A week after seemingly everybody got hurt, the IDP community collectively had a nice bounce back. Several guys had huge weeks in the tackle department, and there were no major injuries on the defensive side of the ball. Additionally, due to injury or subpar play, there was a general QB shakeup across the league, so defenses will get to feast on the likes of Mark Sanchez, Case Keenum, Brock Osweiler, and potentially T.J. Yates. Backups can take some time to get comfortable with the speed of an actual game, so that opens up opportunities for big plays, and they tend to rely heavily on the run game, which obviously leads to more tackles. So while your NFL team may now be in the hands of a overqualified clipboard holder, your IDP team can potentially benefit.


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Mario Edwards – After Justin Tuck went down, Edwards became an attractive waiver wire option due to his anticipated uptick in snaps. His play hasn’t been very consistent, but he rewarded patient owners with an 11 tackle, 1 sack day on Sunday. He’ll likely continue to be boom/bust the rest of the way, and this week looks closer to bust against a rough matchup in Detroit. However, he has two top five matchups in Tennessee and Kansas City in Weeks 12 and 13, so if you’re fighting for a playoff spot, he’s a nice option for that stretch.

Rob Ninkovich – He’s been an utter disappointment this season, but Ninkovich has quietly put together his best two game stretch of the year over the last two weeks. Chandler Jones has been an absolute beast, so opposing teams will be keying on him more than usual, leaving Ninkovich with some nice one-on-one opportunities. The Pats get a great matchup with Buffalo this week, and have a favorable playoff schedule as well, so if a frustrated Ninkovich owner cut ties with him, I like him as a high-floor DL2 the rest of the way.

Jasper Brinkley – Since Antonio Pierce retired, the Giants have had a gaping hole at MLB. This season they’ve rotated between Uani’ Unga and Jon Beason, but with Beason done for the year and Unga both ineffective and nursing a neck injury, they turned to Brinkley on Sunday. The journeyman responded with a huge day, putting up 12 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. The Giants head into their bye this week, but they’ve proven that whoever starts in the middle for them is a viable IDP option, even if they aren’t the most talented linebackers.

Manti Te’o – The Chargers have had a similar revolving door at LB, but when healthy, Te’o has been the guy to own. Before getting hurt, he was on pace for a career year stats-wise, averaging more than 10 points per game, without the benefit of any big plays. Coming off four missed games and a bye, he’s likely available in most leagues, and with a great matchup against the Chiefs, I would have no problem starting Te’o this week if he plays.

Quentin Demps – Like Te’o, Demps’ season long stats are artificially deflated by missing multiple games due to injury. Also like Te’o, Demps has a great matchup this week. But unlike Te’o, Demps is definitely playing, and playing well, after putting up a solid 6 tackle effort against Cincy on MNF. He also has a good matchup next week, so if you’re a pure DB streamer, he’s my pick of the week at safety.

Marcus Peters – I had him highly ranked last week, and Peters looked to reward me immediately with a pick of Peyton Manning. As it turned out, Manning was in the giving mood and nearly everyone in KC’s secondary got in on the fun. But that doesn’t change the fact that Peters is putting together a stellar all around season. He’s not just benefiting from the “Rookie CB Rule” either, as targeting him has been a dangerous proposition for opposing QBs. Peters and the Chiefs get another great matchup this week, and he should be owned in all leagues.

  1. Scott says:
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    Is Keenan Robinson about to break out or is he a pure matchup play?

    ROS, do you like Ninkovich better than Fletcher Cox?

    Why to the other ‘sperts continually underestimate Kwon?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Scott: since about week 3 or so of 2014 (i know as only reason i didn’t have him last year was he was ranked lower before that during preseason) kevin is quite high on robinson.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Scott:

      I’m a big fan of Robinson, especially in tackle heavy leagues. He’s been up and down this year, and his low ECR ranking this week is likely based on injury concerns. He looks iffy at best right now but I’ll wait until seeing how Friday practice goes before removing him and adding Will Compton.

    • Kevin Kumpf

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      @Scott:

      Submitted too soon.

      I like Cox over Ninkovich because I think his ceiling is higher on a weekly basis.

