Eagles Nearing Full Strength In Secondary rotoballer.com 2 weeks ago

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said that cornerbacks Sidney Jones (hamstring) and Rasul Douglas (ankle, knee) are "on track" to play on Monday night against the Redskins. Defensive end Michael Bennett (foot) is also expected to play despite not practicing at all this week. Philly has been exploited by opposing wideouts often this year, but it's a good sign that they are nearing full strength in the secondary in a critical stretch of must-win games. It's a downgrade for Redskins qua[...]

Michael Bennet Battling Foot Injury rotoballer.com 1 year ago

This article references and more! Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett was able to last through the whole Rams game on Sunday, but head coach Pete Carroll said that Bennett was suffering from a foot injury in the second half. Carroll told the media that Bennett will need a couple weeks to recover from the injury since it directly affected his plantar fascia, but it is unclear at this point if it will hold him out of any games. Seattle has a bye week before they face the winless New York Giants in [...]Keep on reading: Michael Bennet Battling Foot Injury

Michael Bennett 'Ready to Go' for Week 1 rotoballer.com 2 years ago

This article references Michael Bennett and more! Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told the media that DL Michael Bennett (toe) is "just fine" and "ready to go" for [...]Keep on reading: Michael Bennett 'Ready to Go' for Week 1

Michael Bennett Dealing with Lingering Toe Injury rotoballer.com 2 years ago

This article references Michael Bennett and more! Seattle Seahawks pass rusher Michael Bennett (toe) missed the past two days of practice to receive "treatment" on a lingering toe injury. ESPN's Sheil Kapadia is reporting that it is the same ailment that Bennett had dealt with last season. Bennett is coming off of a 2015 season where he set career highs in tackles (52) and sacks (10) despite playing the year with a toe injury. Seattle's D/ST should once again be one of the first units off of the draft board and remain a weekly starting option i[...]Keep on reading: Michael Bennett Dealing with Lingering Toe Injury

Seahawks' D/ST Still Top Overall Option Despite Losses in Free Agency rotoballer.com 2 years ago

This article references and more! For the last four seasons, the Seattle Seahawks have ranked as one of, if not the best, defense/special teams unit in the NFL. That is a title they can claim once again in 2016. Seattle lost longtime defensive tackle Brandon Mebane and former first-round pick Bruce Irvin in free agency, but it still features elite playmakers at all three levels of its defense -- Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril on the line; Bobby Wagner and K.J. [...]Keep on reading: Seahawks' D/ST Still Top Overall Option Despite Losses in Free Agency

Plugging the Gaps: IDP Waiver Wire for Week 3 numberfire.com 3 years ago

Michael Bennett is a princely defensive line option at a pauper's price for Week 3.

IDP PLAYOFF RANKINGS: Super Bowl XLIX fantasysharks.com 4 years ago

Wellfolks, this is it. After 256 regular-season games and 10 playoff games, onlytwo teams remain in the NFL. Sunday, the New England Patriots and SeattleSeahawks will take the field at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.By the time the night is through, one of those teams will lift the LombardiTrophy as NFL champions.

Arizonajust so happens to be my stomping grounds, and on Thursday I was fortunateenough to be invited to appear live on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from RadioRow. To say it was a thrill, both as a writer and a fan, would be a titanicunderstatement.

AsI waited to do a spot with Mike Dempsey and Fantasy Sports Writer AssociationHall of Famer Bob Harris, I glanced to my right and saw Oakland Raiders defensiveend Justin Tuck. To my left sat Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly.After my interview I chatted briefly with San Francisco 49ers safety AntoineBethea.

Foran Individual Defensive Player (IDP) guy like me, it doesn't get much betterthan that. And that was just the tip of the iceberg where players (both currentand former) was concerned. Troy Aikman. Drew Brees. Barry Sanders. And this guy...

Wondering who that is? Here's a hint.

WHOOOOOO!

Sunday'sgame is also the last chance for some fantasy football fun before the offseasonstarts. Even fantasy playoff leagues have but one game left, and only two teamsfrom which to choose players.

