2014 In-Season Accuracy: 59.6% (2nd out of 21 Experts, 61.8% Highest, 46.6% Lowest).

In a year that has seen more than its share of devastating injuries, IDP owners everywhere have been scrambling to fill holes left by their “sure-thing” draft picks. While some of those replacements have shown flashes at times (Jelani Jenkins, Jasper Brinkley), they have yet to truly dominate statistically like we saw in Week 9. The top three scoring IDPs for the week were Jacquian Williams, Chris Borland and K.J. Wright, all of whom got their starting jobs thanks to injuries to more proven commodities. We even saw huge weeks in big-play leagues from guys like James Harrison and Whitney Mercilus, who weren’t even really on the radar. Performances like these are often very difficult to see coming, but if you pull the right string, the payoff can be enormous. With another IDP mainstay down for the year (see you next year DeMeco), there is yet another opportunity to look towards an unproven backup (this time Casey Matthews) with a chance to shine.

Jacquian Williams – I just mentioned him, but any time a lightly owned IDP puts up 18 tackles, it’s time to take a second look. The Giants’ depth chart at LB has been a mess for the last couple of seasons, and never more so then it is right now (OurLads has Jameel McClain starting at both MLB and SLB, which sounds sub-optimal). Williams has been on the IDP radar for a while now, and he has finally broken out now that his playing time has increased. I don’t see anything special about his game, and I often get lost spelling his name, but he’s the guy to own in the Big Apple for the rest of the season.

Jamie CollinsDont’a Hightower may have had the first big week after Jerod Mayo went down, but make no mistake that Collins is the LB to own in New England. Collins was considered the top sleeper/breakout candidate among LBs before the season started, but injuries and the presence of Mayo limited his production.¬†Mayo’s unfortunate injury coincided with Collins looking healthy for the first time all year, so voila! We have ourselves a bona fide LB1.

Everson Griffen – He isn’t the household name that Jarred Allen was in Minnesota, but Griffen has quietly been on a tear lately, with 8 sacks in his last 5 games. Okay, maybe that’s not so quiet, but you don’t hear the talking heads of the world bringing him up alongside J.J. Watt. As an IDP owner, that’s just how I like it. With Griffen heading into the bye this week, and many owners not carrying a DL on their bench, you may have a chance to nab Griffen off the waiver wire. With a great ROS schedule, it’s worth a roster spot to get potentially elite production for free if you can.

Mark Barron – The most asked questions I got last week were about Barron, and justifiably so. Any time a top-10 player at a given position gets traded mid-season, uncertainty rules the day. How long will it take for him to learn the playbook? What role will he play in the new scheme? Has he found a new house yet or will he be renting? Barron only got in on Special Teams last week, and he’s expected to see limited time in the secondary this week. To me, that makes him unstartable. But on the flip side, if his stat line is terrible again, it makes him a buy low candidate. Stay tuned.

T.J. Ward – It’s about damned time! Another guy I’ve received several questions about, Ward has been nothing but disappointing all year, breaking the 5 tackle mark only once before last week. As I mentioned, the Pats are a great matchup for tackle-heavy safeties, and that rang true for Ward as well, as he tied his season high with 8 tackles. Looking forward, his schedule is middling at best, but for one week he at least looked the part of a startable DB.


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  1. J-FOH says:
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    whats up Kev, You got any DL sleepers this week? It’s a wasteland in my league for DL and I have Rob Niko on the bye. Casey is the highest rated available and I’m not loving the matchup.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @J-FOH:

      I like Donald and Selvie as high-ceiling guys this week.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf: what about avril?

        • Kevin Kumpf

          Kevin Kumpf says:
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          @J-FOH:

          Should have plenty of pass rush opportunities, so he’s a good look for a big play league.

  2. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    better IR stash, pollard or byrd?

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now:

      They both sound legitimately done for the year, so if you’re talking for dynasty/keeper, I’d go with Byrd. Younger than Pollard and a less devastating injury.

  3. Bob says:
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    Hey man I stream defensive players & Who to roll with this week;

    Morgan Burnett (vs jay cutler & bears)

    Charles johnson (@ Philly Vs sanchize & Eagles)

    Haha Clinton Dix (vs cutler & bears)

    Malcom jenkins (vs cam newton & panthers)

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Bob:

      I like Burnett a lot for both tackles and a pick. Johnson could have a huge day in big play leagues, but Burnett is the most reliable one here.

  4. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Jacquan williams? i dk how to spell it, or James harrison for this bye week fill in? Thanks bro, keep up the good work.

    • Kevin Kumpf

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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist:

      Definitely Williams. Harrison’s resurgence has been fun, but I wouldn’t count on him keeping it up.

  5. Jensin says:
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    Hey man, week 10 IDP question
    Who to add & start this week just need one; morgan Burnett, mychal kendricks, jared Allen, lavonte David , Willie young, AJ hawk, clay Matthews, Charles Johnson , Roman Harper & malcom jenkins

    Should I be worried w/ injuries to david & Burnett?

    • Kevin Kumpf

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      @Jensin: 100% David. Can’t believe he’s available. I think both David and Burnett play and produce, but even if something changes, David is worth keeping on your bench.

    • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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      @Jensin: that’s crazy, even if it’s in the shallowest IDP leagues.

      • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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        @A Wesley Snipes Life: that’s like dez bryant being dropped in non-IDP leagues.

  6. J says:
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    Need one for tonight; Charles Johnson or mychal kendricks

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @J:

      Love Kendricks with DeMeco on IR.

  7. goodfold2 says:
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    now with only 2 bench spots for defense, since sims came back.
    1. would landry be higher than bucannon at S (IND landry, he was dropped). I still have bucannon over jefferson at this point. I might drop ASJ to make a 3rd spot for D players. my other bench D players are M.Johnson and Butler (SD)
    2. If verner is still hurt does it matter much to drop him for Breeland or Amerson or somebody like that? Yahoo seems to think Verner’s ROS projections are much better than any of these other guys, but i’m pretty sure their projection systems are only set up at beginning of season, and after that only playing time gets changed in it. They still don’t even have my other CB, B.w. wilson as being worth much (nor breeland), but both of those have been great for last 4-5 weeks. Even if i drop ASJ or Donnell that spot is probably better off stashing 3rd S over 3rd CB.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @goodfold2:

      Short term Landry might be better than Bucannon, but I’m a big believer in Buc. I just got offered Tannehill/Weddle for Suh/Bucannon in a dynasty league and it’s a tough call for me because I like his ceiling so much. So I’d hold onto him unless he sees a big reduction in snaps.

      Verner is definitely not someone I would keep if he’s hurt. Probably better than Breeland/Amerson if they’re all healthy, but not enough of a difference to waste a bench spot on.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf: ok, and if i go with 3rd S Landry over Jefferson as well?

        • Kevin Kumpf

          Kevin Kumpf says:
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          @goodfold2:

          Yeah I don’t think Jefferson has the ceiling Buccanon does, so take the extra points from Landry over the youth of Jefferson.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf: i’m guessing that league you are talking about is much different than mine, where any QB is worth by far the most in total pts. We get pts for attempts as well, rushing ones too.

        • Kevin Kumpf

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          @goodfold2: Attempts!?!? That’s anarchy!

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Kevin Kumpf: yeah, even really bad type s like carr but might get a lot of attempts have crazy value, but we can only start 1. cousins had sick value for a few weeks there.

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