IDPs in Week 7 of the NFL season had a great week of production. With 60 sacks, 19 interceptions, and two defensive touchdowns, team defenses as a whole kept 12 teams to 20 points or less this week. With a huge pool of players to choose from in IDP leagues, here are the top 10 IDP scorers from Week 7.
9 (tied). CB Antoine Winfield, Minnesota Vikings, LB Jerod Mayo, New England Patriots, and LB Daryl Washington, Arizona Cardinals - 12.50
Winfield's Week 7 statistics: 10 solo tackles, 1 assist tackle, 1 sack
Mayo's Week 7 statistics: 10 solo tackles, 1 assist tackle, 1 forced fumble
Washington's Week 7 statistics: 8 solo tackles, 1 assist tackle, 2 sacks
8. LB Chase Blackburn, New York Giants - 13.00
Week 7 statistics: 7 solo tackles, 4 assist tackles, 2 forced fumbles
Blackburn has best game of the season with 11 total tackles and two forced fumbles against the Washington Redskins. However, with just 42 total tackles after seven games, he is just an average IDP option with the Giants.
4 (tied). LB James Laurinaitis, St. Louis Rams - 13.50
Week 7 statistics: 13 solo tackles, 1 assist tackle
Laurinaitis was big on tackles again with his highest single-game tackle total of the season. He has recorded nine or more tackles in six of the Rams' seven games.
4 (tied). LB Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers - 13.50
Week 7 statistics: 8 solo tackles, 7 assist tackles, 1 fumble recovery
Kuchely had the best game of his rookie season with a career-high 15 tackles against the Dallas Cowboys. With Jon Beason out, he has received plenty of playing time and produces like a solid IDP linebacker.
4 (tied). S Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings - 13.50
Week 7 statistics: 4 solo tackles, 1 assist tackles, 1 interception, 1 touchdown
Another rookie having a big game in Week 7, Smith recorded his first interception of his career against the Cardinals. With a low tackle total and no sacks, he is an IDP with little value.
4 (tied). CB Johnathan Joseph, Houston Texans - 13.50
Week 7 statistics: 4 solo tackles, 1 assist tackle, 1 interception, 1 touchdown
Like Smith, Joseph had the exact same numbers in the Texans' win over the Baltimore Ravens. While his week-by-week numbers are a little better than Smith's, he is not an IDP worth owning.
3. LB Vontaze Burfict, Cincinnati Bengals - 14.00
Week 7 statistics: 13 solo tackles, 2 assist tackles
An excellent source of tackles over the past few weeks, Burfict has been impressive as a starting linebacker for the Bengals. He is worth a pickup given the high number of tackle opportunities he'll likely have from week to week.
1 (tied). CB Sheldon Brown, Cleveland Browns - 15.50
Week 7 statistics: 9 solo tackles, 1 assist tackle, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery
Brown was everyone on the field with 10 total tackles and a couple of big plays sprinkled throughout the game. He'll be a player to watch and add if he can be a more-reliable tackler with the Browns.
1 (tied). DE Brian Robison, Minnesota Vikings - 15.50
Week 7 statistics: 7 solo tackles, 1 assist tackle, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble
Robison punished John Skelton, Kevin Kolb's replacement, and had a big game against the Cardinals. This eight-tackle game is somewhat of an anomaly, so he is someone who should only be added in IDP leagues that give big points for sacks.
*Point totals determined through standard Yahoo! 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
Week 7 Scoreboard, Yahoo! Sports
Chase Blackburn Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
James Laurinaitis Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Luke Kuechly Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Harrison Smith Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
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