Welcome to The Huddle’s IDP Hot and Not Report for Week 3. Here, we’ll take a look at a few linebackers, defensive linemen and defensive backs that have gotten off to hot starts and a few that have 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to discuss the players in further detail or recommend a name or two.
Lawrence Timmons (PIT): The young Steeler LB is really growing into the position and leads all LBs in fantasy points through two weeks. What’s curious that stalwart James Harrison is right behind him at #2.
James Anderson (CAR): We highlighted the Panther MLB Dan Connor last week – who also had a decent Week 2 – but it’s been Anderson (and not Connor or the studly Jon Beason) who has the most fantasy points out of the Panther linebacking trio. The Panthers’ D appears to be spending a good deal of time on the field. All three Panther LBs will likely remain fantasy relevant.
Sean Weatherspoon (ATL): The rookie has 35 fantasy points (standard IDP scoring) in his first two contests, topping both stud LB Curtis Lofton and the veteran Mike Peterson. Weatherspoon was one of the most well-rounded defenders in this draft class and the Falcons were going to find a way to get him on the field. It’s working out.
Justin Durant (JAC): He was moved out of the MLB spot with the addition of Kirk Morrison. He started the season with a 7-point stinker. And now he’s sporting a walking boot after spraining his ankle.
Rolando McClain (OAK): Speaking of Morrison; his replacement has gotten off to a rather slow start for the Raider D. The rookie has looked somewhat active in tackling and will likely blow up sooner or later.
HOT DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Robert Mathis (DE – IND): Many wrote Mathis off as aging and not a fantasy force anymore. Well the veteran has shook off a nagging ankle injury to accrue 29 fantasy points thus far. The schedule for the next few weeks looks rather favorable. Start him if you got him.
Haloti Ngata (DT – BAL): Ngata has always shown flashes of brilliance and has the tools to become a dominating force for the Ravens. The big ex-Duck has a cupcake staring him down in Week 3. Or rather, he’s staring at the cupcake and is ready to take a big, man-sized bite.
“NOT” DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
John Abraham (DE – ATL): After a huge 2008, Abraham took a huge step back in 2009. It looks like the slide could continue. He had a putrid Week 2, and things don’t look to get any better as the Falcons travel to New Orleans.
Ray Edwards (DE – MIN): Edwards has built-in value, rushing the passer on the edge opposite Jared Allen. But Edwards has done little with the opportunity thus far in 2010. He’s playing for a long-term deal, so his game should improve eventually.
HOT DEFENSIVE BACKS
LaRon Landry (S – WAS): Landry has a ton of talent and if he can string together some solid efforts, could be one of the DB elite. He’s averaging 27.5 fantasy points in two games, and the next six outings look darn tasty.
T.J. Ward (S – CLE): The rookie was impressive enough in camp/preseason to earn a starting spot for the Browns. The Browns’ offense is scary bad, but their D is not horrible. When they’re on the field – which could be a lot – they have playmakers. Ward is off to a solid start and if he doesn’t hit any kind of rookie wall, could be a solid start from this point on.
Carlos Rogers (CB – WAS): Honestly, the entire Skin defensive backfield is worthy of ownership. In fact, all four starters are in the top-20 in standard IDP scoring as of the end of Week 2. Rogers had a big Week 2 and could snare a pick this week against the Rams.
“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.
Tanard Jackson (S – TBB): He’s getting decent tackle opportunities, and does have 8 solos thus far. But there’s no “other” stats and seems to lack the big-play punch, at least in the early part of the season.