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CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 12: Ndamukong Suh  of the Detroit Lions rushes against the Chicago Bears during the NFL season opening game at Soldier Field on September 12, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 10=9-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Many of the big name stars for IDP fantasy football have had at least one solid day so far this season, and it’s still a little early to bench those your frustrated with. Below I have a listing of our various players that are worth starting or benching for the up coming week.

Some players like middle linebacker Curtis Lofton and D.J. Williams had poor games last week, but they are too good to bench. In the world of IDP even the star players have bad weeks just like regular fantasy options. No need to be concerned because as long as those linebackers are healthy they will have some big days as well.

We do have some projected starters for IDP listed in the bench section this week as they may not be as established of a talent and need to proven themselves before returning to lineups.

Defensive Lineman



Kyle Vanden Bosch at Vikings: This game won’t be an easy on for Kyle Vanden Bosch to have a sack but the Vikings offensive line isn’t as strong as in the past. Bosch has had a great start to the season and fits well in the defensive scheme the Lions run. Look for Bosch as a matchup proof starter until he has a couple bad games or gets hurt.

James Hall vs Redskins: It was supposed to be Chris Long that had production on the Rams defensive line this season, but he’s been a big disappointment for the first two weeks. James Hall, on the other hand, picked up a sack last week and had a decent overall game.

This week the Redskins are in town so Hall and Long should get some opportunities. At this time, I feel like Hall is the better short term option as offenses are probably chipping on Long because they view him as a player to stop.

Mario Williams vs Cowboys: Ok, this is a no brainer, but I just wanted to point out that Mario Williams has four sacks already this season. Week one I was concerned about him as he was coming in dinged up. That hasn’t slowed him down, and he could be ready for a career year as the Texans are looking bound for the playoffs.


Ndamukong Suh @ Vikings: The Vikings will test the Lions’ front line with Adrian Peterson throughout the game and Ndamukong Suh should rack up a decent tackle total. Last week Suh posted eight tackles and a sack and the week before that he posted a sack as well. I wasn’t sure if Suh would be a great IDP option in his career or just another overrated name for fantasy.

It is looking like Suh is going to be a top ten option for defensive tackles and a top five if he goes for close to ten sacks this season. That makes Suh an every week starter at this time.

Sione Pouha @ Dolphins: This one depends on if Sione Pouha is available in your league as a defensive tackle. One of my internet leagues is on ESPN, and he is available at tackle and not defensive end. If he is at tackle his value is looking good as he’s racked up a decent tackle total from that position.

Pouha probably won’t make many big plays, so he is best used in tackle heavy leagues. Look for him to get opportunities against the Dolphins as they try to slug it out with the Jets on the ground this week.

Ahtyba Rubin @ Ravens: The Ravens are struggling on offense, but they should use the running game and short passing attack all day. This means Ahtyba Rubin should have chances to continue his success from last week. Against the Chiefs, Rubin had six tackles, one interception and a pass deflection.



Julius Peppers vs Packers: I only recommend you bench Julius Peppers if you have a productive option on your bench. Peppers hasn’t done a tone to start the season except injure Matthew Stafford. Other players around Peppers will probably benefit more because of his presence but Peppers will have his dominant days as well.

The Packers have a healthy offensive line and the days of many sacks against Aaron Rodgers seem to be in the past for now.

Osi Umenyiora vs Titans: Vince Young is projected to keep his starting job this week but look to Kiwi and Justin Tuck as relevant options over Osi Umenyiora. The once stud defensive end is losing time to Kiwi, and his consistency will be a big problem all year. You might consider using Umenyiora on bye weeks, but he will have to wait for an injury to Kiwi before he’s an every week play.

Chris Long vs Redskins: This should be a week Chris Long is worth using as the Redskins throw the football often and their offensive line is shaky. I must admit Long is worth a roll of the dice this week but understand he’s not performed so far this season. Last week Long was lined up for a tasty matchup against the Raiders and only posted three tackles with not much else to show for it.


Daniel Muir @ Broncos: The Colts defensive tackles got play from IDP writers and fantasy owners after they posted decent tackle numbers a year ago. So far, this season Muir hasn’t been as effective, and he needs to step it up before even being worth having on a roster.

Red Bryant vs Chargers: The Seahawks front line has been a decent surprise so far this season and especially in the middle. Red Bryant is worth owning on your squad, but I would wait to use him against run heavy teams. This week Bryant plays the Chargers, and they will pass most of the time.



Clay Matthews Jr. vs Bears: Forget starting Clay Matthews Jr. in just big play IDP leagues as this guy is too hot to bench in tackle heavy. Matthews is turning into one of the best sack men in football and a super star in the making. The Packers are set to have a great season and win the NFC North and Matthews is a big reason why.

Rocky McIntosh at Rams: I’ve never been a huge fan of Rocky McIntosh but the guy is getting it done on the inside for the Redskins. This week the Redskins will play the Rams, and McIntosh should be active once again.

James Anderson vs Bengals: The Panthers have a very active linebacking core and James Anderson has gone unnoticed by many IDP fantasy owners. Two strong games in a row is too much for me to not recommend Anderson as just a waiver wire stash.

