This article is part of our IDP Analysis series.
Gerald Hodges, (3-4) ILB, SF
With Ray-Ray Armstrong suffering a season-ending pectoral injury, the 49ers appear to have little choice but to elevate Hodges to a full-time role. Armstrong had been stepping in for Hodges during passing situations, limiting Hodges' snap count and IDP utility. Considering Armstrong poached 69 defensive snaps in the first two weeks, Hodges' box score of 12 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble through two weeks doesn't look bad at all. Indeed, if Hodges can hold off any other passing-down linebackers the 49ers might have in mind, he has LB1 upside on a San Francisco team that pushes the tempo as high as possible.
Craig Robertson, OLB, NO
With Stephone Anthony in the doghouse for unknown reasons, Robertson has stepped up big time for IDP owners in the first two weeks, racing to 24 tackles while playing each of New Orleans' 152 defensive snaps. Although he was generally known as a rotational linebacker prior to this year, Robertson isn't a complete stranger to IDP viability – he started 14 games in 2013, totaling 85 tackles and three sacks, and in 2014 he reached the 99-tackle mark as an 11-game starter. It feels like something has to give with Anthony, either in the form of a trade or an eventual uptick in snaps, and Robertson's owners will just have to hope for the former.
Frank Clark, DE, SEA
Clark is showing everyone why the Seahawks selected him in the second round of