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Week 13: IDP Insider

Fantasy Football Expert Mark Morales-Smith lists his must-starts and a few IDP recommendations per position heading into Week 13!

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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

Johnathan Hankins, NYG

Marcell Dareus, BUF

Eddie Goldman, CHI

Fletcher Cox, PHI

Linval Joseph, MIN

Clinton McDonald, TB

Defensive Ends

Derek Wolfe, DEN

Vernon Olivier, NYG

Leonard Williams, NYJ

Carlos Dunlap, CIN

Danielle Hunter, MIN

Michael Bennett, SEA

Cameron Jordan, NO

Cliff Avril, SEA

Khalil Mack, OAK

Brandon Graham, PHI

Jason Pierre-Paul, NYG

Frank Clark, SEA


Justin Houston, KC

Christian Kirksey, CLE

Deion Jones, ATL

Luke Kuechly, CAR

Mark Barron, LAR

Kwon Alexander, TB

Alec Ogletree, LAR

Benardrick McKinney, HOU

Paul Posluszny, JAX

Von Miller, DEN

Telvin Smith, JAX

Kiko Alonso, MIA

Sean Lee, DAL

K.J. Wright, SEA

Derrick Johnson, KC

Bobby Wagner, SEA

Zach Brown, BUF

Tahir Whitehead, DET


T.J. Ward, DEN

Clayton Geathers, IND

Bradley McDougald, TB

Antoine Bethea, SF

Harrison Smith, MIN

Barry Church, DAL

Landon Collins, NYG

Tony Jefferson, ARI

Kam Chancellor, SEA

Johnathan Cyprien, JAX

Morgan Burnett, GB

Keanu Neal, ATL


Casey Hayward, SD

Marcus Cooper, ARI

Byron Maxwell, MIA

Deshawn Shead, SEA

Logan Ryan, NE

Janoris Jenkins, NYG

Demarious Randall, GB

Bashaud Breeland, WAS

Shareece Wright, BAL

Waiver Wire Adds

Defensive Tackles

DT Johnathan Hankins, New York Giants

Hankins is a proven asset on the interior line and is coming off back to back big games in a defense that seems to be hitting their stride when it comes to making big plays. Over the past two weeks, he's made nine tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble. There is a ton of talent on this defensive line that draws attention, and it's difficult to account for everybody. Hankins is a strong player but does not command the respect of players like Jason Pierre-Paul, Olivier Vernon, and Damon Harrison. Hankins is a high-upside defensive tackle and is only owned in few enough leagues to make this list because so few DTs are typically owned.

Defensive Ends

DE Michael Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals

Johnson is a player we’ve seen post 11.5 sacks in a season and top 50 tackles twice. He is beginning to heat up over the past few weeks. In the previous three games, he's racked up 16 tackles and 1.5 sacks. If you are searching the waiver wire for an option that could get you Fantasy points immediately at defensive end, Johnson is an excellent choice. I would consider him far more than a Hail Mary pickup.

DE Andre Branch, Miami Dolphins

Branch is the unsung hero of the Dolphins defensive line. He is playing the most snaps any of them. Cameron Wake is playing almost every snap as well, but at his age, that is not the ideal situation for them or what the coaching staff says they want for him. Mario Williams is both dealing with injury and general ineffectiveness, while Jason Jones is currently serving a two-game suspension. This leaves Branch as the most consistent Fantasy option on the Phins line. His ceiling is nowhere close to Wake. Nevertheless, he has reached the quarterback in four of the past six games while piling up 21 tackles and 3.5 sacks. He’s a solid low-floor option if you’re in need of a DE.


LB Elvis Dumervil, Baltimore Ravens

Dumervil was active for the first time since Week 5 this past Sunday, and he made an immediate impact for Fantasy owners. Although it was his only tackle, he created a coveted sack, forced fumble and a fumble recovery against Andy Dalton. Now usually I wouldn't put all my eggs in one basket of guy whose entire value for the season hinges on just one play. This isn't your typical situation, though. Dumervil has topped double-digit sacks four times in his career and reached 17 tackles as recently as 2014. He also has a six forced fumble season on his resume and has had a part in 35 fumbles throughout his career. At 32 years old and coming off injury, he is high-risk. However, the upside is proven as well.

LB A.J. Klein, Carolina Panthers

Klein is not a long-term solution, but he is an every-down linebacker as long as Luke Kuechly is sidelined with a concussion. Klein stepped up to the plate this week and made his best Kuechly impression dragging down five ball carriers with a sack and a forced fumble. It's unclear how long Kuechly will be out due to his concussion history. Klein is worth plugging in in the meanwhile. Just be sure to monitor Kuechly's status before starting him.


CB Daryl Worley, Carolina Panthers

Worley has become a tackling machine over the past five games in the Panthers broken pass defense. During that five-game stretch, he has amassed 44 tackles and a sack while deflecting four passes. The big play ability doesn't appear to be there. Still, his tackling numbers are more than enough to give him massive Fantasy value at the cornerback position. It's tough to find corners that post tackling numbers at this kind of rate.

CB Byron Maxwell, Miami Dolphins

Throughout the season Maxwell has been a strong IDP option when starting. Part of the reason for this is because he’s not all that good in coverage and he’s targeted so often. He's been red hot over the past three games for Fantasy owners. During the last three weeks, he has accounted for 16 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and five pass deflections. All year he has been a strong option totaling 47 tackles, three forced fumbles and a pick. He can be plugged in immediately.


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S Dwight Lowery, San Diego Chargers

This isn't the first time Lowery has been featured in this article, and he's been a monster the past four games. During this run, he has racked up an impressive 20 tackles, an interception, forced fumble, fumble recovery, three pass defenses and a touchdown. No matter what your scoring system is, there is value here. He should be owned in all leagues at this point unless you are in a very shallow league.

S Michael Mitchell, Pittsburgh Steelers

Mitchell is a polarizing player who has had an up and down career. He's also had an up and down season. Over the past three games, he has 18 tackles and a pick. The hard hitter has 52 tackles on the season, and although it hasn't come to fruition yet this season, he lays a boom that can lead to forced fumbles. Mitchell has a history of having strong Fantasy runs in the past, and he may be in the midst of one right now.

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