Week 9: Fantasy Football IDP Insider

Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Mark Morales-Smith will provide a must-start IDP list and a few recommendations per position if you need to hit the waiver wire.


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

Damon Harrison, NYG

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

Frank Clark, SEA


Lorenzo Alexander, BUF

C.J. Mosley, BAL

Deion Jones, ATL

Luke Kuechly, CAR

Jerrell Freeman, CHI

Kwon Alexander, TB

Alec Ogletree, LAR

Benardrick McKinney, HOU

Will Compton, WAS

Von Miller, DEN

Telvin Smith, JAX

Zachary Orr, BAL

Sean Lee, DAL

Craig Robertson, NO

Derrick Johnson, KC

Bobby Wagner, SEA

Zach Brown, BUF

Eric Kendricks, MIN


T.J. Ward, DEN

Reggie Nelson, OAK

Bradley McDougald, TB

Antoine Bethea, SF

Harrison Smith, MIN

Barry Church, DAL

Landon Collins, NYG

Tony Jefferson, ARI

Rodney McLeod, PHI

Johnathan Cyprien, JAX

Morgan Burnett, GB

Keanu Neal, ATL


Casey Hayward, SD

Janoris Jenkins, NYG

Lamarcus Joyner, LAR

Deshawn Shead, SEA

Trumaine Johnson, LAR

Marcus Cooper, ARI

Waiver Wire Adds

Defensive Tackles

DT Danny Shelton, Cleveland Browns

Shelton just made our qualifications to make this list as his ownership is on the rise. However, it’s still a bit lower than it should be. The 2015 first-round pick is starting to look like a rare good selection for the Browns. He has 33 tackles and has made at least three tackles in every game this season, which is solid for a defensive tackle. His game has added a new dimension as of late as he has gotten to the quarterback in two of his last three games after being shut out earlier in the season. On tackling alone, he should be owned in just about all leagues where starting a DT is mandatory.

Defensive Ends

DE William Gholston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Injuries have propelled Gholston into an expanded role. His tackling numbers have been more than solid over the past six games. Especially over the last six games, in which he’s amassed 16 tackles and a sack. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to IDP owners. Last season he made 67 tackles, three sacks, and a forced fumble. He’s proven to be a high floor option and has unusually high value in tackle heavy scoring systems. Gholston is a perfect bye week fill-in, although his upside is capped for the most part.

DE Adrian Clayborn, Atlanta Falcons

Clayborn picked it up in October and will look to carry that momentum over into November. He’s gotten to the quarterback in three of his last four games including two this past week. He also made three tackles in all three of those games in which he sacked the QB. During this four-game span, he’s piled up ten tackles, 3.5 sacks and recovered a fumble. The film tells the same story. There is no doubt he has taken his game to a new level as of late. The emergence of 2016 first-round pick has helped his case as well. This pass rush is all of a sudden beginning to look formidable.  


LB Korey Toomer, San Diego Chargers

Toomer is about to receive a huge opportunity. With Jatavis Brown and Denzel Perryman both ruled out for this week and very possibly missing additional time due to injury, Toomer will be thrust into an every-down role. He’s already seen a big uptick in production the past four weeks. In those four games, he’s made 18 tackles, forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble. Look for him to be a big-time contributor as long as both Brown and Perryman are out and even if just one of them are out he has value.

LB Elandon Roberts, New England Patriots

As you’ve probably heard by now, Jamie Collins has been traded to the Browns for a third-round pick. That begs the question, who will be the IDP beneficiary of this blockbuster trade. We all know head coach Bill Belichick has plan and odds are it will be a good one. Every time he makes a move like this, there is a star waiting in the wings to step up. The player with the most to gain is Roberts. He is worth grabbing and stashing on your bench for at least a few weeks as he receives his opportunity to perform at a high level. The rookie has garnered a lot of praise in New England and could step up in a big way.


CB DeShawn Shead, Seattle Seahawks

Shead has been outstanding on the tackling front this season, although, he lacks the big play. On the season he has 45 tackles and a forced fumble. In his worst game, he has four tackles. Over the past three weeks, he’s made a very impressive 25 tackles with at least eight tackles in all three games. This is not a knock on him at all; it’s a compliment to the rest of the Legion of Boom, but his numbers are inflated because he’s the weakest link in the secondary. With Richard Sherman lining up opposite him opposing teams target him inflating his stats. He does contribute in the run game too of course as the entire secondary always does. Shead should be started on a weekly basis.

CB Troy Hill, Los Angeles Rams

Injuries have struck the Rams’ secondary and Hill has stepped in and been a strong IDP option. In the past two games with Trumaine Johnson out, he’s made 15 tackles. You can ask for much more than that for a replacement IDP corner. If he’s sitting on your waiver wire and you need a corner, pick him up and plug him in. Until the Rams get healthy, he’s a high floor option.


S Robert Blanton, Buffalo Bills

Since Aaron Williams went down with a career-threatening injury, Blanton has been a tackling machine. His snaps have obviously seen a massive rise and he’s been making the most of his opportunity. This shouldn’t be much of a surprise as he topped 100 tackles with the Minnesota Vikings just two seasons prior. In the past two games, he’s dragged down the ball carrier 18 times. It’s looking like Blanton is developing into an every-week IDP option.

S Clayton Geathers, Indianapolis Colts

Only once all season has Geathers failed you reach the five tackle mark. He’s made 42 tackles in seven games this season and forced a fumble. In the past four weeks alone he’s made 28 tackles. You may be noticing a theme with this article. With the exception Roberts, these are all high-floor players in their current situation. Geathers certainly is no exception. There isn’t a ton of upside this week, but it may be the best group of waiver wire options all season from top to bottom. Almost all of them can be started immediately.

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