Welcome to The Huddle’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 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.
E.J. Henderson (MIN): Henderson was questionable leading into this game, but ended up posting 21 fantasy points, his best total for the season. He’ll have an extra day of rest this week, and will likely be very busy against the Packers in the Metrodome.
Barrett Ruud (TBB): With all the problems the Buc offense is having, their defense will continue to see plenty of field time. Ruud has 15 solos and 13 assists in the past two weeks. He still has no “other” stats, but if he’s racking up tackles at this pace, he’s gonna continue to be a solid LB1.
Brian Cushing (HOU): We all knew James Laurinaitis would post solid numbers in the middle for the Rams, but the rookie really making a splash is Cushing, who in “typical” scoring leagues, ranks as the 22nd best LB. Definitely a solid LB2 or awesome LB3 in most leagues.
Joey Porter (MIA): Porter’s worth really comes with his ability to sack the QB, and at this point, he does have a pair of sacks, but the tackles are way down. He’s a borderline starter in very large leagues, but in most leagues you can probably cut bait.
Adalius Thomas (NEP): With all the subtractions to the Patriot D, it was Thomas that stood to benefit the most. He’s not taking advantage of this opportunity at all.
HOT DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Terrell Suggs (DE – BAL): Suggs started the season off a little quiet, but has 26 fantasy points over the past two weeks and has a pretty decent fantasy schedule this season. Get him while you can.
Marcus Stroud (DT – BUF): The old man apparently has something left in the tank after consecutive 12-point efforts over the past two weeks. He has a couple of good matchups over the next two weeks, so get him in your lineup, especially if you’re in a league that starts DT.
“NOT” DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Darryl Tapp (DE – SEA): Six solos through 3 weeks, and a goose egg against the Bears. Tapp has talent and opportunities, so he’ll need to pick things up big time if he’ll be worthy of starting in leagues of any size.
Kevin Williams (DT – MIN): Maybe the big guy didn’t expect to be playing in these first few games, but either way, he’s off to a slow start. He has some decent matchups coming up, so keep him in your lineup if you’re in leagues that must start DT.
HOT DEFENSIVE BACKS
Eric Weddle (S – SDC): Weddle is proving why he was ranked so highly to start the season. He’s a tackle machine and if he’s able to add pass defenses and other “big play” stats, he’ll be even better.
Charles Woodson (CB – GBP): Well, there appears to be no way to slow this down; be it age or position change. Woodson started slowly in Week 1, but exploded in Week 2 and had a solid Week 3. You’ll want him in your lineup for MNF against his old buddy Brett Favre.
NOT” DEFENSIVE BACKS
Brandon Meriweather (S – NEP): Talented? Check. Has opportunities? Check. Sorry, 1 + 1 doesn’t always equal 2. Meriweather only has 26 fantasy points in 3 weeks and has no “other” stats than just tackles.
Asante Samuel (CB – PHI): Sameuel just doesn’t look like a fantasy contributor anymore. He had some value as a Pat, but has limited value with the Eagles.