Moving can be an exciting time. It can also be exceedingly stressful.
Coming downstairs to find the dishwasher in your new place spewing water all over the kitchen floor? It’s just that second one. Welcome to my Thursday, folks.
Were this Week 3, I would probably have emailed my benevolent overlords here at Fantasy Sharks and asked to just skip this column this week. Or at least submit it late. But this isn’t Week 3. It’s Week 10. And that means it’s moving week in IDP leagues too. Time to begin the stretch run for the fantasy playoffs.
So I’m tightening my chin strap, and while this may be a pared-down version of IDP Studs and Duds, I’m by-God going to get ‘er done.
Each week during the 2015 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).
Week 10 also brings with it another four-team bye. The Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers are all taking the week off.
(Fantasy points allowed to the position in Fantasy Sharks Default IDP Scoring in 2015 listed in parentheses)
Jared Allen – DE, Carolina Panthers (at TEN) (3): Has thrived since moving back to natural 4-3 DE spot, with 11 total tackles and two sacks in three games.
Fletcher Cox – DE, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. MIA) (8): After back-to-back down games in bad matchups, this matchup sets up very nicely for a rebound.
Lavonte David – OLB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. DAL) (3): David’s fantasy owners can climb in off the ledge. He’s inside the top 20 for the season and gets a juicy Week 10 matchup.
Ryan Shazier – ILB, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. CLE) (4): Don’t ask me how, but the dumpster fire of a team that is the Browns has actually been a very nice IDP matchup for linebackers in 2015.
Avery Williamson – ILB, Tennessee Titans (vs. CAR) (6): No team in the NFL gains more yardage on the ground than the Panthers, which should mean plenty of tackle opportunities for the Titans linebackers.
SS, Green Bay Packers (vs. DET) (2): Burnett finished second on the Packers with nine stops last week and gets a very favorable fantasy matchup Sunday with the woeful Lions.
Michael Griffin – FS, Tennessee Titans (vs. CAR) (5): The Panthers haven’t just been kind to linebackers—defensive backs have also fared quite well against them in 2015.
Will Hill – SS, Baltimore Ravens (vs. JAX) (4): Believe it or not, the Jaguars are actually a better than average fantasy matchup across the board. I’m serious. Stop looking at me like that.