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Week 15: Fantasy Football IDP Insider

Fantasy Football Expert Mark Morales-Smith lists his must-starts and a few IDP waiver wire recommendations per position if you are still alive in Week 15 of your league!

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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

Damon Harrison, NYG

Johnathan Hankins, NYG

Kawann Short, CAR

Nick Fairley, NO

Fletcher Cox, PHI

Linval Joseph, MIN

Marcell Dareus, BUF

Defensive Ends

Everson Griffen, MIN

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

DeForest Buckner, SF

Joey Bosa, SD

Linebackers

Justin Houston, KC

Christian Kirksey, CLE

Vontaze Burfict, CIN

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

Safeties

T.J. Ward, DEN

Kenny Vaccaro, NO

Jahleel Addae, SD

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

Cornerbacks

Jason McCourty, TEN

Marcus Cooper, ARI

Byron Maxwell, MIA

Deshawn Shead, SEA

Logan Ryan, NE

Jimmie Ward, SF

Daryl Worley, CAR

Bashaud Breeland, WAS

Shareece Wright, BAL

Waiver Wire Adds

Defensive Tackles

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DT Nick Fairley, New Orleans Saints

At this point of the year, we are looking at a lot of one-week plugins that can help you win in the Fantasy Football playoffs. Fairley is coming off a huge game and has an ideal matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. With the heavy utilization of David Johnson and Carson Palmer's complete immobility, no team is more susceptible to allowing points to Fantasy defensive tackles. Last week Fairley made six tackles and a sack. He also played more snaps than any of the Saints defensive linemen except Cameron Jordan. If you need a tackle this week, Fairley is an outstanding pickup.

Defensive Ends

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DE Romeo Okwara, New York Giants

With Jason Pierre-Paul now out for the season after undergoing a sports hernia surgery, the undrafted rookie has stepped into a drastically increased role. Week 13 he played a season-high 32 snaps, and he saw that number jump to 60-of-66 snaps this past Sunday. He had a breakout game dragging down eight ball carriers including one sack. With JPP out, Okwara will continue to see this sort of near every-down workload. Plug him in and start him this week if you’re in a pinch.

DE Benson Mayowa, Dallas Cowboys

Mayowa is an intriguing player. The Cowboys have struggled to get to the quarterback this season and Mayowa has been doing just that as of late, and it appears coaches have taken notice. After being sidelined for three weeks, he has now been back for two. In his first game back in action, he played 22 snaps and got to the quarterback. His snaps jumped to 42 Week 14, and he once again got to the quarterback and this time he also made six tackle and forced a fumble. His production will lead to opportunities which will lead to more production.

Linebackers

LB Edwin Jackson, Indianapolis Colts

Jackson has stepped into D’Qwell Jackson's role as an every-down player and should be a solid starter for the remainder of the playoffs. Over the past four weeks, he has 31 tackles, with a season-high ten tackles this past week. D. Jackson has been suspended for the remainder of the season, so you don't have to worry about a surprise return. Being that very few players in the Colts’ front seven are capable of tackling, the opportunities are there for their middle linebackers to rack up a ton of Fantasy points.

LB Mason Foster, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Foster is another beneficiary of injury on this list. He is a proven Fantasy asset with 105 tackle season on his resume, and he already has 86 tackles this season despite not being a starter for the majority of it. Now, Will Compton and Su’a Cravens are both hurt and aren’t expected to return this week. Last week in the same situation he piled up 12 solo tackles and a sack. There is a chance he’s a Fantasy goldmine heading into Week 15. Scoop him up if he’s on the wire.

Cornerbacks

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CB Damarious Randall, Green Bay Packers

Randall is a guy that was heavily owned early in the season but fell victim to injury. When corners get injured in Fantasy Football, they get cut fairly quickly. Since returning from a six-week absence, he's put up two strong games and a dud. In his return Week 12, he put up seven tackles. Week 13 was a two tackle flop, but this past week was a huge game. He made five tackles and picked off two passes. Randall is a playmaker and solid tackler. If he's floating around on your waiver wire, scoop him up.

CB Eli Apple, New York Giants

The 2016 first-round pick is coming off a down game. However, he looks much improved on film and always seems to be in the mix of things. Before this past week, he had a huge game with five tackles, a pick, and a fumble recovery. On top of that, he was on a three-game stretch with 16 tackles, an interception, and two fumble recoveries. This is more of a gut call, but I like the way Apple has looked, and he should be picked up in dynasty leagues with potential upside during this year's Fantasy playoffs.

Safeties

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S Nate Allen, Oakland Raiders

Allen has always had a high ceiling. He’s currently getting an opportunity to start due to an injury to rookie safety Karl Joseph. With that said, if you plan on playing Allen be sure to monitor Joseph’s status. After doing little to nothing all season, he had an interception Week 13 and followed that up with an 11 tackle performance on Thursday Night Football. Given the opportunity, he will likely produce.

S Keith Tandy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tandy is a similar situation to Allen. He's currently filling in for Chris Conte, who will probably miss another game but could return. He's started the past two games and has been very impressive. During that span, he has amassed 14 tackles and two interceptions. He's likely on your waiver wire and an excellent pickup if you're in need of safety help.

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