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.
Karlos Dansby (MIA): The first year Fin hit a rough patch around the bye week, but ever since has been solid. Two of the past three weeks, he’s had 10 solos in each game. That’s a quick way to get big points. He’s easily the best Dolphin IDP and we love his upcoming games. He’s got a sore elbow but should be fine moving forward.
James Farrior (PIT): Lawrence Timmons has overtaken James Harrison as the best Steeler LB – at least fantasy-wise – but Farrior has remained a constant. He’s only had two weeks under double digits, and is usually right around 15 fantasy points. As a 2nd or 3rd fantasy LB, he always gets you a solid amount of points.
James Anderson (CAR): Anderson’s been a fantastic surprise and a big-time value for his owners. He’s in the top-10 in standard IDP scoring and had his first non-double digit scoring output just this past week. We love his next two matchups and should put up great numbers in both.
Rey Maualuga (CIN): Thanks for the tease, Rey. He shows flashes of brilliance (4 solos and a sack vs. TB) and then disappears and/or gets himself hurt. He’s quickly making dynasty owners impatient.
Thomas Howard (OAK): What happened to this guy? He was a solid #2 or #3 fantasy LB at one point, now he’s worth zilch. He has 6 solos… all season.
HOT DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Kyle Vanden Bosch (DE – DET): The Lions’ prized off-season acquisition has been productive – albeit not crazy hot – over the past month. He should produce big time over the rest of the season.
Ndamukong Suh (DT – DET): It’s all Lions, all the time. Suh has 7 sacks on the season and is definitely a game-changer.
“NOT” DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Will Smith (DE – NOS): Smith was a force last season, totaling 13.5 sacks. He only has 2.5 this season and only two games in double digit scoring.
Tommie Harris (DT – CHI): Even with the Bear defense looking much better this season, Harris has been pretty worthless. Four solos and only one-half of a sack all season. Ouch.
HOT DEFENSIVE BACKS
Eric Berry- (S – KCC): The rookie has been downright solid since Week 7, putting up double digits every week. The remaining schedule is extremely favorable for the Chief safety. Plug and play.
Richard Marshall (CB – CAR): The Panther corner has put up sick stats – especially tackles – this season. He’s always been a solid tackling cornerback and mixes in sacks and pass defenses.
“NOT” DEFENSIVE BACKS
Dashon Goldson (S – SFO): Goldson was an up-and-comer last season but has battled injuries this season and appears to be dinged yet again.
Darrelle Revis (CB – NYJ): Just another example of a shutdown corner who doesn’t do much in terms of fantasy.