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This point in the season is decision time for fantasy owners. Every team has played at least 4 games, and in the 13-week fantasy football regular season, that counts as a good enough sample size. Sleepers who haven’t panned out yet are not likely to make an impact this year, and high draft picks who have under-produced can’t be viewed the same way they were on draft day. On the flip side, no-names and “washed-up” veterans who have put up solid or better numbers so far should be taken seriously.

This is especially true in IDP leagues, where you typically spend less roster spots on the defensive side of the ball. While it may be difficult to stomach benching Geno Atkins or dropping Roman Harper, you can’t afford to sit back and assume everything will be okay, especially if you are below .500. And with that, I bring you the Week 6 edition of Adds/Drops/Rising/Falling.

Adds

Olivier Vernon – As a Miami fan, I was obviously excited about Dion Jordan in this year’s draft. But I couldn’t shake the nagging feeling that we didn’t really need him when we already had Wake and Vernon, who put up an under-the-radar great rookie year. Since Wake hurt his knee, Vernon has stepped right in and produced, racking up 11 tackles and 2 sacks in the 3 games since the injury. Wake won’t be 100% for a few weeks, and Jordan is still a situational player, so Vernon makes for a great plug-and-play during the bye weeks.

Shaun Phillips – BIG PLAY LEAGUE ALERT! I have been loath to draft Phillips throughout his career, but he’s making an impact on the depleted Denver defense. Most of his value is tied to sacks, but he’s certainly getting his share of opportunities with the Denver offense running train on the league. His next few games are against the Jaguars, Colts, Skins and Chargers, so I’d expect at least 5 sacks over that stretch.

Will Hill – The Giants are a mess this year. But that hasn’t been too much of a problem for their defensive players, and Hill looks primed to step in and rack up the tackles. Antrel Rolle has been a disappointment so far, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the G-Men gave Hill a chance to shine. And if Jack Black and Cheri Oteri have taught us anything, it’s to never bet against people whose first and last names rhyme.

Drops

Jason Babin – Honestly, I never got the attraction here. I was low on him in the preseason, but he started off strong enough through three weeks. Since then, a couple of things have become clear. First, the Jaguars have no intentions of winning any games this year. Second, because of that, they might only play Babin for about half their snaps on defense. I’d cut ties if there is an acceptable replacement available.

Paul Kruger – Was his playoff run last year impressive? Yes. Does his name lend itself to a ton of great Elm Street fantasy team names? Of course. But as a rush-linebacker, his value is entirely tied to sacks, and this year he just hasn’t done the job. Even if you’re in a big play league, there has to be better options out there.

Antrel Rolle – As I mentioned about three inches above, Rolle has been nothing short of mediocre this year. There are way too many other DBs that can be streamed every week for you to feel any need to hold onto Rolle. He’s worth playing against teams like Philly, Green Bay and Washington, but he’s not the every week starter that he was likely drafted to be.

Rising

Ray McDonald – With Aldon Smith out for the foreseeable future and Patrick Willis still banged up, there are tackles to be had in San Francisco for the first time in a few years. I can easily see McDonald putting up a season like 2011 where he finished with 43 tackles and 5.5 sacks. Not exactly DL1-2 numbers, but solid nonetheless. If things break right, McDonald could easily spell success in IDPEIEIO.

Robert Mathis – I have always maintained that pass-rush only LBs are overrated in IDP leagues. Guys like Tamba Hali and Elvis Dumervil (as well as Aldon Smith and Von Miller for obviously different reasons) have proven that to be true. But Mathis and Terrell Suggs have shown that rush LBs can provide value if you can get the right ones. Ride Mathis while he’s hot, but don’t expect him to threaten 30 sacks like he’s on pace to.

Earl Thomas – The Seattle secondary is obviously elite, last week notwithstanding. The issue with that is that it’s difficult to predict who will shine from one week to the next, and they don’t typically allow too many completions and therefore not too many tackles. So far Thomas has been the Earl of DBs from an IDP standpoint, never putting up less than 8 points. I’ve been reluctant to move him up the rankings too much due to the issues I mentioned, but it’s hard to ignore production like this.

Falling

Michael Bennett – The same way the Seattle secondary tends to prevent one player from really standing out, their pass rushers do the same. The Seattle front seven has recorded 13 sacks in 5 games, but they have been spread across eight different players. Bennett’s only put up 10 tackles so far, which is better than Cliff Avril and Chris Clemons, but still not what you want to see from an every week starter. Also I know a guy named Michael Bennett that no one likes, so it’s really hard to roster Seattle’s version.

Jasper Brinkley – Well it was fun while it lasted. Brinkley, and Kevin Minter in the long run, were expected to contribute to the Arizona defense while Daryl Washington missed the first 4 games and possibly more due to various off the field issues. Well Washington returned with a vengeance last week, and unless he gets found using PEDs in Roger Goodell’s office, I would doubt that the Cardinals suspend him any further.

