With Week 6 on the horizon, let’s stop to take a quick look at what NFL teams our Individual Defensive Player (IDP) squads most closely resemble. And just what we might be saying about those teams.
Hopefully your team is closer to the first two teams mentioned and it all starts with …
The Denver Broncos. “It doesn’t matter who I roll out there. My team just keeps racking up the points.”
Or even the Kansas City Chiefs. “My team is solid and the matchups just seem to keep falling my way.”
On the opposite end of the aforementioned is, of course …
The New York Giants. “I can’t believe I haven’t won a single game with these players!”
Or finally, the Jacksonville Jaguars. “How am I going to win a single game with this roster?”
Whatever end of the spectrum you find yourself, there are always those sleeper options that can help propel an IDP squad to victory. So without further ado …
Erin Henderson, MLB, MINNESOTA vs. Carolina:
Henderson is averaging eight total tackles per game and has racked up two sacks and two interceptions. The Panthers offer up nice fantasy totals to the linebacker position as they have allowed five sacks and a pair of interceptions to the linebacker position over their past three games. Henderson will put up close to double-digit tackles this week and has a great chance for a big play or two as well.
Demario Davis, ILB, NEW YORK JETS vs. Pittsburgh:
This game is shaping up as a defensive struggle and Davis brings the potential to amass solid tackle totals as well as turn in a couple of big plays. He’s averaging 7.4 tackles and has registered one sack through five weeks. The Steelers will look to establish the running game with running back Le’Veon Bell and utilize tight end Heath Miller over the middle. Both scenarios play perfectly into Davis having a big week.
A.J. Hawk, ILB, GREEN BAY at Baltimore:
The Packers’ linebacker corps has been decimated by injury and Hawk is in line to benefit greatly from a fantasy standpoint. He’s put up 32 total stops in four games and is now an every down inside linebacker. The Ravens returned to riding All-Pro running back
last week (he had 33 touches) and Hawk will be very active in chasing him down. Double-digit tackles are on tap this week for Hawk.
K.J. Wright, WLB, SEATTLE vs. Tennessee:
Wright made this list last week and rewarded us with a season-high nine total tackle performance. This week he may actually find himself manning the middle linebacker position as
is trying to work through a high ankle sprain. Over the past three games the Titans have given up 45 tackles to the linebacker position as well as five interceptions. Wright is going to blow up this week and needs to be in IDP starting lineups.
Craig Robertson, ILB, CLEVELAND vs. Detroit:
In the past two games Robertson has posted 16 total tackles (nine solo) and a sack. This week the Lions come to town and have allowed the linebacker position to register five sacks over the last three games. Robertson is solid against the run and will finish with close to double-digit tackles. Also, getting to quarterback
at least once is not out of the question.