Welcome to The Huddle’s IDP Hot and Not Report for Week 2. Here, we’ll take a look at a few linebackers, defensive linemen and defensive backs that got off to hot starts and a few that stumbled 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 email@example.com if you want to discuss the players in further detail or recommend a name or two.
Zach Diles (HOU): It was a plug-and-play situation for the backup SLB for the Texans. With Brian Cushing suspended, Diles stepped in as the starter and put up 21 fantasy points. He’ll have a good chance at decent fantasy points this week against the Skins.
Clay Matthews (GBP): The “other” ex-Trojan linebacker had a great start to the 2010 season, amassing 7 solos, a pair of sacks and a forced fumble. This, while not playing at all in the preseason due to a hamstring injury. Matthews could be a factor again this week against the struggling Buffalo offense.
Dan Connor (CAR): The Carolina MLB had a terrific first game, outperforming all LBs this week with 26 fantasy points. With Thomas Davis likely out for at least half the season, a second LB to Jon Beason will need to step up, and the ex “Linebacker U” Connor could certainly be that guy.
David Hawthorne (SEA): He’s capable of huge numbers, but will compete for stats with Lofa Tatupu and the very talented Aaron Curry. The prospects for double digit fantasy stats, though, look better this week.
Gary Brackett (IND): All Brackett really does is make tackles, so when he’s not even doing that (3 solos, 1 assist this week), it makes owners reconsider using him. He’s turning into a borderline LB2 or LB3 in most leagues.
HOT DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Kyle Vanden Bosch (DE – DET): So this is why the Lion coaching staff wanted the guy so bad. Vanden Bosch tops the leaderboard at DL scoring 21 fantasy points. He racked up a whopping 10 solos this week. If he’s able to tackle steadily, he’ll be a force.
Osi Umenyiora (DE – NYG): Look who’s back?! Big Osi got his first sack of the season and outplayed fellow DE Justin Tuck. In fact, both Umenyiora and Mathias Kiwanuka outscored Tuck. Bottom line, all three Giant DLs are worth owning, and in most weeks, starting.
“NOT” DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Derrick Harvey (DE – JAC): This is supposed to be “his year” to come out and perform well, but it’s not off to the greatest of starts. He only managed a pair of tackles and a pass defended this week. The matchup doesn’t get any better this week.
Julius Peppers (DE – CHI): Peppers has improved the Bear defense, but he only managed 7 fantasy points this week. Opposing OLs will key on Peppers and let others on the front 4 scrounge for stats. The matchup’s not great this week, but there are some cupcakes coming up.
HOT DEFENSIVE BACKS
Antoine Bethea (S – IND): With Bob Sanders yet again injured, Bethea’s potential for huge stats jumps through the roof. We liked Bethea this season no matter what Sanders’ status was, but Bethea will now have the lion’s share of fantasy worth in the Colt defensive backfield.
Adrian Wilson (S – ARI): The veteran just keeps chugging along and is a good option most weeks. He’s an especially good matchup against pass-happy teams it seems. The matchup this week isn’t great, but unless you have verifiable studs to start ahead of him, you want him in your lineup.
Deangelo Hall (CB – WAS): Hall led all CBs in fantasy points this week by racking up a handful of solos in addition to a defensive score. The potential for solid fantasy points is yet again good this week as he matches up with the Texans’ Andre Johnson.
“NOT” DEFENSIVE BACKS
Leon Hall (CB – CIN): Hall is typically a solid, usually underrated fantasy DB but got off to a bit of a rough start in a game that he had plenty of opportunities against the Patriot passing offense.
Lawyer Milloy (S – SEA): Seems like Milloy has been in the NFL for 20 years, doesn’t it? People were touting him as a solid fantasy option in Seattle this season, but he could easily be outplayed by rookie Earl Thomas. Thomas had 10 fantasy points in Week 1 to Milloy’s 7. Get used to it.