      As for the lack of love for Kwon, I think it’s because you never know if him or Lavonte are going to pop in a given week. I like what I’ve seen from both of them, and the ceiling is so high that I’m all aboard.

  2. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    very thin week in DT streaming land. only 3 guys total are ranked that are available even when adding yours and FP together.
    Dial, Reid, Melton.
    looking like kendricks likely to play this week (but ranked low), and robinson is unknown. Am i better off playing Orakpo tonight (could later play Robinson over Kendricks if he plays) which gives me
    LB – david/orakpo/ best of kendricks and robinson
    S bucannon/parker
    CB hall/breeland

    or wait (and grab a body on sunday early) if robinson doesn’t play and use Demps or Cary Williams to make
    LB david/kendricks/ either robinson or best free agent (none are ranked here)
    S bucannon/demps
    CB hall/parker
    This 2nd way might be risky though if, say, like last week, exactly one of Hall/Breeland have a great game (but possibly on bench)

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: to get a feel for which names are around if i do 2,
      compton (likely ranked this high from he’s who takes robinson’s place), sheppard (MIA), whitehead, conner (SD),freeney, neville, acho.

      • Kevin Kumpf

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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow:

        Oof definitely a tough one. I would probably not use Orakpo and play it by ear with Robinson/Compton. Your worst case scenario is if Robinson plays, but is limited, which would hurt both him and Compton. If it looks like we’re headed in that direction then I like Sheppard (if Jenkins is out) and then Whitehead.

        Definitely thin DT streaming week, but Dial has a nice matchup if he sees a full set of snaps.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Kevin Kumpf: i’m guessing there isn’t any way to “know” whether or not robinson plays limited or not till after it happens, but it becomes more and more likely the closer till gametime decision type situation?

          • Kevin Kumpf

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            @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow:

            All reports I’m seeing suggest they’re going to stick with starting Compton, so I’ve adjusted rankings accordingly. I think Robinson still sees the field, but Compton is probably the safer play this week for snap count alone.

  3. What's a Drexl? says:
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    20 team redraft where we play 2 CB but only 1 S (?), i have parker and thurmond. first week i can remember thurmond not being ranked. ROS go with either of k.fuller or mckelvin over thurmond, or just stream that spot? Only reason i ask is in case Thurmond is usually higher but just has a bad matchup this week.

    • Kevin Kumpf

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      @What’s a Drexl?:

      Combination of a mediocre matchup and a lot of other good DB options this week. In that deep of a league I’d probably hold Thurmond and hope that the Evans target-fest continues. ROS he’s the best of the available options.

  4. HELLA WAITS says:
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    Have to start 2 LBs this week and Dansby is on a bye. I have Preston Brown in one slot but have to decide between Rey and Burfict for the other. Neither one played full snaps last week (just over 50% for both I think) and it makes me nervous. Should I just rely on Rey or go upside with Burfict or even drop one for a waiver hail mary in the likes of Nate Palmer/Nigel Bradham or Kelvin Sheppard? (the only three viable options I see on my waiver) Thanks!

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @HELLA WAITS:

      I’ve luckily avoided having to make the Rey/Burfict decision this year, but I usually love both of them so it’s tough. Gun to my head, I’d go with Burfict because he has the higher ceiling in general and seems to be getting closer to full speed at this point. I like either of them more than the other available options.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Kevin Kumpf: @HELLA WAITS:

      I also just saw that my latest rankings didn’t save apparently, so you asked this before seeing that I have them back-to-back.

      • HELLA WAITS says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf: Millon cent question: If he starts would you got with Te’o over Rey or Burfict? Drum roll….

        • Kevin Kumpf

          Kevin Kumpf says:
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          @HELLA WAITS:

          If Te’o is officially active and starting then I would go with him. Rankings are locked after the 1pm games start so I won’t be able to officially make that call in this space, but a active and starting Te’o would move up to 24th.

          • HELLA WAITS says:
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            @Kevin Kumpf: He practiced in full and is listed as probable. I feel like this is a great sneaky move with KC being a top scorer for opp LB’s. Unless I am just getting too cute but I feel like Rey and Vontaze could play around 50% of snaps again.

