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We’ve hit Week 5 of the 2012 NFL season, and with the bye weeks now in full swing, Individual Defensive Player (IDP) teams run the gamut, from 4-0 juggernauts to 0-4 junkpiles, with squads of all shapes and sizes in between.
Last week’s recommendations ran the gamut as well. I hit paydirt with my recommendation to give Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake one more shot, my advice to do the same with defensive end Michael Bennett of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t work out so well.
It’s with that knowledge that you win some and lose others that I roll out another week of IDP Studs and Duds, where I’ll point out some players who could be set to exceed expectations this week (studs) and some that for whatever reason are riskier plays than usual (duds).
That isn’t necessarily to say that every “stud” is a must-start (it depends on your other options) or that every “dud” should be glued to your bench (just that the odds of a letdown week are greater than usual).
Also, it’s the second of the bye weeks, so IDPs from the Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions will all be taking the week off. Keep them on your bench.
Finally, before we get on with the show, if you have a specific IDP start/sit question, you’d like my take on, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or post the question in the “Kilroyz Krystal Ball” thread in the Fantasy Sharks IDP Forum. I can’t promise I’ll get to every question, but I’ll do the best I can.
John Abraham , DE , Atlanta (at Washington): The 13th-year veteran is coming off his best game of the season, with five tackles and a sack last week against the Carolina Panthers, and Washington has been a friendly fantasy matchup for defensive linemen, with the Redskins allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to the position.
Chris Clemons , DE, Seattle (at Carolina): Clemons came back to earth last week after a huge game against the Green Bay Packers, but the ninth-year pro should rebound against a Carolina Panthers squad giving up the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing defensive linemen.
Elvis Dumervil , DE, Denver (at New England): After a slow start to the season, Dumervil’s play has picked up of late, with 2. 5 sacks in his last two games. That hot streak should continue Sunday when the Broncos face the New England Patriots, who have been a favorable IDP matchup for defensive linemen so far in 2012.
James Anderson , OLB, Carolina (vs. Seattle ): Once again injuries have led to increased playing time for Anderson, and with middle linebacker Jon Beason nicked up, that could be the case Sunday when the Panthers square off against a Seattle Seahawks club surrendering the second-most fantasy points to opposing linebackers.
Nick Barnett ,OLB, Buffalo (at San Francisco): Barnett had by far his best game of 2012 with 15 total stops against the New England Patriots, and the 31-year-old should make it two games in a row with double-digit tackles against the San Francisco 49ers, who have been the third-friendliest IDP matchup for opposing linebackers this year.
Larry Foote , ILB, Pittsburgh (vs. Philadelphia): It’s been Foote, and not Lawrence Timmons, who has been the top fantasy producer on the inside of the Pittsburgh 3-4 defense, and Foote should have little trouble keeping that going this week against a Philadelphia Eagles team allowing the most fantasy points to opposing linebackers this season.
Quentin Jammer , CB, San Diego (at New Orleans): The 11th-year veteran had a big game in last week’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs, logging eight solo tackles, and the stage is set for two strong showings in a row from Jammer when the Chargers travel to face the New Orleans Saints in a tasty fantasy matchup for defensive backs.
Reggie Nelson, FS, Cincinnati (vs. Miami): Nelson didn’t do a whole lot in Week 4, making five tackles against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the 29-year-old has an excellent chance of bouncing back this week against a Miami Dolphins team giving up the third-most fantasy points to opposing defensive backs.
Bernard Pollard, SS, Baltimore (at Kansas City): The 27-year-old has been something of a disappointment this year, failing to log more than six tackles in any game, but Pollard should be set for his best showing of the 2012 campaign this week against the Kansas City Chiefs, who have given up the second-most fantasy points to defensive backs this year.
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