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2010 IDP Awards: MVPs, Busts, Rookies and More

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2010 IDP Awards: MVPs, Busts, Rookies and More

Now that it’s just about all said and done, barring any Herculean efforts in Week 17, I’d like to present my own personal IDP awards.

2010 has been a ferocious year for defenses. There have been a ton of big hits, concussions, penalties and ensuing fines for IDP players. The game is evolving and defenses are becoming equally as athletic as offenses, if not more so. Sacks were harder to come by in 2010 and interceptions seemed fewer and farther between.

As for the fantasy analysis, I’ll do that with each award. So without further ado, here are my 2010 IDP awards!

IDP Rookie of the Year
DT Ndamukong Suh, Detroit Lions (60 tackles, 9 sacks, 6 stuffs, 1 FF, 1 FR, 1 INT, 3 PDs, 1 TD)

For those that followed Suh at the collegiate level while he was playing for the University of Nebraska, this season comes as no surprise. Suh is a force and this season was certainly not a fluke. He has everything a coach could want at the defensive tackle position: motor, lateral mobility, great hands, fantastic strength, quickness and toughness. Suh leads all defensive tackles in sacks and will continue to be the leader of an improving Detroit defense.

IDP Comeback Player of the Year
LB Brian Urlacher, Chicago Bears (120 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 10 stuffs, 2 FFs, 1 INT, 10 PDs)

With all due respect to Minnesota Vikings LB E.J. Henderson who broke his leg late in the 2009 season, Urlacher missed 15 games last year after being injured in Week 1. 2008 was a bit of a disappointment for Urlacher. He “only” had 93 tackles and no sacks. His teammate, Lance Briggs was starting to get more respect and attention. But in 2010, Urlacher really returned to form. He is currently ranked fifth in my Week 17 linebacker rankings and is currently 11th for tackles in the NFL.

IDP Bust of the Year
LB David Harris, New York Jets

He was ranked third in my Week 1 IDP rankings and after a slow start to the season, Harris never had one of those big weeks to put him in the mix amongst the league’s best fantasy linebackers. Harris stats dropped across the board from 2009 to 2010 with 30 fewer tackles, fewer sacks, forced fumbles and interceptions. Harris had a stellar rookie year in 2007, played well in 2008 despite missing five games, then in 2009, most IDP gurus thought he had cemented his place as a top IDP commodity. That simply wasn’t the case, making Harris 2010′s biggest IDP bust.

Defensive Line IDP of the Year
DE Justin Tuck
, New York Giants (75 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 9 stuffs, 6 FFs, 4 FRs, 3 PDs)

Tuck is the hottest thing out there right now. He has a career high in tackles, forced fumbles, fumble recoveries, stuffs if he gets a sack in Week 17, he’ll have a career high in sacks as well. Tuck is just a special football player. Size, speed, pass-rushing moves, you name it. He is far and away the best defensive lineman this season, it’s not even a competition.

Defensive Back IDP of the Year
CB Terrell Thomas
, New York Giants (91 tackles, 1 sack, 4 stuffs, 4 FFs, 1 blocked kick, 5 INTs, 20 PDs)

First, the reason why Thomas wins over Hall is simple. Hall earned most of his points in two weeks while Thomas was consistent all year long. Thomas has more key statistics while Hall was just lucky enough to score a touchdown, which I consider to be a fluke. With all that being said, Thomas still had a great year and definitely earned this recognition. Thomas has made plays every single week. By looking at his game log, you’ll see numbers everywhere. He’s deflecting passes, getting interceptions, stopping plays behind the line of scrimmage, he’s just doing a little bit of everything which is what a defensive back has to do to be the best in DB IDP in fantasy football.

Linebacker IDP of the Year & MVP IDP of the Year
LB Jerod Mayo
, New England Patriots (169 tackles, 1 sack, 2 stuffs, 1 FF, 3 FRs, 5 PDs)

Nothing flashy, nothing pretty, just a whole lot of tackles. Mayo basically has 35 more tackles than the average LB IDP who would be on a fantasy roster this season. Mayo is part of a new age of linebackers who get after it in the trenches. With all the praise heaped onto QB Tom Brady, Mayo has been the defensive MVP of the Patriots. For his efforts, he wins both the Linebacker IDPOTY but also, the all-encompassing MVP IDPOTY. Mayo has the best stats and his team has the best record, it’s a no-brainer.

Written By Matt De Lima

About The Author

Matt De Lima is the guy behind the guy behind the guy. Born and raised near Los Angeles, CA during simpler times where the Rams and Raiders both played there. Back when Eddie Murphy was funny and people still listened to Whitney Houston's music. A graduate of Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!), he's played fantasy sports for the last 10 years and began writing down his opinions in 2010. You remember that fantasy football league you were in last season, there was that one team that somehow had Aaron Rodgers, Chris Johnson, and Andre Johnson? Matt was that guy. You should listen to him. Follow his exclusive content @ OpenSports.com

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