            • Kevin Kumpf

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              @HELLA WAITS:

              Completely agree. I assume he plays at this point so I’m moving him up to 23.

  5. Wilsonian says:
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    I have Kwon Alexander at one of my D spots. Pretty typical IDP stats. Would you dump him for:

    Sean Lee
    Wagner
    Chandler Jones?

    Thanks

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Wilsonian:

      Jones has the highest ceiling of the bunch this week, but ROS I like Lee the most. Injury concerns for sure, but if those types of guys are available then you shouldn’t have too much of an issue replacing him if he does go down again.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf: yeah, we just have two IDP guys on our rosters. So they aren’t super important, they’re just something else to toss in there for some added fun. Thanks! I’ll go with Lee for the week, and possibly season if he stays healthy.

  6. Titan says:
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    Hey Kevin, thanks for your weekly post, always helpful for me.

    I can play Shea McClellin at DL in ESPN. He has to be top 5 for a DL right?

    Mine is tackle heavy league.

    I also have Barron and Reshad Jones as my DB’s….4 of my 6 IDP spots are LB’s….feels like cheating….

    • Kevin Kumpf

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      @Titan:

      I’m not a huge McLellin guy, but at DL that’s a pretty good situation. I’d put him top 10, but not quite top 5, even in a tackle heavy league.

  7. What's a Drexl? says:
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    same league as above mentioned. guys mentioned are starting.
    IDP flex – kendricks
    LB – pozlusny/lee
    DT donald
    DE c.jones
    CB parker/thurmond
    S cyprien
    BN quinn
    somebody just dropped jordan DE (heyward also dropped. people be slipping) hold quinn or is this knee thing worth switching?

    • Kevin Kumpf

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      @What’s a Drexl?:

      Given that you already have Jones, I’d hold Quinn because he has the higher ceiling. Jordan is more reliable but you can afford to gamble when you don’t have to start him every week.

  8. Christine Michael: one Unlucky Whitehead (just pop him or not) says:
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    seeing above that rey is getting screwed finally by burfict (went and looked at snaps, they spread those all over the place at CIN town). start 2 DB, 2 LB, 1 DL and i have 1 BN for these guys.
    barron/cyprien
    rey/collins/david
    quinn

    drop rey for either e.kendricks/minter (later can go robinson too when he’s healthy)
    or
    bench quinn till he gets snaps, play collins, grab one of bennett/cox (yeah, that high ranked guys out here with start 1 only DL, and cleary they don’t follow you nor likely pros either) play that guy?

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Christine Michael: one Unlucky Whitehead (just pop him or not):

      I like Kendricks over Rey ROS, so I’d make that move. If he gets a full set of snaps he’ll likely be top 20 next week. I can see the logic in benching Quinn, but the roster spot is more valuable for an LB I think.

  9. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    it appears we may have found one reason why kwon has broke out.

  10. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    it’s happening again with hall. so annoying.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: 22 pts for breeland, hall apparently is just a decoy. i’m not gonna do this a third time with hall. I did win in a different league last week from somebody adding hall to play over another CB he had. that david’s pick 6 might keep me winning here, hopefully.

      • Kevin Kumpf

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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow:

        Well that settles that. Earlier this week they reported that Hall would see some time at FS, which typically is a good role against Carolina. I didn’t see most of the game, but he was never out there when I did see it.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Kevin Kumpf: he played 6% of the snaps apparently. str up garbage. i won in that league anyway, and even though i’m WAS, with AP and my kick ass IDP’s i’m in 2nd in pts, even as i benched 17 with the Hall playing over Breeland. David and Donald went crazy of course.

          in a completely different 12 team dynasty who’s my drop to reobtain Ogletree (for about the 3rd time). i’m no longer competitive, looking for next year. we start only 4 flex IDP’s
          Barron/Dansby/Collins/David/D-Jax (IND)

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: this is likely the obvious barron, who’s only got his current value from vulturing Ogletree’s.

            • Kevin Kumpf

              Kevin Kumpf says:
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              @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow:

              The Hall situation is absurd, and I have a blurb on him coming out this week. Good for Breeland at least.

              In the other league I think it is Barron for the reason you mentioned: He’s only putting up big stats because he’s essentially Ogletree’s replacement.

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