The Panthers’ offense is having problems moving the football their defense will be on the field a lot this season. That means the linebackers will be active most every week.

Michael Boley vs Titans: The Giants outside linebacker didn’t have a great week to start the season, but he did post solid numbers week two. Last week the Steelers linebackers had a field day against the Titans, and that means Michael Boley is in line for a big game.

Zac Diles vs Cowboys: The Texans’ weak-side linebacker is taking advantage of Brian Cushing being out of the lineup. Diles should at least have two more strong games in him as Cushing won’t be back until week five. Look for Diles to be active this week as the Cowboys will move the football up and down the field.

Kamerion Wimbley @ Cardinals: The Raiders’ defense has been a great fit for Kamerion Wimbley as he continues to rack the sacks up. After a big preseason Wimbley has a sack in each of his first two games. Look for Wimbley to rack up at least one against the Cardinals’ quarterback Dereck Anderson in Arizona.


Stephen Tulloch @ Giants: I wanted to see a good game from Stephen Tulloch last week against the Steelers and it didn’t happen. Tulloch should be worth owning in your league as he’s a middle linebacker and had a good year in 2009. Still, I would recommend you bench him until he produces more tackles.

Clint Session @ Broncos: The main reason I have Clint Session on the bench list is that he failed to play last week. Session is worth starting when healthy but look for other options at this time.

Rolando McClain @ Cardinals: At some point this season Rolando McClain will figure out the speed of the NFL and start racking up big tackle days. This kid is going to be an IDP stud but for now he is starting the season slow. Hold onto the ultra talent but wait for him to start producing more than six tackles a game.

Lofa Tatupu vs Chargers: Lafa Tatupu is back with the Seahawks and starting but in his first two games he hasn’t done much. We need to see more from Tatupu before he’s a starter but just like others in the bench section for linebackers, I recommend you hold onto him.

Defensive Backs



Greg Toler vs Raiders: I talked about Greg Toler as a solid waiver wire pickup last week and a good start. Once again, Toler posted a respectable tackle total and is now up to 21 tackles on the season. Toler is becoming an every week fantasy play as teams go away from throwing at DRC. Look for Toler to have another productive game for your team this week.

Jason Allen vs Jets: The Dolphins had a great game out of their corner backs against the Vikings last week. Jason Allen posted a terrific day with 11 tackles, two interceptions and three pass deflections. Look for Allen to continue his successful start to the season against the Jets this week.

Antoine Cason @ Seahawks: Antoine Cason is enjoying his time as a starter with Antonio Cromartie gone to the Jets. Last week Cason abused David Garrad as he had two interceptions and four pass deflections. Look for Cason to be a reliable fantasy option this season as he will be tested by opposing passing games.


T.J. Ward @ Ravens: The rookie T.J. Ward is off to a good start as he’s posted double digit tackles each of his first two games. Ward should get plenty of opportunities, especially with D’Qwell Jackson out of the lineup.

LaRon Landry @ Rams: LaRon Landry was a sleeper of mine coming into the season as the Redskins moved to a 3-4 style defense, and it looked like Landry would get more opportunities. Not to beat my own chest, but I’m happy I had the confidence to start him as early as week one as this guy has been a beast so far.

Look for Landry to continue his top five season overall as a defensive back because he will make plays and rack up a bunch of tackles this season.

Louis Delmas @ Vikings: The Lions free safety is proving that his rookie year was no joke as he’s put together a respectable start of the year. I was concerned about him when he suffered an injury in training camp, but it looks like all that is behind him now. Start Delmas with confidence every week.

Eric Weddle @ Seahawks: The Chargers talented safety has gotten off to a bad start for IDP, but he did post half a sack last week. At this time, I’m still suggesting that fantasy owners stick with Weddle as he should start racking up the tackles soon. If he struggles this week you might want to bench him until he starts playing like we know he can.



Aqib Talib vs Steelers: The Buccaneers top corner back will probably be avoided by the Steelers this week as they keep the football on the ground. Talib showed us why he can be dangerous at any moment when he picked off a pass last week in his first action of the season. While that was nice he only had one tackle on the game.

Teams will try to avoid the talented corner most weeks.

Derek Cox vs Eagles: I held out hope for Derek Cox coming into his second season but a benching in the third quarter week one and a healthy scratch last week makes him a cut for fantasy. Cox is entrenched in his coaches dog house and clearly has some proving to do before he gets consistent playing time.


Eric Berry vs 49ers: Much like Rolando McClain, Eric Berry will be a star IDP player at some point and should be worth start this season. For now, he’s still picking up the game and isn’t around the football enough to be counted on as a starter. Keep Berry on your team because as the season gets deeper he will figure things out and start being an option worth using.

Dawan Landry vs Browns: I’m disappointed in Dawan Landry so far this season as I thought he would be a much better player in 2010. With Ed Reed out of the lineup, Landry should be making more plays, but he has only nine tackles and one pass deflection so far. Bench or cut him until he shows more than the first two games.

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