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Week 16: IDP Insider

Mark Morales-Smith lists his must-starts and a few IDP waiver wire recommendations per position if you are still alive in Fantasy Football Championship Week.


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

Damon Harrison, NYG

Kerry Hyder, DET

Marcell Dareus, BUF

Linval Joseph, MIN

Geno Atkins, CIN

Ndamukong Suh, MIA

Kawann  Short, CAR

Fletcher Cox, PHI

Defensive Ends

Khalil Mack, OAK

Leonard Williams, NYJ

Kyle Williams, BUF

Vernon Olivier, NYG

Calais Campbell, ARI

DeForest Buckner, SF

Cameron Jordan, NO

Cliff Avril, SEA

Everson Griffen, MIN

Danielle Hunter, MIN

Joey Bosa, SD

Carlos Dunlap, CIN


Kwon Alexander, TB

Zachary Orr, BAL

K.J. Wright, SEA

Zach Brown, BUF

Telvin Smith, JAX

Lorenzo Alexander, BUF

Bobby Wagner, SEA

Christian Kirksey, CLE

Tahir Whitehead, DET

Sean Lee, DAL

Paul Posluszny, JAX

Vontaze Burfict, CIN

Alec Ogletree, LAR

Von Miller, DEN

Jamie Collins, NE

Benardrick McKinney, HOU

Mark Barron, LAR

Luke Kuechly, CAR


Landon Collins, NYG

Jahleel Addae, SD

T.J. Ward, DEN

Tony Jefferson, ARI

Morgan Burnett, GB

Barry Church, DAL

Johnathan Cyprien, JAX

Harrison Smith, MIN

Kurt Coleman, CAR

Keanu Neal, ATL

Antoine Bethea, SF

Kam Chancellor, SEA


Logan Ryan, NE

Marcus Cooper, ARI

David Amerson, OAK

Bashaud Breeland, WAS

Deshawn Shead, SEA

Byron Maxwell, MIA

Xavien Howard, MIA

Steven Nelson, KC

Casey Hayward, SD

Waiver Wire Adds

Defensive Tackles

DT Sheldon Rankins, New Orleans Saints

Last week I mentioned Nick Fairley, this week I'm going with his rookie teammate Rankings. He's cooled down over the past two weeks, but I like what I've seen out of him this season. Especially his hot streak in mid-to-late November into early December. He has just three tackles over the past two weeks, however, in the previous four games he racked up 12 tackles, three sacks, and a forced fumble. If you are desperate for a defensive tackle and searching for help, Rankings may be worth a flier. I like him significantly more in dynasty leagues.

Defensive Ends

DE David Irving, Dallas Cowboys

Irving was an absolute monster on Sunday Night Football this past week. He posted two sacks and was seemingly hurrying Jameis Winston’s passes and chasing him out of the pocket on a nearly constant basis. Aside from a monster game Week 6 in which he forced three fumbles and recovered his own strip sack, the numbers have not been impressive this season. Still, clearly the upside is there, and when you saw how good he looked this past week, it's nearly impossible not to take notice.

DE Frank Clark, Seattle Seahawks

Clark was a beast through his first ten games. This production coincides with the injury woes of Michael Bennett. Clark's snaps and production was off the chart, similarly to Cliff Avril's. In those games, he amassed 35 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and a forced fumble. Well, Bennett was knocked out last week and not playing particularly well in the previous two games. This allowed Clark to propel him back on the Fantasy radar as he managed 1.5 sacks. Of all the defensive lineman that have been cut in a ton of leagues lately, Clark has the most upside.


LB Jerrell Freeman, Chicago Bears

If your league doesn't have an injured reserve spot in which suspended players are eligible, there is a strong chance Freeman was cut in your league. His four-game suspension is now complete, and he'll be back this weekend. Through just ten games before the suspension, he had already made 91 tackles including four double-digit tackle games peaking at 17. You will not find a more proven asset with a high ceiling heading into your IDP championship game. Scoop him up immediately even if it’s just to block your opponent. He’s a Pro Bowl caliber player.

LB DeAndre Levy, Detroit Lions

Levy is another proven commodity, however, instead of him missing four games to suspension he missed over a year and a half due to injury. This week was Levy's second game back, and he saw his snaps almost double from 18 to 30. Playing just 30 snaps he tallied eight solo tackles. If his snaps continue to increase, his ceiling is sky high. In 2014 he made over 150 tackles and has a six-interception season on his resume. He's a very risky pick because of the questions surrounding his snap count. Nonetheless, when healthy, he's an elite LB1. He’s a swing for the fence kind of option.  

LB Martrell Spaight, Washington Redskins

Spaight stepped in for an injured Will Compton on Monday Night Football and was impressive, to say the least. He dragged down 15 ball carriers. There is a good chance Compton misses another game, and a 15 tackle game has caught the attention of the IDP world. There is no doubt he's largely unproven, but we saw his upside, and he may be worth the risk if you are need of a LB in a tackle-heavy league. Just be sure to monitor the Redskins injury report leading up to the game.


CB Tony Lippett, Miami Dolphins

Lippett is proving himself to be a playmaker and his tackling numbers are strong as well. In 11 games this season he has 53 tackles and not one, but two multi-interception games. Byron Maxwell was injured this past week and is very questionable for Week 16. If you need a corner this week, Lippett is a high-floor, high-upside option.

CB Xavien Howard, Miami Dolphins

That's right; I went with two Dolphins cornerbacks. The rookie finally returned from injury after sitting out since September 29, and he looked excellent. He will also likely benefit from the Maxwell injury, although, he was probably set for a near every-down role this week anyway. Before his knee injury, he had an impressive 28 tackles and a forced fumble in just four games. He did have just three tackles in his return on Sunday, but also defended three passes. He should naturally improve this week after knocking the rust off, and this week every pass won't be a two-yard dump off to Bilal Powell, which obviously didn’t help his stats last Saturday night.


S Anthony Harris, Minnesota Vikings

Harris has been a tremendous Fantasy option since replacing Harrison Smith whose season is over. In the two starts, he's had, he's made 22 tackles. While that's all we have to go off of, 11 tackles per game are ideal production from a waiver wire pickup this time of year. If you need a safety for your championship, Harris should be near the top of your list.


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