In fantasy football, on both sides of the ball it is all about opportunities. Okay, yes, talent helps…but being on the field is paramount. Here are some players that you need to start in your IDP roster.
Just a note, yes it is linebacker heavy, but so is most IDP scoring systems.
Tremaine Edmunds, Buffalo Bills, Linebacker
You have to know that the Buffalo Bills defense is going to spend a lot of time on the field. Week one Edmunds played 80 snaps. He racked up seven total tackles, one sack and two passes defended.
This week he faces the Los Angeles Chargers and Melvin Gordon, Philip Rivers, and the rest of the cast. Edmunds totals will increase this game, as it is anticipated the Bills’ defense will see plenty of Chargers offense.
Darius Leonard, Indianapolis Colts, Linebacker
This week Leonard will go against Washington’s new old running game highlighted by all-day Adrian Peterson. Peterson is the new fantasy football darling and chances are he will get the ball a lot. This gives Leonard many chances of increasing his stats.
Last week Leonard ended his day with nine tackles and a recovered fumble while playing on 55 snaps.
Darron Lee, New York Jets, Linebacker
Are the Jets and their defense a thing now? Or are the Detroit Lions just that bad? Either way Lee ate it up finishing the game with seven tackles, three passes defended and two interceptions, one he ran back for a touchdown.
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This week Lee will host Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins. Tannehill is almost always willing to help defenses rack up their stat totals.
Stephon Gilmore, New England Patriots, Cornerback
Gilmore played all 74 snaps in last week’s game. That equals opportunity. He finished the game with eight tackles, and two passes defended and one interception. That was against Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans.
Now Gilmore gets to take his talents to Jacksonville and Blake Bortles. This is a game that only has New England a one point favorite with an over /under 44.0. All the talk is about the Jacksonville defense (rightly so) but don’t sleep on Gilmore.
Kavon Frazier, Dallas Cowboys, Defensive Back
Last week Frazier surprised almost everyone by leading the team with eight tackles, one tackle for a loss and a pass deflection against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.
Now he gets prime time and the New York Giants. Bright lights meet opportunity as Frazier will try to hold Saquon Barkley in check as he catches passes out of the backfield, and Sterling Shepherd in check as he works out of the slot.
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