Let me tell you a story.
Once upon a time, there was a team in a tackle-heavy IDP league. It was a well-built squad (or so the man who assembled it thought). The linebacker corps was solid and deep. The defensive backs were decent. He even lucked out a bit and hit on Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence late.
The defending champions, the team was second in the league in scoring – 24 more points on the season than the squad sitting at 5-0.
And yet that team is 2-3 and in last place in the division – with half of the roster sitting this week on their bye.
Now, this intrepid IDP owner (He’s intelligent, too. And handsome. And humble) could throw up his hands, rail about the injustice of it all and start breaking stuff.
Admit it – you kind of like that song.
Or he can shake it off, stay active and get back after it, hopeful that even if he falls to 2-4 his team’s ability to post solid scores every week will spur a second-half surge.
I mention this because we’ve all been there – or are there right now. Owners of good teams derailed by bad beats or injuries or a combination of the two.
But there’s still time to turn things around. To salvage a playoff berth. Stage a Wild Card run to a title.
It’s happened before. It will happen again.
But to get there you have to keep going. Keep banging away.
And that’s where IDP Studs and Duds comes in – assuming you trust the advice of a 2-3 loser.
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 2017 in Fantasy Sharks Default IDP Scoring.
IDP START OF THE WEEK
Danny Trevathan – ILB, Chicago Bears (at BAL) (3)
Trevathan sat out last week’s loss to Minnesota while serving a suspension for a vicious hit on wide receiver Davante Adams the week before. But Trevathan insisted to Colleen Kane and Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune that there was no malice involved and no hard feelings between the two.
“I just reached out to him, told him, ‘I hope he’s good. I hope he knows I wasn’t trying to harm him. I was just trying to make a play,'” Trevathan said. “He was real cool. He plays football hard and he plays it good.”
Trevathan originally drew a two-game ban, but it was dropped to two on appeal. That means he’ll be back to anchor a Bears LB corps that’s been ravaged by injuries Sunday in a top-five IDP matchup with the Baltimore Ravens.
Timing, as they say, is everything.