Which positions are you looking for? It would help if you were more specific. The great thing about IDP leagues is that there is almost always someone in the FA pool to grab. Without knowing any specific names that you are looking for, the best I can do is throw out a few names that I know. Here are the starting defensive players on my team, however I doubt any of them are available on your WW:
LB – Ray Lewis, Bal. (not having the same type of year as usual, but he’s a solid start)
LB – Nick Barnett, G.B. (Kicking butt. If he’s available, grab him. He plays the Vikings this week and should produce big numbers)
DB – C. Carr, Oak. (Not a lot of defensive stats, but our league gives points for Kick and punt returns and he’s been awesome)
DB – A. Winfield, Min. (Has not had a stellar year, but he gets by. He’s average in my book.)
D – Cato June, Ind. (Kicking butt, however it looks as if he won’t play this week due to a knee injury)
D – J. Farrior, Pit (Solid start, has had some really big games, but not as consistent as I’d like)
I am in such a league. There is always someone good to nab. I'm a big fan of LBs b/c they get a lot of tackles. With a DT or DE you are mainly hit or miss w/whether or not they will record a sack. Safeties are good as well as they will get you some tackles and depending on the safety they might get you a sack; someone like Dawkins or Polamalu. I feel DBs are only a good pick up if they return kicks. That being said, I like McGee from Buffalo.
I would just look at their averages, but make sure they didn't just have a big week that skewed their average. All of the above players that were mentioned by 204BC are good. I would add Zach Thomas, Keith Bulluck, Jonathon Vilma, Urlacher, Donnie Edwards, Deangelo Hall, Gary Brackett, Mike Vrabel, Patrick Kerney, Roy Williams, Al Wilson, just to name a few.
I don't play IDP, but wouldn't Plindsey's defensive formula be somewhat helpful to IDP's as it is for team defenses? It's more geared towards turnovers and points allowed, though. As far as tackles go, I guess you'd have to make a new formula based on offensive plays per game (which creates tackles).
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Doughhead wrote:I'm looking for a couple of spot starts. Which matchups should I target in terms of lots of tackles or potential INTs?
The steadiest IDP points come from tackles. In order to make a lot of tackles the other team needs to have a good enough offense to stay on the field. The best would be a team that rolls up plenty of yards, forcing your D to make tackles downfield, while also turning the ball over. If they suck and they're 3 and out, then that's not much help is it?
So while it seems counterintuititve, you dont want to face the worst O teams, and there's nothing wrong with going up against good Os especially if they turn the ball over.
You're looking for a team with an effective running attack and good TOP if you want to aim for tackles. The big play pass teams usually don't do so hot for this, but a shorter passing team such as Philly might do fine.
Turnovers and sacks can be easily surmised through turnovers and sacks against...I'm sure you can pull those #'s up easily. Personally, I think turnovers are very hard to guess for IDPs, because you never know who'll get the chance. Sacks are easier, but they're more of a gamble with more risk and reward than going for tackles.
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I'm pretty sure you can get that info at http://www.fftoday.com. If you register for free you can put your scoring system in and then go to the page where it shows ffpoints allowed for each position using your scoring system. I'm fairly confident that it is compatable with IDPs.