Period Rank Overall High Low Percentile
Week 2 69.50% 1 out of 20 69.50% 47.80% Top 5%
Week 1 62.7% 8 out of 20 72.6% 42.7% Top 40%
2015 66.1% 2 out of 19 66.7% 50.3% Top 5%
2014 57.0% 3 out of 20 58.4% 48.1% Top 15%

Recycling nicknames can be a tricky endeavor. No matter how great the modern player is, people will always complain that a certain nickname is untouchable. Regardless of what 40-year old Giants fans say, LaDainian Tomlinson will always be known by LT to the majority of fans, and regardless of what die hard Wu-Tang fans say, Odell Beckham will probably go down as ODB. I bring this up because while watching Monday Night Football this week, I couldn’t help but call Colts rookie Henry Anderson by the nickname that will always belong to the immortal Henry Aaron. Now I’m not saying it’s going to stick, but given that it’s both cross-sports and cross-racial, I’m hoping that Hammerin’ Hank catches on with at least the Razzball IDP crowd, because this kid looks like he’s for real. In his first two games as an interior DL, Anderson has put up 14 tackles and a sack. The Colts aren’t exactly known for cranking out IDP options at DL, and Anderson was ranked highly by Pro Football Focus heading into the draft, so there is reason to be excited here. If Anderson is still available this week, I’d make a move on him as a DL3 with upside. Here are some other names to take a look it (for better or for worse) heading into Week 3:


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Jacquies Smith – He’s likely going to be among the most added players this week, but I’m here to rain on Smith’s parade. I won’t deny that 4 sacks in two games is impressive, but unless you’re in a big-play league, I would have trouble trusting Smith on a weekly basis. He only has one non-sack tackle this year, and that’s really his profile. In balanced leagues, I’m fine with rostering him and streaming him against some of the most pass-happy teams he faces in the second half of the year, but I wouldn’t expect another multiple sack day against Houston this week.

Cameron Wake – Much to his owners’ dismay, Wake has yet to score a single point this year. He tweaked his hamstring in against Washington in Week 1, and was on a much more severe pitch count than expected last week, which obviously limits his opportunities. Hamstrings can linger for multiple weeks, so I’m tempering my immediate expectations for Wake until we see him at 100%. The same goes for Olivier Vernon, though to a lesser extent due to the nature of his injury.

Eagles LBs – Both Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks had major injuries in 2014, and unfortunately history has repeated itself this year. Both of them got injured last week, and while there have been conflicting stories coming out of Philadelphia, it’s not a good sign for either of them. As of Wednesday night, neither of them have been ruled out, however I wouldn’t be surprised to see that change for either of them, especially Alonso. Both DeMeco Ryans and Jordan Hicks (in that order) are worth pickups if Alonso and Kendricks miss any time.

Curtis Lofton – What a difference a week makes. Lofton, who had been confined to two-down duty since preseason, suddenly was out there for all three downs and racked up 13 tackles. It looks like he will take over for Ray-Ray Armstrong, who was less than stellar, opposite Malcolm Smith, and should be immediately picked up if he was dropped. I’m not super high on Lofton in general, but he has always been a tackling machine when on the field, so consider him an LB2 until the Raiders change their minds again.

Manti Te’o – Another LB who was left for dead, Te’o looks like the clear LB to own in San Diego. He’s always been solid in coverage for a middle linebacker, so now that he’s seeing the field for all three downs, he will have ample opportunities to rack up points. Like Lofton, I wouldn’t hinge my season on Te’o being an every week starter, but for this price you could do a lot worse. Call it the Catfish Special.

Eric Berry – I’ve been hitting on the Kansas City secondary for awhile now, but given the IDP talent there, and the relative scarcity of snaps to go around, it’s worth checking in weekly. In Week 2, Berry was the story. Not because of his stat line necessarily, though his 4 tackles was an improvement from Week 1, but because he played 97% of the snaps. Right now it looks like Berry and Ron Parker (not to mention rookie CB Marcus Peters) are the guys to own in KC. Hussain Abdullah and (unfortunately) Tyvon Branch are droppable at this point.

Malcolm Jenkins – He’s been ripped on for his coverage deficiencies for years, but when healthy, Jenkins has always been a playable DB in IDP leagues. He’s a solid tackler in run support, and his inability to keep up with receivers gives him even more tackles in coverage. With the aforementioned injuries in Philly, I would expect even more opportunities for Jenkins, who is a legit DB2 for the time being.

Kam Chancellor – IDP owners and Seattle fans rejoice, the hardest hitter in the Legion of Boom is back! Chancellor should get the majority of the snaps on Sunday against Jimmy Clausen and the Bears, but I would temper expectations for this week. There will likely be a considerable rust factor, and I’m staying away until I see how he looks. In fact, if you can capitalize on the fanfare surrounding his return, I would try to flip Kam for a guy like Calvin Pryor or Landon Collins, both of whom have a higher ceiling than Chancellor.

 

 

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  1. Hella Waits says:
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    Pretty high on Dansby this week I see? Match up against OAK doesn’t seem that great. I have Preston Brown, Dansby and Rey but was leaning on starting Brown and Rey due to Brown being on fire last week and Rey’s match up against BAL. You think Dansby should be the guy over either of these gents this week?

