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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week Three IDP Start/Sit

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As we gear up for week three of the 2011 season some IDP storylines are taking shape, from studs in the making to fading stars to injuries and lineup switches. Plenty of drama, loads of action…all we need is some popcorn and a cold one and we’ll be set.

With that in mind, here’s a look at some players you should give serious consideration to getting into your lineups or who could outperform expectations (Studs) and some that, for whatever reason, you may want to consider leaving alone, or at least take into account that they may be a relative disappointment this week. (Duds)

STUDS

Chris Clemons – DE, Seattle Seahawks (vs. ARI): Clemons has been off to a bit of a slow start this season, but a home date against a shaky Cardinals offensive line should be just what the doctor ordered.

Michael Johnson – DE, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. SF): Coming off a rock-solid seven solo, one sack, forced fumble effort last week and gets a favorable matchup with superstar quarterback Alex freaking Smith.

Derrick Morgan – DE, Tennessee Titans (vs. DEN): Looked pretty good last week, and if Morgan can stay on the field maybe he’ll start living up to the potential that got him drafted so early.

James Anderson – OLB, Carolina Panthers (vs. JAX): Anderson’s the last man standing among the Panthers starting linebackers, and the folks that reached for him in IDP drafts may not have done so much reaching after all.

Jamar Chaney – MLB, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. NYG): Chaney’s been bumped back to the middle for the Eagles and matches up with Bradshaw, Jacobs, and the Giants running attack this week.

Derrick Johnson – ILB, Kansas City Chiefs (at SD): Given that the Chiefs offense can’t stay on the field and the Kansas City defense can’t get off it Johnson’s been a disappointment to this point, but that changes this week in sunny San Diego.

Tim Jennings – CB, Chicago Bears (vs. GB): Jenning’s been a pleasant IDP surprise to this point, and there’s no reason to believe that will stop this week against Green Bay’s potent offensive attack.

Johnathan Joseph – CB, Houston Texans (at NO): Joseph’s a bit dinged up but reportedly good to go, and Drew Brees has a tendency to keep opposing cornerbacks plenty occupied, especially at the Superdome.

Charlie Peprah – SS, Green Bay Packers (at CHI): With Nick Collins out Peprah’s back in the starting lineup in Titletown and should make for a solid spot start in a game that could feature plenty of offense.

 

DUDS

Jared Allen – DE, Minnesota Vikings (vs. DET): It’s hard to imagine benching Allen, but it may not be such a crazy idea given that Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford has yet to be sacked this season.

Henry Melton – DT, Chicago Bears (vs. GB): Melton followed up a big week one with a goose egg in week two and is stuck in a so-so matchup at best against Aaron Rodgers, who doesn’t get sacked much.

Will Smith – DE, New Orleans Saints (vs. HOU): It will be nice for Smith’s IDP owners to get him back off suspension, but given the layoff and an iffy matchup with the Texans it may be wise to give Smith a week before getting jiggy with it.

Karlos Dansby – ILB, Miami Dolphins (at CLE): Dansby was already off to a slow start and is now battling a groin injury, so as good as the matchup looks on paper I’d be reticent to start Dansby this week.

David Hawthorne – MLB, Seattle Seahawks (vs. ARI): Hawthorne’s knee appears to still be an issue, and with him leaving the field in passing situations and facing a so-so matchup for linebackers look elsewhere if you have comparable options.

DeMeco Ryans – ILB, Houston Texans (at NO): Ryans has been more-or-less invisible to this point in the season, and while the Saints should present plenty of tackle opportunities it’s hard to recommend having Ryans in fantasy lineups until he does something.

Patrick Chung – SS, New England Patriots (at BUF): After having thumb surgery Wednesday it looks like Chung will miss this week’s tilt with the Bills, so get him out of IDP lineups at least for a week.

Charles Godfrey – SS, Carolina Panthers (vs. JAX): The injuries that have ravaged the Carolina LB corps may prove a huge boost to Godfrey’s IDP value, but the effects of a concussion suffered a week ago may delay that boost for a week.

Troy Polamalu – SS, Pittsburgh Steelers (at IND): What looked like a prime Sunday Night matchup a few months ago is now a steaming turdpile, and you have to wonder how much action the back end of the Steelers defense is going to see this week.

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