Week 5: IDP Studs and Sleepers
NEVER WAIVER: LAST MINUTE FREE AGENTS
Note: Ranked outside Top 10 in scoring & not among Top 10 owned DTs on MyFantasyLeague.com
Star Lotulelei, Carolina Panthers
It's not just dynasty owners who should take a look at Lotulelei. In just three games, he already has nine tackles, a sack and two TFLs. It may not sound like much, but those are quality numbers from a rookie DT. Get on the bandwagon early if you can.
Brandon Mebane, Seattle Seahawks
Being listed as questionable on the injury report is the only thing that will stop Mebane. In his last two games, he's piled up eight combined tackles and two TFLs. Seattle's physical front-seven funnels everything inside where Mebane can eat up space and running lanes.
Note: Ranked outside Top 20 in scoring & not among Top 20 owned DEs on MyFantasyLeague.com
Ezekial Ansah, Detroit Lions
A painful abdomen injury has "Ziggy" on the injury report. Pay that no mind. The supposedly raw prospect already has 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Offensive lines have to pick their poison when choosing their assignments against the Lions. It's either Ansah, Suh or Nick Fairley coming after them and for now, the rookie is seeing a ton of one-on-one looks.
Jason Babin, Jacksonville Jaguars
His best days may be behind him (way behind him in fact), but that hasn't completely slowed Babin at the start of the season. He has 14 combined tackles and two sacks, which is quite an accomplishment while playing for the Jags.
Note: Ranked outside Top 30 in scoring & not among Top 30 owned LBs on MyFantasyLeague.com
Wesley Woodyard, Denver Broncos
IDP loyalists should be very familiar with Woodyard by now. His tackle numbers have been excellent since 2011 and it's just now that his totals are pushing him into LB1/LB2 territory.
Brad Jones, Green Bay Packers
The Packers' defense has underwhelmed thus far, but if anything, that's a good thing for their IDPs. Jones went off two weeks ago by tallying 11 cominbed tackles and TFL against Cincinnati. He's flirting with LB3 status this year.
Note: Ranked outside Top 15 in scoring & not among Top 20 owned CBs on MyFantasyLeague.com
Joe Haden, Cleveland Browns
Cover corners are typically so good at what they do that they don't score many fantasy points beyond the occasional interception. Haden is actually so good that he's shutting down his side of the field. He's on pace for about 60 total tackles, which would be a career-best. It's only a matter a time before he logs an interception as well.
Ike Taylor, Pittsburgh Steelers
Taylor's been doing this a long time. The 11-year vet hasn't been on the fantasy radar in many years, as it's been nearly a decade since his best season really. Don't count him out my friend! Taylor already has 20 combined tackles as the Steelers' defense has struggled to get off the field at times. Grab him as a CB3 if you need to dig that deep.
Note: Ranked outside Top 20 in scoring & not among Top 25 owned Ss on MyFantasyLeague.com
Charles Woodson, Oakland Raiders
One of the true all-time greats is back at it. In his last three games, he has 23 combined tackles and one sack. He may not post numbers like he did in Green Bay a few years ago, but Woodson has plenty in the tank and can still surprise with a big play from time to time.
Tashaun Gipson, Cleveland Browns
A second-year player who's certainly under the radar. He has 22 combined tackles, one INT and four PDs thus far. Nothing too exciting, but he is performing consistently enough to be within the Top 30 at his position in scoring. He has more points than his teammate T.J. Ward and most expected the latter to do very well.