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Week 14: IDP Insider

Fantasy Football Expert Mark Morales-Smith lists his must-starts and a few IDP recommendations per position heading into Week 14!

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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 Sen’Derrick Marks, Jacksonville Jaguars

Marks is just a year removed for a 44 tackle, 8.5 sack season before missing all but the first four games last season due injury. He's beginning to look like his old self again. He's coming off a three tackle one sack game. He has been on and off but looks better on film now than he has since his torn triceps. I wanted to go with a longer shot at DT this week. While his production and snaps are up and down, he looks much better than he has early in the season recording two sacks and blocked kick since Week 9.

Defensive Ends

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DE Akiem Hicks, Chicago Bears

This is the last time I'm going to be telling you guys to draft Hicks. He needs to be owned in every league. This past week he recorded ten tackles, two sacks and forced a fumble. Over his past four games, he has produced 22 tackles and four sacks. On the season he's totaled 39 tackles, six sacks and has taken his part in three fumbles. The 27-year-old is having a career year and is making plays for the Bears.

DE Kony Ealy, Carolina Panthers

Ealy was a hot target coming into this season coming off a strong sophomore campaign on a ferocious defense. Much like most things in Carolina, things didn't go exactly as expected. Despite not having a single sack before November, he has played much better since tallying three sacks over the past five games and coming off a three tackle and one sack with a forced fumble game. Being a proven Fantasy commodity in the past and a very talented player, he's worth a look on the waiver wire.


LB Darron Lee, New York Jets

With the Jets season down the tubes after yet another embarrassing loss on Monday Night Football, Lee who has already been playing an increased role late in his rookie season is now locked into a massive workload for the remainder of the season. There is no reason not to play their speedy first-round pick. Furthermore, he's one of their few bright spots this season. Over the past two weeks since he's moved to his expanded role he's put up 19 tackles for his Fantasy owners. His high tackle totals should continue, even if not quite at this clip.

LB Whitney Mercilus, Houston Texans

Mercilus got off to a hot start to the season but had since fallen off and has likely been released in many leagues. Over the past three weeks, he has made 11 tackles and a sack. He also has three recovered fumbles on the season, two of which since Week 10, as well as a forced fumble. After 52 tackles and 12 sacks last season, he now has 43 tackles and 5.5 sacks this year. While the sack totals are down, the increased tackling and big plays as of late are making up for it.


CB Jalen Collins, Atlanta Falcons

With top cornerback Desmond Trufant out for the season, the rookie will step in as a starting corner. He's made the most of his opportunities this season, and he should often be targeted. Opposing teams will need to throw to keep up with the Falcons' high-powered offense, and they love attempting to single out rookies. In the four games he's gotten on the field this season, he has two six-tackle games. He's been an every-down player for three straight games now.

CB Bradley Roby, Denver Broncos

Roby isn't on the field quite as much as he would be on most teams because he is behind Chris Harris and Aqib Talib on the depth chart. They are a ridiculous trio of corners. Nevertheless, he's still playing about 75 percent of the snaps, and he's been extremely productive. Over the past five games since seeing a boost in snaps, he's amassed 24 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, six pass defenses, two interceptions and two touchdowns. That's about as much as you can hope for from a Fantasy corner. He's particularly valuable in dynasty leagues.


S Tavon Wilson, Detroit Lions

Due to a lacking linebackers corps, the Lions are using three safeties very often. This has moved Wilson into the box as a de-facto linebacker. He has thrived in this role. Detroit has gone with this game plan for six weeks now. Over those six weeks, Wilson has piled up 38 tackles, two interceptions, and a fumble recovery. During this span, he's been one of the most productive defensive backs in all of Fantasy Football.

S Sean Davis, Pittsburgh Steelers

The standout rookie has been moved to an every-down role over the past three weeks. During this time he’s made 15 tackles and an interception. Davis continues to get better and earning more opportunities. I fully expect him to have a nice run through the Fantasy playoffs and be a star in Pittsburgh for a long time to come. Scoop him up for a late season run.

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