Week 1: IDP Insider

Fantasy Football Expert Mark Morales-Smith provides a must-start IDP list and a few recommendations per position if you need to hit the waiver wire!

MUST-STARTS

The following players should be in IDP lineups each and every week for the foreseeable future. They're not listed in any order, but if you own one of these guys, make sure you're starting him on a weekly basis. And remember that this is a reference for the rest of the 2016 season, not weekly rankings.

Defensive Tackles

Aaron Donald, LAR

Jurrell Casey, TEN

Fletcher Cox, PHI

Chris Baker, WAS

Geno Atkins, CIN

Kawann Short, CAR

Defensive Ends

J.J. Watt, HOU

Ezekiel Ansah, DET

Khalil Mack, OAK

Carlos Dunlap, CIN

Olivier Vernon, NYG

Everson Griffen, MIN

Robert Quinn, LAR

Muhammad Wilkerson, NYJ

Cameron Jordan, NO

Calais Campbell, ARI

Michael Bennett, SEA

Stephon Tuitt, PIT

Linebackers

Lavonte David, TB

C.J. Mosley, BAL

Danny Trevathan, CHI

Lawrence Timmons, PIT

Luke Kuechly, CAR

D’Qwell Jackson, IND

Preston Brown, BUF

Stephone Anthony, NO

Alec Ogletree, LAR

Jamie Collins, NE

K.J. Wright, SEA

Jordan Hicks, PHI

Sean Lee, DAL

Telvin Smith, JAX

DeAndre Levy, DET

Ryan Shazier, PIT

Bobby Wagner, SEA

NaVorro Bowman, SF

Eric Kendricks, MIN

Denzel Perryman, SD

Safeties

Reshad Jones, MIA

Barry Church, DAL

Calvin Pryor, NYJ

Corey Graham, BUF

Harrison Smith, MIN

Antoine Bethea, SF

Landon Collins, NYG

Eric Weddle, BAL

T.J. McDonald, LAR

Malcolm Jenkins, PHI

Kenny Vaccaro, NO

Morgan Burnett, GB

Tyrann Mathieu, ARI

Haha Clinton-Dix, GB

Tony Jefferson, ARI

Cornerbacks

Bashaud Breeland, WAS

Logan Ryan, NE

Marcus Peters, KC

Trumaine Johnson, LAR

Prince Amukamara, JAX

Jalen Ramsey, JAX

Jason McCourty, TEN

Kareem Jackson, HOU

Josh Norman, WAS

Adam Jones, CIN

Waiver Wire Adds

Defensive Tackles

DT Brandon Williams, BAL

Williams is a solid Fantasy play that flies under the radar because of his lack of sacks. Last season Williams put up a career-high two sacks. However, he also made 53 tackles. He’s the kind of safe play that you can plug in, and his tackles will carry him. Williams won’t win you a week, but he won’t cost you one either. Three times last season he totaled seven or more tackles. There were five times he hit the four tackle mark, and he didn’t put up a single goose egg.

Defensive Ends

DE Mario Williams, MIA

Coming off a nightmarish 2015 campaign, Williams could be a steal this season. Clearly, something more than just a drastic decline was the issue last season. Williams and then head coach Rex Ryan openly admit they did not fit together. Ryan didn’t know how to use him to the best of his abilities and Williams even admits to mailing it in. He saw his tackles and sacks drop for 42 and 14.5 to 19 and 5.0. Surrounded by Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake, Williams could be in line for a monster season.

DE Derek Wolfe, DEN

Wolfe is a hard-nosed player that excelled last season despite missing four games. In just 12 games he managed to compile 49 tackles and 5.5 sacks. Those tackling numbers are outstanding for a defensive end, and he’s shown an ability to get to the quarterback a bit. He got to the QB in six of his last seven games last year and continued in all three postseason games. If he can build off that, he could emerge as a high-end IDP option. Wolf may be entering his prime at 26 years old.

Linebackers

LB K.J. Wright, SEA

It’s amazing Wright barely cracks the top 40 when it comes to ownership for IDP linebackers. Last season he piled up 116 tackles, a sack, took part in six fumbles and defended three passes. He’s way too good not to be owned in more leagues. There’s no reason he should be owned in fewer leagues than Jadeveon Clowney. If Wright is available, add him now.

LB Daryl Smith, TB

Smith’s ownership is understandably low being that he’s now 34 years and on a new team. With that said, Smith is one of just two defenders with at least 350 tackles, five sacks, five interceptions and four forced fumbles over the past three seasons. Smith has topped 120 tackles in three straight seasons and is a big time playmaker. Even in his advanced age, he’s worth a good long look.

Cornerbacks

CB Janoris Jenkins, NYG

Jenkins is a Fantasy beast, plain and simple. Not only can he stack up tackles, but he is also a pure playmaker. Through four NFL seasons, Jenkins has managed 257 tackles, ten interceptions, and five defensive touchdowns. He’s also played a part in five turnovers and defended 48 passes. There are a lot of solid guys on this list that just won’t kill you. Jenkins can win you a matchup with one or two big plays on any given week.

CB Nolan Carroll, PHI

Carroll is a tackler that also always seems like he’s in the right place at the right time. He didn’t even begin the season as a starter and only appeared in 11 games, nevertheless, he made the most of his opportunities before landing on season-ending injured reserve. Carroll managed to make 57 tackles, pick off two passes, score a TD and defend ten passes. Had he played a full year Fantasy owners would be all over him this season. Scoop him up before people realize they made a mistake by letting him fall through the cracks.

Safeties

S Tashaun Gipson, JAX

Gipson struggled through an injury-plagued 2015 season. He played in just 13 games and managed just 60 tackles and two INTs. Still, in his last 16-game season (2013) he made 95 total tackles. His playmaking skills have proven to be elite as well. Despite missing five games in 2014, in 2013 and 2014 combined he intercepted 11 passes and scored two touchdowns. Also, he may be CB eligible in some leagues, in which he should be viewed as a must-own.

S DeAngelo Hall, WAS

Hall’s career is winding down. Now 32 years old he’s been moved to safety and missed 18 games over the past two seasons. Nonetheless, he has massive Fantasy upside. Don’t be shocked if he bounces back late in his career at a new position. We’ve seen other veterans thrive with this role change, most recently Charles Woodson. Hall has three times topped 90 tackles and is a ballhawk. I like him as a high-upside playmaker in a suddenly very talented secondary.

 


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