Assuming,that is, that you have enough players available to even field a full lineup.Most IDP playoff leagues use a "one and done" format where players areconcerned. In other words, while the entire pool of individual defensiveplayers is available, each player can only be used once (or twice in someleagues).

So,with but 60 minutes remaining before the 2014-15 NFL season draws to a close,here's a look at the best IDP options at each of the three main positions.

DEFENSIVELINEMEN

1.)Rob Ninkovich, DE, New England

2.)Chandler Jones, DE, New England

3.)Michael Bennett, DE, Seattle

4.)Cliff Avril, DE, Seattle

5.)Vince Wilfork, DT, New England

LINEBACKERS

1.)Jamie Collins, ILB, New England

2.)Bobby Wagner, MLB, Seattle

3.)Dont'a Hightower, ILB, New England

4.)K.J. Wright, OLB, Seattle

5.)Bruce Irvin, OLB, Seattle

DEFENSIVEBACKS

1.)Kam Chancellor, SS, Seattle

2.)Earl Thomas, FS, Seattle

3.)Richard Sherman, CB, Seattle

4.)Patrick Chung, SS, New England

5.)Byron Maxwell, CB, Seattle

Forspecific IDP start/sit questions, visit the Kilroyz Krystal Ball thread in the Fantasy ...

IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 7 IDP Start/Sit fantasysharks.com 4 years ago

IDP STUDS AND DUDS: Week 7 IDP Start/Sit

It's hard to believe, but by the time the dust settles on Week 7, the 2014 fantasy football regular season will already be halfway over.

It's been a season filled with surprises in IDP leagues. Some, such as Miami Dolphins linebacker Jelani Jenkins ranking inside the top 15 in Fantasy Sharks Default IDP Scoring through six weeks, have been pleasant, like finding $20 on the street.

Others, such as St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn sitting on zero sacks after half a dozen games after leading the NFC with 19 last year, have been like farts in an elevator -- unexpected and horrifying.

Between the injuries that continue to ravage the linebacker position (with Jerod Mayo of the New England Patriots just the latest on a long list of elite fantasy options out for the season) and under-performing stars, more than a few IDP owners who thought they had drafted competitive fantasy squads now sit at 2-4 or 1-5, wondering where it all went wrong.

For these teams, losing any more games would be devastating to their already dim playoff hopes. Every lineup decision is a game unto itself.

That's where IDP Studs and Duds comes in.

Each week during the 2014 season I'll point out some Individual Defensive Players who could be set to exceed expectations this week (Studs), as well as some that for whatever reason are riskier plays than normal (Duds).

This isn't necessarily to say that every "Stud" is a must-start (it depends on your other options) or that every "Dud" should be glued to your bench (just that the odds of a letdown week are greater than usual).

Week 7 also marks the fourth of the bye weeks, with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sitting idle.

As a Lavonte David owner in several leagues, I feel your pain.

STUDS

Michael Bennett -- DE, Seattle Seahawks (at STL): Bennett's been whisper-quiet of late, with only three total tackles over his last three games. However, the Seahawks as a whole have to be seething after getting their heads handed to them last week at home by the Dallas Cowboys, and the Rams have been an IDP goldmine this year. First in fantasy points allowed to IDPs overall, and fifth in points allowed to defensive linemen.

Akiem Hicks -- DE, New Orleans Saints (at DET): Hicks told Evan Woodbery of The New Orleans Times-Picayune that he enjoyed last week's bye, saying, ""It was a lot of time to regroup, recoup, recover." Now that the 24-year-old is back at it, it's time ...

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: IDP Waiver Wire - Week 1 fantasysharks.com 4 years ago

It's been a long time coming, but the 2014 NFL season is finally here.

In two short days, the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks will kick off the 2014 campaign in the Pacific Northwest. It's not only a rematch of the infamous "Fail Mary" game from two years ago, but it's also a classic offense vs. defense matchup.

And for the record, that was an interception.

Thursday's game also brings with it the beginning of another season of fantasy football, as fantasy owners finally get to see if the teams they drafted this summer will meet expectations, exceed them, or fall flat on their you-know-what.

