Week 1 is in the books and we had our share of Individual Defensive Player (IDP) surprises. J.J. Watt will spend at least one week not leading all defensive linemen in scoring, and Duke Ihenacho is the toast of the ‘defensive back town.’
Before looking at Week 2 sleeper possibilities, I forgot one last bit of housecleaning I meant cover last week. This article goes to the editor Thursday evening for a Friday posting. Obviously, it would not do anyone perusing the article a bit of good if I listed any players from the Thursday night game as it is over by the time this article would be visible.
So there we have it. House cleaning done and time to get to this week’s IDP sleeper picks!
Danny Trevathan, WLB, DENVER at New York Giants:
Take the bonehead move of dropping the ball on the 1-yard line (if I live to be 100 I will never understand how this happens … ever!) on his way to an easy pick-six out of the equation and Trevathan had a decent debut. He flashed athleticism and closing speed on his way to four solo tackles, an interception and two passes defended. Look for a much closer game start to finish against the Giants and an uptick in Trevathan’s tackle numbers.
Ryan Kerrigan, OLB, WASHINGTON at Green Bay
: Kerrigan had been a wrecking ball throughout the preseason and carried that production into Game 1. He racked up eight total tackles with a sack and forced fumble against Philadelphia. He left that game late with what was feared to be a concussion but has since been cleared to practice. This week’s matchup with Green Bay will give Kerrigan an excellent chance to add to both his sack and tackle totals. The Packers allowed two sacks in their Week 1 loss to San Francisco and will be hard-pressed to keep Kerrigan off of Aaron Rodgers.
Moise Fokou, MLB, TENNESSEE at Houston:
Fokou was on the field for every defensive snap (53) according to
Pro Football Focus and finished Week 1 with six total tackles and a fumble recovery. This week he lines up against the very linebacker-friendly Houston offense. A steady dose of running backs Arian Foster and Ben Tate will keep Fokou very busy on Sunday. San Diego middle linebacker Donald Butler racked up 13 total tackles in Week 1 against the Texans. Fokou should approach the same number.
Bront Bird, ILB, SAN DIEGO at Philadelphia:
Bird is manning the right inside linebacker for the Chargers as rookie Manti Te’o continues to miss time with a foot injury. Against Houston in Week 1 he finished with 10 solo tackles (told you the Texans are linebacker-friendly) on his way to 14 total stops. Week 2 offers Bird a matchup with the even friendlier to fantasy linebackers Philadelphia Eagles. Both Perry Riley and London Fletcher reached double-digit tackles against the frenetic Eagles offense last week. Get Bird off the waiver wire and into your IDP lineup this week.
Justin Houston, OLB, KANSAS CITY vs. Dallas:
Ride the hot hand here as Houston is coming off of a three-sack performance in Week 1 against Jacksonville. The New York Giants brought consistent pressure off the edge against the Cowboys in Week 1, getting to quarterback Tony Romo twice. Houston and fellow pass rushing outside linebacker Tamba Hali are going to give the Cowboys offensive line fits. Look for Houston to get at least two sacks and a handful of solo stops.