If there’s a slogan for Week 1 of this (and every) NFL and fantasy football season, it’s this….
Take a breath.
Every year the first weekend of NFL action is filled with surprises. Players we thought would have big games fall flat. Players from which not a lot was expected go completely nuts.
Is it possible that New York Giants middle linebacker B.J. Goodson’s 18 total tackles against the Dallas Cowboys was the first of many big games and that the second-year pro could be this year’s surprise IDP star ala Zachary Orr a year ago?
Yes. It’s also possible that was the best stat line we’ll see from him all year long.
Is it possible that Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Myles Jack will continue to outperform Telvin Smith? That Ramon Humber will continue to put up more tackles than Preston Brown with the Buffalo Bills?
Yes. Or it could be that those games were more fluke than trend – aberrations borne of matchups with horrendous offenses.
The point I’m trying to make is this – it’s far too early to be making any huge judgments about how players will perform in 2017. Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter isn’t a bum after his Week 1 goose-egg any more than Dallas Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence is going to set an NFL sack record after logging two against the New York Giants.
Does this mean players like Lawrence and Goodson aren’t worth adding to IDP rosters? Of course not. But don’t go benching (or even dropping) proven IDP performers because of one off week.
Take a breath. Woosah.
Now that everyone is nice and chillaxed, let’s look at the Week 2 IDP Start/Sit recommendations with IDP Studs and Duds here at Fantasy Sharks.
Each week during the 2017 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).
Numbers in parentheses denote ranking in fantasy points allowed to that position in 2016 in Fantasy Sharks Default IDP Scoring.
IDP START OF THE WEEK
Matthias Farley — S, Indianapolis Colts (vs. ARZ) (1)
Colts defensive coordinator Ted Monachino insisted to Gregg Doyel of the Indy Star that the coaching staff has every confidence in Farley’s ability to hold down the fort at strong safety until Clayton Geathers returns.
“When he’s out there,” said Monachino, “we can all breathe a little easier because he’s going to be where he belongs, he’s going to say what he needs to say, he’s going to help where he needs to help and he’s going to tackle. We’re right where we need to be with Matthias – and he is too, on the depth chart.”
The Colts were shelled in Week 1 by the Los Angeles Rams, but Farley came up big for fantasy owners, piling up 10 total tackles in the loss. He should make it two solid outings in a row this week in a favorable IDP matchup with a Cardinals team that allowed big stat lines to both of Detroit’s safeties in Week 1.