Fantasy Football IDP Week 5 – Pickups – Drops

Now that a quarter of the NFL football season is behind us, injuries and bye weeks will play a crucial role in fantasy leagues including IDPs. Let’s take a look at players who are worth picking up to start and/or for depth as well as guys who should be dropped from your team. FantasyCouch.com presents Drew’s weekly IDP list for week 5 of Fantasy Football …

Defensive Lineman – DL – DT – DE – NT

Players to Add

Osi Umenyiora, New York Giants – It’s almost a no-brainer to pick up Umenyiora, who is owned in only 67 percent of ESPN leagues, after the dominant display he and the Giants put on against Chicago when he notched three sacks and a pair of forced fumbles. Osi is a proven producer and will have a great year if he can avoid the injury bug which made him sit out the entire 2008 season, the only year in which he missed significant time.

Tamba Hali, Kansas City Cheifs – Matching up against the Colts this weekend doesn’t make him a great fantasy play because Peyton Manning rarely holds the ball too long, but his three sacks on San Francisco’s Alex Smith in Week 3 was impressive. Hali is very good when healthy and can rack up sacks in bunches, especially against average offensive lines. The fact that he is being used a 3-4 outside linebacker/defensive end is a good thing because it will allow him more opportunities for tackles to go with the sacks he is capable of getting.

Ndamukong Suh, Detroit Lions – Keep your eyes peeled to see how this highly-touted rookie continues to develop in the coming weeks. Suh has 15 total tackles (13 solo) and three sacks through four games and Space is the limit for this guy who has the power and quickness to be a Hall of Famer. Owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues, he will add depth with the strong possibility of becoming an automatic start every week in most formats.

Players to Drop

DETROIT – SEPTEMBER 19: Kyle Vanden Bosch of the Detroit Lions watches the video replay during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Ford Field on September 19, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The Eagles defeated the Lions 35-32. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Kyle Vanden Bosch, Detroit Lions – He hasn’t done much at all after racking up 17 total tackles (12 solo) and 1.5 sacks combined in the first two games of the season. He should have decent tackle stats by year’s end, but don’t expect him to rank very high in sacks. To be considered an IDP stud a player must provide consistent production week-to-week no matter the matchup and Vanden Bosch won’t give you that.

Aaron Kampman, Jacksonville Jaguars – The production in Week 1 was promising when he recorded 1.5 sacks and a handful of hits on Kyle Orton. The last three games have been below-average efforts in the stat sheet. As the primary pass rusher he will draw the double teams a chip blocks from running backs and he isn’t a guy that racks up a ton of tackles. Don’t hesitate to look into other options.

Linebackers – LB – OLD – MLB – ILB

Players to Add

James Anderson, Carolina Panthers – A favorite rapper of mine once said, “If you don’t know, now you know.” I’m telling you the same thing about Anderson, who through four games has 45 total tackles (34 solo), a sack and a pick while owned in less than 20 percent of ESPN leagues. He is now in his fifth season, all with Carolina, and is coming into his own as the team’s strong side linebacker and Jon Beason playing the weak side. The defensive unit will likely see extended action in upcoming games if the offense continues to sputter while adjusting to a rookie quarterback at the helm combined with the ineffective rushing attack.

Chad Greenway, Minnesota Vikings – You can expect a consistent source of tackles every game even though it would be nice to see him get to the quarterback more often. Greenway has 29 total tackles (22 solo) in three games as the Vikings come off their bye week, but he hasn’t registered a sack since 2008 when he had five. He is owned in less than 40 percent of ESPN leagues and will be a great option to fill in for bye weeks and provide depth.

Rocky McIntosh, Washington Redskins – It’s been a couple years in the making, but McIntosh has blossomed into quite a talent in his fifth year out of the University of Miami which produced other linebackers like Ray Lewis, Jonathan Vilma, D.J. Williams and the aforementioned Beason. McIntosh will follow suit and will notch over 110 total tackles this season but won’t contribute many sacks or interceptions.

Player to Drop

Rolando McClain, Oakland Raiders – The Raiders’ most recent first-round draft pick is overrated and owned in over 60 percent of ESPN leagues. Owners are expecting too much of McClain this year because he possesses the tools to be a top-10 linebacker in the future after getting some games under his belt.

Defensive Backs – DB – CB – S – FS – SS

Players to Add

Pat Chung, New England Patriots – The second-year pro is quickly making a name for himself on defense and on special teams after a monster game, two blocked kicks and a pick six against the Dolphins on Monday night. I took notice after his Week 1 performance when he tallied 16 total tackles (12 solo) and now I’m sold because of his big-play ability. Someone needs to step up and lead that young Patriots’ secondary and Chung looks to be playing himself into that role.

Donte Whitner, Buffalo Bills – Owners shouldn’t expect many turnovers but can count on tackles-a-plenty. Whitner notched double-digits in tackles the past two games and the Bills’ defense figures to spend a load of time on the field without much of an offense to give them time to rest. The Bills may be on the verge of a fire-sale trying to unload players for draft picks and Whitner may be on the market. He is a great option to start for your team as it stands now as the standout in that secondary.

T.J. Ward, Cleveland Browns – Like Chung, Ward is a former Oregon Duck with above-average tackling ability but lacks the same ball-hawk abilities. Rely on him for over 110 total tackles on an improving Cleveland defense. T.J. Ward is owned in less than 25 percent of ESPN leagues.

Player to Drop

Champ Bailey, Denver Broncos – The top cornerback on the defense will hardly see enough passes thrown his way to make any kind of fantasy impact. Interceptions don’t happen often enough to be relied upon as a main source of points from an IDP player, they need to notch tackles. Bailey is a future Hall of Famer but not someone you want on your fantasy team, period.

Brandon Meriweather, New England Patriots – He was supposed to take over the leadership role of the defensive backs in New England and that hasn’t happened at least on the stat sheet. Meriweather’s numbers have always been inconsistent and injuries have slowed him plenty in his career. It’s time to hop off the bus and find a more consistent and durable option.

Fantasy Football IDP expert. Writer for Fantasy Couch and sports journalist. Dedicated to helping you become a champion in Fantasy Football as well as Fantasy Baseball – feel free to ask questions on twitter @fantasycouch

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