Posts Tagged ‘fantasy football IDP’

January 24th, 2011

As a Panthers homer, I’m very excited about Ron Rivera as our new head coach with Sean McDermott as his defensive coordinator. I have nothing much against John Fox and am happy for the Broncos in hiring him, but sometimes everybody needs a change of scenery, and that was clearly the case here.

Despite Rivera’s experience running a 3-4 defensive scheme in San Diego, he made it clear from day one that he would stick with our current 4-3 alignment. This was underscored when we grabbed McDermott the moment he surprisingly became available. Now we have not one, but two strong defensive minds on the case.

Maybe my homerism colors my opinion, but I see this as good news for most of our current IDPs. The Panthers need help at defensive tackle and in the secondary but already have a lot of good players to build around to become competitive again in the loaded NFC South.

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January 14th, 2011

The Houston Texans have upgraded significantly at defensive coordinator, replacing Frank Bush with former Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips. Now on his sixth team as a defensive coordinator, Phillips is known for suiting his schemes to his personnel. However, he has already made it clear Houston will be switching primarily from its recent 4-3 scheme to running a 3-4 alignment most of the time.

This switch is going to have a major impact on all Texans IDPs, a unit that includes current studs and young players with great upside at every position. How will these players’ fantasy fortunes be affected?

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December 8th, 2010

This week I’ll continue with players I’m watching at least as much for next year as the rest of this one. Regular readers know that I advise using speculative roster spots on offense first, but if all the prospects you like have already been snapped up then go ahead and consider making room for one or two of these guys.


Henry Melton, Bears – Melton is a rookie out of Texas and may still be a couple years away from steady work. However the Bears are in a hurry for someone to step up opposite Julius Peppers. After running thorough several uninspiring veterans, Melton has received some playing time since the week 8 bye. With seven tackles and 1.5 sacks in that time, he has exactly set the world on fire yet, but then you want to grab guys like this before they start showing up on highlight reels.

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December 1st, 2010

Here’s hoping you either have plenty to play for this week or, even better, are coasting into your fantasy playoffs.

The waiver wire column is full of advice for those of us already looking ahead to next season, but don’t let that info get in the way of a “win now” mentality.

Even if you are out of the race this year, at least keep playing and try to be a spoiler for those who are still in the hunt. If you can’t win the title, at least you can earn the right to talk trash to those who can’t get past you to pursue their own championship dreams.

Defensive Linemen to Start

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December 1st, 2010

As the fantasy regular season comes to an end, I’ll be using this column to highlight the players I’ll be watching for a role on dynasty squads for next year. This means I’ll most likely mention players already covered in previous columns, but with a different perspective. These players may help you win (or at least not lose) a playoff game, but are more likely to help you get into the playoffs in 2011.

Defensive Linemen

Brandon Graham, Eagles – I’ve written before about overzealous expectations for rookie DEs. It’s the hardest position in the league to make the transition from the college to the pro game. People talk about third-year WRs, so maybe I should start writing articles about third-year DEs.

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November 25th, 2010

This really is a combined Waiver Wire and Start/Sit article. At this point in the season, the waiver wire is pretty much picked over. You’re either looking for top players who shouldn’t be on the wire but were dropped in some desperation move by a fellow owner, or for next year’s studs who aren’t yet ready for prime time. I’ll be talking about this second group of players more as the fantasy regular season winds to a close.

Defensive Linemen to Start

Ray Edwards, Vikings – I’ve said it before but it’s worth pointing out again – the Vikings defensive line seems to have woken up finally. Add to this a plus matchup against the Redskins and a coaching change, and that’s more than enough to make Edwards a must start.

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November 18th, 2010

I was away for the first time for the weekend this season and couldn’t give my lineups the obsessive attention I usually do. Of course that means I had my best results all year.

Maybe there’s a lesson in there telling me not to overthink things. But who I am kidding? Especially when I’m in a few playoff hunts, I’m always looking for the best possible play at each position. Fortunately this week gives us a lot of fine options.

Defensive Linemen to Start

Jay Ratliff, Cowboys – The season-ending injury to Marcus Spears has forced the Cowboys to improvise along their line, shifting Ratliff around from his usual nose tackle position. This has freed him up to make more tackles and get closer to opposing quarterbacks. Detroit gives Ratliff a prime opportunity in Week 11…

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November 18th, 2010

Bye weeks are finally over and we hit the stretch run to the fantasy playoffs. That should allow for a little more stability in IDP rosters, where you can finally jettison your backups and stick with the guys you like now or want to keep for next year.

That is, if you can stay injury-free and the players you’ve chosen maintain their production. The players in this week’s column will get you by if you need help at this most critical time of the fantasy regular season.

Aaron Curry, Seahawks – Normally you want a guy who is classified as a defensive lineman but gets snaps at linebacker, not the other way around. Curry is the exception. He got plenty of action on the line in his game against Arizona and had his best game yet, with eight tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. Granted, this was against the Cardinals, but it’s still a fine indicator of what Curry can do given the right opportunity…

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November 10th, 2010

There’s been talk about parity reigning supreme in the NFL this season.That’s not quite correct. What that really means is that some teams that stank last year are now pretty tough while some teams that are traditionally strong have really tanked.

The latter group is increasing by the week. Dallas clearly is buzzard food now along with Carolina. We’ll see how Denver used the bye week to recover from being annihilated at home by Oakland. Seattle’s been blown out two weeks in a row. Controversy dogs Minnesota, Washington and Chicago.

A full quarter of the league could make their opposing IDPs all must-starts before we reach the fantasy playoffs. These lineup decisions may well be getting easier and easier if this trend keeps up.

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November 9th, 2010

Somewhat off topic, I’ll be away this coming weekend interviewing for a job in Wyoming. I’m not sure what this means for my football loyalties. I am a firm believer that it is undignified at best to not root for the hometown team, although “hometown” can be loosely defined. It could be the town where you were born, where you grew up or where you live now.

I was born in Tucson, but Arizona didn’t have a team until long after I left. I grew up in Tulsa, which is Cowboys country, but it’s far enough from Dallas that I am comfortable hating that team.

But then, the Cowboys make it easy to hate them.

I went to college near Boston and loved the Patriots for a while after I moved away, but that faded just in time for them to start winning.

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