2010 IDP Stockwatch: Week 10

I thought I would introduce a new in-season article this year in which I discuss a few players whose fantasy value has either gone up or down depending on their performance, role changes, injury concerns, etc. from the previous week. I will try to get this article out every Thursday for your reading pleasure.

Stock Up

Wallace Gilberry Down Arrow RDE Wallace Gilberry (KC) - Gilberry has sneakily put up 4 sacks so far this season and is on pace for 8 for the year. He doesn't garner enough playing time to do much in the tackle column for owners, but he is turning into a decent matchup play in deep, big-play IDP leagues.

Jon Beason Down Arrow MLB Jon Beason (CAR) - The season-ending injury to Dan Connor opens the door for Beason to move back to his more comfortable position at middle linebacker. This move should do wonders for Beason's fantasy value as he seemed slightly awkward on the weak side and sliding back to the middle should increase his fantasy production. Plus, he's got a very favorable schedule moving forward. It's definitely time to buy Beason as he could see a return to top 5-10 linebacker status.

Brian Cushing Down Arrow SLB Brian Cushing (HOU) - After back-to-back poor fantasy performances, Cushing owners are starting to become impatient. However, good news is here. Reports out of Houston are stating that the Texans plan to move Cushing back to outside linebacker for a majority of his defensive snaps. This should restore much of Cushing's value that he lost after moving to middle linebacker in Week 8. Although I'm not expecting "Cush" to replicate his 2009 numbers, he should be a serviceable LB2 now.

Roman Harper Down Arrow SS Roman Harper (NO) - It's amazing how quickly player performance outlooks can change. Just last week I had Harper in my downgrade column. However, the Saints had both of their starting cornerbacks return to the lineup thus allowing defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to use Harper less in coverage and more as an in-the-box safety. This had a positive result on Harper's stat line as he put up 9 solo tackles and a sack. He should be a high level DB2 moving forward.

Richard Marshall Down Arrow

RCB Richard Marshall (CAR) - After a very slow start to the season, Marshall has picked up his performance over the last 5 games. During that time span, he has had 34 solos, 4 assists, a sack, and 2 interceptions and is starting to look a lot like his 2009-self. Marshall has always been a solid tackler for IDP owners and should continue to have a lot of opportunity as the Panthers are perhaps the worst offensive team in the league. I would trust Marshall as my CB1.

Stock Down

Kroy Biermann Down Arrow LDE Kroy Biermann (ATL) - I have/had very mixed feelings about Biermann all year long. In the preseason, I barely had him ranked and received a lot of crap from readers about how this guy was the next Jared Allen. I remained skeptical, but after watching him dominate in his preseason games, I completely changed my mind and starting pimping him out. He had a sack in his first regular season game, but hasn't registered one since and his tackle numbers have been less than desirable. If you still have "Beer Man" on your roster, it's probably time to move on.

Stephen Cooper Down Arrow

SILB Stephen Cooper (SD) - Cooper has been a sneaky matchup play for my the last few seasons, but he seems to have lost a step or two this year. He's only had two above average tackle games out of seven this season and has quickly become the 3rd best fantasy linebacker option in San Diego behind Kevin Burnett and Shaun Phillips. I would suspect that age (31) is starting to get to Cooper and that his time as a starter may be coming to an end after this season.

DeMarcus Ware Down Arrow ROLB DeMarcus Ware (DAL) - Ware has been the Cowboy's most consistent defensive force over the last few seasons. However, with Dallas often falling behind big early, Ware's sack opportunities have greatly diminished. The lack of QB pressure being applied from other areas of the defense has hindered Ware's production as well as teams can double team him on a majority of passing plays. Ware is still going to get his sacks here and there, I just wouldn't expect a ton of multiple sack games from him here on out unless the Cowboys defense miraculously improves.

Steven Gregory Down Arrow SS Steve Gregory (SD) - Gregory was injured in his first game back from suspension and I have to wonder a little bit about how much his PED use was helping his on the field performance. Paul Oliver has filled in for Gregory quite well and if I have a feeling that he may take over a majority of the snaps from Gregory. I wouldn't bet on PED boy to return to his pre-suspension fantasy form.

Malcolm Jenkins Down Arrow FS Macolm Jenkins (NO) - Jenkins filled in admirably for the injured veteran Darren Sharper for the first 8 weeks of the season. However, Jenkins is likely to see less and less playing time as the season wears on and Sharper becomes more healthy. Jenkins remains a decent dynasty option as he's shown some aptitude for putting up fantasy points and will likely get the starting nod at free safety next year. He's safe to drop in redraft leagues, however.

As always thanks for reading and for your comments! You guys have been keeping me busy! I'm looking forward to your questions, comments, and derogatory remarks.

Last Updated: November 11, 2010

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Lars said...

I need to pick one LB for the rest of the season...Cushing or David Harris?

Ryan Sitzmann said...

Based on strength of schedule, I would actually have to recommend Cushing the rest of the year as Houston has the 2nd most favorable schedule for fantasy linebackers whereas the jets have the worst.

brad said...

Omg, I just dropped Cushing for DeAndre Levy. Im thinking about picking him up again after the move back to strong side. Who would you drop for Cushing if any? Levy or Zac Diles? My other LBs are Timmons and Bishop. Thanks

Ryan Sitzmann said...

I see Levy having a bit more upside than Cushing since he has less competition for tackles. Levy's schedule isn't the greatest down the stretch but I still think they should have good tackle opportunity as their defense will probably be on the field more with Stafford out. I would actually stick with Levy.

G said...

Thanks for all the help. Do I play poz and Timmons this week, or would you advise picking up cushing, toler, or Jared Allen this week? If so, which of these three would you replace for timmons or poz?

brad said...

Thanks for the reply, I owe anything and everything that I know about IDP to you. So Im guessing you like Zac Diles over Cushing for the rest of the year?

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@bradI like Diles slightly better than Cushing since he's been productive pretty much all season.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

Stick with Timmons and Poz.

King said...

Hi Ryan! Would u make any changes to my line-up?
D- Timmons
D- Mayo
DB- Berry
DB- Marshall
DL- Suh
DL- Osi
????? THANX

Lance said...

Quintin Mikell or Roman Harper for the rest of the season?

Joey said...

Do you still prefer Tulloch for the rest of the season over Beason?

Joey said...

Also Aqib Talib or Terrel Thomas this week? Both are facing QBs that love throwing INTs

Ryan Sitzmann said...

Looks pretty solid. I may replace Berry depending on what's out there on the waiver wire.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

I like Harper.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

It's become quite a bit closer now that Beason has moved back to the middle. I still give Tulloch the slight edge but they will likely finish very close to one another.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

I would say Talib.

J said...

Hey Ryan,

Should I drop Winfield for Richard Marshall?

1 point per tackle or pass defensed, 1/2 point for assists, 3 for sacks and INTS. Thanks!

Ryan Sitzmann said...

No, Winfield should have a pretty good game against the pass-heavy Bears offense. He usually plays with a little more drive for these division games.

Ironman said...

I have a good problem to have in my IDP league. We only play two IDPs and I can pick any position for them. I have D.J. Williams, Posloszny, and chad greenway. On the waiver wire is patrick chung and brian cushing. Should I trade D.J. for either of these guys as a back up? Thanks for all the help this season.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

No, Williams is too valuable to drop even with a potential suspension forthcoming. You have room on your bench just keep him there if he gets suspended.

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