I realized something last week, compliments of a dishwasher that also decided to wash the kitchen floor (really well), I was forced to shorten the Week 10 edition of IDP Studs and Duds. And as I wrapped it up and proofread it, it dawned on me…it was better that way.
It was much more succinct. To the point. Less useless blathering. Still had Studs. Still had Duds. Still had the reasoning behind the picks. In other words, everything the reader needed. There was less sizzle, but more steak. Somewhere along the line I drifted away from what the column should be.
So, as the playoff push in IDP leagues gets underway, we’re going to keep it short and sweet, Just the facts, man.
However, I’m also going to toss in a little bonus – the Lock and Flop of the Week. Because a little more sizzle never hurt anyone, right?
With that, let’s get to it!
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 11 also brings with it another four-team bye. The Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers, 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.
LOCK OF THE WEEK
Jerrell Freeman – ILB, Indianapolis Colts (at ATL) (2): It’s Freeman vs. Freeman (no relation) in a battle of fading playoff contenders Sunday at the Georgia Dome. Freeman won’t fade for IDP owners though—in addition to being very generous to linebackers in 2015, the Falcons also rank second in the NFL in tackle opportunities allowed per game.
Michael Bennett – DE, Seattle Seahawks (vs. SF) (4):
Let’s see: Top-five IDP matchup, Bennett had 3.5 sacks the last time these teams met, Blaine freaking Gabbert—what isn’t there to like here?
Rob Ninkovich – DE, New England Patriots (vs. BUF) (2): Ninkovich has been a disappointment in 2015, but only the Seattle Seahawks have given up more fantasy points per game to the position than the Bills.
Sheldon Richardson – DE, New York Jets (at HOU) (5): Richardson finally got sack No. 1 on the season in last week’s loss to the Bills and has a good shot at two strong outings in a row in this favorable matchup.
Derrick Johnson – ILB, Kansas City Chiefs (at SD) (1): At times this year Johnson has looked every bit a 33-year-old linebacker coming off a torn Achilles, but the Bolts have been a fantasy goldmine for linebackers this season.
Koa Misi – MLB, Miami Dolphins (vs. DAL) (5): Even with Tony Romo back, the Cowboys are going to run the ball early and often, and batterymate Jelani Jenkins is no sure bet to play. The week sets up well for Misi.
Perry Riley – ILB, Washington Redskins (at CAR) (4): There isn’t a team that runs the ball more than the Panthers, Riley’s coming off a big game and Keenan Robinson is dinged up. Add it all up, and it’s heaven in Week 11 for Riley’s fantasy owners.
Quintin Demps – SS, Houston Texans (vs. NYJ) (3): Demps was back at strong safety for the Texans in last week’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Jets are a surprisingly favorable matchup in the secondary.
William Moore – SS, Atlanta Falcons (vs. IND) (1): Moore was back on the practice field this week and is expected to reclaim his role as the starting strong safety just in time for this juiciest of matchups.
Charles Woodson – SS, Oakland Raiders (at DET) (2): Per Michael Rothstein of ESPN, Woodson may be back in 2016 for a 19th season. “Could I see myself going another year?” Woodson said. “Uhh, I guess I could.” Just bad…ass.