Fantasy Football 2012: Top IDPs of Week 12
Fantasy Football Week 12 Best IDPs
IDPs in Week 12 of the NFL season had a great week of production. With 80 sacks, 30 interceptions, 27 forced fumbles, 20 fumble recoveries and six defensive touchdowns, IDPs were busy this week making big plays all over the field. In total, team defenses as a whole kept 14 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 12 Honorable Mentions:
10. Dallas Cowboys LB Anthony Spencer (5% owned) – 12.50 points
7 (tied). St. Louis Rams LB James Laurinaitis (74% owned) – 13.50 points
7 (tied). Detroit Lions LB Stephen Tulloch (11% owned) – 13.50 points
7 (tied). Tennessee Titans LB Zach Brown (1% owned) – 13.50 points
6. Indianapolis Colts LB Jerrell Freeman (57% owned) – 14.50 points
While these defensive leaders and stars had great showings in Week 12, 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 12.
* Player statistics and ownership numbers are up to date as of Tuesday, November 27 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.
5. S Donte Whitner, San Francisco 49ers
Week 12 statistics: 5 solo tackles, 3 assist tackles, 1 interception, 1 defensive touchdown
Season statistics: 40 solo tackles, 14 assist tackles, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, 1 defensive touchdown
In the 49ers’ big effort on defense against the Saints, Whitner was one of the team’s big performers with his first interception and first touchdown of the season. His pick-six was huge as it helped keep momentum on the 49ers’ side, but he’s a low-end option at best moving forward due to his low number of tackles or big plays.
4. LB Ahmad Brooks, San Francisco 49ers
4. LB Ahmad Brooks, 49ers – 16.50 points (at Saints, 1% owned)
Week 12 statistics: 4 solo tackles, 1 assist tackle, 1.5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 defensive touchdown
Season statistics: 27 solo tackles, 7 assist tackles, 5.5 sacks, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles, 1 defensive touchdown
Brooks’ interception returned 50 yards for a touchdown may have been the biggest play of the game for the 49ers. Tying the game at 14 before the end of the first half, his big play kept the game from getting out of hand early against the Saints. Like his teammate Whitner, Brooks is best left untouched in IDP formats, for he is a better player in real life than in the fantasy world when it comes to his contributions.
3. LB Lawrence Timmons, Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 12 statistics: 6 solo tackles, 4 assist tackles, 1 interception, 1 defensive touchdown
Season statistics: 43 solo tackles, 26 assist tackles, 1 sack, 3 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 1 defensive touchdown
Leading the team with 10 tackles against the Browns, Timmons provided one of the Steelers’ few touchdowns of the day. Given the struggles by quarterback Charlie Batch and the running game, the Steelers defense has been on the field for more snaps, which is a plus for IDP options in Pittsburgh. Given his recent performances, Timmons is an above-average IDP.
2. CB Janoris Jenkins, St. Louis Rams
2. CB Janoris Jenkins, Rams – 20.00 points (at Arizona Cardinals, 4% owned)
Week 12 statistics: 2 solo tackles, 2 interceptions, 2 defensive touchdowns
Season statistics: 40 solo tackles, 7 assist tackles, 3 interceptions, 2 defensive touchdowns
In his first career start, Cardinals rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley was no match for the superior Rams secondary that also features Cortland Finnegan. Throwing four Week 12 interceptions, Jenkins capitalized on two of them and brought them both back for touchdowns. As a deeper IDP option, he is a good option given the 47 total tackles and various big plays he has accumulated during his rookie season.
1. S Steve Gregory, New England Patriots
Week 12 statistics: 5 solo tackles, 1 assist tackle, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 defensive touchdown
Season statistics: 22 solo tackles, 6 assist tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 defensive touchdown
Gregory had the game of his career with a touchdown and three forced turnovers on Thanksgiving night. A big part of the Patriots’ 35 points scored in the second quarter, he has been good in his first season with New England. Despite low season numbers, his improving play in an improving Patriots defense makes him a usable IDP option in deeper leagues.