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23 Responses

  1. Chris says:
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    Hello Kevin,

    Please advice:

    I have Matt Ryan and Andrew Luck on my roster (1 QB League) and looking to trade for an RB.
    I have been offered for Andrew Luck, Knowshon Moreno or Trent Richardson.

    Do you prefer one or the other? I am trying to get better deals but this are the ones that have pop up? Thoughts? Should I trade or hold.

    Thanks as always.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Chris: not sure I would want Ryan as my QB….try trading Ryan

      • Kevin Kumpf

        Kevin Kumpf says:
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        @J-FOH:

        Yeah I agree, if you have to give up Luck, then I’d go TRich, but I’d try to swing Ryan in there instead. I generally prefer TRich to Moreno due to lack of competition in the backfield.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Chris:

      Yeah I agree, if you have to give up Luck, then I’d go TRich, but I’d try to swing Ryan in there instead. I generally prefer TRich to Moreno due to lack of competition in the backfield.

  2. J-FOH

    J-FOH says:
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    who is the #25 LB? it says ()

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @J-FOH:

      The way that Ranker works through Fantasy Pros is to include guys like DeMarcus Ware and Cameron Wake as LBs as well as DLs. I don’t have any leagues where they have that eligibility, so I don’t include them in my LB rankings. However, but including them in my IDP overall rankings, it autocorrects the LB rankings as well. Confusing, but that’s the price we pay to get that cool looking chart.

  3. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Cutler/Le’Veon/L.Miller (my)
    for
    Brees/Hillman (his)

    my RBs are

    Murray/Joquie/Benard/Stacy/Tate/Ellington and those two

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Chicken Dinner:

      I like the Cutler side in a 14-team or larger league where depth is key. If you’re 12-team or less I would go Brees because it’s likely that most quality teams have a stud QB. If you accept you just have to pray that Murray stays healthy.

  4. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Also, I have RGIII and Wilson. With RG’s week 5 bye passed, should I try to move Russell? Probably won’t get much for him. Maybe D.Wilson or B.Tate. If no one bites, is he droppable. Could always use the roster spot but there is always RG’s injury concern. What say you?

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Chicken Dinner:

      Just saw this follow up. That changes things for me. If you move on Brees, then I would say you need to have a RWilson-for-RB trade lined up. There is no need to keep multiple top QBs on your roster when you’re hurting at RB, so I’d try to move Wilson and RG3 if you can.

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf: Sorry, different teams.

        • Kevin Kumpf

          Kevin Kumpf says:
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          @Chicken Dinner:

          Haha okay, then in this case I think I’d hold onto Wilson or try to move RG3 after the Seattle bye. I don’t trust RG3 to be a weekly starter at this point, so that would be a huge risk compared to the very solid Wilson.

  5. Byron from Austin says:
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    now that jarius byrd is back, where would you rank him among db’s?

    also glad to see vaccaro rising in the rankings. i like reid and searcy to continue to improve as well.

    does searcy take a big hit with byrd returning, or will they both be on the field a lot? also is byrd worth a pickup, if i have to drop reid or searcy to get him?

    thanks, and good luck this week!

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Byron from Austin:

      I’m very torn with Byrd, and Searcy for that matter. I would definitely not drop Reid, so it’s a question of who has the most ROS value, Byrd or Searcy. Byrd’s got the talent, but he’s still disgruntled and not 100% yet. Searcy has been consistent, but that might not last for much longer.

      Overall, I’d aim high and go for Byrd over Searcy, but I wouldn’t hesitate to drop him as soon as he falters.

  6. Jeremy says:
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    Should I drop posluszny for D’Qwell Jackson?

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Jeremy:

      How many IDPs do you start? These two are top-10 every week, so there is really no wrong choice here. I tend to prefer D’Qwll but it’s extremely close. I’d own both if you start more than one IDP.

      • Jeremy says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf: yeah it’s only start 1. I could drop Sidney rice or Nate Washington in order to roster both but more inclined to only keep one dp rostered at a time. 10 team league where we replaced the d/st spot with an idp

        • Kevin Kumpf

          Kevin Kumpf says:
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          @Jeremy:

          Gotcha, probably worth holding the receivers. Honestly, either of them is a fine choice, but if I had to choose it would be D’Qwell.

  7. Mark says:
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    What’s wrong with Bobby Wagner?

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Mark:

      If you mean injury, his sprained ankle might keep him out of this week’s game, so it’s worth monitoring. Outside of that, I think he’ll be fine when he’s healthy.

  8. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    This week would you start Justin Houston (probable with a great matchup vs. Oak) or Cyprien (been getting better every week and will probably play every down vs. the inevitable blowout vs. the Broncos)? I’m leaning towards Houston but I’m not sure about how effective he will be. Thanks.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist:

      I’d go with Houston. Until he stops getting tackles, his role in that impressive defense is too good to pass up for a DB. This Denver/Jax game is going to be very interesting in terms of playing time, so I’m staying away if possible. It could easily be Denard Robinson vs. Brock Osweiler by the end of the third quarter.

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