Top IDP players at a glance

by Cory J. Bonini on August 10, 2010 @ 18:27:00 PDT

 


Fantasy football owners new to drafting in IDP leagues need to know the impact defensive players. It's important to know the names of some of the top performers at defensive lineman, linebacker and defensive back. Veterans of IDP circles may not be interested in this as much as novice IDP leaguers, as this is a the 30,000-foot view of the key players to target.

Pos
Player Team Analysis
DE
Jared Allen Minnesota Vikings The top defensive lineman, Allen is consistent in tackles and sacks. At 28, he's at the top of his game.
DE
Trent Cole Philadelphia Eagles 34.0 sacks and 204 tackles in the past three years, Cole is a force for IDP owners. Only Allen is a better fantasy DL.
DE
Justin Tuck New York Giants Tuck's sacks (6.0) fell off last year but he maintained his tackle numbers (59); expect a return to his double-digit sacks of 2007 and '08.
DE
Julius Peppers Chicago Bears The only question with Peppers is if he'll give it his all after receiving a monster deal; at least 10.5 sacks and 42 tackles in five of last six seasons.
DE
Aaron Kampman Jacksonville Jaguars Coming off ACL tear, which isn't as significant for a DE as, say, an RB. Moves back to natural DE position - averaged 71 stops and 12 sacks from 2006-08.
LB
Patrick Willis San Francisco 49ers A beast - as good as it gets at LB - at least 141 tackles each of last three years - 4.0 sacks, 3 INTs, 3 FF and 1 TD last year - great peripheral stat contribution.
LB
Jon Beason Carolina Panthers Undersized but rock-solid tackler. Good against the pass - OK pass rusher - top-five fantasy LB in all formats.
LB
London Fletcher Washington Redskins Age (35) doesn't seem to matter with Fletcher - keeps getting better. At least 116 tackles nine straight seasons - good in coverage, too.
LB
Barrett Ruud Tampa Bay Buccaneers 114 or more tackles in three straight years. Solid in tackle-centric formats; midrange No. 1 fantasy LB.
LB
DeMeco Ryans Houston Texans Should benefit from Brian Cushing's four-game suspension; at least 112 stops in four straight years.
SS
Yeremiah Bell Miami Dolphins Monster tackle numbers for a safety - 114 last year, 120 in '08. Can get to the QB and picked off three balls last year. Elite production for an IDP DB.
FS
Eric Weddle San Diego Chargers Missed three games and still posted 82 stops last year (127 in 2008) - two picks and a TD last year, at least one sack each of his last three seasons. Now healthy.
FS
Gibril Wilson Cincinnati Bengals Expected to beat out Chris Crocker for starting job; fantastic IDP stats everywhere he has played - at least 92 tackles for five straight years.
SS
Bernard Pollard Houston Texans 102 total tackles in 13 games last season; four picks, one TD and 1.5 sacks - all-around contributor. At least 90 tackles three straight seasons.
FS
Tyvon Branch Oakland Raiders 124 total stops in first year as a starter in '09. Two FFs, a sack and eight passes defensed - size, speed and defensive system to shine for IDP owners.
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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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