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IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 7 IDP Start/Sit

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).

Just two teams on a bye in Week 7 – the Detroit Lions and Houston Texans. Get Jarrad Davis and Benardrick McKinney out of IDP lineups

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.

About Gary Davenport

A member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and Pro Football Writers of America who resides in Columbus, Ohio, Gary has been featured on a number of fantasy websites and in nationally circulated publications. These publications include the USA Today Fantasy Football Preview and the magazines distributed by Fantasy Sports Publications Inc., for whom Gary is a both a contributing author and associate editor. Gary is an eight-time FSWA Award finalist and two-time winner who has been a finalist for that organization's Fantasy Football Writer of the Year award each of the last three years. He won the honor in 2017. Gary also appears regularly on Sirius XM Radio (including live from Radio Row at Super Bowl XLIX) and over-the-air stations across the country. Gary was one of the co-founders of, and Head Writer at, Fantasy Football Oasis before joining Fantasy Sharks as an IDP Senior Staff Writer in 2011. He knows football. Or so he's heard.