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Linebackers

Navarro Bowman –

Takeo Spikes was an IDP option last year playing next to Patrick Willis and Navarro Bowman is likely to outperform Spikes numbers this year. Bowman has had two solid performances and threatens to hurt Willis as the king of IDP linebackers, by taking away valuable tackles.

Bowman is a physical beast, and it doesn’t hurt that he comes from Penn State, a college known for producing great linebackers. Look to Bowman as an LB-3 going forward and is worthy of starting weekly.

Donald Butler –

The young inside linebacker is off  to a good start with the Chargers and should continue to make plays. Look to Butler as a LB-3 option this week against the Chiefs and he could make a few big plays, as Matt Cassel continues to struggle in the passing game.

Mason Foster –

The Buccaneers would be wise to keep Mason Foster on the field as an every down linebacker going forward as he should be the a solid middle linebacker of the future. With Quincy Black going down with an ankle injury, hopefully Tampa Bay will keep him out this week as Foster could be an option to start when Black is out. Get him on your roster even if Black should come back to practice.

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Defensive Linemen

Jabaal Sheard  –

The Browns rookie defensive end is making an impact on the field and looked good against the Colts. Sheard is creeping into the top thirty defensive linemen as he faces off against the Dolphins and should have some opportunities against another pocket passing quarterback in Chad Henne. Sheard may breakdown late in the season, but for now he’s a three down lineman and will continue to be a worthy option to own.

Derrick Morgan  –

I was disappointed in Derrick Morgan’s rehab of his knee in training camp as I had him tabbed as a breakout candidate. Morgan found his way back on the field week two and managed to three solos tackles and a sack against the Ravens. Don’t look to Morgan as a starter right now, but he has upside as a former first-round selection and is worth having on your roster.

Michael Johnson  –

It appears that Michael Johnson has an every down role at this point, and his seven solo tackles with a sack and forced fumble against the Broncos, was encouraging. Johnson has shown flashes in his career but with a chance for regular playing time, he should make for a respectable DL-3 as he plays against Alex Smith this week.

Defensive Backs

Jason McCourty  –

With Alterraun Verner kicked to the bench, Jason McCourty is proving why the Titans selected him to start opposite Cortland Finnegan a great game against the Ravens.  McCourty makes for a DB-3 play this week against the Broncos passing attack.

Morgan Burnett  –

One of the top-scoring safeties in IDP, Morgan Burnett is having a breakout start to the season, and the Packers are likely to be tested once again by the Bears in the secondary. The loss of Nick Collins adds an interesting twist to Burnett’s responsibilities, but I would expect the Packers to keep him around the box, as he’s had sound success thus far.

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