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IDP Studs and Duds – Week 11

Every week during the 2013 season, 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).

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).

Only two teams are on a bye in Week 11, with St. Louis and Dallas taking the week off. Get
James Laurinaitis

and Barry Church out of starting lineups this week.


Jared Allen, DE, Minnesota (at Seattle):
Allen has been a pretty big disappointment this year, with his five sacks putting him on pace for his lowest total since 2006. With that said, however, this week’s tilt against a Seattle team with all kinds of injury issues up front would seem a good opportunity for a rebound performance.

Ndamukong Suh, DT, Detroit (at Pittsburgh):
OK, so last week’s Mario Williams recommendation blew up in my face against the Steelers. That still isn’t stopping me from singing Suh’s praises this week against a Pittsburgh team giving up the third-most fantasy points to defensive linemen.

Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, New York Jets (at Buffalo):
Wilkerson has already tallied as many sacks in 2013 as he did in 2011 and 2012 combined, including a sack in five consecutive games. Odds are good that becomes six in a row this week against a Buffalo team allowing the most fantasy points to defensive linemen this year.

James Anderson, OLB, Chicago (vs. Baltimore):
Lance Briggs

on the shelf, Anderson has become the de facto leader of the Chicago linebackers. That bodes well for his IDP prospects in Week 11, as Baltimore has been the friendliest fantasy matchup for linebackers in
Fantasy Sharks Default IDP Scoring

this season.

Nick Roach, MLB, Oakland (at Houston):
Roach has been a steady (if unspectacular) IDP option of late, with 12 solos and a sack over the past two games. The seventh-year veteran has a good shot at bettering that production Sunday against Houston, who is the second-best IDP matchup for opposing linebackers in 2013.

Philip Wheeler, OLB, Miami (vs. San Diego):
Wheeler has been good but not great for the Dolphins this year, with the 28-year-old on pace to top 110 tackles. Wheeler should have no problems keeping that pace up this week against San Diego, who has surrendered the third-most fantasy points to linebackers this season.

Morgan Burnett, FS, Green Bay (at New York Giants):
After an injury marred start to the year Burnett’s play has picked up of late, with eight or more tackles in two of his past three games. With any luck, a matchup with a Giants squad allowing the most fantasy points to defensive backs this year will be enough to keep that hot streak going.

Patrick Chung, SS, Philadelphia (vs. Washington):
With Earl Wolff out indefinitely with a knee injury, Chung is back in the starting lineup for the Eagles. That bodes well for Chung’s spot-start matchup status in Week 11 in a top-five IDP matchup with Washington.

Brandon Flowers, CB, Kansas City (at Denver):
Flowers has been a solid fantasy contributor in cornerback-required IDP leagues this year, ranking sixth among cornerbacks in fantasy points per game. There’s little reason to think that won’t continue against Denver’s buzzsaw offense on Sunday night.

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