Welcome to The Huddle’s IDP Hot and Not Report for Week 4. Here, we’ll take a look at a few linebackers, defensive linemen and defensive backs that are off to hot starts and a few that have stumbled out of the gate a bit. 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.
Paris Lenon (ARI): Lenon was more than serviceable as the Lions’ MLB for a couple of seasons and now he’s leading the Cards in fantasy points. Reports indicate he’ll retain his starting job once Gerald Hayes returns, too.
London Fletcher (WAS): Fletcher’s always been a regular tackler, but never really has put up huge “other” stats (sacks, forced fumbles, etc.). Week 2, when his tackle numbers weren’t great, he was able to get a sack and defended a pair of passes. Good news for Fletcher owners; he’s keeping up a great pace even at age 35.
Rocky McIntosh (WAS): Despite Fletcher’s solid start, McIntosh has put up solid numbers himself. He’s never been a fantasy stud, so perhaps you take his current top-10 ranking and parlay it into some trade value.
Aaron Curry (SEA): Ah, this is what we were afraid of. With David Hawthorne excelling on the weak side, Curry’s been starting on the strong side for the Seahawks. He’s only averaging 6.7 fantasy points per game, and looks like a borderline bye week filler at this point.
Mike Peterson (OAK): With Curtis Lofton manning the middle and the surprising Sean Weatherspoon stealing stats, the veteran Peterson has become a fantasy afterthought.
HOT DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Robaire Smith (DE – CLE): Someone’s gotta put up stats for the Brown D, right? Smith’s not setting the fantasy world on fire, but a consistent 9-10 points will definitely get it done, especially when DL is such a paper-thin position. He’s not a sack master, but will get you some tackles from the DL spot.
Dwan Edwards (DE – BUF): Someone’s gotta put up stats for the Bill D, right? Like Smith, he’s not setting the fantasy world on fire, but in a paper-thin position, you look for consistent points. And to start 2010, Edwards has appeared steady, even with less-than-desirable matchups.
“NOT” DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Everette Brown (DE – CAR): It doesn’t appear as if Brown is the heir apparent to the departed Julius Peppers. Averaging less than 4 fantasy points per game won’t get you started on any roster.
Derrick Harvey (DE – JAC): Many thought this would be the year for Harvey to really break out and put up good stats. Hasn’t happened so far.
HOT DEFENSIVE BACKS
Michael Griffin (S – TEN): Griffin’s always had plenty of upside, but hasn’t shown much consistency. So goes his outlook in 2010, scoring 25+ in weeks 1 and 3, but being in single digit scoring during Week 2. Against the right kind of opponent, he can rack up a bunch of solos.
Kelvin Hayden (CB – IND): Hayden’s a nice little fantasy corner. He’ll defend a pass per game, and appears to be a solid open field tackler. Opposing offenses may have to pass a ton to keep up with the Colt offense (yet again), so figure Hayden will keep this up.
“NOT” DEFENSIVE BACKS
Corey Webster (CB – NYG): Bottom line, the Giants have never really had good fantasy corners. Webster had a pretty solid 2008 campaign but dropped off in 2009 and looks to be rather stagnant in 2010.
Sean Jones (S – TBB): He appeared to be a good fit for the Tampa-2 scheme, but thus far has been rather average. DB is an ultra-deep position, so if a guy like Jones is underperforming for you, kick him to the curb.