Show Navigation
Show Menu

Free Agent Focus

Week 4 IDP Free Agent Focus

By Matt Schauf 2:09am EDT 9/26/16

Aaron Donald, DT, Rams

This guy can’t be available in any leagues that actually play with linemen, right? Well, I’ve learned not to take anything for granted with this list over the years.

I would be willing to bet that there are folks dropping Donald this week, now that he has finished his 3rd straight game without a sack. If that happens in your league, go get him. (Donald, that is. Not your league mate.)

L.A.’s star DT notched another 2 QB hits Sunday at Tampa to give him 7 through 3 games. That puts him on pace for 37.3 over 16 games. Donald finished last season 2nd in the league with 37 QB hits, trailing only J.J. Watt.

In other words, he’s getting after the QB just like last year. He just hasn’t happened to convert any sacks yet. They’re coming.


Kerry Hyder, DE, Lions

The Detroit rookie did it again Sunday, notching 1 of the mere 2 sacks (and 2 total QB hits) the Lions managed in their loss at Green Bay. That makes 3 straight games with a sack to open his career. Hyder has racked up 4 sacks in all and 5 total QB hits.

He’ll head to Chicago next weekend starting in many IDP lineups. Hyder carries especially sneaky value if your commissioner site identifies him as a DT and you play in a DT-required league.


Zach Brown, ILB, Bills

Brown beats fellow ILB starter Preston Brown on speed and athleticism. Preston Brown’s edge entering the year looked like playing time.

But Zach Brown has been joining him on the field as a full-time player and delivered his 2nd straight double-digit tackle tally Sunday. His 10 solos and 12 total stops both led the team in the surprising win over the Cardinals. And Week 1 produced 8 total tackles.

Next comes a visit to a New England team likely to go heavy on LeGarrette Blount once again. Brown’s not only a good pickup off waivers but looking like a weekly starter right now.


Vontaze Burfict, OLB, Bengals

Burfict has finishede serving the 3-game suspension for his playoff headshot to Steelers WR Antonio Brown. That will return him to action Thursday night against the Dolphins -- likely in an immediate starting role.

Burfict began last season sidelined by a knee injury that required microfracture surgery, yet he started the 1st game he played in and was a full-time player by the end of the year. No physical setbacks this time around should have him playing the larger role from the start.

Even in the decreased role he played over 10 games last year, Burfict still collected tackles at a rate that would have ranked him top 15 for the season. Over the final 7 contests, he produced at least 5 solos and 6 total stops every time. His rate over that span projects to about 135 over a full season, which would have tied for 4th in the league last year. And that doesn't even include the 6-tackle, 1-sack, 1-INT, 1-FF line from the playoff loss to Pittsburgh.

There's a reason he remains in the Bengals lineup through all the injuries and NFL punishments. When he's in there, Burfict produces and improves the defense.

Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Texans

I have to admit: I don’t like this guy.

It’s not personal. I just think that his pro performance has matched what I saw on his college tape so far: a big guy who lacks the play recognition and awareness to capitalize on his plus speed. But McKinney is capitalizing on his stat opportunities right now.

In his 2 full games since fellow ILB Brian Cushing suffered a knee sprain in the opener, MKinney has produced 24 total tackles (8 solo) and 2 sacks. That included 16 tackles (6 solo) and a sack at New England last Thursday.

Next comes a lackluster Tennessee offense that should keep plenty more opportunities in McKinney’s area.


Christian Kirksey, ILB, Browns

Kirksey has posted decent tackle numbers in the middle of a weak Browns defense so far, but he has made himself more relevant by tallying 4 QB hits through 3 games.

That started with a sack plus a 2nd hit in the opener, but Kirksey has continued by registering a hit each of the past 2 weeks as well. He also contributed a season-high 9 tackles (8 solo) in Sunday’s near-miss at Miami.

Kirksey should remain busy in Week 4 against a Washington offense that has heavily involved slot WR Jamison Crowder and TE Jordan Reed in the passing game. Plus there are the shorter-range touches for RBs Matt Jones and Chris Thompson.


Karl Joseph, S, Raiders

Oakland's 1st-round pick finally got into the lineup for Sunday's win over the Titans, and he promptly led all Raiders with 10 tackles (including 6 solos).

Coaches obviously opened the season believing Joseph wasn't ready for NFL responsibilities, but 2 games of historically bad team defense forced a switch. Frankly, if Joseph struggles in coverage, it might help his fantasy production by encouraging opponents to target his area of the field.

