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One of the things that sets Fantasy Throwdown apart from other daily fantasy sports websites, and weekly fantasy football games in particular, is the fact that it offers you the opportunity to use Individual Defensive Players (IDPs). Much like weekly games, which add a whole new twist to the hobby we all love, IDPs add a new level of strategy and excitement to fantasy football.
Just as in the NFL, defense can finally make a difference. However, many fantasy enthusiasts eschew the IDP route, fearful of voyaging into uncharted waters. Fear not, intrepid reader! We have you covered.
Each week for the rest of the season, we’ll be providing you with valuable tips and information you can use to gain an advantage over the competition.
So if you’re already into IDP, read on and prepare to dominate. If you aren’t, perhaps the info contained here will inspire you to give IDP a try. Once you do, you’ll be hooked.
Games of the Week
Another one of the things that makes Fantasy Throwdown unique is the manner in which players are selected. With fantasy owners picking from only a few games, the games you choose are almost as important as the players.
With that in mind, here’s a look at a couple of contests in Week 6 that are brimming with tasty IDP goodness.
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills
This AFC East matchup is worth a look for the pass-rushers alone. The Patriots’ defensive line features a pair of IDP studs in Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich, while the Buffalo Bills have one of the most loaded fronts in the National Football League.
The Bills and Patriots also offer more than a little linebacker talent, headlined by New England’s Jerod Mayo. However, be warned that the secondaries of these clubs don’t offer a whole lot from a fantasy perspective, with Buffalo safety Aaron Williams headlining a weak group.
San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams
The St. Louis Rams may not be much to look at NFL-wise, but when looking at the Rams through IDP goggles it’s a different story. Led by defensive end Robert Quinn and linebackers James Laurinaitis and Alec Ogletree, the Rams’ front seven is stacked. Conversely, the Rams are also very friendly to opposing IDP’s, allowing the most fantasy points to defensive players in Fantasy Throwdown IDP Scoring in 2014.
Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers may still be without the services of linebackers Navorro Bowman and Aldon Smith, but from defensive end Justin Smith to inside linebacker Patrick Willis and strong safety Antoine Bethea, the Niners have fantasy-relevant talent at every level of the defense.
If one of the games you’ve selected is this week’s AFC South showdown between the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans, I hope I don’t have to tell you that grabbing J.J. Watt early is a pretty good idea. The fourth-year end doesn’t suck, that’s for sure.
However, if you can pull the proverbial rabbit out of your hat, and field a less-than-household defensive name who puts up Watt-like numbers, then you’ll be well on the way to a Week 6 win.
To help you in that regard, here’s one recommendation at each position for Week 6, with an extra “flex” option thrown in for good measure. These players may not have their own commercials yet, but this quartet should be available late in your draft and have the potential for a fat stat line this week.
DE Justin Smith, San Francisco 49ers (at STL)
After posting at least one sack in each of the 49ers’ first two games of the season, Smith has now gone three straight games without one. However, the odds are good that dry spell ends this week against a Rams team that’s been very generous to opposing defensive linemen in 2014. Besides, there’s something to be said for having someone to cheer for on Monday night.
ILB Wesley Woodyard, Tennessee Titans (vs. JAC)
After coming out on the wrong end of the biggest road comeback in NFL history, Woodyard told ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky he’s “pissed off.” With any luck the 28-year-old will take out some of the frustrations over his pitiful two tackles a week ago on the Jaguars Sunday, as Jacksonville is allowing the most fantasy points per game to linebackers by a significant margin.
SS Ryan Mundy, Chicago Bears (at ATL)
Mundy’s hardly a well-known name, but he’s quietly posted Top 20 fantasy numbers among defensive backs through the season’s first five weeks. There’s little reason to think the sixth-year veteran can’t keep that up in Week 6, when the Bears travel to face an Atlanta Falcons squad surrendering over 40 fantasy points per game to defensive backs in 2014.
MLB Rolando McClain, Dallas Cowboys (at SEA)
McClain has been a pleasant surprise for the Dallas defense in 2014, playing well after sitting out all of last year. The fourth-year veteran appears to be more-or-less fully recovered from his groin injury but now is nursing a leg issue, but with the Cowboys set to travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks there should be no shortage of tackle opportunities in Week 6 assuming McClain plays.
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Gary Davenport is a Senior Staff Writer at Fantasy Sharks, an NFL and Fantasy Football Analyst at Bleacher Report, a Contributing Author and Associate Editor at Football Diehards and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and Pro Football Writers of America. Gary’s work has been featured in a number of national print publications and on both satellite and terrestrial radio, and he was a finalist for the FSWA Web Article of the Year in 2013.