IDP Corner: Week 1

Do you smell that in the air? Smells like… love! The moment that James White stiff armed Terrance Mitchell back to college in the season opener, I fell totally back in love with watching football. As a Patriots fan, I am riding a bit of a hangover from that loss, but man oh man, that game was a heavy weight fight for the first 3 quarters. Both teams traded punches, while taking the occasional big swing here and there. As fan of New England, obviously I was disappointed, but as a fan of football, that was a damn entertaining game and I hope it sets the bar for the season.

Last season this column was a little hap-hazard as I tried to find my voice as both a writer, and within the IDP world. This season, I intend to provide better focus on what I think is an important aspect of the IDP format, week to week individuals who have a chance at better than expected performance. What is see this as is a mash up of Josh’s Waiver Wire articles and Chris’ Hogs and Dogs. My promise to you the reader is 2 to 3 players at each of the three standard IPD positions (Linemen, Linebackers, and Defensive Backs) each week who are outside of the scope of week to week “must start” players but, who I believe have a chance at scoring well at least this specific week.  

On to the players!

Defensive Linemen:

Adrian Clayborn: The Bears depending on the run a good deal last year, and all signs are pointing to that continuing this year. While focus this offseason has been predominantly on Takkarist McKinley and Dallas transplant Jack Crawford, Clayborn was able to produce good defensive line numbers when he had a strong presence with him on the line.

Mario Edwards Jr.: A good deal of attention will be on Khalil Mack who just returned to practice on Thursday, Edwards is coming back from basically a season out, so he’ll be eager to please. Tennessee will run, and it is smart to run away from the pro bowler Mack, so they will be spending plenty of time finding Edwards on the opposite side of the defensive line.

Linebackers:

Demario Davis: Buffalo will be either rolling out a QB who likes to run and is coming out of concussion protocol (Taylor) or a rookie (Peterman). Given they are already a run focused team I expect plenty of run plays against the Jets D, and while Darron Lee and Jamal Adams should do great, Davis was no slouch in CLE last year even with other players producing plenty of IDP points. Davis is a great add this week if you have players from the hurricane induced TB/MIA bye week this week.

Kevin Minter: While Baltimore could have a decent balanced attack, their coach speak coming out of preseason week 4 is that they will be focusing more on the running game than in recent seasons. Minter is another plug-in player this week, though you may be able to ride him for all 3 of the weeks that Vontaze Burfict is suspended, though HOU will be less run focused next week, and in week three the Packers are considerably more focused on passing, though there will opportunities for for Minter to cover short over the middle passes.

Defensive Backs:

Jabrill Peppers: The Browns have been shedding players from their secondary like crazy this offseason. After the draft I would not have expected that Peppers would be in the position that he currently is. Given how above average Pittsburg is in all aspects of the game, we can expect plenty of offensive plays for them, which means work for Peppers, especially given the Steelers ability to get their skill players more than 5 yards down the field.

Darian Stewart: With all of the down field options that the Chargers have, the Broncos defense should have their hands relatively full this weekend. Stewart has been decently consistent over his career, though he’s not been known as much of a ball hawk, I think there is a chance that Rivers loses track of him through all of the traffic past the 7 yard mark, and there is just enough opportunity for Stewart to not only collect a good handful of tackles but, also some passes defended and maybe even a INT.

Jahleel Addae: While the Broncos have some great receiving options, Trevor Siemian usually plays things shorter and the wideouts have to do work after the catch. Addae should be there to assist with cleaning up anyone who makes a catch. Additionally over the 8 games he was able to play last year, Addae was tackling at the best rate of his career, and given that 6 of those 8 games were played at the end of the year, expecting him to keep the pace up is not too wild of an expectation, and Addae could be a season changing grab if he does return to form.

And that is that. Good luck to you all this week. If you have any questions of the Guru family, be sure to reach out to us through any of the ways listed below. We are in fact everywhere, so join in the fun!

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