The first week of the 2010 season is in the record books, which means Individual Defensive Player (IDP) owners across the land are either gloating about a Week 1 win or smarting after a Week 1 defeat. There were some great performances (hello D’Qwell Jackson! It’s been a while!) and some real stinkers (I’m looking at you Ray Edwards), but whether you’re 1-0 or 0-1 it’s time to put last week in the rearview mirror and look forward to Week 2, and the first step in doing so is getting your Week 2 waiver wire claims in order.
Before I get to this week’s recommendations a quick tip. If your stud laid a big fat egg in a favorable matchup (once again Ray Edwards, looking at you) don’t freak out and drop them after a single game. IDPs can be inconsistent. These things happen, and all you’ll accomplish is giving your opponents a freebie add that could very well come back to bite you in the butt, so while it’s always wise to try to improve your team don’t get the twitches right out of the gate.
PICKUP OF THE WEEK
Sean Lee – ILB, Dallas: Lee was the defensive star of the Cowboys Sunday night loss at the New York Jets, leading Dallas with 11 total tackles and intercepting a pass. The second-year pro has apparently secured a starting role on the inside of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s attacking 3-4 defense, and being able to acquire an every down 3-4 WILB would be at least some comfort to IDP owners who saw Jon Beason’s season end Sunday.
Greg Hardy – DE, Carolina: Hardy had a solid game in Carolina’s defeat at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals, tallying five total tackles, notching his first sack of 2011, and forcing a fumble. This week’s matchup with the Green Bay Packers isn’t a favorable one, but Hardy appears primed for a good year opposite Charles Johnson for the Panthers.
Henry Melton – DT, Chicago: The third-year pro replaces Tommie Harris on the interior of the Chicago defensive line and did so with gusto in Sunday’s decisive win over the Atlanta Falcons, sacking Matt Ryan twice and logging five total stops. If you’re in an IDP league that requires defensive tackles and need help at the position Melton should be at the top of your wish list.
Pat Angerer – SLB, Indianapolis: The only thing stopping Angerer from being the “Pickup of the Week” is the fact that he leaves the field in some passing subpackages, but that didn’t matter in Indianapolis’ blowout loss to Houston, as Angerer paced the Colts defense with 13 total tackles. Middle linebacker Gary Brackett has had durability issues in the past and is already nursing a shoulder injury, and should Angerer move to the middle he could be the kind of pickup that wins IDP teams titles, but with the Colts defense set to be on the field a lot this season Angerer’s worth targeting even if that doesn’t come to fruition.
Navorro Bowman – ILB, San Francisco: I feel I’d be remiss in my duties as a Shark if I didn’t mention a personal favorite of our own James Elvins, who turned in a good day with six solos in San Francisco’s win over the Seahawks. I’m not generally a big proponent of 3-4 SILB as IDP assets, but as Takeo Spikes showed a year ago it’s possible to put up decent stats playing next to Patrick Willis (possibly because Willis scares the crap out of opposing offenses), so the former Nittany Lion is worth a look from teams looking to add some depth at linebacker.
Reed Doughty – SS, Washington: Doughty started in place of the injured LaRon Landry and led the Redskins with 10 total tackles in their win over the New York Giants, and although miscues by the sixth-year pro led to both of the Giants touchdowns (he was torched on a long pass to set up the first and caught out of position on the second) he’s shown that he can be productive in the past statistically when afforded the opportunity. It’s unclear how long that opportunity will last in 2011, but with Landry out for now and IDP owners scrambling to find a replacement for Eric Berry, Doughty merits consideration as a short-term fix.
Jason McCourty – CB, Tennessee: The third-year pro was named a starter at cornerback over Alterraun Verner just before the season began and turned in a strong effort in the Titans loss to Jacksonville with five solo tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. Playing across from Cortland Finnegan in Tennessee, McCourty is apt to be attacked with some regularity by opposing quarterbacks, and as Verner showed last year by topping 100 tackles and finishing in the Top 20 at his position that isn’t necessarily a bad thing IDP-wise.
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