Welcome to The Huddle’s IDP Hot and Not Report for Week 3. Here, we’ll take a look at a few linebackers, defensive linemen and defensive backs that are off to hot starts and a few that stumbled out of the gate. This article is designed to assist the beginning IDP’er or those in “play ‘em once” leagues, or to just foster some discussion about the future prospects of IDPs that were more than likely drafted in most leagues. Feel free to email me at email@example.com if you want to discuss the players in further detail or recommend a name or two.
Mike Peterson (ATL): The vet moves from the Jags to the Falcons and appears to still have it. Just about 21 fantasy points per game to start the season will definitely get it done. Get him in your lineup against the Pats Week 3, but be mindful you’ll need a replacement Week 4 as the Dirty Birds are on bye.
Curtis Lofton (ATL): You’d think with Peterson’s hot start that the young Lofton would be off to a slower start. Not so fast! Lofton has 39 fantasy points to start the season and should continue to progress in his third season.
Andra Davis (DEN): 17.5 fantasy points per game from a vet thought to maybe be on the decline, in a 3-4 set, is a nice way to start. The Bronco defense will likely be on the field a bit this season and Davis knows this scheme from his time with the Browns. He could easily lead the Broncos in tackles and is a cheap source of fantasy points as a 2nd or 3rd LB.
Julian Peterson (DET): Fellow newcomer LB Larry Foote is off to a nice start; not so much for Peterson. Averaging 4.5 fantasy points per game isn’t going to get it done. He’s not droppable in larger leagues, so you gotta hold on to him.
LaMarr Woodley (PIT): Woodley had some nagging injuries in the off-season and pre-season, but nothing that should be limiting him right now. He was a sack-master last season, racking up an impressive 11.5. He has none to start the season, but could get a chance at one against the Bengals this week.
HOT DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Antwan Odom (DE – CIN): Let’s just say that Odom has been making the most of the opportunities. He had a nice start to the season (2 sacks Week 1) and followed that up with a huge Week 2 with 5 sacks. Now might be the time to try moving Odom, as he can’t keep up this pace.
Shaun Rogers (DT – CLE): If your league starts DT, Rogers is one of the names you’ll want on your roster. Not only will he have plenty of opportunities, but he has the talent to make the most of those opportunities.
“NOT” DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Will Smith (DE – NOS): The Saint avoided starting the season on suspension, but he might as well be on the sidelines. Sure, the Saints are 2-0, but Smith has little to do with that. If the Saint defense is going to stop anyone this season, Smith will need to take charge and pressure the opposing QB.
Derrick Burgess (DE – NEP): We didn’t expect Burgess to step right in for Richard Seymour and provide any big spark, but only 10 points through two weeks is a little light. As Burgess gets the Pats’ defensive concepts, he could prove to be a decent DL2 or bye week filler.
HOT DEFENSIVE BACKS
Bryan Scott and Donte Whitner (S – BUF): Both Bill safeties are off to solid starts to the fantasy campaign. Whitner is likely the #1 DB in most scoring formats, with Scott around #4. Scott’s obviously the big value here, likely going undrafted in most leagues.
Nick Harper (CB – TEN): Harper very well could be benefiting from the studly Cortland Finnegan on the opposite side over the past two weeks. Could also be that Harper is just a solid performer and this bodes well for the remainder of the season. In leagues that start CB, he’s definitely worth starting until his numbers dip.
“NOT” DEFENSIVE BACKS
Richard Marshall (CB – CAR): Marshall typically gets his fantasy points off big plays, and they’ve been absent so far this season. He’s the kind of guy you want to keep in your lineup, as you know that if bench him, he’ll go off for 20 fantasy points. If you have steadier options, you might want to consider them, though.
Ed Reed (S – BAL): Like Marshall, Reed’s bread and butter has been the big play, but he has also mixed in some consistency in terms of making tackles and being a startable fantasy DB. At this point, you might want to consider keeping Reed on your bench until he proves he can stay consistent.