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IDP Studs and Duds - Week 3

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We’re two weeks into the 2012 NFL season, and while some IDP stars such as Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington are off to solid starts others such as Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams have left their fantasy owners scratching their heads.

As is usually the case with these recommendations, Week 2 was a mixed bag for yours truly. Carolina Panthers' strong safety Charles Godfrey made me look great with an interception return for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints, but defensive end Calais Campbell of the Arizona Cardinals apparently didn’t like being labeled a “dud” and took out those frustrations on the New England Patriots.

Now that I’ve celebrated my hits and shaken off my misses it’s time for another week of IDP Studs and Duds, where I’ll point out some Individual Defensive 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).

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 e-mail me at askgary@fantasysharks.com 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.

STUDS

Cameron Jordan – DE, New Orleans Saints (vs. KC): Jordan followed up his 11 tackle outing in the season opener with a sack against the Carolina Panthers last week. The second-year pro should be set to continue his strong start to the season Sunday against a Kansas City Chiefs team that has allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing defensive linemen this year.

Robert Quinn – DE, St. Louis Rams (at CHI): The second-year pro has a sack in each of the Rams first two games this year. Quinn has an excellent shot at making it three games in a row Sunday against the Bears, given how awful Chicago looked in pass protection against the Green Bay Packers last week.

Derek Wolfe – DE, Denver Broncos (vs. HOU): After notching three tackles and a sack in the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers Wolfe was shutout of the stat column in the loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2. But look for the rookie to rebound this week in a very favorable fantasy matchup with the Texans.

Chad Greenway – OLB, Minnesota Vikings (vs. SF): The seventh-year veteran is off to another solid start with 20 tackles in two games, and Greenway could be in for a huge game against a San Francisco 49ers team that will pound away on the ground, especially if Erin Henderson’s concussion sidelines him on Sunday.

Paris Lenon – ILB, Arizona Cardinals (vs. PHI): The 34-year-old warhorse isn’t ready for the glue factory just yet. Lenon’s 17 tackles and two sacks rank him in the Top 10 at his position through two weeks, and Lenon should post strong IDP production again in Week 3 in a tasty fantasy matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Will Witherspoon – MLB, Tennessee Titans (vs. DET): The ankle injury suffered by Colin McCarthy has forced the Titans to shift Witherspoon to the middle, and after notching double-digit tackles in Week 2 the 32-year-old should make it two good games in a row when the Detroit Lions come to town Sunday.

Kerry Rhodes – FS, Arizona Cardinals (vs. PHI): Rhodes is off to a relatively slow start this season, with only seven total tackles through two games. But if there was ever a time for a bounceback game, it’s this week against a Philadelphia Eagles team that has surrendered the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing defensive backs in 2012.

Madieu Williams – FS, Washington Redskins (vs. CIN): The ninth-year veteran had a good game in last week’s loss to the St. Louis Rams, notching seven solos. This week Williams faces a Cincinnati Bengals team that has been a Top 10 fantasy matchup for defensive backs so far this year.

George Wilson – SS, Buffalo Bills (at CLE): George Wilson was a top five fantasy defensive back a season ago but has started slowly to this point in 2012. That should change this week given that the Cleveland Browns have been the friendliest IDP matchup for opposing defensive backs this season.



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