As hard it may be to believe, the 2013 fantasy football regular season has reached the halfway mark. With any luck your team is in the thick of the playoff hunt, and hopefully the recommendations in this article have been of some assistance in that regard.
However, whether you’re 5-1 or 1-5, we’re all facing the same problems, be it under-performing stars or the injuries that have claimed the likes of New England linebacker
, who was lost for the season last week.
That makes every lineup decision all the more difficult, especially as each week’s games become more important for playoff positioning.
That’s where IDP “Studs and Duds” comes in.
Every week during the 2013 season, I’ll point out some IDPs 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 are rolling right along, with the New Orleans Saints and Oakland Raiders taking Week 7 off. No
or Charles Woodson this week.
Rob Ninkovich, DE, New England (at New York Jets):
After eight sacks last year, Ninkovich has managed only one sack through six games this season. This week’s tilt with the New York Jets, who have allowed the fourth-most sacks in the NFL in 2013, should give Ninkovich a solid shot at breaking out of that funk.
Dontari Poe, DT, Kansas City (vs. Houston):
Poe has mixed in three huge stinkers with three huge games en route to a top-10 ranking among defensive linemen in
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. The odds are good that this week’s matchup with a Houston Texans team giving up the second-most fantasy points to defensive linemen in 2013 will fall into the latter category.
Cameron Wake, DE, Miami (vs. Buffalo):
Wake has been hampered by a knee injury of late, but the 31-year-old had the bye week to get right heading into a matchup with a Buffalo team allowing pressure on nearly 25 percent of dropbacks and the most fantasy points to defensive linemen.
Jon Beason, MLB, New York Giants (vs. Minnesota):
The 28-year-old played well in his first start with the Giants, logging 12 tackles in a loss to the Chicago Bears. More importantly, Beason stayed on the field in passing situations, which should equate to plenty of tackle opportunities against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night.
Bruce Carter, OLB, Dallas (at Philadelphia):
After spending some time in defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin’s doghouse, Carter was re-installed as the every-down weak side linebacker last week against the Washington Redskins. Don’t hesitate to get him lineups this week against a Philadelphia Eagles team that has been an IDP gold mine for linebackers this season.
Colin McCarthy, MLB, Tennessee (vs. San Francisco):
A bit of a blast from the proverbial past, McCarthy is back in the lineup for the Titans this week in place of the injured
. As spot-starts go, IDP owners could do much worse than McCarthy in a plus-matchup with the San Francisco 49ers.
Antoine Bethea, FS, Indianapolis (vs. Denver):
Bethea will welcome long-time teammate
back to Indianapolis Sunday night. Given how much Manning likes to target wide receiver
and tight end
over the middle, there should be no shortage of opportunities for IDP production for Bethea.
Glover Quin, SS, Detroit (vs. Cincinnati):
Quin has been something of an IDP disappointment, with only 25 total tackles so far this season. If ever there was a game for the fifth-year pro to reverse that trend, it’s Sunday against a Cincinnati Bengals squad allowing the third-most fantasy points to defensive backs.
Greg Toler, CB, Indianapolis (vs. Denver):
When looking for an IDP spot-start at cornerback, you want a sure tackler who isn’t that great in coverage heading into a strong matchup. That makes Toler three for three as he and the Colts prepare for Sunday night’s big showdown with the Denver Broncos.