Week 8 IDP Start’em, Sit’em
Aldon Smith vs Browns -
As a 49ers fan, I must admit I was a little disappointed when the 49ers drafted Aldon Smith as a top ten selection. While Vic Fangio and Jim Harbaugh understand the players, they want to bring in for their 3-4 defensive scheme, it was likely that Smith wasn’t going to make a sudden impact on the field as he would be converting to play linebacker from begin a defensive end, and doing so with no OTA’s in the summer.
Well throw those early expectations into the trash can as Smith looked good in his preseason work and already has 5.5 sacks through six games.
With the 49ers looking like a possible twelve win team this year, their defense will be in position for sack opportunities weekly, and as a recent article on Yahoo points out, Smith is on pace to tie Javon Kearse’s rookie sack total from the 1999 season.
What’s scarey about Smith is he’s doing all this while continuing to be a work in progress, and is snap count continues to grow as he matures. Look to Smith as a great start this week against the Browns, and for big play leagues, he’s worth holding from this point forward.
Derrick Johnson vs Chargers -
I’ve been talking up Darrick Johnson all week and will continue to recommend him as an option to start going forward. As I’ve pointed out before, Johnson tends to play well when the Chiefs are playing well. The Chargers have their share of problems, so expect a good game, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Kansas City comes out the winner, as Johnson racks up over 10 tackles.
Don’t look to Johnson’s stats from the first time these teams meet as the Chiefs were playing like one of the worst teams in football, and after three straight wins since that time, this is clearly a different team, and Johnson’s IDP production reflects that.
Dawan Landry @ Texans -
The Titans defensive backs had strong numbers against the Texans, and the one option you can trust in the Jaguars secondary is Dawan Landry. Coming off an impressive defensive performance against the Ravens, I’m not sure how much this team has in the tank for this week on short rest, but Landry should be a respectable DB-2 as the Texans are likely to win in time of possession.
Dave Ball vs Colts -
With the Titans using a rotation on the line, Dave Ball has yet to get things going to play like the lineman we came to know a year ago, that gave IDP owners some respectable performances. I know the Titans are playing the Colts, but just last week Will Smith opportunities were squashed when Indianapolis elected to run the football throughout the fourth quarter.
Look to other options, but if your desperate, he could find a sack if the Colts allow Curtis Painter to put the football up, in predictable passing situations. It’s advisable to cut Ball for better options at this point, as the Titans are an up and down team to say the least.
Justin King vs Saints –
The Rams cornerback got off to a nice start and could be worth using in the future but after suffering a groin injury in the teams’ loss to the Cowboys, King only managed two tackles and may not play this week. Even if he goes, IDP fantasy owners need to look else where this week.
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