Week 7 IDP Start’em, Sit’em
DeAndre Levy vs Falcons –
The Lions continue to give DeAndre Levy sub package work as he’s done a nice job of filling in for Justin Durant on the weak-side. Don’t look for Levy to make many big plays, but he should continue to rack up a respectable amount of tackles weekly.
LaMarr Woodley @ Cardinals –
Some players just fail to start the season well and LaMarr Woodley is definitely one of those player, but he’s got it rolling in recent weeks. Against the Jaguars, Woodley rewarded those IDP fantasy owners who placed him in their lineups against a rookie quarterback with two sacks and even picked up eight total tackles.
Another respectable matchup against the Cardinals this week, Woodley should introduce himself to quarterback Kevin Kolb on more than one occasion as the Cardinals have had trouble in recent games vs the passing rush.
Will Smith vs. Colts-
I know Will Smith has had a couple down weeks, but he should bounce back this week against the Colts and next week when the Saints face the Rams. New Orleans defense and running game have been a disappointment in recent weeks, and it’s hurt Smith’s opportunities to sack the quarterback. Finally coming home after a three-game road trip, the Saints should get things going and that means Smith should be in your lineup.
Tanard Jackson vs. Bears –
In his first game back from suspension Tanard Jackson posted a nice game and will clearly cut into the production of Sean Jones in the backfield. With rookie middle linebacker Mason Foster falling off his hot pace in September, Jackson should be a start-worthy option this week against the Bears, and could grow into a weekly DB-3 play.
Lawrence Timmons @ Cardinals -
Not sure what to make of Lawrence Timmons play except that fantasy owners need to move on for now. Timmons was a disappointment on the inside and then the Steelers had the grand idea of using him on the outside to fill-in for James Harrison. Timmons played alright in his first game outside against the Titans, but failed to make a tackle last week. If you have a deep roster go ahead and keep Timmons for now, but if not, it’s probably alright to cut him off your squad in ten team leagues.
E.J. Henderson vs Packers -
With his brother Erin Henderson filling in on sub package situations, it’s clear that E.J. Henderson isn’t healthy right now and will give you marginal performance. Henderson is still worth keeping in your team, but don’t hold your breath waiting for him to give you a strong second half, as this linebacker has a history of health problems.
Sean Jones vs. Bears –
Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler could always go on an interception binge any week and Jones might have a big play, but the addition of Tanard Jackson in Tampa’s backfield is going to hurt his tackle numbers. This should have been expected as Jackson has been a reliable tackler in the past, and it was just a matter of if the Buccaneers would allow the veteran to start, upon his return to the field.
J.J. Watt @ Titans –
I still believe J.J. Watt can be a regular DL-3 play in IDP leagues, but the odds are stacked against him as he plays in a 3-4 scheme. Watt got off to a hot start, and his high motor helps him make plays, but of late, he’s failed to get much done on the field in terms of tackles and big plays. This should be the norm for Watt as again, his scheme isn’t friendly for defensive end production.
Dwight Freeney @ Saints –
While Robert Mathis is still worth a play this week, I don’t expect the Colts to keep up with the Saints on the road. Dwight Freeney isn’t a respectable tackler and if the team falls behind early, his sack opportunities could be limited, if the Saints choose to finally get their running game established.