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Fantasy Football 2012: Top IDPs of Week 13

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Fantasy Football Week 13 Best IDPs

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IDPs in Week 13 of the NFL season had a great week of production. With 55 sacks, 33 interceptions, 27 forced fumbles, 16 fumble recoveries and four defensive touchdowns, IDPs were busy this week making big plays all over the field. In total, team defenses as a whole kept 16 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 13 Honorable Mentions:

10 (tied). Green Bay Packers S Morgan Burnett (34% owned) – 12.50 points

10 (tied). St. Louis Rams CB Janoris Jenkins (6% owned) – 12.50 points

10 (tied). Minnesota Vikings S Harrison Smith (4% owned) – 12.50 points

8 (tied). Baltimore Ravens CB Corey Graham (0% owned) – 13.00 points

8 (tied). San Diego Chargers S Corey Lynch (0% owned) – 13.00 points

7. Chargers LB Demorrio Williams (0% owned) – 13.50 points

6. Arizona Cardinals S Kerry Rhodes (1% owned) – 14.00 points

While these defensive leaders and stars had great showings in Week 13, 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 13.

* 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.

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4 (tied). LB Chad Greenway, Minnesota Vikings

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4 (tied). LB Chad Greenway, Vikings – 14.50 points (at Packers, 61% owned)

Week 13 statistics: 13 solo tackles, 3 assist tackles

Season statistics: 77 solo tackles, 46 assist tackles, 2 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery

Greenway played a big role on the Vikings defense once again this week. Recording 16 total tackles, he is always reliable for a huge number in this category as the team’s middle linebacker. Despite tallying only 12 total tackles in his last two games, he has gotten back on track against a good offense in the Packers. Tackling opponents at a very-impressive rate, Greenway is always a must-start in IDP formats.

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4 (tied). DE Carlos Dunlap, Cincinnati Bengals

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4 (tied). DE Carlos Dunlap, Cincinnati Bengals – 14.50 points (at Chargers, 1% owned)

Week 13 statistics: 4 solo tackles, 1 assist tackle, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery

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

Dunlap was all over the field in the Bengals’ victory over the Chargers. In the past four games, he has been either great or poor as an IDP option, as he also had a great game in Week 10 where he recorded five solo tackles, one sack, and a fumble recovery against the New York Giants. An encouraging sign for Dunlap’s future value as an IDP option is that he played in a season-high 79 percent of the team’s defensive snaps, which could signify more playing time down the stretch.

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3. S Reshad Jones, Miami Dolphins

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3. S Reshad Jones, Miami Dolphins – 15.00 points (vs. New England Patriots, 2% owned)

Week 13 statistics: 10 solo tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception

Season statistics: 58 solo tackles, 15 assist tackles, 1 sack, 3 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles

Jones came up big once again as an IDP option for the second time in three weeks. A decent low-end fantasy option for the first half of the season, he has now recorded 29 total tackles in his last three games and has performed well against teams that like to run the ball. This could bode well for Jones in Week 14 when the Dolphins face the San Francisco 49ers, which is another team that employs many running packages.

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2. S William Moore, Atlanta Falcons

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2. S William Moore, Atlanta Falcons – 16.00 points (vs. New Orleans Saints, 28% owned)

Week 13 statistics: 9 solo tackles, 2 assist tackles, 2 interceptions

Season statistics: 59 solo tackles, 16 assist tackles, 1 sack, 4 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery

In a game where many Atlanta defenders made big plays, Moore was the one who possibly stood out the most after intercepting Drew Brees twice on Thursday night. A huge IDP star in the first few weeks of the season, he died down to mediocre status until the outburst this week. While he has played well throughout the season, Moore’s only an average IDP option.

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1. LB Von Miller, Denver Broncos

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1. LB Von Miller, Denver Broncos – 16.50 points (vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 49% owned)

Week 13 statistics: 5 solo tackles, 1 assist tackle, 1 sack, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, 1 defensive touchdown

Season statistics: 44 solo tackles, 9 assist tackles, 15 sacks, 1 interception, 5 forced fumbles, 1 defensive touchdown

Miller had an excellent all-around game against the Buccaneers which included the first touchdown of his career. Returning an interception 26 yards for a score, he has been the standout player in the Broncos defense and has done enough as a tackler to stay relevant as an excellent IDP option when he is unable to sack the quarterback.