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Divisional Round: IDP Insider

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

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Defensive Tackles

DT Mike Daniels, Green Bay Packers

Daniels isn’t winning you any leagues, however, he’s one of the safest defensive end picks in the league. In last week’s NFC Wild Card round he made four tackles. This high floor defensive tackle production is consistent for him. His worst game over the past seven weeks is three tackles. During that seven-game span, he has recorded 24 tackles and two sacks. You can plug him in as a safe play on a weekly basis. He won’t hurt your Fantasy team with his solid tackling numbers.  

Defensive Ends

DE Jadeveon Clowney, Houston Texans

Being that there are so few teams left and we are in the playoffs, these aren’t exactly going to be sleepers anymore. I’ll be taking a look at some of the best players that you can go with that weren’t exactly regular season powerhouses. Clowney has been looking very much like the first-overall pick the Texans drafted in 2014. Despite a slow start plagued by injuries, he now looks like a devastating force on defense. Being moved from linebacker back to defensive end has also made a huge difference as well. Last week he came up with a huge interception and sacked the quarterback in three consecutive games to finish the regular season. J.J. Watt and Clowney are going to horrify opposing offenses in 2017.

DE Michael Bennett, Seattle Seahawks

Bennett has regained the reins as the top pass rusher in Seattle. He’s gotten to the quarterback in the past three games, which is a far cry from his slump from Week 4 to Week 15. Granted he was dealing with injuries, but that offers little comfort to Fantasy owners. Either you produce, or you don’t. During this late season run, he has eight tackles and 2.5 sacks. With Bennett, Cliff Avril and Frank Clark on the defensive line, the Seahawks are a team nobody wants to cross paths with in the NFC bracket of the playoffs.


LB James Harrison, Pittsburgh Steelers

Harrison has a long history of posting huge performances in January and even February. We all remember that incredible return he had against the Arizona Cardinals before halftime of the Super Bowl. He even garnered Super Bowl MVP consideration. The 38-year-old linebacker had the top IDP performance of the week in many leagues last Sunday. He racked up ten tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a forced fumble. Not only that, he recorded 30 tackles over the past three games. Harrison is adding tackles to his big play and pass rushing prowess. Few defenders have more upside than him in these playoffs.

LB Jake Ryan, Green Bay Packers

Ryan is the top high-floor IDP option in Green Bay. Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers have the star power and name recognition. Nonetheless, Ryan is the guy Fantasy owners should be rolling with. His tackling numbers are far superior. Just last week he tallied 12 tackles and three pass defenses. Over the past four games, he’s made 30 tackles. He’s the vital piece of the Packers’ beat up LB corps.


CB Johnathan Joseph, Houston Texans

Joseph returned with a big ten tackle game to start the playoffs in a beat down of the short-handed Oakland Raiders. Injuries have been an issue this season, however, he has a long history of being a sure tackler. The now 32-year-old cornerback is just two years removed from a 75 tackle (70 solo) season in which he took part in four fumbles, two interceptions, and a touchdown. He showed this past week while his consistency has fallen off due to age and injury, he still can stuff a stat sheet.

CB Ross Cockrell, Pittsburgh Steelers

There were some players I could have gone with here, but I went with Cockrell. Steelers fans swear by this guy, and when you watch him, you can see why. The potential is clearly there when you watch him on film, and it showed on the stat sheet last week as well. Cockrell was all over the field and made eight tackles in the Steelers’ Round 1 blowout victory. He’s a guy you should keep your eye on and should be on your IDP radar for 2017. At just 25 years old he has a very bright future.


S Patrick Chung, New England Patriots

Chung has been one of my go-to plugins this season. He made 91 tackles this season with a sack and interception. The playmaking ability has been limited, nevertheless, he can pile up tackle. It also doesn’t help that this week he takes on the woefully bad Brock Osweiler. Look for the entire Pats secondary to have a field day this weekend. This one can and will get very ugly, very quick. As long as Chung sticks in New England, he has Fantasy value.


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