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Week 17: IDP Insider

Fantasy Football Expert Mark Morales-Smith lists his must-starts and a few IDP recommendations per position heading into Week 17!



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

Jerrell Freeman, CHI


Landon Collins, NYG

Morgan Burnett, GB

Barry Church, DAL

Johnathan Cyprien, JAX

Harrison Smith, MIN

Kurt Coleman, CAR

Keanu Neal, ATL

Antoine Bethea, SF

Kam Chancellor, SEA

Jahleel Addae, SD

T.J. Ward, DEN

Bradley McDougald, TB


Logan Ryan, NE

Marcus Cooper, ARI

Daryl Worley, CAR

Bashaud Breeland, WAS

Deshawn Shead, SEA

E.J. Gaines, LAR

Xavien Howard, MIA

Steven Nelson, KC

Vernon Hargreaves, TB

Waiver Wire Adds

Defensive Tackles

DT Mike Daniels, Green Bay Packers

Daniels is a talented defensive tackle and is having an impact in Green Bay. He has stepped up in a major way during this recent winning streak the Packers have been on. Over the past five games, he has piled up 17 tackles and two sacks. Last week he managed to drag down the quarterback and recover a fumble. Being that his tackle numbers have been so consistent down the stretch he's a great option as a high-floor DT Week 17. If you are still playing this week, it has to be your championship week and Daniels if nothing else won't kill you.

Defensive Ends

DE Benson Mayowa, Dallas Cowboys

Last week we featured David Irving who had another huge game on Monday Night Football. This week we’ll focus on another Cowboys defensive end with Mayowa, who was also featured earlier in the season. Although he's been a bit overshadowed, he's been on a hot streak in his own right. Over the past four weeks, he's totaled 19 tackles and 3.5 sacks. This past week he got the quarterback 1.5 times. The Dallas defensive line is beginning to show life at the right time, and Mayowa is the sleeper pick to snatch up off waivers and plug in this week if you're in need of an emergency DE.  


LB Todd Davis, Denver Broncos

With the injuries to the Broncos LB corps, most notably Brandon Marshall, Davis has been thrust into a larger role in the defense. He has responded well. Over the past four weeks, he has racked up 37 tackles. More notably over the past two weeks, since Marshall was reinjured, he has amassed 26 tackles and forced a fumble. If Marshall is sidelined for another game, which is a very strong possibility, Davis is a great waiver wire option and red hot. Scoop him up and start him this week if you need to plug in a linebacker.

LB Sio Moore, Arizona Cardinals

Moore has been cast into huge production off the street for the Cardinals. His Fantasy output has been impressive as it often has in the past when given the opportunity. The past two weeks he’s dragged down the ball carrier an impressive 25 times topping double-digit tackles in both games. He's never played a full 16-game season and has played for three teams in less than three years. Nonetheless, when he’s on the field, he produces. Although, he is a better Fantasy player than actual NFL player.

LB Jatavis Brown, San Diego Chargers

Brown may be owned in many leagues because of his awesome early season production before injury. He had been back for a few weeks, but the snaps and production weren't quite there. You could see on film he was less than 100 percent. However, he was much more productive this past week and looks to be rounding back into form. His snaps have climbed from 17 to 48 to 71 over the past three weeks with Korey Toomer's snaps declining from 52 to 11 to five. Brown has regained his every-down role and is coming off a ten tackle week which included half of a sack.


CB Jalen Collins, Atlanta Falcons

Collins is another player featured a few weeks back. The sophomore cornerback was forced into a starting role due to an injury to the Falcons’ top corner Desmond Trufant. He’s coming off a strong week in which he made six tackles, defended two passes and picked one off. This kid was the 42nd pick in last year’s draft and is showing why the Falcons decided to pick him in the second round. He’s making the most of his opportunity.

CB Blake Countess, Los Angeles Rams

Countess was a sixth-round pick in this year’s draft that couldn’t stick on the Philadelphia Eagles’ roster. He got his first shot at NFL action this weekend with the Rams and had a big statistical day. He made 11 tackles and a sack in his debut. There is no doubt he would be a high-risk option this week in a championship game, but if you are in need of a corner and are looking to swing for the fences, Countess may be your guy.


S Nate Allen, Oakland Raiders

Allen has always been a playmaker and a Fantasy contributor, he's just dealt with a ton of injuries and isn't always the fundamentally sound option. He's coming off a seven-tackle game with an interception and over the past four games he's tallied 27 tackles and two interceptions. He's a nice plug-in option if you're in need of a high-upside safety this week.

S Jairus Byrd, New Orleans Saints

Byrd is another player that is far more valuable to a Fantasy team than a real team. He was benched multiple times this season because he's a detriment in coverage, but his snaps have climbed back up as of late. Over the past four games, he's made 27 tackles and reminded us all of what a playmaker he can be when healthy with two interceptions last week. He is productive enough to start if needed this week.

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