Mason Foster, LB, TB
With the cut of Tyrone McKenzie, Foster basically has zero competition for middle linebacker snaps in Tampa Bay. It’s quite an endorsement on the part of Tampa Bay’s coaches, but not particularly surprising to anyone who saw Foster fly around the field at Washington. Foster looks entirely primed for a 16-start season as a rookie, meaning he has a good chance to hit the 120-tackle mark.
Kurt Coleman, S, PHI
Coleman has clearly pulled away in the race to be Philadelphia’s in-the-box safety, and he could be a surprisingly decent IDP in that role. The Ohio State product isn’t a great athlete, but he’s tough and instinctive. In three starts as a rookie, including one in the playoffs against the Packers, he totaled 19 tackles (17 solo) and one interception. He’s looking like a good target if you’re trying to go cheap in a deeper IDP league.
Turk McBride, DE, NO
McBride was fairly impressive in a rotational role for Detroit last year, accumulating 33 tackles (16 solo) and five sacks in 15 games. With the ability to line up inside and out, the departures of Tony Hargrove and Alex Brown mean that McBride should be on the field often for the Saints, particularly in passing situations. With Will Smith likely facing a two-game suspension (StarCaps), expect McBride to be especially active in the first two weeks. With a strong interior line of Sedrick Ellis, Aubrayo Franklin and Shaun Rogers in New Orleans, McBride should see favorable situations on the edges, and he has flashed the talent to capitalize on those opportunities.
Adrian Wilson, S, ARZ
With the release of Matt Ware, it seems to signal that Arizona expects Wilson (torn biceps) to be able to play Week 1 or not long afterward. His injury could definitely harm his effectiveness, but at least he is someone to keep an eye on as an in-season pickup. It wasn’t that long ago that his season appeared to be in doubt.
Thomas DeCoud, S, ATL
As a cover safety who doesn’t make many plays, DeCoud was never a good IDP option to begin with. But the signing of James Sanders, it looks like DeCoud’s numbers are bound to get even worse. Sanders is mostly a cover safety himself, which means he’s likely to cut into DeCoud’s snap total rather than that of strong safety William Moore.
Derrick Morgan, DE, TEN
Morgan had his knee scoped Monday, and now he’s doubtful to start the season. The Georgia Tech product has talent, but he won’t be able to show it if he doesn’t stay on the field. He risks losing snaps to players like Dave Ball, William Hayes and even Akeem Ayers in pass-rushing situations.
Kevin Williams, DT, MIN
Not is Williams dealing with plantar fasciitis, an ailment that could very well last the entire season, but he’ll also be suspended two games as one of the players involved in the StarCaps fiasco. Although he’s one of the most talented linemen in the league, it’s tough to imagine a scenario where he’s worth drafting as an IDP. New Orleans defensive end Will Smith will also miss two games as a StarCaps user.