It’s Week 6 of the 2013 NFL season, and we welcomed an Individual Defensive Player (IDP) stud back into the fold this past weekend. Arizona Cardinals’ linebacker
, who led all players at his position in fantasy points last year, wasted no time getting back at it, shutting down the Carolina Panthers to the tune of nine tackles, two sacks and an interception.
Speaking of shutting down, I had a great intro planned this week. A detailed, sure-fire, can’t miss way of identifying the top IDP at every position every week. It would have revolutionized IDP.
However, the left side of my brain couldn’t agree with the right side of my brain about whether I should use “who” or “whom” in the third paragraph, so my brain shut down and I forgot everything.
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).
Finally, the bye weeks keep rolling along, with the Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons taking Week 6 off. No
or William Moore this week.
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, Detroit (at Cleveland):
Ansah has been relatively quiet as a rookie, but the first-round pick has a great matchup this week. You could make a sandwich, eat it, digest it, and poop it out in the time it takes Cleveland Browns quarterback
to get rid of the ball.
Brian Robison, DE, Minnesota (vs. Carolina):
Robison signed a $28 million contract extension earlier this week. The 30-year-old will get a chance to start earning all that coin this week against the Carolina Panthers, who have been a top-12 fantasy matchup for opposing defensive linemen this year.
Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, New York Jets (vs. Pittsburgh):
The third-year pro was a monster in Monday night’s win over the Atlanta Falcons, tallying seven tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. The Pittsburgh Steelers and their rotten offensive line should afford Wilkerson a solid shot at two big games in a row.
Kevin Burnett, OLB, Oakland (at Kansas City):
It’s been Burnett, and not
, who has emerged as the Oakland linebacker with the most IDP value. The eighth-year veteran logged an eye-popping 12 solos last week against San Diego, and Burnett should see plenty of tackle opportunities against running back
and Kansas City.
Karlos Dansby, ILB, Arizona (at San Francisco):
There was some concern that
’s return would hurt Dansby’s IDP production. If last week’s eight solos, two sacks and an interception was any indication fantasy owners have nothing to fear headed into a plus IDP matchup with the San Francisco 49ers in Week 6.
A.J. Hawk, ILB, Green Bay (vs. Baltimore):
Batterymate Brad Jones has already been ruled out for Week 6 with a bad hamstring. That equates to solid IDP LB2 value for Hawk, who will calling the defensive signals and playing every down against a Baltimore Ravens squad allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to linebackers in
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Devin McCourty, FS, New England (vs. New Orleans):
McCourty started the 2013 campaign slow, but his production has picked up over the past two weeks. This week should mark McCourty’s third good game in a row, given that no team has allowed more fantasy points to safeties than the Saints this season.
Kenny Vaccaro, SS, New Orleans (at New England):
Vaccaro has taken over as the full-time starter at strong safety for a surprisingly stout New Orleans defense. That’s good news for his fantasy owners this week, as Vaccaro and the Saints travel to face a New England Patriots team that has been very kind to opposing defensive backs in 2013.
Aaron Williams, SS, Buffalo (vs. Cincinnati):
It’s unknown whether Williams will play strong safety this week or remain at cornerback due to the injuries that have decimated the Buffalo secondary. What is known is that either way Williams should be fine, as the Bengals have been the third-best IDP matchup for opposing defensive backs this year.