Welcome to part 2 of my new series, The Dogs of IDP. For the next few weeks, I will offer up some Top Dogs (Studs), Hot Dogs (Overrated), and Under Dogs (Sleepers). You want to keep or acquire Top Dogs. You want to sell high on Hot Dogs. You want to buy low on the Under Dogs.

Top Dog IDP – Roquan Smith-ILB-Chicago Bears

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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – OCTOBER 18: Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Carolina Panthers runs with the ball while being tackled by Roquan Smith #58 of the Chicago Bears in the fourth quarter at Bank of America Stadium on October 18, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Talk about dependable…Roquan Smith is a 23 year old 1st Round Pick out of Georgia in 2018 and is the definition of what a dependable stud is! 2018 Rookie Year-16 games played with 121 tackles (89 solo), 8 tackles for a loss, 5 sacks, and 1 interception. 2019-12 games played with 101 tackles (66 solo), 5 tackles for a loss, 2 sacks, and 1 interception. Now to this past year of 2020-16 games played (left very early in week 17 due to injury) with 139 tackles (98 solo), 18 tackles for a loss, 4 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, and 7 passes defensed. 6 games with double digit tackles and 11 games with a tackle for a loss! 100% of snaps in 12 games. He is a monster! #2 overall IDP scorer in my league. Get Him Now or Keep Him if you are that lucky already!

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Hot Dog IDP – Kwon Alexander-ILB-New Orleans Saints

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 13: Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert (88) catches a pass and tackled by New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Kwon Alexander (58) out of bounds on December 13, 2020 at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

It hurts to say this as I was a big fan, but injuries have derailed Kwon Alexander’s career it would seem. This 4th round pick out of LSU is still only 26 years old but hasn’t tallied real numbers since 2016 which was his 2nd year in the league. After 145 tackles in which 108 were solo, his 2nd year finished as a top 10 IDP Player. The 4 years since, he has played 12 games, 6 games, 8 games, and 12 games this past year. The best thing a fantasy football player can have is availability. Kwon has let us down there. When he was on the field this past year in his first 5 games with the 49ers, he had 30 tackles (22 solo), 3 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble while playing roughly 95% of the snaps. Then came the trade to the Saints. 7 games with 3 games at 81% or better of the snaps and 3 games at 61% or lower of the snaps. He had just 27 tackles (17 solo), Zero tackles for a loss, Zero sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, and 4 passes defensed. Throw in that the injury bug continued as he ruptured his achilles tendon at the end of the season. Sell him high now as his name with his age is still on owner’s good side!

Under Dog IDP – Krys Barnes-LB-Green Bay Packers

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TAMPA, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 18: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is tackled by Krys Barnes #51 of the Green Bay Packers during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium on October 18, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Krys Barnes is an undrafted rookie out of UCLA. Not often does an undrafted rookie get the playing time Krys got. He played in 13 games and earned 79% of the snaps or more in 4 games, and 40% or more in 9 of his games. He earned these snaps by recording 80 tackles (49 solo) in his limited action. He had 2 games with double digit tackles, 5 tackles for a loss, 1 forced fumble, and a sack. Week 17 to end the year…14 tackles with 1 tackle for a loss! We’ll see what he does this weekend against the Rams but I am pretty sure you will be happy to have him on your 2021 Roster…Put him on your Buy Low Radar now!

Thank you for reading and next week I will continue my mini series on The Dogs of IDP. Have a Blessed Day and until next week…may the Fantasy Gods Smile Down on You!