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Fantasy Football 2012: Top IDPs of Week 11

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Fantasy Football Week 11 Top IDPs

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IDPs in Week 11 of the NFL season had a great week of production. With 73 sacks, 28 interceptions, 43 forced fumbles, 20 fumble recoveries and seven defensive touchdowns, IDPs were busy this week making big plays all over the field. In total, team defenses as a whole kept 12 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 11 Honorable Mentions:

10 (tied). Arizona Cardinals LB Daryl Washington (89% owned) – 13.00 points

10 (tied). New Orleans Saints S Roman Harper (37% owned) – 13.00 points

10 (tied). Jacksonville Jaguars LB Russell Allen (13% owned) – 13.00 points

10 (tied). New England Patriots CB Alonzo Dennard (0% owned) – 12.00 points

7 (tied). San Diego Chargers S Eric Weddle (53% owned) – 14.50 points

7 (tied). Saints S Malcolm Jenkins (33% owned) – 14.50 points

7 (tied). Miami Dolphins S Reshad Jones (1% owned) – 14.50 points

While these defensive leaders and stars had great showings in Week 11, 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 11.

* Player statistics and ownership numbers are up to date as of Tuesday, November 20 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.

Austin Chang is a featured columnist and fantasy sports expert at Rant Sports and you can follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.

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5 (tied). Aqib Talib, New England Patriots

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5 (tied). CB Aqib Talib, Patriots – 15.00 points (vs. Indianapolis Colts, 3% owned)

Week 11 statistics: 5 solo tackles, 2 assist tackles, 1 interception, 1 defensive touchdown

Season statistics: 25 solo tackles, 3 assist tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 defensive touchdown

In his debut game for the Patriots, Talib made an immediate impact in his new team’s big win over the Colts by returning an interception 59 yards for a touchdown. Starting at left cornerback and making plays all over the field, he quickly experienced a rebirth with New England and has quickly regained his status as a usable IDP option.

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5 (tied). Thomas Davis, Carolina Panthers

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5 (tied). LB Thomas Davis, Carolina Panthers – 15.00 points (vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1% owned)

Week 11 statistics: 10 solo tackles, 6 assist tackles, 1 forced fumble

Season statistics: 34 solo tackles, 25 assist tackles, 2 forced fumbles

Recording a team-high 16 tackles against the Buccaneers, Davis also had his season-best tackle total in Week 11 and his highest total since Week 1 of the 2009 season. Looking a little better after resting his strained right calf during practice last week, he has played through the pain and could be a viable fantasy option in deeper formats if he continues to receive regular rest prior to games.

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3 (tied). Von Miller, Denver Broncos

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3 (tied). LB Von Miller, Denver Broncos – 17.00 points (vs. Chargers, 42% owned)

Week 11 statistics: 7 solo tackles, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles

Season statistics: 38 solo tackles, 8 assist tackles, 13 sacks, 4 forced fumbles

Miller was very dominant against the Chargers by increasing his season sack total to 13. Despite having a low tackle total for a linebacker, his sacks and forced fumbles certainly make up for it, making him an even bigger asset in IDP formats that have a premium on big plays. He continues to be a must-start option in all IDP formats, especially against a weak Kansas City Chiefs offense in Week 12.

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3 (tied). Paul Posluszny, Jacksonville Jaguars

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3 (tied). LB Paul Posluszny, Jacksonville Jaguars – 17.00 points (at Houston Texans, 29% owned)

Week 11 statistics: 9 solo tackles, 6 assist tackles, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble

Season statistics: 65 solo tackles, 20 assist tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble

A model of consistency with the Jaguars, Posluszny continues to tackle at a high rate in every game was one of the main factors slowing down Arian Foster. Recording at least eight total tackles in six of his last seven games, this was surprisingly only his second double-digit tackle performance of the season. Given the security he provides as a reliable tackler, Posluszny is always a very good IDP option.

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2. Derek Cox, Jacksonville Jaguars

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2. CB Derek Cox, Jaguars – 19.00 points (at Texans, 0% owned)

Week 11 statistics: 16 solo tackles, 1 interception

Season statistics: 24 solo tackles, 4 assist tackles, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble

Posluszny wasn’t the only Jaguar to have a big individual performance on defense in the high-scoring game. In one of the most surprising performances of the week for either offense or defense, Cox had 16 solo tackles against the Texans, overwhelming beating his season-high of six total tackles from Week 7. Normally not an elite tackler from the secondary, this performance was likely a blip on the radar in terms of his usual weekly production.

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1. Aldon Smith, San Francisco 49ers

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1. LB Aldon Smith, San Francisco 49ers – 21.50 points (vs. Chicago Bears, 21% owned)

Week 11 statistics: 6 solo tackles, 1 assist tackle, 5.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles

Season statistics: 36 solo tackles, 7 assist tackles, 15 sacks, 3 forced fumbles

The big star of Monday Night Football, Smith had a ridiculous game demolishing the Bears offensive line, particularly tackles J’Marcus Webb and Gabe Carimi. Now leading the NFL with 15 sacks on the season, the second-year player has continued to grow in his first year as a starter on the 49ers defense and should continue to be a dominant force this year.