Week 6: IDP Fantasy Football 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

Nick Fairley, NO

Fletcher Cox, PHI

Linval Joseph, MIN

Clinton McDonald, TB

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

Brandon Graham, PHI

Jason Pierre-Paul, NYG

Yannick Ngakoue, JAX

Linebackers

Lorenzo Alexander, BUF

C.J. Mosley, BAL

Danny Trevathan, CHI

Luke Kuechly, CAR

Jerrell Freeman, CHI

Kwon Alexander, TB

Alec Ogletree, LAR

Benardrick McKinney, HOU

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

Kenny Vaccaro, NO

Antoine Bethea, SF

Harrison Smith, MIN

Barry Church, DAL

Landon Collins, NYG

Tony Jefferson, ARI

Rodney McLeod, PHI

Johnathan Cyprien, JAX

Morgan Burnett, GB

HaSean Clinton-Dix, GB

Cornerbacks

Brandon Flowers, SD

Logan Ryan, NE

Lamarcus Joyner, LAR

Marcus Peters, KC

Trumaine Johnson, LAR

Marcus Cooper, ARI

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Defensive Tackles

DT Bennie Logan, Philadelphia Eagles

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After putting up a goose egg Week 1, Logan has come on strong the past three games. He’s made an impactful play in each of those three games. Week 2 he forced a fumble while making his only tackle and Week 3 he recorded two tackles and a sack. This past week his tackling numbers continued to rise as he tallied three tackles and another sack. There are plays to be made in that front seven, and Fletcher Cox commands attention from opposing defenses. Logan is a solid plug-in play with bye weeks and injuries beginning to mount.

Defensive Ends

DE Joey Bosa, San Diego Chargers

The polarizing rookie finally made his NFL debut Week 5 after a lengthy holdout followed by a predictable hamstring injury. Bosa was well worth the wait for IDP owners. Despite playing just 27 snaps, he made five tackles and two sacks. I will be the first to admit I was not overly high on Bosa entering the draft and I’m still skeptical. With that said, he is worth picking up and stashing or potentially even starting if you need to.

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DE Stephon Tuitt, Pittsburgh Steelers

Tuitt has been a disappointment to this point in the season. He’s dragged down 14 ball carriers and has zero sacks. However, he has forced two fumbles. I know, I’m not exactly selling you on him, but hear me out. In 14 games last season he managed to make 54 tackles and 6.5 sacks. There is no doubt he’s a talented player, and he has a dream matchup this week. The Miami Dolphins offensive line is an unmitigated disaster. It’s the worst line in the league in its current state. They are missing tackles Branden Albert and Laremy Tunsil, although Albert has a shot to play this week, and they just cut the other two tackles on their roster. They are picking players up off the street. Tuitt will dominate them.

Linebackers

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LB Nick Bellore, San Francisco 49ers

This is the no-brainer pickup of the week. He’ll be the top defender added in most IDP league’s heading into Week 6. He earned the start this week against the Arizona Cardinals with Navarro Bowman now out for the year. He went off. Bellore racked up 11 tackles, .5 sacks and forced two fumbles. While he obviously can’t continue to force fumbles every game, his tackling stats may be close to sustainable. With Bowman out, there will be plenty of tackles to go around.

LB Perry Riley, Oakland Raiders

Riley stepped into the starting lineup this week with Malcolm Smith injured and played every defensive snap. If Smith continues to miss time, Riley will continue to play a massive role in the defense. Despite just signing with the team this past week, he was able to record make seven tackles and force a fumble. Monitor Smith’s status, nevertheless, if he is sidelined Riley is a great fill-in option.

Cornerbacks

CB Darius Slay, Detroit Lions

Slay is an outstanding young corner, and his IDP numbers are solid. He’s recorded at least three tackles in every game this season and has wrapped up four ball-carriers in three games. Now he’s grabbed our attention coming off a huge game. Last week he made three tackles to go along with a forced fumble and an interception. The previous week he also sacked the quarterback. Slay is looking like a strong week to week option.

CB Sean Smith, Oakland Raiders

Smith was horrendous to start the season and even found himself on the bench at one point. Despite his awful start, he’s made 16 tackles in the past four games. He also has the ball skills the snatch the ball out the air much like he did this past week. His shortcomings give him value because quarterbacks target him and his talents allow him to make the big plays that give you points in bunches.

Safeties

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S  Kemal Ishmael, Atlanta Falcons

In a surprising turn of events this week, with all the injured linebackers in Atlanta Ishmael served as the middle linebacker. He managed to make ten tackles in his first appearance at LB. If he continues to play as an LB, he has enormous upside since you can play him at safety. The best part is he’s a strong option even if he is at safety. Ishmael already has 40 tackles on the season including a 15 tackle game Week 2. You can plug him in at safety immediately.

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S Keanu Neal, Atlanta Falcons

Neal’s ownership is right at the borderline for this article. However, since he is a rookie and didn’t play the first two weeks, he’s worth bringing to the attention of IDP owners. He’s seen starter’s snaps the past two weeks topping 70 in each game. In those two games, he made 17 tackles and forced a fumble. He’s already beginning to show why he was the 17th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. If he’s on waivers add him immediately, he won’t be relinquishing his job anytime soon.


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