Here we are, Week Seven is underway. In our quest to set quality lineups we sometimes need to look at some players who are not in the top 50% of lineups. I will offer a few players who are just that, under 50% who can contribute for you.
Reuben Foster, LB, San Francisco – Start % 37.73
At the top of the list is a rookie who is overcoming an ankle injury. I’m sure many are hesitant to start him due to his injury status. I think he plays. With the departure of Navorro Bowman to Oakland the three down role has been given to Reuben Foster. The opportunities for some hefty tackles will be waiting for him. Start and enjoy this week. Foster was also mentioned on our weekly start and sit; you can find that here.
Preston Brown, LB, Buffalo – Start % 38.90
A lot of talk about Jameis Winston’s heath this week. He will play. It sure would be fun to see Ryan Fitzpatrick play against his former team though. The Bills defense has been on fire this year, and they play at home this week, which means trouble for the Tampa offense. Brown will look to stuff the run game to force Winston to make some throws against the heart of the Bills defense. Doug Martin will be featured this week in a ball-control game and Brown will have many chances to get those stats we all need. This is an excellent matchup for Brown this week.
Shaq Lawson, DE, Buffalo – Start % 28.83
Yes, I like the matchup against Tampa for the Bills defense. In this game when Tampa is facing 2nd and 3rd and longs, the bills pass rush will be coming hardcore. Attention will be given to Jerry Hughes, and that leaves Lawson meeting some one-on-one pass blocking. We are going to see Lawson drop Winston in this game. The Bills DTs will be able to collapse the pocket which again leaves Lawson in a place to finish the play with a sack. Good week to start him.
Malik Hooker, S, Indianapolis -Start % 42.83
I know… I know, a FS on the list. Going against the up and down Blake Bortles this week I am looking for a big play, specifically, an INT. If you’re in a deep starting league, he would be a nice option, especially so big play scoring leagues.
Malik Jackson, DT, Jacksonville – Start % 47.95
You have to love matching up against the Colts line. I’m not expecting a mind blowing game here, but he should lock up a few tackles. In a plus matchup for the Jags D line I am taking a shot here.
Good luck this week! Keep building and battling. You can find me on twitter @DFF_JohnIDP. Our IDP team is putting out some great weekly content. Have a look and stay informed.