Before the ACL tear that ended his 2015 season at West Virginia, Joseph flashed some serious playmaking chops. He opened his college career with 104 tackles as a freshman and had snared 5 INTs through 4 games as a senior before the knee injury ended his career.

The fact that Oakland moved up in Round 1 to draft a safety coming off a serious knee injury shows what they think of his fearless tackling and ball skills. Joseph presents intriguing fantasy upside at the back of a soft defense.

Jordan Poyer, S, Browns

Poyer’s not a pickup for every league, but he combines solid numbers to date with an attractive Week 4 matchup. Poyer racked up 12 tackles (including 10 solo) Sunday at Miami. That followed lines of 6 and 5 tackles the 1st 2 weeks (including 6 solos in the opener).

Like Kirksey, Poyer will be visiting a Washington offense that attempted 125 passes over the 1st 3 games. Poyer figures to be busy, and the Browns D remains plenty capable of letting tackle opportunities reach him.

Related Fantasy Football

Week 5 IDP Hits: Are You My Safety?

Week 5 IDP Hits: Are You My Safety?

9:45am EDT 10/10/21

What has happened to John Johnson, and can he rebound? Let's check in on that and some other big-named safeties off to slow starts.

Read More »
Podcast: Dynasty IDP w/ Mike Woellert 6-1-20

Podcast: Dynasty IDP w/ Mike Woellert 6-1-20

8:06am EDT 6/2/20

How should the 2020 rookies fit into your overall dynasty rankings, and which sleepers should you go get?

Read More »
Podcast: IDP Free Agency Roundup 3-24-20

Podcast: IDP Free Agency Roundup 3-24-20

5:03pm EDT 3/24/20

Last week found lots of prominent defensive players on the move. Let's dig into the impact of the free agency and trade market around the league.

Read More »
Don't Ignore Camp Holdouts When You Draft

Don't Ignore Camp Holdouts When You Draft

9:07pm EDT 7/24/18

As we wait for Julio Jones and Le'Veon Bell to join their teams in training camp (or later), the past 11 years present some cautionary tales for extended holdouts ...

Read More »
IDP Podcast: Big Free-Agent Moves 3-29-18

IDP Podcast: Big Free-Agent Moves 3-29-18

9:03pm EDT 3/29/18

Money flew to LBs and Ndamukong Suh crashed the party. How has free agency affected 2018 IDP values?

Read More »
IDP Podcast: LB Changes 11-11-2017

IDP Podcast: LB Changes 11-11-2017

10:11pm EST 11/11/17

A couple of early-season LB1s have turned into backups; plus, we've got a bunch of injury situations and returns worth monitoring in NFL Week 10 and beyond.

Read More »
IDP Podcast: Big Returns 10-12-17

IDP Podcast: Big Returns 10-12-17

11:10pm EDT 10/12/17

Myles Garrett showed out in his return. Danny Trevathan's back from his 1-game vacation. What can we expect from each going forward?

Read More »
Winning Your League Starts Here Trophy

Why Wouldn’t You Invest
$36 to Win Your League?

Check out thisleague-winning info

2021 Draft Package Now - Sept 15th

$39

Get Instant Access
2021 In-Season Package Sept 5th - Mar 7th

$39

Get Access Sept. 5th
2021 DFS Package Sept 5th - Mar 7th

$49

Get Access Sept. 5th
Best Value – All Access Pass
DS Insider Membership All 3 Packages

