IDP Rankings Week 2
Let’s just jump right into this with the intensity of Troy Polamalu going all “Waterboy” on Jake Locker…
We’ll avoid the obvious. It’s not a surprise that some players had a great week 1. Guys like: (CB) Charles Tillman, (LB) Paul Posluszny, (S) Harrison Smith, (DE) Cameron Wake, (DE) Jerad Allen, ect… are all elite players and you should already know that. Let’s take a look at who else made waves in week 1.
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These are the guys that you may have heard about or expected good things from going into this season. The players below lived up to the hype in week 1. They should be added to your team if they are free agents in your league.
- (CB) BUF Da’Norris Searcy had a great showing even without that TD. Just keep in mind that it was a favorable match-up that will not come along too often.
- (DE) STL Robert Quinn had 3 sacks and there is no reason to think they’ll spot coming. There is not much room left on his bandwagon, so jump soon.
- (DT) DET Nick Fairley seems to finally be healthy and if that’s the case he”ll be a force.
- (LB) BUF Kiko Alonso had himself a great NFL debut against a team that’s not always friendly to ILBs.
- Also worthy: (LB) TB Mason Foster, (LB) WAS Perry Riley
- (S) DEN Duke Ichedabo surprised some when he started for the Broncos and surprised even more when he racked up 12 tackles (10 solo). If he continues to start, he’s in a great spot to put up big numbers.
- (DT) KC Dontari Poe looked great clogging up the middle for the Chiefs. Expect him to be one of few consistent DTs this season.
- (LB/DE) NE Rob Nikovich did not get a sack in week 1, but they will come. He played every snap and notched 8 tackles, so an uptick in his 2013 numbers is likely.
- (S) WAS Bacarri Rambo was another rookie that had a solid debut. He got plenty of tackles and even tossed in a sack for good measure.
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- (CB) CHI Tim Jennings is not a guy that will normally have 8 tackles and is more of an INT threat. He’s a risky play. He’s startable for sure, but not likely to be consistent.
- (DT) SD Cam Thomas is not likely to get another INT any time soon and has very little value.
- (S) DAL Barry Church was in the right place at the right time often in week 1. Was it luck or skill? Seems more like luck.
- (DE) HOU J.J. Watt had a weak showing, but you’d be insane to bench him. This is just a sign that he will not have the same insane season in 2013. Even if Watt is half as good, he’s still better than almost any DL player.
- (CB) ARI Patrick Peterson is always a gamble. Opponents don’t really went to see the ball thrown, or even punted to him. Roll the dice with him a couple more times. It does not hurt that he could get some offensive touches.
- (S) TB Mark Barron was pretty quite in week 1, but he’ll be a factor this season.
- (S) NYG Antrel Rolle did not put up the Stevie Brown numbers people wanted, but he’s in a good spot and should improve.
Other week 1 notes:
- A rotation of safeties Roman Harper, Malcolm Jenkins and Kenny Vaccaro seems to mean that it will be harder to find a stud safety in the New Orleans’ secondary.
- TEN LB Colin McCarthy missed week 1, but should be a factor this week. Don’t expect such huge stats from Zach Brown, but keep an eye on his progress.
- Justin Houston (KC), Shaun Phillips (SD) and Clay Matthews (GB) all had great games, but keep in mind that they are outside LBs and are prone to weak stat-lines. Still, by all means start them if your league gives big points for sacks or you have mediocre inside LBs.
With over five years of fantasy football experience Darren has won a high percentage of leagues and is an expert on IDP. When not setting a line-up, he works as a freelance writer for The Miami Herald.