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Hella Waits:

      I like all three of your guys, but Dansby is the stud here still. He was banged up the first two weeks, but he’s still in the top 25 LBs in scoring. Between Rey and Brown, I’d choose by matchup, and I like Rey’s better this week. Brown is always going to be competing for stats with Bradham, and that makes him more unpredictable from week to week.

      • Hella Waits says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf: Good point. Also Miami home scorekeepers are quite stingy whereas BAL and CLE are not. I also picked up Malcolm Jenkins earlier this week once I saw Kiko and Kendricks go down. I have Bethea too but I am liking Jenkins match up this week better. Thanks.

  2. Mike says:
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    You obviously would start Wagner ahead of Lee, but I have both and since I can only start one I had Lee starting under the assumption that the Dallas D will be on the field a lot. Do you think there is a big difference between these guys? I will probably go with your rankings and start Wagner now because he is the shit. Who would you keep RoS, obviously Wagner right?

    • Mike says:
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      @Mike: Also, any reason you’re so low on Aaron Donald? Is it a matchup thing or do you see him tanking RoS?

      • Kevin Kumpf

        Kevin Kumpf says:
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        @Mike:

        Wagner vs. Lee is a good problem to have, but I would lean Wagner right now. Lee looks great so far, but the risk of re-injury is out there, and he’ll have increased competition for tackles when Rolando McClain comes back.

        I don’t really consider DL11 to be low on Donald considering he was outside the top 20 for most people just two weeks ago. But I have trouble putting him in my top 10 when he has to compete with Quinn/Long/Brockers/Fairley for stats. His talent is unquestionable, but I think he will still throw up some duds given his situation.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Kevin Kumpf: a DT being ranked that high is very high as is.

  3. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Is hanging onto clowney in hopes he starts soon dumb? There’s some good idps out there such as vincent rey, thanks man. Keep up the good work.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist:

      Unless your league really rewards sacks and TFLs, Clowney is droppable. He’ll likely have a big game one of these weeks, but guys like Rey are much more reliable on a weekly basis.

      • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf: Yeah my league does reward those big time, right now he’s on my bench and might be a nice upside hold. My lbs other than him are barr, thomas davis (while kuechly is out) and preston brown. I figure I’ll hold davis till luke comes back then grab rey or someone else. Thanks.

        • Kevin Kumpf

          Kevin Kumpf says:
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          @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist:

          In that case he’s definitley fine to hold, as long as you’re not relying on him as a starter. If he does have a huge week, I would look to flip him though.

  4. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    with the hall injury at CB i could hold branch in bench and just play breeland as starter, along with parker. with still having collins/bucannon at S. Or drop Branch for 1 of these:
    1. better backup S like searcy/merriweather/mcdougald/reid/harper/j.wilson
    or
    2. extra CB
    hayden/roby/joseph
    or one of these guys who have done crazy good so far but aren’t ranked: mcbride/robey/fleming/sensabaugh/benwikere/rhodes/ricardo allen (and this guy also qualifies at S, so if he plays that, and depth charts say he does, even better)/josh wilson/gay.

  5. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    reading bad stuff about trevathan’s playing time now. i see you’ve moved him and marshall down, but marshall below trevathan still, which is interesting, since he’s the one supposedly stealing trevathan’s playing time. Hightower i guess is only that high from mayo injury (i had kept trev over hightower preseason). This has been cooked into yahoo’s weekly projections as they have trevathan quite low. So if Breeland isn’t much worse than those CB listed above i could grab Minter (who i owned last year, till he fell WAY down the ranks), or any of butler (another guy in similar situation to minter having owned him off and on last year)/maulaga/d.ryans (odd he’s not owned) dropping branch.

    gotta be too early to just drop trevathan, and i also have david/anthony/e.kendricks.

    • Kevin Kumpf

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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow:

      This is a tricky time of the season for you, with your upside guys like Anthony/Kendricks/Branch not having panned out yet. If you’re just looking for bench spots, I would stand pat for now. But if you actually need starter help, Branch is droppable. For CB, you can do a lot worse than Breeland, and with Hall out I’d put him on the same level as the other guys you listed.

      I don’t think it’s time to panic on Trevathan just yet, but those reports are obviously not great news. I think if you’re going to make any move, I might drop Branch for DeMeco Ryans. There is similar upside there, and it gives you insurance for Trevathan until one or both of Anthony/Kendricks starts dominating.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf: yuck, i grabbed minter first thinking his job is safer, ryans grabbed by somebody else.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: and since it was about 40 minutes after you typed that i hope i’m not getting sniped.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: and then minter goes off today. hmm. trevathan either not on field much or just not doing much. i’m gonna win anyway, but kendricks and minter looked good pts wise (29, 18, vs trev’s 5)

          • Kevin Kumpf

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            @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow:

            Trevathan down to 68% of snaps, so I guess now it is time to panic. Rankings will be out tomorrow, but they’ll be adjusted accordingly.

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