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Before I get started talking IDPs for this week, it’s time to put you all at ease. I’m sure many of you spent your entire week tirelessly coming up with nicknames for Robert Quinn and Chris Long, as I suggested last week. But it turns out that they beat us to the punch. Though no announcers ever mention it, the two dominant pass-rushers in St. Louis have nicknamed themselves Black Thunder and White Lightning, and together they are Thunderstorm. I love this for too many reasons. First, it sounds like an ice cream flavor, and the Rams should immediately capitalize on that in their concession stands. Second, and most importantly, it pays homage to one of my favorite sports movies, Major League 2. Tell me you don’t get chills when you see this scene. Chuck Sheen and Randy Quaid at their best if you ask me.

Anyway, as we embark on Week 10, along with bye weeks for several IDP stalwarts such as Chandler Jones, D’Qwell Jackson, Justin Houston and Eric Berry, keep in mind that the playoffs are right around the corner. For teams that have nearly or already clinched, and are looking ahead to potential matchups, here are some players that have favorable or less than ideal matchups for Weeks 14-16:

Favorable

New Orleans Defensive Linemen

The Saints get the pleasure of facing off against the Panthers twice during the playoff weeks, along with the Rams once. Cam Newton doesn’t take all that many sacks, but given how often they run the ball, Carolina provides a ton of tackle opportunities for D-Linemen. I wouldn’t expect pass rushers like Junior Galette to put up great stats, but Cameron Jordan could easily be the top DL during this year’s fantasy playoffs.

Colts Linebackers

My love for Jerrell Freeman is well-documented, so here’s your warning that it’s going to reach stalker-like levels in about a month. The Colts face run-heavy offenses in Houston, Cincy and KC in the playoffs, so expect double digit tackles for Freeman in each of those games. It’s also worth looking at Pat Angerer, who, if healthy, has a shot at putting up LB2 numbers. Robert Mathis, however, will not see nearly the same success as his teammates, and I’d have trouble starting him based on these matchups.

Chargers Secondary

Eric Weddle has had an uneven year, and has been dropped in many leagues. I got a lot of questions about ranking him as my #1 DB option last week, and he responded with 15 tackles against Washington (Thanks Eric!). In the playoffs, he gets to face the Manning brothers and Oakland, all who rank in the top 9 in points allowed to DBs. If Weddle is available and you’re looking at a playoff run, I’d make a move now.

Unfavorable

Chicago Defensive Linemen

Julius Peppers pulled in his annual interception on MNF, and his buddy Shea McClellin knocked out Aaron Rodgers, so Bears fans and IDP owners are both pretty happy right now. However, the good times are not likely to continue through the playoffs for Peppers, McClellin and Corey Wootton. They face off against the Cowboys, Browns and Eagles, who have offenses that either have quick passes, elusive QBs or both, and neither team pounds the ball with the run. I would have trouble relying on any of these guys as a starter come playoff time.

Rams Linebackers

St. Louis has been a hotbed for LBs this year, as they are one of three teams with two top 20 options at the position in James Laurinaitis and Alec Ogletree. Considering the production they have put up so far, it would be difficult to bench either of these backers, especially in the playoffs. But with matchups against the Saints, Bucs and Cardinals, none of whom let up points to opposing LBs, it might be worth looking for other options or trying to sell high on them now.

Bucs Secondary

Mark Barron has taken a nice leap forward in his second year, and he’s on pace to put up 100+ tackles. But raw stats can be somewhat deceiving, and despite having three games of double digit tackles, Barron has also put up 5 tackles or less in half his games. When facing the Niners, Rams and Bills in Weeks 14-16, the odds are leaning more towards a 5 tackle game than a 10 tackle game. If you have a deep roster, and a better option to stream, I’d think twice about starting Barron in the playoffs.

 

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  1. J-FOH says:
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    wow, I can’t believe I had to drop Freeman to grab a Rodgers back up. I tell my friends i am the LB whisperer every year. In my start 4 LB league. I have David, Burfict, Washington and Poluszney. I gambled on wake ROS the other day and dropped Quinn, bye week next, and I have Weddle and Landry as my DB’s for the stretch run…I love IDP

    • Prez says:
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      The only stretch run you’re gonna hear of is your asshole when im runnin it! My idp in that league shits in your idps mouth!

      -Richie Incognito

      • Kevin Kumpf

        Kevin Kumpf says:
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        @Prez:

        Not gonna lie, I laughed.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @J-FOH:

      Sacrificing IDP depth for offensive depth sucks, but it’s an unfortunate reality. Looks like you’re still set up nicely for the playoffs, good luck!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf: I was bragging mode yesterday….now I need to produce

  2. Bdgp says:
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    Hey Kevin I follow and truly appreciate the time and effort you put in on idp keep up the great work

    • Prez says:
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      I second this comment. ^^^^^^

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Bdgp:

      I appreciate the feedback, thanks for reading!

  3. MPC says:
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    Tavon Austin or Riley Copper for rest of season? 16 team PPR. Thanks for the input!

    • MPC says:
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      Cooper*

      • Kevin Kumpf

        Kevin Kumpf says:
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        @MPC:

        They’re extremely close to me. I’d go Cooper just because it appears that he has some serious chemistry with Foles (I’m sure it has nothing to do with race…). Austin’s long-term ceiling is obviously higher, but he just hasn’t shown me anything this year.

  4. One Man Crusade says:
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    Where would you rank Bruce Irvin as a DL

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @One Man Crusade:

      I don’t have any leagues where he has DL-eligibility, and he’s not considered a DL by the Fantasy Pros software that the rankings above are done using. But week-to-week, I’d rank him as the top Seattle DL, as he gets those LB snaps that tend to lead to more tackles, and he is the most talented pass-rusher they have. This week I’d rank him at 11, between Ware and Houston.

  5. booya says:
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    Pick 2 to start this week: SJax, Ben Tate, Decker.

    Thanks

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      @booya: Whoops! The below comment was meant to be in reply to yours. I am bad at internet.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Principle Blackman: @booya:

      I agree with Mr. Blackman. Decker’s matchup is too good to pass up, especially if we’re talking PPR. Between the RBs, I think Jackson is due to show up big, and as long as ATL doesn’t get blown out, he’ll get 100+ and a score.

  6. Principle Blackman says:
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    SJax and Ben Tate are a tough call. They both have tough matchups. I’d definitely be starting Decker against SD, and I’m probably leaning SJax, just because Seattle gave up big yards on the ground to the Rams and the Bucs in each of the last two weeks.

  7. de nachos says:
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    Outstanding call at justifying Weddle over Richard Sherman last week, who shut down V Jax but had no points to show for it. So now, sell me on Mathieu over Weddle. Do you favor D guys coming off a buy? Thanks and great work. Oh, and nice call on the Wake breakout (kissing more butt…ok I’m done).

    • de nachos says:
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      @de nachos: off a “bye” damn hungover spelling

      • Kevin Kumpf

        Kevin Kumpf says:
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        @de nachos:

        Can’t go wrong with Honey Badger or Weddle this week. I put Mathieu at #1 because I think his style of play matches up perfectly with how Houston’s offense is operating with Keenum under center. When they run the ball and find openings with their zone blocking system, Mathieu will be waiting at the second level. And in the passing game, Mathieu is opportunistic enough to take advantage of an inexperienced QB, so I see a big play or two coming for him. But if you already have Weddle and want to keep rolling with him, I’d have no problem with that against the Broncos.

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