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IDP fantasy football can have many twists and turns when it comes to the structure of your starting lineup and the points that are given out for performance. While deeper leagues may see most of the players listed below already gone from their league, I thought it would be useful to discuss some helpful players for basic IDP leagues.

For week one of the IDP fantasy football season it is always good to spot check your waiver wire and see if key names are left on the table. Here are some names to look for.

Defensive Linemen

Tamba Hali: DL / LB: Tamba Hali may play as a linebacker for the Chiefs but some leagues (ESPN league had him as a DE) still allow you to use him as a defensive lineman. Hali has more value as a defensive end as he proved he can be productive playing the linebacker position.

Look for Hali to be the Chiefs top sack man and rack up a decent amount of tackles when it comes to defensive end production.

If you’re in a Big Play IDP League than Hali could also be a nice depth fit for your squad as a linebacker if he is only available for that position.

Cliff Avril: It seems the love for Cliff Avril has dropped off from last years’ hype that he might be a good IDP option. However, if you looked at the Lions’ situation in 2009, he wasn’t set up to have lots of opportunities for sacks. This year is completely different and Avril should be owned in all leagues.

If he’s looming out on your waiver wire than you should consider grabbing him if you need more depth at that position.


E.J. Henderson: The Vikings middle linebacker E.J. Henderson won’t be available in deep IDP leagues because he is a known name. However, many IDP fantasy owners over looked him in basic leagues because he wasn’t expected to be ready for the start of the season.

Henderson has made a terrific recovery from his nasty injury last season and is a full go for week one. He even played a good amount in the preseason so IDP owners shouldn’t be concerned with his health.

Justin Durant: The Jaguars’ linebacker Justin Durant had a nice run as the middle man last year but was kicked to the weak-side this offseason when the team acquired Kirk Morrison from the Raiders. Durant has good skills and can be at least a productive bye week fill in option for your IDP team.

Look for Durant to get his fair share of opportunities on the weak-side this season.

Defensive Backs

Derek Cox: Another Jaguar makes our list, and that is because this defense should be on the field quite a bit this season. The Jaguars have one of the worst secondaries in football but Derek Cox should rack up a decent amount of work. With teams attacking his side of the field, Cox will have many opportunities to give you production.

George Wilson: Wilson was productive as the Bills strong safety a year ago but will start the season as the teams free safety this year. Free safety isn’t as lucrative as the strong side for IDP fantasy football but Wilson is a decent waiver pickup non the less.

Look for the Bills secondary to make plays once again as they have a good group and finished second against the pass last year. Furthermore, team will look to run the football a lot against them and Wilson should rack up tackles in the secondary.

Daniel Manning: Rookie Major Wright may have pushed Manning this offseason but he suffered a finger injury, and Manning is the starter. Look for the strong safety to have a decent season as long as he can keep the starting role.

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