It’s time for my annual Thanksgiving apology. And not for burning the bird.
This article gets written on Thursdays for Friday publication at Fantasy Sharks. One Thursday each year, that becomes rather problematic. Partly it’s because I’m the primary preparer of the Turkey Day feast as the Casa de Davenport (my better half is in many ways just that—cooking isn’t one of them). And partly it’s problematic because after three-plus months of working 80-plus hours a week, I’d rather like to spend as much of the holiday with them as possible.
There is nothing in this world I am more thankful for than my wonderful partner and fantastic stepdaughter. They’re the reason I work all those hours.
However, I also haven’t missed an edition of IDP Studs and Duds in the decade-plus that I’ve been writing this piece, and I’m not about to start now—especially with this being the last week of the regular season in many IDP leagues. I’m all about the grind, baby.
So, just as I’ve done in past years, I’ll offer up an abridged Turkey Day edition of this piece—offering apologies for the brevity while hoping that the recommendations still hit paydirt in this most important of weeks.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get down to it, with the Week 13 edition of IDP Studs and Duds here at Fantasy Sharks.
Each week during the 2019 season, I’ll point out some Individual Defensive Players who could be set to exceed expectations this week (Studs), as well as some that for whatever reason are riskier plays than normal (Duds).
This 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).
Hey…at least there are no byes this week!
Numbers in parentheses denote ranking in fantasy points allowed to that position in 2019 in Fantasy Sharks Default IDP Scoring.
IDP STUD OF THE WEEK
Carlos Dunlap – DE, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. NYJ) (2)
Per Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Dunlap admitted that being 0-11 this season hasn’t been fun. “Yes,” Dunlap said when asked if the team’s 0-11 record is an embarrassment. “We’re not thinking about going 0-16. We think only about the opponent that we will face this week. Not having a win right now doesn’t feel good.”
The Bengals may well be 0-12 after facing a Jets team Sunday that has peeled off three wins in row and just smoked the Oakland Raiders. But Dunlap’s a solid IDP play in Week 13—the Jets have surrendered 42 sacks this season and the second-most fantasy points to defensive linemen.
WEEK 13 IDP STUDS
Jonathan Allen – DE, Washington Redskins (at CAR): Allen’s quietly had a very good season for the Redskins and draws a great IDP matchup on the road this week in Charlotte.
Derek Barnett – DE, Philadelphia Eagles (at MIA) (4): The Dolphins are a top-five fantasy matchup for defensive linemen and have surrendered an NFL-high 46 sacks through 12 weeks.
Jon Bostic – ILB, Washington Redskins (at CAR) (2): The Panthers have been very kind to linebackers in 2019, and Bostic’s the closest thing the Redskins have to an every-down player at the position.
Dre Greenlaw – OLB, San Francisco 49ers (at BAL) (9): The rookie should be busy against a Ravens defense allowing the most tackle opportunities per game in the NFL this year.
Adrian Amos – S, Green Bay Packers (vs. NYG) (6): Given “Danny Dimes” propensity for turning it over, it’s a good week to roll out Packers defensive backs.
Justin Reid – S, Houston Texans (vs. NEP) (4): It looks like the young safety will return to the Texans lineup just in time for a top-five IDP matchup with the 10-1 Patriots.
Harrison Smith – S, Minnesota Vikings (at SEA) (5): Smith’s numbers this year have been rather underwhelming, but this matchup on Monday night is a favorable one.