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Wild Card Round: IDP Insider

Fantasy Football Expert Mark Morales-Smith lists a few IDP recommendations per position heading into the NFL postseason!

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Defensive Tackles

DT Ahtyba Rubin, Seattle Seahawks

There are some big-name defensive tackles in the playoffs. Guys like Ndamukong Suh and Damon Harrison are established stars, but there is still talent elsewhere. Rubin is one of those guys that can hold a ton of value on that Seattle Seahawks defensive line. He has been a proven commodity in the past during his days in Cleveland, and few teams utilize their defensive lineman better than the Seahawks. They rotate their lineman keeping them fresh and prepared to make plays. His season finished with a four tackle and a forced fumble performance, and he played well over the final six games. Hopefully, it can carry over into the playoffs.

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DE Randy Gregory, Dallas Cowboys

Gregory has been almost a complete non-factor to this point in his career, which his off the field antics has played a major role. However, he did come out of college with a ton of upside. Although I can't trust him, he did look impressive last week. The troubled defender managed to pile up seven tackles and a sack. This guy is as risky as they come. Nevertheless, he's extremely intriguing for the more bold Fantasy owners.

DE Frank Clark, Seattle Seahawks

Clark is a guy that keeps popping up in this article. Granted, he may not be a sleeper anymore but there are only a handful of teams left, so this is what I have to work with. Anyway, Clark has been outstanding this season. Not only has he amassed 47 tackles, but he's also managed to take part in two fumbles and drag down the quarterback ten times. While he's not an upper-tier star, the production is still approaching that level.


LB Bud Dupree, Pittsburgh Steelers

The former first-round pick was sidelined for the majority of the season. He returned Week 12 and came on strong late. He's been an IDP monster over the last four games of the season. In those four games, he recorded 19 tackles, four sacks, and a forced fumble. Dupree looks to be red hot and building off his immense raw talent. There is no doubt he's a player worth watching and will be a very intriguing option heading into IDP leagues in 2017. In just seven games this season he far outperformed his entire 16-game rookie campaign of 2016.

LB Ramik Wilson, Kansas City Chiefs

Wilson has been a tackling machine since veteran inside linebacker Derrick Johnson went down with a season-ending Achilles injury. Over the final five games of the season, Wilson dragged down the ball carrier 33 times including 13 tackles Week 17. This is not the first time Wilson has appeared in this article, I've been very high on him since the preseason and even dating back to before him being drafted. While he's clearly been a downgrade from Johnson, he's been improving and is a Fantasy asset.  


CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, New York Giants

With all the talent now in the Giants' secondary, it's surprising that Rodgers-Cromartie got off to a slow start and saw his snaps limited early in the season. The Giants brought in Janoris Jenkins as a high-profile free agent and drafted Eli Apple in the first round of the NFL Draft this offseason. However, DRC has been on a tear over the past three weeks. During those three games, he has compiled 12 tackles, four interceptions, one sack and has defended eight passes. It seems nearly impossible he keeps up the big play numbers, but that's what most people said Week 17 when he followed up back to back games with an interception with two more INTs.

CB Jalen Collins, Atlanta Falcons

Collins has been in this article twice in recent weeks including just last week. He continues to prove himself as a rising IDP star. The young corner now has an interception in consecutive games and has made 16 tackles in the past three games. It’s clear he’s making the most of his opportunity and looks to be a key piece in the Falcons’ future.


S Mike Mitchell, Pittsburgh Steelers

Mitchell has been on the Fantasy radar for years, even before joining the Steelers. He's a sure tackler and has been making more big plays during the final stretch of the season. At the conclusion of the season, he sits with 78 tackles and is a nice low-floor option with upside at the safety position.

S Sean Davis, Pittsburgh Steelers

Then we have the other Steelers' safety. Davis is coming on strong and is beginning to look like the stud he was projected to be in the NFL. Just last week he made nine tackles, a sack and recovered a fumble. Over the past six games, he has made 41 tackles, 2.5 sacks, an INT and a fumble recovery. He's going to be a Fantasy stud for a long time.

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