Hard though it may be to believe, another fantasy season has come and gone.
With Week 14 upon us, the 2015 regular season is either finished in your IDP league or about to be. And if you’re bothering to read this, that all but certainly means one thing and one thing only.
Win this week and you move on. Lose and the season is over.
Given that, you don’t want to hear me tell stories of fantasy glories (or flubs) past. You don’t wanna hear me wax poetic or tell a bad joke. You want me to make with the player recommendations. And you want me to make them count.
So, with the hope that I’m on my game this week (hey, I have a team or two in the playoffs too) it’s time for the Week 14 edition of IDP Studs and Duds here at Fantasy Sharks.
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).
(Fantasy points allowed to the position in Fantasy Sharks Default IDP Scoring in 2015 listed in parentheses.
LOCK OF THE WEEK
Derrick Johnson – ILB, Kansas City Chiefs (at SD) (1): After tearing his Achilles last year, Johnson looked his age earlier in the season. But as defensive coordinator Bob Sutton told Blair Kerkhoff of The Kansas City Star that hasn’t been the case of late. “He did a great job coming off a major injury,” Sutton said. “I don’t think he’s lost a lot of skill-set, so that’s huge.” Heading into a gravy matchup, it certainly is.
Jerry Hughes – DE, Buffalo Bills (at PHI) (2): Mario Williams may have fallen off the edge of the Earth, but Hughes registered six total tackles and a sack a week ago in a similarly favorable matchup.
Rob Ninkovich – DE, New England Patriots (at HOU) (5): The team Hughes enjoyed that outburst against was Houston, which portends well for the red-hot Ninkovich and an angry Patriots team.
Sheldon Richardson – DE, NYJ (at TEN) (6): Richardson told Daryl Slater of NJ.com in regards to Marcus Mariota, “”You still see rookie tendencies, [like] holding the ball too long. But that also comes with his young receiving corps, too. So they pretty much hurt him a little bit right there.
Thomas Davis – OLB, Carolina Panthers (vs. ATL) (2): Davis’ penchant for being up-and-down of late may have IDP owners a bit put off. Don’t be – this one sets up as an “up” week against the reeling Falcons.
Paul Worrilow – MLB, Atlanta Falcons (at CAR) (4): Speaking of disappointing young linebackers, Worrilow hasn’t exactly come as advertised. However, we know he’s playing every down, and we know the Panthers will run the ball.
Johnathan Cyprien – SS, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. IND) (4): Matt Hasselbeck’s insertion at quarterback robbed this matchup of a bit of its Luckster, but it’s still a favorable one for defensive backs.
Michael Griffin – FS, Tennessee Titans (vs. NYJ) (3): Griffin has long been a matchup-dependent IDP option. Well, believe it or not the Jets are a good one in the secondary. Very good, actually.
Rodney McLeod – FS, St. Louis Rams (vs. DET) (2): With T.J. McDonald on injured reserve and Mark Barron actually playing linebacker (in a rotten matchup), it’s McLeod who might actually be the sneaky Week 14 play.