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Prepare yourself, folks, this article is STUFFED with all your favorite Thanksgiving puns and cliches. Whether you are comfortably in your playoff hunt or looking to next year, the IDP Dynasty Stock Market is for you to indulge in. If you’re like me, then most holidays have their own set of family traditions. The weekly market is no stranger to tradition. While the criteria may be the same, the market is an ever-changing compilation of familiar and not-so-familiar names that can help you win or avoid losing your league! We have your tiers divided into four categories and what you will see within those, but this week may be your trade deadline! So don’t play with your food; make that league-winning move. Most importantly, though, my fellow managers, FEAST your eyes on this week’s market. And ring that bell!
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DE Maxx Crosby: The staple of any Thanksgiving story or tradition is likely the turkey. The turkey of IDP this year is far and away Maxx Crosby. His position disparity from #1 to #2 is second only to that of Travis Kelce at the tight end position. He is absolutely winning leagues for people, especially those with diamond hands this offseason when he was briefly coded as a linebacker in most formats. The best part of Crosby? He is only 25 years old and ascending into first-team All-Pro/DPOY territory for the first time in his career. Crosby is an IDP piece that can and should be built around.
LB Roquan Smith: Just because you’re not the turkey doesn’t mean you’re not crucial to the meal. May I interest you in the potatoes of this week’s market, Roquan Smith? He posted his first double-digit week since the trade this past Sunday in the game against the Panthers, contributing seven tackles with a sack. He currently sits at LB2 and has already had his bye week, so look for him to finish as a top-3 linebacker this season. As with any recipe, a change in ingredients can leave us somewhat worried or curious. Well, the scenery change for Smith is proving just fine and will continue to do so for the remainder of this season (and likely longer).
S Budda Baker: You thought the first two were CORNY, then you’ll love this next comparison. Baker is undoubtedly the corn of this IDP feast. You simply know what you’re going to get from him. The quiet weeks from Baker during the midseason are looking to be the outlier of his season, to every manager’s delight. He has 85 tackles to this point of the season, and as a 26-year-old, is a dynasty asset you simply love to have and fear being across the screen from! He has had four straight double-digit point games, and his next matchup is against a pass-first Chargers offense. Let the feasting continue.
DE Aidan Hutchinson: One of, if not the most polarizing dishes at any Thanksgiving, is the stuffing. You either love it or you hate it; a true boom or bust. Hutchinson has been just that over the course of his rookie year, but with back-to-back booms, we must recognize the greatness we are witnessing. In his past two weeks, he has 11 tackles, an interception, a fumble recovery, and a sack. He has very much been a part of the recent successes of the Detroit Lions. Look for that to continue on Thanksgiving Day.
LB Nick Bolton: As we wrap up the leftovers (and the food puns), we have to make sure we leave room for the Apple Pie. Bolton epitomizes what it is to be a dessert - always great to have, but sometimes you just aren’t in the mood. This year, Bolton hasn’t always been in the mood to score bulk points, but that changed last week in a big way. With 14 tackles and two turnovers created, Bolton was the scariest defensive player on the field, it seemed, and posted his best game of the season after two straight performances under double-digits. If this is the Bolton we get to finish the year, then watch out, folks; he will win leagues. This shouldn’t surprise anyone considering he was likely drafted or acquired for a lofty price.
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