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IDP Ballers and Fallers – Week 6

Welcome back to ‘Ballers and Fallers,’ where we explore the world of IDP fantasy football, highlighting the standout performers and those who missed the mark in Week 6. In this analysis, we provide a unique perspective on how these defensive players are stacking up against expert predictions. So, let’s dive into the impressive displays and unexpected disappointments from the latest week of NFL action.


Justin Madubuike, DL, BAL

Justin Madubuike made waves in Week 6, where he was projected to finish outside the top 50 at DL but defied those expectations by finishing as DL3 for the week. He racked up 4 tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 2 sacks, showcasing his dominance on the field. Madubuike’s season has been marked by consistent production, tallying 13 tackles, 7 assisted tackles, 4.5 sacks across 6 games. He currently stands at DL18, playing in 70% of snaps. If you’re searching for a DL gem, Madubuike is the name to remember.

Jordan Hicks, LB, MIN

In Week 6, Jordan Hicks put on a remarkable performance, recording 5 tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 1 pass defended, 1 interception, and 1 fumble recovery, earning him the LB1 spot for the week. This stellar display defied expectations, as Hicks was projected to finish as LB26. On the season, he has accumulated 30 tackles, 23 assisted tackles, 2 passes defended, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, and 1 defensive touchdown across 6 games. Currently ranking as LB12, Hicks plays in 97% of defensive snaps, making him a key asset for any IDP lineup. If you’re looking for a game-changing baller at the linebacker position, Hicks should be on your radar.

Cam Taylor-Britt, DB, CIN

Cam Taylor-Britt continued to impress in Week 6, recording 7 tackles, 3 passes defended, and 1 interception, finishing as DB3 for the week. His performance exceeded expectations, as he wasn’t projected to place in the top 50. Taylor-Britt’s season has been solid, with 24 tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 6 passes defended, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, and 1 touchdown across 6 games, currently ranking as DB16. Averaging 92% of defensive snaps per game, he’s become a consistent and reliable asset for IDP managers. Taylor-Britt is undoubtedly a baller in the defensive backfield.


Chase Young, DL, WAS

Chase Young faced a challenging Week 6, managing only 1 assisted tackle with zeros in all other stat categories. This unexpected dip in performance positioned him at DL186 for the week, a stark contrast to his projected finish as DL16. Young’s season has been marked by inconsistency, tallying 8 tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 3 sacks, 1 pass defended across 5 games, currently ranking as DL56. Playing in 90% of snaps, his diminished snap counts in recent weeks raise concerns about his fantasy production. It’s a reminder that expert predictions don’t always align with reality.

Pete Werner, LB, NO

Pete Werner had a disappointing Week 6, recording 4 tackles and 2 assisted tackles, finishing as LB64 when he was projected to finish as LB18. On the season, he has contributed 24 tackles, 19 assisted tackles, half a sack, 1 pass defended, and 1 interception across 6 games, currently ranking as LB47. Playing in 90% of snaps, his solid season snap counts don’t always translate to fantasy success, highlighting the unpredictability of the IDP landscape. While experts had high hopes for him, Werner seems to be falling short of expectations.

Derwin James, DB, LAC

Derwin James faced a challenging Week 6, managing only 1 tackle and 2 assisted tackles. This disappointing performance positioned him at DB140 for the week, far from his projected position as DB2. James’ season has seen a decline in snap counts since Week 2, where he played 100% of snaps. His playing time has progressively decreased, with Week 6 at 90%. While he’s contributed 19 tackles, 8 assisted tackles, 2 passes defended across 4 games, he currently ranks as DB95. Playing with a sore hamstring and missing Week 4 due to injury, James’ season has faced unexpected hurdles. Monitoring his diminishing snap counts will be essential moving forward.


In conclusion, Week 6 of ‘Ballers and Fallers’ showcases the ever-shifting landscape of IDP fantasy football. We’ve witnessed remarkable performances from the likes of Jordan Hicks, Justin Madubuike, and Cam Taylor-Britt, who defied expectations and delivered exceptional results. On the flip side, Chase Young, Pete Werner, and Derwin James’s struggles serve as reminders that expert predictions don’t always align with reality. As we navigate the challenges of the season, stay vigilant, and remember that the world of IDP is filled with surprises. Until next week, may your teams continue to adapt and excel in the quest for fantasy football supremacy!


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