Welcome to another year of fantasy football, IDP-style. This new free agent report will help you identify players that you can add to your team that can give you immediate help or increase the strength of your bench.
Here we’ll take a look at players that are heating things up on defense and can bring your fantasy team some immediate help for those playing in “play one” type IDP leagues. These players are typically must-starts in standard IDP leagues.
Paul Posluszny (JAC): After a quiet start, “Poz” put up 28 points against the Saints, filling up the box score. If you made the mistake of benching him after only 26.5 points through his first three games, you’re likely kicking yourself. Get him back into your lineups.
Von Miller (DEN): If all the big name LBs are gone in your start-one IDP league, you could add Miller and hope he continues to get to the opposing QB. He had two against the Packers and has a decent schedule from here on out.
Will Smith (DE – NOS): After sitting the first two games out due to a suspension, Smith has scored 10 points in the last two Saint contests. Smith is a steady performer and if your league offers big points for sacks, Smith could serve as a nice backup in start-one leagues.
Domata Peko (DT – CIN): You likely won’t start a DT in start-one leagues, but for those that are in leagues that combine DT and DE, you might find Peko as a free agent. The Bengals have three DLs in the top 25 right now and two of them are DTs.
George Wilson (S – BUF): Last week, we highlighted the Bills’ free safety, Jairus Byrd. This week, we’ll look at their strong side safety. Wilson had a good 2009 campaign before getting hurt in 2010. So far, 2011 has been great, and Wilson’s game is improving. The Bills will continue to see teams pass on them, giving Wilson big play opportunities and he’s also outstanding in run support.
Kyle Arrington (CB – NEP): Both Devin McCourty and Arrington find themselves in the top-30 right now because opposing teams have no choice but to throw on the Pats to keep up with their juggernaut-like offense. If you’re in a league that combines CB with S, you might find Arrington on your waiver wire. Add him.
Digging For Sleepers
These players will be typical free agents in 12 to 16 IDP leagues and should be targeted.
Leroy Hill (SEA): Aaron Curry has been benched and could actually be traded. K.J. Wright has taken his WLB spot, but it’s been Hill that’s put up the big stats in the past two games. He has 38 points in those two contests, and you can expect double digits in most games from here on out.
Mathias Kiwanuka (NYG): Kiwanuka has spent time at DE for the Giants, but with Osi Umenyiora back and Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck occupying the starting spots, the G-men have moved Kiwanuka to LB. He’ll occasionally put up good stats, and is a nice target since Umenyiora and now Tuck have injury concerns.
Brian Rolle (PHI): Rolle has moved into the starting lineup as the WLB. Rolle is far better than Casey Matthews, both in run support and especially in pass coverage. He made five solo tackles and broke up a pass in his first start and could be a nice LB3 in deeper formats.
Antonio Smith (DE – HOU): Smith’s been a tease for years now, showing flashes of his pass-rushing skill, but then can’t seem to get over the hump to provide consistent fantasy production. He has exactly one sack in each of the Texans first four games, and the Texans do have a somewhat favorable schedule upcoming in terms of getting to opposing QBs. He’s worth an add in larger leagues if you need DL depth.
Darryl Tapp (DE – PHI): Tapp lost his starting job to Jason Babin, then got hurt. He was declared inactive last week but is set to start practicing again. The Eagles D has been a real disappointment and they could shake things up along their front line. Tapp has had good fantasy production in the past, and is worth adding in larger leagues just for the potential alone.
Dashon Goldson (S – SFO): After sitting out the first two games, Goldson has come back and has played well for the Niners. He put up 10 solos against the Eagles last week and has a very good schedule upcoming.
David Caldwell (S – IND): Melvin Bullitt was put on IR, and Caldwell was named the starter. He will split time with Joe Lefeged, but Caldwell’s the one you want.
Digging Even Deeper
Here you will find "one injury away" players, or those worth a look in very deep leagues.
Linebackers: Aaron Maybin (NYJ), Connor Barwin (HOU), Bobby Carpenter (DET)
Defensive Linemen: Tyler Brayton (DE – IND), Drake Nevis (DT – IND)
Defensive Backs: Ryan Clark (S – PIT), Cedric Griffin (CB – MIN)