Week 1 – IDP Start’em – Sit’em
As we get ready for the first week of the IDP fantasy football season, it’s time to look at some star players and other options you may not know about, that are worthy of starting or sitting this week.
Chris Clemons @ 49ers – The 49ers offensive line is atrocious and Chris Clemons should be good for a sack in this game as the 49ers will likely keep the game close, but use their passing game often. Clemons had a breakout year for the Seattle in 2010, and while he may never do a great job in his tackling, he will be on the field as the one threat off the edge in this defense.
Ray Edwards @ Bears – Throughout the Falcons camp, defensive end Ray Edwards was battling a knee injury but came back in the teams final preseason game. I tracked down Falcons’ beat-writer D. Orlando Ledbetter on twitter and asked him if he thought Edwards would play a full compliment of snaps this week.
Ledbetter replied that Edwards should be good to go, and that is great news for his IDP fantasy owners (he’s registered a sack in three of the last four games he’s played against them) as he has a tasty match up against the Bears this week. Look for Edwards to have opportunities against the Bears shaky front line.
George Wilson @ Chiefs – You’re going to hear me talking about George Wilson often this year, as he’s set to have a great season if he can hold onto the strong safety position in Buffalo. Wilson had great success down the stretch in this position back in 2009, and just look at what Donte Whitner did at this position a year ago. Make sure Wilson is in your lineup week one as a great DB-2 option to use weekly.
Rolando McClain @ Broncos – The Raiders second year linebacker had a slow start to his rookie year, but picked it up in the second half. Look to Rolando McClain as a weekly option right off the bat as he looked good in the preseason and should be ready for an impact year in IDP leagues.
Rey Maualuga @ Browns – If you’ve failed to pay attention to what is going on in Cincinnati’s linebacking core, Rey Maualuga is back to his old college position of middle linebacker as Dhani Jones is gone. Everything I’ve heard from Cincy has Maualuga looking great and ready to role for a big year. The Bengals defense will be on the field often this year, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Maualuga is one of the top ten tacklers in the NFL this year.
James Anderson @ Cardinals – With Jon Beason questionable with an Achilles injury, James Anderson will be a worthy option to start, especially if the start linebacker is out. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a game-time decision for Beason and since this is an afternoon game, you will likely have to decide before we know if Beason is out. Go with Anderson anyway as he should have a solid game and makes for a solid LB-3 this week.
James Harrison – It’s past time to be concerned about James Harrison’s back as he had surgery this off-season and has been slow to come back. Harrison is likely to play weekly, but one has to wonder if he will be able to play at a respectable level for IDP leagues. If you took Harrison, it’s time to look for upside options like rookie Von Miller off the waiver wire.
Dwight Freeney @ Texans – With Peyton Manning likely gone for awhile the odds of the Colts building up leads, early in games isn’t likely and that is bad news for Freeney. Maybe we will see Freeney set a career high in tackles because the Colts defense will likely be on the field more often, but his sack totals could easily fall off until Manning is back on the field. Robert Mathis should be fine because he’s usually a good source for tackles.
DeMeco Ryans vs Colts – I hope you didn’t draft Demeco Ryans as an LB-2 this summer because he’s going to bust for you, at least in the first half of the season. Ryans failed to play in the Texans final three preseason games, and while he projected to play week one, it’s likely that he will struggle as he returns from a torn Achilles tendon. That is a nasty injury, and many players never return to what they were previous to the injury, so keep Ryans on your bench for now.
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