Week 3 IDP Start’em, Sit’em
Will Smith vs Texans –
Back after serving a two-game suspension for his part in the Star caps situation, Will Smith is ready to make an impact for the Saints. It seems like Smith has a great year, every other season and that means he’s in-line for a strong year in 2011. Smith should be viewed no less than a DL-3 in his first game back.
Greg Hardy vs Jaguars –
Look for Greg Hardy to bounce back against the Jaguars, especially if Cam Newton can get the Panthers out to a big lead early on. Hardy and Charles Johnson should have solid days, as the Jaguars quarterback situation is a mess right now, so consider Hardy good for at least one sack this week.
Mason Foster vs Falcons –
Quincy Black failed to practice on Wednesday, and I asked Buccaneers’ beat-writer Stephen Holder if Foster would be a three down linebacker if Black was out? Holder responded by saying that the coaching staff might even allow Foster to play all three downs even if Black is active as the coaching staff is pleased with the rookie’s play right now. Consider Foster a LB-3 going forward and if he continues to play well, he could move up to a LB-2 by October.
Jamar Chaney vs Giants –
Just after I put out my linebacker rankings today, the news breaks that the Eagles are going to put Jamar Chaney back at middle linebacker as Casey Matthews has struggled. Before the Eagles handed Matthews the job, I had Chaney penciled in as an IDP sleeper this year, and I suggest you consider him an LB-3 this week, against the Giants. Chaney will be active and as he’s noted this week, playing the middle is the position he likes best. Then again, I think most linebackers that aren’t great edge rushers would prefer the middle over playing on the outside.
Jason McCourty vs Broncos –
After beating out Altraun Verner for a starting job, Jason McCourty has put together two solid games to start the year and should be considered a possible DB-3 against the Broncos. McCourty isn’t going to rackup 100 total tackles like Verner, but he will make some plays and should be a good option to start, especially if you play a corner back position.
David Hawthrone –
It seemed to make perfect sense that David Hawthrone was ready to be a possible elite option this year as he was going to move back to the middle after the Seahawks let Lofa Tatupu go. While Hawthorne should be a stud at some point this year, he’s clearly bothered by his knee injury and reports from his game against the Steelers don’t make it promising for his odds of making an impact in the coming weeks. Hold onto Hawthorne on your bench but you need to look to another linebacker to start for you at this time.
Elvis Dumervil –
Another possible top ten option at his position shot down with an injury as Elvis Dumervil won’t be the player we’ve come to know until his shoulder heals. Dumervil will have a hard time playing three downs until he gets his shoulder healthy so stay away from him in your lineups at this time. When healthy, Dumervil should give you DL-1 type numbers.
Dwight Freeney –
It’s time to bail on Dwight Freeney as the Colts are going to be a bad team all year, and Freeney will likely struggle to have more than eight sacks on the year. Never one of the better tackle options, Freeney has to rely on big plays to have any value and that clearly won’t happen much, as the team will be playing from behind most weeks.
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