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 email@example.com if you want to discuss the players in further detail or recommend a name or two.
Patrick Willis (SFO): Now the #1 LB in most scoring formats, you can pretty much pencil in Willis as not only one of the top one or two overall LBs each season, but figure he’ll be in the top 3 or so each and every week. Consistency is awesome, don’t you think? Willis scored his most points this season against the Rams; a team that Willis was projected to not really need to score much against.
D’Qwell Jackson (CLE): Jackson started off the season a little cool, but has heated up in the past two weeks. He’s made his way to LB1 status this season for sure. The Browns’ D will be on the field a lot and Jackson is a tackle machine.
Aaron Curry (SEA): 31 points in the last two weeks for the rookie, each week racking up 6 solos. Prospects are good for Curry in the meat of the season, facing the Cowboys, Lions and Vikings.
Channing Crowder (MIA): Second week a Dolphin LB appears on this list. Crowder has talent and opportunities, but isn’t making anything of them this season. He currently ranks as the #95 overall LB in most scoring formats. Not what you want out of a solid #3 or borderline #2 LB.
Adalius Thomas (NEP): Thomas continues to disappoint. Two one-solo games, and one assist in each game. Bench him until further notice.
HOT DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Jared Allen (DE – MIN): Allen is now right behind Antwan Odom as the top dog DL in most scoring formats after his Monday Night Football explosion against the Packers. For those that panicked after his 1-point opener, how do you feel now?
Dwight Freeney (DE – IND): He was thought to perhaps miss a week, but he came out and logged 7 fantasy points, including a sack. He’s been pretty consistent this season and is a nice DL2.
“NOT” DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Kyle Vanden Bosch (DE – TEN): Vanden Bosch is averaging a meager 4.75 fantasy points per game thus far. Not what you expect out of your DL1 or even DL2.
Haloti Ngata (DT – BAL): The Ravens coaching staff was supposedly going to let Ngata roam a bit freer this season, but that’s resulted in only half a sack, and no fumbles forced or recovered at this point.
HOT DEFENSIVE BACKS
Yeremiah Bell (S – MIA): Despite the arrival of Gibril Wilson and the thought that the veteran Wilson would be the better or at least more consistent fantasy scorer, Bell has averaged at least double digits in each of the first four weeks. Feel free to keep him in your lineup.
Nate Clements (CB – SFO): The veteran has scored in double digits each week this season and has a nice string of games against the Falcons, Texans and Colts. But you’ll need to cover his Week 6 bye.
“NOT” DEFENSIVE BACKS
Kevin Payne (S – CHI): Danieal Manning (currently the #1 DB) has overtaken Payne as the Bear safety to own. He’ll likely bounce back with some 5-6 solo efforts, but how long can redraft owners wait?
Gibril Wilson (S – MIA): As noted above, Yeremiah Bell has been the more consistent Fin safety. In fact, Wilson hasn’t been in double digits since Week 1 and had a mere 2 fantasy points this past week. Not saying dropping him is the thing to do, but if you have other options you should certainly consider them.