Fantasy football busts: IDP - Week 1

by Bryce McRae on September 9, 2009 @ 17:00:00 PDT

 


Also see: Fantasy football sleepers: IDP - Week 1

In this article KFFL breaks down fantasy football busts of the week among individual defensive players (IDPs). Some high-level players will be included, because you need to know when is time to sit a player even though it may not seem appropriate. Primarily, however, we will address the midrange to low-end fantasy options that you rack your brain over each week. Read on to learn which of these players that you wouldn't want in your lineup.

Fantasy football busts: Defensive linemen

Jonathan Babineaux, Atlanta Falcons vs. Miami Dolphins

Fantasy value: Weak No. 2 or strong No. 3

  • The fifth-year tackle set a career high with 3.5 sacks last year. For the season, he averaged 2.4 total tackles (2.0 solo), which tied for first among Falcons defensive linemen.
  • The Dolphins gave up just 1.1 sacks per game to this position last year, good for a tie for the 11th fewest in the league. Don't expect many tackles, either, as they surrendered just 9.4 solo per game to this position (tied for sixth fewest).

Kevin Williams, Minnesota Vikings at Cleveland Browns

Fantasy value: Weak No. 2 or strong No. 3

  • Guess it helped having Jared Allen on the outside of the line last year. Williams finished with 60 tackles (45 solo) and 8.5 sacks - each total was his highest since 2004.
  • Cleveland gave up the fifth fewest solo tackles (9.3) per game to this position last year. With regards to sacks, they allowed just 0.9 per game (tied for sixth fewest).
  • Brady Quinn will start at quarterback for the Browns. He doesn't have the arm of Derek Anderson, so we could see a lot of short, underneath passes from Quinn this weekend. This likely won't allow a lot of time for sacks.
  • Facing a stout run D, the Browns might not try to run the ball that often against Minny.

Brodrick Bunkley, Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3

  • Bunkley finished second among Eagles' defensive linemen with 2.9 total tackles and tied for second with 2.1 solo tackles per game last year. Also, he was third with 0.8 assisted tackles per game.
  • Carolina tied for the sixth fewest sacks allowed per game to this position in the league last year (0.9). They also surrendered the 11th fewest solo tackles (11.0) per game to opposing DLs.
  • Overall, the Panthers did a great job keeping quarterback Jake Delhomme clean last year, limiting the opposition to just 20 sacks all year.

Fantasy football busts: Linebackers

Kamerion Wimbley, Cleveland Browns vs. Minnesota Vikings

Fantasy value: Bench

  • The fourth-year player finished with a career-high 66 total tackles (52 solo), though his sack total declined for the second straight year.
  • The Vikes gave up just 13.9 solo tackles (14th fewest) and 0.2 sacks (tied for the fourth fewest) per game to opposing backers last year.

Elvis Dumervil, Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals

Fantasy value: Bench

  • Dumervil managed 24 total tackles (17 solo) and 5.0 sacks last year. This year, those totals should increase as the Broncos plan to move him around and line him up at defensive end and outside linebacker.
  • It isn't the best week for Dumervil to be lining up as a linebacker, though. Cincy allowed the second fewest solo tackles (12.3, tied) per game to this position last year.
  • Note: They also tied for the most sacks (1.0) per game to this position in 2008. That could help the sack-hungry Dumervil, especially in his new role.

Jason Taylor, Miami Dolphins at Atlanta Falcons

Fantasy value: Bench

  • Back in Miami, Taylor should hopefully (for fantasy owners) return to his Pro Bowl form. He finished with at least 11.0 sacks in five of his last six seasons in South Florida.
  • Taylor could struggle this week, however. The Falcons allowed just 13.0 solo tackles per game to this position last year, which was the seventh fewest in the league.
  • Sacks might also be hard to come by - Atlanta gave up just 0.1 per game to opposing linebackers (tied for fewest in the league).

Fantasy football busts: Defensive backs

Madieu Williams, Minnesota Vikings at Cleveland Browns

Fantasy value: Weak No. 2 or strong No. 3

  • He only played in nine games, but Williams averaged 4.7 total tackles (4.2 solo) per game during his fifth NFL season. He also picked off two passes.
  • Cleveland gave up the fewest solo tackles to this position (13.9) per game last year. For a back that garners most of his value from his tackles, that could spell disaster for Williams.
  • With the leak that Brady Quinn will be starting behind center for the Browns, Williams' value took another hit. Quinn doesn't have as strong an arm as Derek Anderson, so Cleveland might not take as many shots down in Williams' area of the field.

Nick Collins, Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears

Fantasy value: Weak No. 3 or bench

  • Collins enjoyed his first Pro Bowl season last year, finishing with 72 total tackles (60 solo) and seven interceptions. Three of those INTs were returned for touchdowns.
  • Last year, the Bears gave up 15.1 tackles per game to this position, which was the third fewest in the league.
  • They have quarterback Jay Cutler now, so the offense should open up some more. Still, without any top receivers to go to, it's tough to see their passing game making a good selection out of Collins.

Quentin Jammer, San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders

Fantasy value: Weak No. 3 or bench

  • Jammer finished with a career-high 88 total tackles (75 solo) last year while also picking off two passes.
  • Keeping up that form into 2009 might be tough, at least initially. Oakland surrendered just 14.6 solo tackles (second fewest) and 0.1 sacks (tied for sixth fewest) per game to this position last year.
  • The Raiders will likely be starting a pair of rookie wideouts this week. They rarely targeted the position last year; with Jammer covering one of those receivers, he likely won't see many chances to rack up tackles.

Also see: Fantasy football sleepers: IDP - Week 1

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About Bryce McRae

Bryce McRae is a Managing Editor with KFFL and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1999. He joined KFFL as a volunteer writer in March 2005 before becoming a Hot off the Wire Analyst in March 2006. He began working in his current capacity in September 2008. His work has appeared on fantasy sports sites such as Yahoo! and CBS Sportsline as well as in print. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008 with a B.A. in History and U.S. Studies.

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