We’re halfway home, folks.
By the time Week 7 comes to a close Monday night in Philadelphia, the 2017 fantasy football season will be at least halfway over. And at this important junction, IDP squads run the gamut.
Some are juggernauts. Loaded undefeated or one-loss teams that steamroll through the opposition each every week.
It’s good to be dominant.
That, my friends, is a great song.
At the other end of the spectrum there are the unfortunate souls for whom nothing has gone right. Maybe injuries decimated their team. Maybe draft picks just never panned out. Maybe both. Whatever the reason, any chances they had of making the playoffs are already all but gone.
That song, on the other hand, makes me want to put my laptop speakers in the microwave.
I have teams in both of those situations. But the majority of my clubs are in the same position as the majority of yours – somewhere in between. They’re hovering just over or under .500, in a weekly dogfight to keep things above water.
The thing is, no matter the situation, from sitting pretty to well and truly scee-rooed and all points in between, every IDP owner has one thing in common – or at least they should.
We all want to field the best lineup possible in Week 7 – to win this one game. That’s how a turnaround starts. 2-3 becomes 3-3 becomes 4-3 becomes maybe, just maybe, a shot at the fantasy postseason.
And that’s where IDP Studs and Duds here at Fantasy Sharks comes in.
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
Wesley Woodyard – ILB, Tennessee Titans (at CLE) (1)
Woodyard is enjoying his best season in years – a resurgence he credited to a combination of experience and offseason preparation while speaking with John Glennon of the team’s website. “I think that’s mostly off-season training, working hard on the little things and knowledge of the game – knowing what routes (opponents) are going to run in certain situations,” Woodyard said. “But I love being in there when a game is on the line. Big-time players have to make big-time plays in big-time games. I live by that. You want to make plays, you got to be in the game.”
Woodyard’s been big both for the Titans and for IDP owners in 2017 – his 49 tackles and two sacks have been good for an LB13 ranking through six games, which is light-years better than what anyone expected from the 31-year old. Woodyard’s given no indication that this rebirth is any kind of fluke, so there’s also no reason to think he won’t keep it rolling Sunday against a Browns team giving up the most fantasy points to linebackers in 2017.