Fantasy Football 2011: Week 3 IDP Waiver Wire Wonders

Another NFL week is in the books. Last week we saw some of my picks impress (Sean Lee, Jason McCourty, Lardarius Webb, Morgan Burnett) and we saw some fail (Henry Melton, Thomas Davis). The season is still young and there are still a few players who deserve a spot on your roster.

Here’s seven players I think should be owned in most leagues.

Defensive linemen

Michael Johnson, DE, CIN

Michael Johnson started out his first two years in the league as a LB and didn’t do much. Now with the move to DE, he’s starting to put up decent fantasy numbers.

He has shown an uncanny ability to stop the run and the strength to rush the QB on the edge. With four straight favorable match ups, now would be the time to grab him if you need DL help.

Also, Johnson hasn’t missed a single game since coming into the NFL as a rookie in 2009. Durability like that is hard to find.

Linebackers

Navarro Bowman,  LB, SFF

Bowman has come out in weeks one and two in dominating fashion. He has scored more tackles than Patrick Willis two weeks in a row. Bowman has taken over the spot left by Takeo Spikes departure. spikes scored 81 tackles last year.

Bowman is definitely going to beat those numbers. If Bowman doesn’t have a 100-plus tackle season, I will be surprised. Pick him up RIGHT NOW!!!

Thomas Howard, LB, CIN

Just like Bowman, Howard has outplayed Rey Maualuga two weeks straight as well. Two weeks might not be enough to call this a trend but watch him in week three and if he outperforms Maualuga again, grab him and don’t look back.

Defensive backs

Eric Wright/Chris Houston, CB, DET

In the first two weeks of the season, Detroits offense has came out and dominated making teams have to pass the ball and play catch up.

With all that passing Wright and Houston have been garnering a lot of attention from opposing QBs. Their fantasy numbers have shown this as well.

Keep an eye on these two as they could potentially both be top ten CBs by seasons end.

Reshad Jones, S, MIA

Reshad Jones beat out Chris Clemons for the starting FS spot and hasn’t looked back. He’s been a consistent tackler on an inconsistent defense. Week one he had 12 total tackles, week two he had six total tackles.

I see no reason that Jones can’t keep that pace. As of right now expect between 5-10 tackles a game from Jones.

Jarrad Page, S, PHI

Page didn’t make this list because of his talent. This happens all too often in fantasy leagues. He’s on a team with three pro bowl CBs.

Who are opposing teams going to throw the ball at? That’s right, expect Page to rack up some serious tackle numbers this season simply for the fact that teams will constantly be throwing at him. It’s not too much to expect 8-10 tackles a week.

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