Welcome to this week's IDP Hot and Not Report. 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.
Jerod Mayo (NEP): I honestly never thought Mayo – nor any Patriot LB – would be a top fantasy option. Mayo’s now the #2 LB in traditional formats and has only one “blah” week this season. Looks like a consistently good option every week.
D.J. Williams (DEN): Like Mayo, Williams is putting up consistently good numbers from the 3-4 scheme. Williams has done this in the past, so it’s not a huge surprise, but it’s nice to see the ex-Hurricane is putting up good numbers. He’s the #1 LB over the past month in traditional formats. Start him if you got him.
Takeo Spikes (SFO): Just like he does for a stretch of games every season, Spikes is putting up good fantasy numbers. He’s averaging 14.1 fantasy points per game over his past 4 contests, easily #2 LB type numbers. Considering he’s probably a free agent in your league, he’s worth a mention here.
Jon Beason (CAR): We’ll only mention him here because following his bye, he’s scored 16 fantasy points in 2 games. Beason’s better than this, and will need to really start putting up big numbers to make good on his average draft position. Considering his upcoming schedule and the fact the Panthers’ offense is putrid, he’ll likely be a turnaround candidate.
Brian Urlacher (CHI): I’m a huge Bears fan, but don’t have any issue in calling out the Bear LB stud here. Before the Bear bye, he was averaging 9.2 fantasy points. He claimed he was 100% recovered from his wrist injury and felt better than ever. Let’s start seein’ it, Brian.
HOT DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Dwan Edwards (DE – BUF): He’s got a few things going for him: he’s on a team that is typically down a lot, so the offense will throw a lot, and potentially will go three-and-out a lot. Following us here? He’s on a defense with no real game-changer in the front seven, minus Paul Posluszny, who’ll never be mistaken for a pass rusher. Enter Edwards, who isn’t much of a sack master, but is consistently putting up 4ish solo tackles and a good handful of assists for the Bill D.
Colin Cole (DT – SEA): Few DTs are hotter right now, and the Seahawk D is sackin’ fools left and right. Cole just got his first sack of the season, but added another 2 pass defenses and 4 solos last week. For a DT, those are fantastic numbers.
“NOT” DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Ray Edwards (DE – MIN): Wow. We’ll remind you of the fact that DEs that line up opposite studs (like Jared Allen) inherently have value. We’ll point out the fact that if said stud (in this case, Jared Allen) has a rough season, that his counterpart on the other edge will probably fade into obscurity. 6 fantasy points over the past 3 weeks for Edwards should indicate what’s happening here.
Tommie Harris (DT – CHI): The big man used to be a solid starting DT in leagues that required you start one. But he’s quickly becoming an afterthought, even with the Bear D looking good in spots this season.
HOT DEFENSIVE BACKS
Kerry Rhodes (S – ARI): Since his move to the desert, Rhodes has been a steady fantasy source. Over the past 5 weeks, he’s knocked on the door of 20 fantasy points each game. That will certainly get it done, even in the very deep DB spot.
Richard Marshall (CB – CAR): He’s showing flashes of what made him a top CB (and actually, overall DB) choice a few years back. Great numbers over the past couple weeks, and the Panther schedule will allow him to put up good numbers from here on out.
“NOT” DEFENSIVE BACKS
Adrian Wilson (S – ARI): Admittedly, The Huddle hung on to Wilson as a top-tier fantasy DB a bit too long last season. He has shown he still has “it”, but it’s few and far between, especially with the above-mentioned Rhodes performing well.
Brandon Carr (CB – KCC): The “other” Brandon (Flowers) for the Chiefs is quickly becoming a solid shutdown corner for the Chiefs. Eventually, Carr could become a decent option in larger leagues if for nothing else, he plays opposite an up-and-coming shutdown corner and could have plenty of opportunities. So far this year, meh.