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IDP Studs and Duds - Week 5

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Trent Cole , DE, Philadelphia (at Pittsburgh): Cole’s IDP owners have no doubt been lamenting the eighth-year veteran’s slow start, but the odds are stacked against Cole rebounding this week against a Pittsburgh Steelers squad that has been stingy to opposing defensive linemen this year.

Jeremy Mincey , DE, Jacksonville (vs. Chicago): The fifth-year pro is off to a slow start of his own this season, still searching for his first sack of the season, and IDP owners would be well-advised to explore other options with Mincey going up against a Chicago Bears team that has been a surprisingly poor matchup for defensive linemen in 2012.

Justin Smith , DE, San Francisco (vs. Buffalo): Another stud defensive lineman who’s been slow out of the gate, the 13th-year veteran will be hard-pressed to notch his first sack of the 2012 season against a Buffalo Bills club that has allowed only four in four games so far this year.

Pat Angerer , ILB, Indianapolis (vs. Green Bay): Angerer’s fantasy owners were certainly hoping that he would make his 2012 debut this week against the Green Bay Packers, but as of Friday he has been ruled out by interim head coach Bruce Arians, so it's back to the old drawing board.

D.J. Smith , ILB, Green Bay (at Indianapolis): After a solid first game, Smith has been on a cold streak, logging four or fewer solo tackles is each of the last three games, and the odds are good that that streak will continue this week in a terrible IDP matchup with the Indianapolis Colts.

K.J. Wright , OLB, Seattle (at Carolina): The second-year pro has been fairly productive of late, averaging seven solo tackles over the past two weeks, but the chips are stacked against Wright having that kind of success this week against the Carolina Panthers, who are giving up the second fewest fantasy points to opposing linebackers this season.

Charles Godfrey, SS, Carolina (vs. Seattle) Godfrey makes his second straight appearance on the “duds” list, and, after making only five tackles last week against the Atlanta Falcons, the fifth-year pro will likely struggle statistically again Sunday against a Seattle Seahawks team surrendering the second-fewest fantasy points to defensive backs.

DeAngelo Hall, CB, Washington (vs. Atlanta): Hall and the Redskins secondary have been getting beaten with alarming regularity this year, although that’s actually good news from an IDP perspective. The ninth-year veteran is still something of a shaky start against the Atlanta Falcons, who haven’t been especially kind to opposing defensive backs this year.

Charles Tillman , CB, Chicago (at Jacksonville): The 10th-year veteran had a huge game in Monday night’s win over the Dallas Cowboys, racking up five tackles and returning an interception for a touchdown, but Tillman’s IDP owners may be in for a letdown against the Jaguars, who have allowed the fewest fantasy points to defensive backs in 2012.

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