IDP Start Bench For Week Two
If you’re disappointed with the performances of a star IDP player for the first week just understand it is early in the season, and players are still getting in shape for a full 60 minute game. One player who did surprise in performance in spite of his conditioning is Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews Jr.
Matthews posted a strong day for Big Play IDP fantasy leagues and was giving the Eagles fits all the way until his final big play put the game away. Seeing that Matthews missed most of the preseason with a hamstring injury it wasn’t likely to expect him to play at this level. I guess we are all going to have to realize once and for all that Matthews isn’t just a great fit in Dom Capers defense, but he is a special big play guy as well.
Below we have some start and bench players for week two of the IDP fantasy football season for you to keep an eye on.
Tamba Hali @ Browns: This is assuming of course that Tamba Hali is available in your league as a defensive end, but he should post a solid day against the Browns. Hali had five tackles and half a sack against the Chargers and this should only continue against the Browns shaky group. Jake Delhomme is expected to possibly miss this game, but if he should start his mobility will be in serious jeopardy.
Robert Ayers vs Seahawks: Sorry, another player who will depend on if he is available in your league as a defensive end. Ayers has continued his solid play from the offseason into the regular season with five tackles and a sack against the Jaguars. Look for Ayers to be a productive defensive end as he will rack up a decent tackle total for that position and should receive sack opportunities as he fills the void left by Elvis Dumervil.
John Abraham vs Cardinals: With Derek Anderson in the pocket John Abraham will have a nice big target to go after this week. Abraham won’t be a great start every week but in this one he should get multiple sack opportunities.
Stylez White @ Panthers: It doesn’t matter if Matt Moore or Jimmy Clausen start, defensive end Stylez White should get chances to make plays in this one. The Panthers could have some shaky problems on the outside, and neither quarterback should have a crisp game. If the Buccaneers can keep the Panthers running game under some control, White will have sack chances.
Cliff Avril vs Eagles: Just one week after I suggested you start Cliff Avril, I’m telling you to bench him as he is hurt and the Lions will probably face Michael Vick. Avril might be a game time decision, and it’s not worth having him in the lineup with that going on.
Calais Campbell @ Broncos: Seahawks defensive end Calais Campbell looked like a world beater against the 49ers, but I’m not convinced he can be consistent. If he should play well and show continued explosion off the ball in Denver, I will think of him much higher than right now.
Dan Connor vs Buccaneers: The Panthers moved Dan Connor into middle linebacker after Thomas Davis was done for the year this summer. With this move Connor became an instant fantasy relevant linebacker for IDP leagues, and he didn’t disappoint in the first week. Against the Giants, Connor posted 13 tackles and a sack. Solid production should be on the regular with Connor as offenses will test the Panthers’ defense up the middle.
Lofa Tatupu @ Broncos: The Seahawks middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu had an average game in his first regular season action back from injury. Expect more than eight tackles this week against the Broncos as this group will sustain longer drives than the 49ers did a week ago.
Rolando McClain vs Rams: Rookie middle linebacker Rolando McClain had a disappointing first game in the NFL, but he should have a better game against the Rams in Oakland.
Stephen Tulluch vs Steelers: The Steelers will test the Titans’ defense early and often on the ground, and it will be up to Stephen Tulluch to keep Rashard Mendenhall down. Tulluch should rack up double digit tackles in this one.
Stewart Bradley @ Lions: Stewart Bradley is a very talented player, but sadly he just can’t seem to stay healthy. Last summer he tore his ACL and missed the entire 2009 season. Week one of this year he suffered an apparent concussion and may not even play this week. Keep him on the bench until he puts a good game together.
DeAndre Levy vs Eagles: Another week that DeAndre Levy will have to prove he can overcome injury just to be on the field. Levy should be a valuable linebacker to have this season but for now he is best left on your bench for the coming weeks.
James Laurinaitis @ Raiders: Ok, this one is debatable as James Laurinaitis was a highly projected IDP player, and it’s only one bad game. Still I need a middle linebacker to have more than five tackles for the week and Laurinaitis may be a bench option if you have productive depth on your roster. If not, keep Laurinaitis in as he should bounce back soon.
Laron Landry vs Texans: The Redskins safety was projected to have a breakout season as the team moved to a 3-4 defense this offseason. In this scheme Landry was projected to see more opportunities to pick up tackles and make plays, and that he did week one against the Cowboys. For the game Landry posted an impressive seventeen total tackles, and that was a great night from any IDP fantasy player.
Keep Landry in the lineup as he should be a decent bet for over 120 tackles this season.
Jordan Babineaux @ Broncos: If your in need of a starter because of injury Jordan Babineaux might be a decent roll of the dice. He was a highly productive IDP defensive back last year but lost his starting job this summer. The team even released him at one point to start September but brought him back.
Babineaux responded with a big game against the 49ers with eight tackles, one interception and a pass deflection. Babineaux should get more opportunities as the Broncos will test the Seahawks through the air, and he is just too much of an accomplished player to leave off the field.
Eric Berry @ Browns: The Chiefs starting strong safety had an average day at best with six tackles against the Chargers, but he should be more productive against the Browns. Kansas City doesn’t have the greatest defense, and that should leave opportunities for Berry all season long. Even if you don’t use Berry this week he is a good depth option for your squad.
Brandon Meriweather vs Jets: Unless the Patriots jump out to a big lead in this game Brandon Meriweather probably won’t have a productive game. If you don’t have many other options, he could be a good fit but in week one he was beat by Pat Chung for overall production in his own backfield.
Dashon Goldson vs Saints: Again, if you don’t have a respectable option behind Dashon Goldson you should start him. Goldson had a good season last year and a big Monday night game against the Cardinals. This week Goldson plays against the Saints on Monday night and the 49ers have much to prove.
Still, I’m not happy with a few plays I saw from Goldson against the Seahawks and he needs to improve on this tackling skills this week. If you can, sit him for a week and see if he responds against New Orleans.
NFL fantasy football player rankings writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com