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Jon Bostic, Andrew Sendejo and other IDP Fill-ins

injury-alertWe’re getting into the middle of the season and the wear and tear is starting to take its toll on NFL players. Around the league there are a number of injuries to defensive players that impact our IDP rosters.  Here’s a quick look at some defensive players that are filling the shoes of notable IDPs and how they look as replacements.




CT bears-giants56.JPGJon Bostic (MLB, Chicago Bears)

With D.J. Williams going down it seems we’re finally going to get a chance to see Bostic in action. In preseason it seemed there was a chance he would win out the competition for the starting spot, but it didn’t happen. There’s probably no linebacker that yo-yo’d on offseason IDP rankings as much as Bostic because many have viewed him as a very high potential kind of guy. He’s a smart and athletic linebacker that seems to fit the Chicago middle linebacker mold and he has a ton of upside. This could be his chance to really shine. He’s definitely worth adding to your IDP roster, and he could be a viable starter down the stretch.

Andrew Sendejo (FS, Minnesota Vikings)

Harrison Smith has been a top 5 defensive back all season, but he’s going to be out for several weeks with a turf toe injury. Sendejo will be filling in at free safety, and he has big shoes to fill. He hasn’t had much play time in 2013, and the time he’s had has been filling in as a rotational player at strong safety when Jamarca Sanford was out with injury. In minimal time playing this season he’s recorded 10 total tackles and put up 0.14 Points-Per-Snap. That’s 0.03 lower than Smith’s 0.17 PPSnap through 6 weeks. However, that’s a difference of 48 fantasy points scored. The greater number of snaps will give him a chance to show his value, but I’m not expecting Sendejo to crack the top 20 defensive backs list.  If you find yourself at a loss at safety with Smith you, you can probably find better options on the waiver wire at this point.

D.J. Swearinger (SS, Houston Texans)

Strong Safety Danieal Manning has been placed on IR, and the rookie Swearinger has been moved into the starting role for the Texans. It was originally thought that Shiloh Keo would slide into the role, but Wade Phillips has recently decided otherwise. Swearinger has seen time this season in the team’s dime package, and he’s shown decent potential. Thus far he’s amassed 14 total tackles and is maintaining 0.18 PPSnap. Those numbers aren’t bad considering the time he’s played. It’s nice to see the rookie get the opportunity and if he performs well, he should hold onto the starting spot for the remainder of the season. He may not break into the top 20 in terms of fantasy DBs, but he could be worth a bench slot for a rainy day.

Jamie Collins/Dane Fletcher (LB, New England Patriots)

It’s still unclear who will have the primary responsibilities of filling Jerod Mayo’s role as weak side linebacker for the Pats. The organization is typically tight lipped on such matters, so we’re going to have to keep an eye on snap counts going forward to see whether it’s going to be Collins or Fletcher that see the most play. If one or the other take over the majority of the snaps, then it might be worth stashing them in tackle heavy leagues for down the road.


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Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...