall and TE Heath Miller. Lofton started the 2009 season off fast and could get off to a similarly hot start here this season.
James Laurinaitis (STL): The 2nd year stud started his rookie season off hot and had 16 solos in one contest against the Cardinals, who just happen to be the Rams first opponent this season. With rookie QB Sam Bradford possibly struggling to move his offense, figure the Ram defense will be on the field plenty.
David Harris (NYJ): Expect the “Hard Knocks” defense to come out knocking the Raven offense around. Harris had some huge games in 2009 and may have a handful of solos to open the 2010 season. We love Harris’ prospects this season.
Dhani Jones (CIN): Jones could eventually be pushed out by Rey Maualuga and doesn’t have the greatest of Week 1 matchups. The vet is a shaky Week 1 play.
Keith Brooking (DAL): Brooking comes into the 2010 season a bit dinged (a departure from how he usually enters the season) and rookie Sean Lee has been dazzling in his stead. Pretty decent matchup against McNabb’s Skins, but a risky play.
HOT DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Justin Tuck (DE – NYG): The Giants Week 1 opponents, the Panthers, gave up about 2 sacks per game in 2009. Figure they’ll give up at least that amount Week 1 with Matt Moore under center. The Giant defense will look to once again wreak havoc on opposing offenses and Tuck should have a big year.
Darnell Dockett (DE – ATL): Ahh, fresh meat. Sam Bradford is going to be a quality NFL QB at some point, but fact remains, he’s a rookie with no proven WRs. Dockett and the aggressive Cardinal front seven should get to Bradford plenty.
“NOT” DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Mario Williams (DE – HOU): Super Mario is going to have a great season, but we wouldn’t expect to see much of him in the Colt backfield this week. The Colt OL doesn’t give up many sacks and Williams could be “somewhat” controlled.
Trevor Scott (DE – OAK): Scott became a fantasy darling in 2009 and is a decent enough sleeper in 2010. In his Week 1 shakedown with the Titans, he could be shut out against the scrambling Vince Young.
HOT DEFENSIVE BACKS
Erik Coleman (S – ATL): The often under-rated veteran will be busy coming up to tackle Steeler RB Rashard Mendenhall and in coverage against Hines Ward and Heath Miller. 6-7 solos isn’t out of the question to start the 2010 season.
Sean Jones (S – TBB): Jones knows the Cleveland offense and will look to show his ex-employers that he could be one of the best safeties in the game. He’s beat out Sabby Piscitelli for the strong safety spot and could indeed have a good Week 1.
Charles Woodson (CB – GBP): The veteran will be sniping off Kevin Kolb passes all day long. Whether he shadows DeSean Jackson or Jeremy Maclin, Woodson should be busy.
“NOT” DEFENSIVE BACKS
Brian Dawkins (S – DEN): Dawkins is a mega-stud, even at his ripe age, and will have a terrific fantasy season. But we don’t like his potential against the Jags this week. Dawk, of course, could prove us wrong. Those of you that have him as your DB1 pretty much have to start him, but we won’t be surprised if he has just a handful of tackles this week.
Darrelle Revis (CB – NYJ): Revis finally signed and has a decent matchup against a revitalized Raven passing offense, but we’d rather keep him on the bench this week until he proves he’s ready to go.