Week 1 of the 2013-2014 NFL Season is in the books a bunch of IDP Studs provided doughnuts for your squad, don’t panic it’s only week 1. Especially with the rookies, we don’t have those Kuechly’s and Wagner’s in this class although Kiko Alonso had a strong game. I will advise for you too be patient with some of the rookies you drafted and started, look at Arthur Brown – didn’t do much of anything but once he gets his shot the numbers will come. Owners of JJ Watt, Geno Atkins and Julius Peppers for example; do not panic as shocking as it seems either of them provided much of anything. With that being said, if you’re able to stream DB’s or got a LB/DL stashed and in a redraft league where you’re unsure of their production, here are a handful of IDP’s to keep watch on and add right away.
- Tyrann Mathieu, Cardinals: he may not start but you won’t keep this playmaker off the field as it showed when he forced the fumble off from Jared Cook. I call Mathieu “Peanut 2.0” and if you don’t know who Peanut is, that’s Charles Tillman. Eventually Mathieu will start and get majority of the snaps, he will be a strong DB2 going forward. He posted 7 tackles and 1 Forced Fumble today against the Rams; expect more of that.
- Duke Ihenacho, Broncos: he won the strong safety job from Adams and quite frankly, Ihenacho is better. He’s a solid in the box safety and will rack up the tackles as he did to start the season where he racked up 12 tackles. Going forward Ihenacho is a DB2 option with ability to put up big weeks. If he’s somehow still on your waiver wire, go get him.
- Barry Church, Cowboys: he had a tremendous game on sunday night against the Giants and the Cowboys lack any sort of safety depth. Prior to his injury last season Church was very serviceable in leagues; and now he’s showcasing it again and with Monte’s scheme which is prime to turnovers; Church already forced one today. Great pick-up for depth and will provide some solid DB2 type outing, 6-9 tackles per game is expected.
- Justin Houston, Chiefs: looks like Houston picked up where he left off last year, getting to the QB. Starting off the season with 3 QB sacks puts him on pace to shatter the sack record (but that won’t happen). Looks like Houston has improved once again though, gotten better and with the emergence of Poe it’ll make Houston’s job a little bit easier. Can Houston get at least 1 QB sack every game? absolutely. He has big play ability and gets slept on because of the bigger names out there (Aldon Smith, Terrell Suggs, Clay Matthews) and Houston does what they do. If you need LB depth or a big play LB, i’d go get Houston.
- Dontari Poe, Chiefs: want to be a high risk/high reward type of owner on the IDP side? Use that with Poe, i predicted he’d have a stellar 2013 campaign and he’s off to the right track. He’s looking like his dominant self that we seen in college. He’s hungry and you should reap the benefits while Poe eats (minus the BBQ though). I’ve already picked up Poe in several leagues, especially leagues i couldn’t land Fairley. You should do the same, good to have DL depth and you’ll be starting Poe often especially against that Raider and Chargers OLine he gets to meet 2x this year.
- Trumaine Johnson, Rams: although Rams have both Janoris and Cortland, Trumaine gets overlooked and he’s a very solid DB who gets his snaps and makes the best of his opportunities. Entering his 3rd season he had a nice game against the Cardinals with 2 PD’s and 1 INT. If you’re one to stream DB’s then Trumaine is your guy to get some looks; or if you want to have some depth on your roster. Trumaine can become a solid DB3 option who’ll put up DB2 numbers here and there.
- George Selvie, Cowboys: with injuries up front for the Cowboys, Selvie stepped up his game on Sunday Night Football. Seems like everytime Eli dropped back I seen Selvie attacking. With Monte’s new system in Dallas, you saw the turnovers created and Selvie can get you some of that and some. Don’t expect much of tackles from Selvie, if you’re going to pick him up and start him you want the sacks and forced turnovers. Definitely worth a look, especially with bye weeks starting up already, DL3 as a spot starter.
- Danny Trevathan, Broncos: here’s a surprise but i’ll own up to my word when I said I didn’t think Trevathan would be one to roster. He definitely showed something and definitely worth a look until Von Miller comes back; for the serviceable time you’ll roster Trevathan he’s a solid LB3 option as the Broncos defense looks aggressive as ever still without Von.
- LaMaar Woodley, Steelers: he’s back, one of those LB’s you’d want too own especially if you’re in a big play scoring league or sack heavy league. Woodley’s healthy and Steelers need him on the outside, if in a regular standard scoring league Woodley can be a LB4. Steelers defense is old and aging but still capable of making plays, Woodley’s one of them.
- Craig Robertson, Browns: depends on how big your roster is or who pays attention in your league but Robertson shouldn’t be on your waiver wire right now. He’s a strong LB3 with LB2 upside rest of season and with Horton’s system he’ll put up some numbers; don’t worry about week 1 he’s just warming up.
Stay tuned for my week 2 IDP Rankings by Wednesday, and as always if you got some questions feel free to hit me up via Twitter @IDPwithBEE_DSE
Whether you’re 1-0 or 0-1 it’s still week 1, we got a long season ahead and you’re not dead in the water yet. Be patient, your IDP’s will SCORE and SCORE BIG!
DSE Lead IDP Analyst