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Week 11: IDP Insider

Fantasy Football Expert Mark Morales-Smith lists his must-starts and a few IDP recommendations per position heading into Week 11!

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

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

Linebackers

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

Safeties

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

Cornerbacks

Casey Hayward, SD

Janoris Jenkins, NYG

Lamarcus Joyner, LAR

Deshawn Shead, SEA

Trumaine Johnson, LAR

Marcus Cooper, ARI

Waiver Wire Adds

Defensive Tackles

DT Eddie Goldman, Chicago Bears

Goldman was a projected first-round pick last season that slipped to the Bears in the second round in 2015. He had a solid rookie campaign recording 22 tackles and 4.5 sacks. The talented young defensive tackle had been out of action since Week 2 before returning this past Sunday. His impact was immediate despite playing just 31 snaps. Week 10 he dragged down four ball carriers including Jameis Winston for a sack. I expect his snaps to increase a bit moving forward and a young player with his kind of upside is almost always worth a look. If you have room on your bench and are in need of a DT, stash him.

Defensive Ends

DE Trey Flowers, New England Patriots

There is no more overlooking Flowers, especially now that their pass rush has lost Jamie Collins. The rookie has captured the starting defensive end job from Jabaal Sheard and should be the top priority on your waivers this week if you need defensive end help. Head coach Bill Belichick doesn’t make moves without a plan, and Flowers looks to be a major part of that plan. After seeing limited snaps as a rookie, he has not disappointed the past two weeks. He’s posted eight tackles and four sacks in those games and all signs point to him continuing his success. On top of that, he has the San Francisco 49ers on deck. They are always behind and can’t block anyone.

DE Rakeem Nunez-Roches/Kendall Reyes, Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs are currently without Jaye Howard due to a hip injury which appears to be at least somewhat serious. He hasn’t practiced since Week 9. Nunez-Roches and Reyes saw an increased workload with Howard inactive. This is a playmaking defense, and opportunity could easily lead to big plays from the front seven. Nunez-Roches recorded four tackles and Reyes notched two. Neither wowed this week. Nevertheless, these are players to keep an eye on that could thrive depending on Howard’s availability. They split snaps Week. It’s unclear if that will continue. Monitor this situation.

Linebackers

LB Dannell Ellerbe, New Orleans Saints

Remember when Nathan Stupar was an option last week? Well, that backfired as Ellerbe stepped in and stole most of his workload. He out-snapped him 18 to 66. Odds are this will be the case moving forward. Now it’s time to change the game plan and scoop up Ellerbe and hope he can stay healthy. This past week he made seven tackles. This position in New Orleans has been a Fantasy gold mine for the majority of the 2016 season.

LB Gerald Hodges, San Francisco 49ers

Hodges doesn't see the high volume of snaps you’d like to see from your IDP linebackers, but he’s been productive despite that. The past three weeks he’s amassed 25 tackles, a sack, and two interceptions. Considering he only had 21 tackles all season prior, it’s fair to say he’s seen a steep spike in Fantasy value. Snatch him up while he’s hot and hope this trend continues. The 49ers have a tendency to create tackling machines at linebacker for some reasons.

Cornerbacks

CB Tony Lippett, Miami Dolphins

Lippett had quite a day this Sunday. He racked up seven tackles and had two huge fourth quarter picks off Philip Rivers. Over the past six games, he’s stepped into an increasingly expanded role and has piled up 32 tackles in that time. The scouting report on the college wide receiver is that he’s a playmaker with outstanding ball skills. When you consider he has solid tackling numbers and big play upside, savvy Fantasy owners should be all over this guy.

CB Kareem Jackson, Houston Texans

Jackson is a cornerback IDP owners should already know about. He’s been a valuable asset in the past. The past two weeks he’s been stepping up his game making 11 tackles and snatching a pick six Week 10. Usually, two strong games which includes a touchdown to inflate his stats wouldn’t catch my eye. However, since we’ve seen him show off his tackling and ball skills over the past six seasons I’m giving him a look if I’m in need of a corner.

Safeties

S Harold Jones-Quartey, Chicago Bears

I’ve been monitoring Jones-Quartey for a while now, and I’ve liked what I’ve seen. He has been a consistent tackler with 49 on the season and is an every-down player. Over the past three games, he’s made 20 tackles and intercepted Jameis Winston last Sunday. The Bears have a handful of sneaky good options in their secondary. Right now I believe he is the best one. Just ahead of Adrian Amos.

S George Iloka, Cincinnati Bengals

Iloka is another defensive back who has been a valuable commodity in the past. After a slow start to the season, he’s been red hot as of late. Over the past three games, he has 24 tackles and an interception in each of the past two games. Iloka is a guy that usually seems to be in the middle on the action when you watch Bengals games. Of all the DBs this week, he’s the best option. His tackling and big-play upside are most likely unmatched by any DB on your waiver wire.

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