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Week 5: Fantasy Football 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!

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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

Ndamukong Suh, MIA

Fletcher Cox, PHI

Linval Joseph, MIN

Defensive Ends

Derek Wolfe, DEN

Everson Griffen, MIN

Leonard Williams, NYJ

Carlos Dunlap, CIN

Danielle Hunter, MIN

Michael Bennett, SEA

Cameron Jordan, NO

Muhammad Wilkerson, NYJ

Khalil Mack, OAK

Linebackers

Lavonte David, TB

C.J. Mosley, BAL

Danny Trevathan, CHI

Luke Kuechly, CAR

Jerrell Freeman, CHI

Kwon Alexander, TB

Alec Ogletree, LAR

Jamie Collins, NE

K.J. Wright, SEA

Von Miller, DEN

Telvin Smith, JAX

Preston Brown, BUF

Sean Lee, DAL

Craig Robertson, NO

Derrick Johnson, KC

Bobby Wagner, SEA

Zach Brown, BUF

Eric Kendricks, MIN

Safeties

Reshad Jones, MIA

Reggie Nelson, OAK

Antoine Bethea, SF

Harrison Smith, MIN

Landon Collins, NYG

Tony Jefferson, ARI

Johnathan Cyprien, JAX

Morgan Burnett, GB

Barry Church, DAL

Kenny Vaccaro, NO

Cornerbacks

Bashaud Breeland, WAS

Logan Ryan, NE

Marcus Peters, KC

Trumaine Johnson, LAR

Lamarcus Joyner, LAR

Xavien Howard, MIA

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Defensive Tackles

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DT Clinton McDonald, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

McDonald has held IDP relevance before; however, he had fallen off the radar this season. He’s bounced back in a big way the past two weeks while the team has been struggling with injuries. With the Bucs defensive front still beat up, look for his production to continue for an extended period. Over the past two weeks, McDonald has racked up 14 tackles, 1.5 sacks and three tackles for a loss. If injuries or bye weeks are hurting you, he is a strong backup plan.

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DT Kerry Hyder, Detroit Lions

You can no longer ignore Hyder’s production. He’s managed to bring down the quarterback at least once in every game this season. Through four games he has seven tackles and five sacks. His numbers aren’t off the chart, but it’s not easy to find a defensive tackle that can get to the quarterback with the kind of consistency Hyder has this season.

Defensive Ends

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DE Rob Ninkovich, New England Patriots

Tom Brady isn’t the only Patriot coming off suspension this week. The Nink’s four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy has concluded. He’s a big-time playmaker with a high-tackle rate for DL eligible player. Last season was his lowest tackle total in six seasons, and he still managed 52. He’s also good for 6-to-8 sacks per 16 games as well as an innate ability to find himself involved with fumbles and picking off passes. He is coming off a triceps injury, which likely would have cost him the first four games of the season anyway. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that Nink should be ready for Week 5. This is a high upside, low floor pickup barring any unexpected setbacks with his health.

Linebackers

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LB Jatavis Brown, San Diego Chargers

Last week we featured Denzel Perryman who had stepped into an every-down role with Manti Te’o heading to injured reserve. Well, it didn’t take long for Perryman to go down with a shoulder injury. The injury isn’t expected to be too severe, but it could cost him some time. Brown is the next man up for a battered Chargers LB corps. He stepped in Week 4 after Perryman went down and made seven tackles. He should see plenty of opportunity moving forward.

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LB Michael Wilhoite, San Francisco 49ers

Wilhoite was a tackling machine last season. In just 12 games he piled up 85 tackles, which included a three-week span when he tallied an incredible 42 tackles. Unfortunately, he had been a quiet through three games totaling just three tackles on limited snaps. That all changed when Navarro Bowman went down with a season-ending Achilles’ injury. He saw his snap count jump from nine to 76 as he dragged down 12 ball carriers. You can expect much of the same moving forward.

Cornerbacks

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CB Robert Alford, Atlanta Falcons

Alford is coming off a two-interception game including a pick six. With that said, that kind of production obviously isn’t sustainable. However, he is a beneficiary of teams avoiding Desmond Trufant, who has emerged as a true top corner. In the first three games before his monstrous Week 4, Alford made 18 tackles and defended three tackles. He should continue to be often targeted, and IDP owners will benefit.

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CB Kendall Fuller, Washington Redskins

With Bashaud Breeland sidelined with an ankle injury, rookie Kendall Fuller was thrown into the fire in his first NFL action. He made the most of his first opportunity in the pros making eight tackles. This is far from a sure thing. Nevertheless, the third-round pick is worth a pickup in deeper leagues just in case he pops. We do not know the full extent of Breeland’s injury, and we only have a small sample size of Fuller. He played 45 snaps this week, so there is the potential for more snaps and bigger numbers in the future.

Safeties

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S  Vonn Bell, New Orleans Saints

Another rookie who saw an opportunity this past week was Bell. Jairus Byrd had been a detriment in the secondary all season and lost his job to the second-round pick on Sunday. Byrd saw his snaps cut from 62 to 15 while Bell saw his jump from 20 to 69. Bell made six tackles and forced a fumble. It appears as if he should maintain his increased role over Byrd.

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S Andrew Sendejo, Minnesota Vikings

Sendejo has been an every-down safety for the Minnesota Vikings. Not nearly enough people are mentioning him in IDP circles. He already has 27 tackles this season and is in a defense that offers a ton of opportunities to make big plays. Despite his lack of big plays so far this season, he should come up with some fumbles or interceptions. When your team is forcing fumbles, you’re making tackles and the defensive line is bringing relentless pressure, you’re bound to come up with a big play here and there. Combine that with his tackling, and he’s a solid option.

 


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