$127 $36

Semi-annual auto-renew
Get Instant Access
Draft War Room Included Draft War Room Draft War Room Draft War Room Included Draft War Room
Award-Winning Player Rankings Included Award-Winning Player Rankings Award-Winning Player Rankings Award-Winning Player Rankings Included Award-Winning Player Rankings
3D Projections Included 3D Projections 3D Projections 3D Projections Included 3D Projections
Live-Draft Sync Included Live-Draft Sync Live-Draft Sync Live-Draft Sync Included Live-Draft Sync
In-Depth Player Profiles Included In-Depth Player Profiles In-Depth Player Profiles In-Depth Player Profiles Included In-Depth Player Profiles
Mock Draft Tool Included Mock Draft Tool Mock Draft Tool Mock Draft Tool Included Mock Draft Tool
Round-by-Round Draft Strategies Included Round-by-Round Draft Strategies Round-by-Round Draft Strategies Round-by-Round Draft Strategies Included Round-by-Round Draft Strategies
Insider Sleepers & Busts Included Insider Sleepers & Busts Insider Sleepers & Busts Insider Sleepers & Busts Included Insider Sleepers & Busts
Average Draft Position by Scoring Included Average Draft Position by Scoring Average Draft Position by Scoring Average Draft Position by Scoring Included Average Draft Position by Scoring
Scientific Injury Predictor Included Scientific Injury Predictor Scientific Injury Predictor Scientific Injury Predictor Included Scientific Injury Predictor
In-Season Weekly Rankings In-Season Weekly Rankings Included In-Season Weekly Rankings In-Season Weekly Rankings Included In-Season Weekly Rankings
“Who Should I Start?” Tool “Who Should I Start?” Tool Included “Who Should I Start?” Tool “Who Should I Start?” Tool Included “Who Should I Start?” Tool
“My Team” Tool w/ Analysis & Notifications “My Team” Tool w/ Analysis & Notifications Included “My Team” Tool w/ Analysis & Notifications “My Team” Tool w/ Analysis & Notifications Included “My Team” Tool w/ Analysis & Notifications
Live-Sync Free Agent Finder Live-Sync Free Agent Finder Included Live-Sync Free Agent Finder Live-Sync Free Agent Finder Included Live-Sync Free Agent Finder
Trade Partner Navigator Trade Partner Navigator Included Trade Partner Navigator Trade Partner Navigator Included Trade Partner Navigator
Player Shares Player Shares Included Player Shares Player Shares Included Player Shares
In-Depth Free Agent Gems In-Depth Free Agent Gems Included In-Depth Free Agent Gems In-Depth Free Agent Gems Included In-Depth Free Agent Gems
Buy/Sell/Hold Trade Advice Buy/Sell/Hold Trade Advice Included Buy/Sell/Hold Trade Advice Buy/Sell/Hold Trade Advice Included Buy/Sell/Hold Trade Advice
Strength-of-Schedule Data Strength-of-Schedule Data Included Strength-of-Schedule Data Strength-of-Schedule Data Included Strength-of-Schedule Data
DFS Lineup Builder DFS Lineup Builder DFS Lineup Builder Included DFS Lineup Builder Included DFS Lineup Builder
DFS Ownership Projections DFS Ownership Projections DFS Ownership Projections Included DFS Ownership Projections Included DFS Ownership Projections
Weekly GPP Picks
(DraftKings & FanDuel)
Weekly GPP Picks
(DraftKings & FanDuel)
Weekly GPP Picks
(DraftKings & FanDuel)
Included Weekly GPP Picks
(DraftKings & FanDuel)
Included Weekly GPP Picks
(DraftKings & FanDuel)
Weekly Cash Game Picks
(DraftKings & FanDuel)
Weekly Cash Game Picks
(DraftKings & FanDuel)
Weekly Cash Game Picks
(DraftKings & FanDuel)
Included Weekly Cash Game Picks
(DraftKings & FanDuel)
Included Weekly Cash Game Picks
(DraftKings & FanDuel)
Weekly Top Stacks Weekly Top Stacks Weekly Top Stacks Included Weekly Top Stacks Included Weekly Top Stacks
High-Stakes DFS Line-up Reviews High-Stakes DFS Line-up Reviews High-Stakes DFS Line-up Reviews Included High-Stakes DFS Line-up Reviews Included High-Stakes DFS Line-up Reviews
DFS Independent DFS Independent DFS Independent Included DFS Independent Included DFS Independent
Daily Fantasy Advice Daily Fantasy Advice Daily Fantasy Advice Included Daily Fantasy Advice Included Daily Fantasy Advice
Personalized Email Advice Personalized Email Advice Personalized Email Advice Included Personalized Email Advice Included Personalized Email Advice
Premium Insider Articles Included Premium Insider Articles Included Premium Insider Articles Included Premium Insider Articles Included Premium Insider Articles
Daily FF Email Updates Included Daily FF Email Updates Included Daily FF Email Updates Included Daily FF Email Updates Included Daily FF Email Updates
Breaking News Updates Included Breaking News Updates Included Breaking News Updates Included Breaking News Updates Included Breaking News Updates
To-the-Minute Game Day Inactives Included To-the-Minute Game Day Inactives Included To-the-Minute Game Day Inactives Included To-the-Minute Game Day Inactives Included To-the-Minute Game Day Inactives
All-Access
Draft Sharks App
All–Access Draft Sharks App
Included All-Access
Draft Sharks App
Included All-Access
Draft Sharks App
Included All-Access
Draft Sharks App
Included All-Access
Draft Sharks App
Get Instant Access Get Access Sept. 5th Get Access Sept. 5th Get Instant Access

Turn your phone into a draft weapon with our FREE APP

Download on the App Store Get It on Google Play