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Fantasy Football 2012: Top IDPs of Week 10

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Fantasy Football Week 10 Top 5 IDPs


IDPs in Week 10 of the NFL season had a great week of production. With 59 sacks, 25 interceptions, 29 forced fumbles, 23 fumble recoveries and eight defensive touchdowns, IDPs were busy this week making big plays all over the field. In total, team defenses as a whole kept 10 teams to 20 points or less this week.

With a huge pool of players to choose from in IDP leagues, there are many viable options to use depending on league size, the number of IDP positions in your league and other variables. While finding and using the best players are easy to point out, it is the top individual performances of the week that can sometimes be the difference between a win and loss. Here are some of the better IDP options this week.

Week 10 Honorable Mentions:

10 (tied). San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (64% owned) – 11.50 points

10 (tied). Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson (60% owned) – 11.50 points

8 (tied). Tennessee Titans LB Colin McCarthy (3% owned) – 12.00 points

8 (tied). Baltimore Ravens S Bernard Pollard (24% owned) – 12.00 points

7. Ravens LB Paul Kruger (0% owned) – 12.50 points

While these defensive leaders and stars had great showings in Week 10, they were not the best of the best this week. If you were able to own and start any of these IDPs, you likely had a big advantage in this week’s matchup. Here’s a look at the five highest-scoring IDPs from Week 10.

*Player statistics and ownership numbers are up to date as of Tuesday, November 13 and are subject to change after these games. Fantasy point totals determined through standard Yahoo! fantasy football scoring structure. IDP scoring: Tackle solo - 1 point, Tackle assist - 0.5, Sack - 2, Interception - 3, Fumble Force - 2, Fumble Recovery - 2, Defensive Touchdown - 6, Safety - 2, Return touchdown – 6.

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5 (tied). Jason McCourty-Tennessee Titans & Brandon Carr-Dallas Cowboys

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5 (tied). CB Jason McCourty, Titans - 13.00 points (at Miami Dolphins, 19% owned)

McCourty’s Week 10 statistics: 9 solo tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery

McCourty’s season statistics: 44 solo tackles, 12 assist tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery

5 (tied). CB Brandon Carr, Dallas Cowboys - 13.00 points (at Philadelphia Eagles, 1% owned)

Carr’s Week 10 statistics: 4 solo tackles, 1 interception, 1 defensive touchdown

Carr’s season statistics: 25 solo tackles, 1 interception, 1 defensive touchdown

In the Titans’ blowout win, McCourty had a nice number of tackles and had a hand in one of the Dolphins’ turnovers. Carr, typically an unusable IDP option due to his shutdown abilities, recorded his first interception of the season and had his first career interceptions return for a touchdown.

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4. Lavonte David-Tampa Bay Buccaneers


4. LB Lavonte David, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 13.50 points (vs. San Diego Chargers, 26% owned)

Week 10 statistics: 13 solo tackles, 1 assist tackle

Season statistics: 67 solo tackles, 14 assist tackles

David continued his impressive season as an IDP option with 14 more tackles to add to his season total. Coming off a 16-tackle performance last week against the Oakland Raiders, he is a reliable tackling machine that doesn’t need sacks, interceptions or fumbles to maintain relevancy. With 81 total tackles in just nine games, this rookie has easily become one of the better linebacker options this year in IDP formats.

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3. Leonard Johnson-Tampa Bay Buccaneers


3. CB Leonard Johnson, Buccaneers - 14.50 points (vs. Chargers, 0% owned)

Week 10 statistics: 5 solo tackles, 1 assist tackle, 1 interception, 1 defensive touchdown

Season statistics: 12 solo tackles, 3 assist tackles, 3 interceptions, 1 defensive touchdown

David was not the only Buccaneer to have an excellent showing against the Chargers in Week 10. Johnson, an undrafted free agent from Iowa State, has been thrust into a starting role and has produced over the past two weeks. Making plays all over the field and being very active around the ball, he is an IDP to consider in deeper formats if he’s is able to continue making plays.

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2. Muhammad Wilkerson-New York Jets

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2. DE Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets - 15.50 points (at Seattle Seahawks, 3% owned)

Week 10 statistics: 4 solo tackles, 3 assist tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 defensive touchdown

Season statistics: 25 solo tackles, 18 assist tackles, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 defensive touchdown

In a game that featured little production by the Jets offense, it was Wilkerson who provided New York with their only touchdown of the game. In the first quarter, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was sacked, Wilkerson picked up the fumble and returned it 21 yards for the first touchdown of his career. He has become one of the more reliable members of the Jets’ defensive line and could become a usable IDP option if his tackle totals continue to rise.

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1. Darius Butler-Indianapolis Colts

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1. Indianapolis Colts CB Darius Butler - 18.00 points (at Jacksonville Jaguars, 0% owned)

Week 10 statistics: 4 solo tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, 1 defensive touchdown

Season statistics: 8 solo tackles, 3 assist tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, 1 defensive touchdown

This week’s Thursday night game produced the best IDP performance of the week and it was done by a relative unknown to the fantasy world. Butler, pressed into starting duties due to injuries of Vontae Davis and Jerraud Powers, easily had the best game of his career with two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. If he continues to see more playing time as a starter, he could become a decent low-end fantasy IDP option in the future.