Eight in the Box: Babineaux's big breakout just a fluke
A nine-solo tackle, 2.5-sack performance will put any defensive lineman on the IDP radar, and that's exactly what Babineaux did against Washington last week. The fifth-year veteran actually has 3.5 sacks over the past two weeks, matching his previous career-high for a season. I shouldn't have to tell you his Week 9 outburst was a fluke. He's a penetrating defensive tackle who plays in a good spot, but you have to be a Haynesworth-sized talent to maintain IDP value as an interior lineman. It wouldn't be a shock if Babineaux didn't match his Week 9 output over the rest of the season combined.
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Ellison is developing into a solid IDP option. Since releasing
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I pegged Orakpo as my favorite rookie IDP coming into the year, and so far it's been a mixed bag. His tackle totals have disappointed (17 solo tackles), but that's not a shock considering he was moving to linebacker after playing with his hand down for four years at Texas. The more encouraging side of the equation has been Orakpo's performance on passing downs, when he moves back to end. He had two sacks in Atlanta last week, giving him 5.5 in the first half of the season, all of which have come over the past six games. Considering he should be better-adjusted to linebacker as the year goes on, which could mean more tackles, Orakpo has DL1 upside in the second half of the season.
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