IDP Corner: Week 6

We enter the cusp of the second half of the fantasy season with bye weeks continuing to roll, and some more dramatic changes throughout the league. As far as defense is concerned it’s pretty much business as usual, start your studs, and make changes where there are injuries. Though passing production has been down league wide, Defensive Backs are finding ways to remain relevant in the IDP scheme of fantasy life. Linebackers are still the tackle hogs though, so it’s more of the same in the top 25 IDP players, with the majority being linebackers and then some DBs and DLs thrown in for some spice.

Here are the guys who I’m watching for this week.

Defensive Linemen:
Derek Wolfe: After a rough start to the season, Wolfe started to shine against the Raiders before the Broncos’ bye week. The Giants will have trouble finding any consistency out of their receivers this week, which should allow Wolfe plenty of time to disrupt Eli’s drop backs. Eventually they’ll pepper in my run plays (if they don’t from the start) which again will be to the benefit of Wolfe.

Corey Liuget: In leagues where you have more than one DL slot, you may want to consider Liuget as a bye week plug in. Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram will be the focus of the suspect Raiders’ offensive line, allowing Liuget some real chances to disrupt plays this week.

Anthony Hitchens: Dallas has a bye week this week, so be on the lookout if anyone drops Hitchens, or if he has yet to be picked up (he was out through week 4 to open the season). Once week 7 starts up, Hitchens, not a healthy Sean Lee, will be the likely starting middle linebacker.

Shaq Thompson: Another suggestion that won’t help you this week, but with Luke Kuechly in the league’s concussion protocol David Mayo will be the most likely to fill in but, Thompson will be the one who benefits the most. Shaq is a great fill in if you have Luke.

Navorro Bowman: One last player that won’t be active this week (or maybe a couple), but I’ll be looking for if anyone drops Bowman, I would even use a waiver claim on him, as long as you have the bench room for him. Injuries have soured the 49ers to the point that they release him, but Bowman still has talent and physical prowess to be the starting middle linebacker on many teams in the league. Obviously where he lands will dictate how valuable he be for the rest of the season, but at this point he is worth the risk in my mind.

Vic Beasley: After being out for two games and getting rest through their bye week, Beasley should have some fun against the Dolphins offensive line this week. Add him if he was dropped while he’s been out or on bye.

Keenan Robinson: There should be a nice expanded role for Robinson with Jonathan Casillas ruled out this week. Denver should work the Giants’ Defense pretty hard, so there should be plenty of chances for Robinson to pop off this week. He’ll be a great one, maybe two, week pick up.

Defensive Backs:
Montae Nicholson: The Washington team has not had the best recovery from their bye week in terms of how their secondary has fared. Deshazor Everett continues to as doubtful headed into Sunday, which should allow for Nicholson to have a chance to step up until he returns.

Kyle Fuller: Averaging over 4 solo tackles per game so far, Fuller should get to see plenty of work from Flacco and his over 1 interception thrown per game so far this season. Given the state of Chicago’s season Fuller should be a great grab through the end of the season. I just think there is a solid chance for a nice pop this week in his production.

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