Of course, some IDP squads have already hit a bump in the road. Maybe you drafted early and grabbed Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones before his four-game suspension was announced. Maybe the draft just didn't go the way you'd hoped.

In any event, some IDP leagues offer teams a chance to affect repairs before the season begins, either with first-come, first-served free agency or a round of waivers before the season begins.

That's where the DoD comes in.

Each week during the 2014 season, I'll be recommending players who IDP owners would be well advised to consider adding to their squads. Some will be players who could help IDP teams for the entire year. Others will be matchup plays whose value may come and go in the span of a single week.

Others still will turn out to have all the value of an autographed Taylor Hicks CD, but it's the beginning of the year, so let's maintain a positive mental attitude.

These recommendations will be made based on a fairly standard IDP lineup of two defensive linemen, two linebackers, two defensive backs, and a "flex" option. In fact, that's the format we'll be using for those recommendations, with the "flex" player getting the moniker "IDP Pickup of the Week."

With that in mind, let's get this party started!

IDP PICKUP OF THE WEEK

Keenan Robinson -- ILB, Washington Redskins

I've been banging the drum on Robinson with regularity all through the month of August, but as the calendar turns to September the 25-year-old remains available in enough IDP leagues to merit inclusion here.

Robinson, who missed the tail end of the 2012 season and all of last year with a pair of pectoral muscle tears, has moved into the WILB spot vacated by the retirement of longtime stalwart London Fletcher . Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated likes the youngster's 2014 prospects enough to have recently included Robinson on his list of players ...

IDP Rankings - Conference Championships fantasysharks.com 5 years ago

The NFL is down to its "Final Four."

With last week's Divisional Round in the books, only the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks remain standing. By the end of this week, we will know the participants for Super Bowl XLVIII in New York on Feb. 2.

With only four teams remaining, the pool of Individual Defensive Player (IDP) talent available to fantasy owners in IDP playoff leagues is getting pretty shallow. Not only that, but the format of many of these leagues has left fantasy owners in something of a bind this week.

You see, most of those leagues are "survivor"-type affairs. The entire pool of players are available, but you can only use each player once (or sometimes twice). That means that as important it is to find players who will put up a solid score, it's equally crucial that you take into account how you expect the postseason to play out.

An easy rule of thumb is this. If you're at or near the top of the leaderboard in your IDP playoff league, then the Super Bowl (and its projected participants) is a significant strategic concern. If you're back in the pack, just shoot for maximum points, and worry about February when it gets here.

So, with that in mind here's a look at the top-10 players at each of the "main" IDP positions for the Divisional Round in Fantasy Sharks Default IDP Scoring .

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

1.) Chandler Jones -- New England at Denver

2.) Rob Ninkovich -- New England at Denver

3.) Justin Smith -- San Francisco at Seattle

4.) Michael Bennett -- Seattle vs. San Francisco

5.) Cliff Avril -- Seattle vs. San Francisco

6.) Chris Jones -- New England at Denver

7.) Robert Ayers -- Denver vs. New England

8.) Ray McDonald -- San Francisco at Seattle

9.) Malik Jackson -- Denver vs. New England

10.) Joe Vellano -- New England at Denver

LINEBACKERS

1.) NaVorro Bowman -- San Francisco at Seattle

2.) Bobby Wagner -- Seattle vs. San Francisco

3.) Patrick Willis -- San Francisco at Seattle

4.) Danny Trevathan -- Denver vs. New England

5.) Ahmad Brooks -- San Francisco at Seattle

6.) Aldon Smith -- San Francisco at Seattle

7.) Jamie Collins -- New England at Denver

8.) Shaun Phillips -- Denver vs. New England

9.) Dont'a Hightower -- New England at Denver

10.) Malcolm Smith -- Seattle vs. San Francisco

DEFENSIVE BACKS

1.) Kam Chancellor -- Seattle vs. San Francisco

2.) Earl Thomas -- Seattle vs. San Francisco

3.) Eric Reid -- San Francisco at Seattle

4.) Richard Sherman --...