Week 4 IDP Start’em – Sit’em
LB – Daryl Washington vs Giants –
Off to a slow start because of a neck injury, Daryl Washington got back into the lineup last week, and I expect him to play at full speed against the Giants. Washington is a worthy weekly starter when healthy as he’s the top inside linebacker to play in Arizona, and their scheme has always translated into respectable options at this position for IDP leagues.
DL – Sedrick Ellis @ Jaguars –
Unless you have a defensive tackle starting position in your league, it’s probably not a good idea to have Sedrick Ellis in the lineup weekly. However, he does have a matchup worth considering this week as the Saints head down to Jacksonville and play a weak team with a rookie quarterback.
Defensive coordinator Greg Williams will bring the pressure against the Jaguars, and I expect this to be a long game for Blaine Gabbert, as the Saints front line should give him problems all day. Ellis is good for shooting the gap and making some plays in the backfield, so he should give you respectable numbers this week.
DL – Greg Hardy @ Bears –
This is a simple start, as Hardy has the luxury of playing opposite Charles Johnson and facing the Bears pass heavy, poor pass blocking offense, is a terrific matchup for IDP owners. Hardy will have opportunities to make big plays in this game, and thus far his play suggest he will capitalize on some of those chances.
DB – Tim Jennings vs Panthers –
As I talked about in our waiver wire pickups this week, Tim Jennings is off to a fast start and that is in part because he plays opposite Charles Tillman in the secondary. Expect the Panthers to get back to putting the football in the air, as bad weather forced them to play a conservative style of offense last week.
DB – Nate Clements vs Bills –
Don’t look to Nate Clements as a weekly starter this year, after he posted respectable corner back numbers in 2010 with the 49ers. Clements should have a good game in this one however as he faces another of his former teams in the Bills, and they will put the ball in the air much more than San Francisco did last week.
As a 49ers fan, I can assure you that the Bills will target Clements side of the field, as the veteran lacks speed and his gambling ways tend to lead to big plays in the passing game, one way or the other.
DL – Phil Taylor vs Titans (Start if you have DT position) –
I know Phil Taylor is one of the hot names in IDP this week after both Taylor and fellow defensive tackle Atyba Rubin posted respectable numbers against the Dolphins. While I like Rubin as a starter this week, I want to see more from Taylor before I’m solid he should be in your lineup.
Taylor has a chance to be a player for your squad, and if you start a defensive tackle position, he makes for a respectable option this week. My main concern is that the Titans are struggling in the running game, and I just don’t know if they will commit to running the football like the Dolphins did last week.
LB – Von Miller @ Packers –
Off to a breakout start, Von Miller will have an impact on many games this year when the Broncos can at least stay close to their opponent. Expect the Packers to make quick work of them this week in Green Bay, and while Miller should be on the field, his big-play upside will be limited.
DB – T.J. Ward vs Titans –
Another Brown makes the sit side of the fence, and this one is a killer for those of you that invested in T.J. Ward as a DB-1 this summer. It’s not so much that the Browns have switched to a 4-3 scheme as it is the play of Taylor, Rubin and linebacker D’Qwell Jackson in front of Ward, that has hurt the second-year talent.
Both Taylor and Jackson weren’t around last year, and while Jackson was gone someone had to pick up the tackles, and the rookie safety spent more time in the box against the run. Ward will have some decent days this year, but unless injuries pile up around him, he’s not an option to start, and could be a worth drop off your team soon.