Who were last week’s IDP hotshots who helped your team to victory? Will those same IDP hotshots repeat success in Week 3?
In this series, I am going to look back at the previous week’s IDP hotshots performances. Which players had the big week who helped fantasy managers win their matchups? Who were the IDPs with the unexpected numbers? From rookies to veterans, I will find the best performers of the past week and breakdown their performance. Let’s get started with a look back at Week 2.
DT, Ndamukong Suh, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 2: 55 snaps, 75%, 5 total tackles, 4 solos, 2 TFLs, and 2 sacks, 32.5 FPTS
What a flashback the 11-year veteran had last week – back to his golden days! Suh was a game wrecker from start to finish. Dominating the Panthers in their win. He’s off to a great start and clearly looks motivated for a championship run. How long will this continue? Who knows, but he has great matchups versus Denver, LA Chargers, and Chicago over the next three weeks. A position-specific league must roster option.
DT, Sheldon Richardson, Cleveland Browns
Week 2: 67 snaps, 73%, 6 total tackles, 4 solos, 2 TFLs and 1 sack, 28 FPTS
Last week’s performance versus the Cincinnati Bengals is what the Browns have been expecting since his arrival. While he’s not the pass rusher that Suh is, he is a better run stopper. Over the next three weeks, he’ll face teams that like to pound the rock – Washington, Dallas, and Indianapolis. I won’t be surprised to see high tackle number games from him during this stretch.
DE, Trey Hendrickson, New Orleans Saints
Week 2: 46 snaps, 57%, 5 total tackles, 5 solos, 2 TFLs and 1 sack, 23.5 FPTS
Not one of the IDP hotshots you were expecting I’m sure. After being nothing more than a backup/depth piece during his first three seasons for the Saints, is Hendrickson poised for a breakout campaign in year four? Through the first two weeks, it sure looks like it as he has started both games and gotten a sack in each contest. Hendrickson has taken advantage of Marcus Davenport being out and playing opposite of stud Cameron Jordan. Ride the hot play and see where it takes you.
DE, Quinnen Williams, New York Jets
Week 2: 40 snaps, 66%, 7 total tackles, 4 solos, 2 TFLs, 2 sack, and 1 FF, 31.8 FPTS
Is Williams Week 2 showing an aberration? What we all have been expecting from the beginning? After a disappointing rookie season, it’s great to see this type of performance from the former 3rd overall pick, however, I am pumping the brakes until I see the consistency. Williams has good matchups over the next two weeks versus Indianapolis and Denver. Let’s see how he does in those games and revisit his stock at that time.
LB, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Washington
Week 2: 75 snaps, 97%, 16 total tackles, 10 solos, 1 FF, 29.0 FPTS
The seven-year journeyman had a terrific Week 2. Can he sustain that pace? No! Can he be a viable fantasy option? Yes! He has the benefit of playing behind possibly the league’s best defensive line. They will eat up blocks and wreak havoc on opposing offensive line – allowing Pierre-Louis to play free and rack up tackles. Washington doesn’t need him to do any more than that. I would suggest seeing what he does this week before making any rash moves to pick him up.
LB, De’Vondre Campbell, Arizona Cardinals
Week 2: 75 snaps, 97%, 16 total tackles, 10 solos, 1 FF, 27.0 FPTS
Campbell had a career year last season in Atlanta, but it wasn’t good enough for them to keep him on their roster. Most players would love to have a 129 tackle and two interception season. When it came to pass-rushing – 5.5 sacks in 59 games isn’t going to get it done. A change of scenery and switch from outside to inside linebacker seems to be just what Campbell needed. He’s not a must roster option, but that could change if he continues to shine.
CB, Malcolm Butler, Tennessee Titans
Week 2: 72 snaps, 96%, 11 total tackles, 8 solos, 2 PBUs, 31.8 FPTS
Butler has been one of the better fantasy cornerbacks during his career, but his numbers seemed to fall off last year and injuries caused his numbers to drop. Now that he’s healthy again, it looks like he’s back to his old self. With the Titans missing Adoree Jackson due to injury, they have needed Butler to lead the youngsters. I wouldn’t expect the high tackle numbers to continue, but he’s active in the passing game, so the pass break-ups should be there.
CB, La’Jarius Sneed, Kansas City Chiefs
Week 2: 82 snaps, 99%, 7 total tackles, 6 solos, 1 PBU, 24.8 FPTS
Injuries opened the door for the rook to start Week 1 and he hasn’t disappointed. He has put together solid numbers in consecutive weeks and is quickly becoming a fantasy manager favorite. While Sneed has had at least one interception in each game, he won’t continue that pace. The opportunities will be there. A great waiver wire addition that will provide a return instantly for your teams.
FS, Antoine Winfield, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 2: 72 snaps, 99%, 11 total tackles, 8 solos, 1 sack, 1 FF, 44.1 FPTS
One of my favorite rookies and potential IDP hotshots going into the draft. I love the opportunities his landing spot provides in Tama Bay. With all that has gone on with Covid-19, his talent and skill are just too good to keep off the field. Winfield has put together two excellent weeks to start the season and has been a playmaker all over the field. I see him sustaining this success and contending for DROY honors..
FS, Justin Simmons, Denver Broncos
Week 2: 65 snaps, 100%, 8 total tackles, 7 solos, 1 TFL, 1 Int, and 1 PBU, 32.5 FPTS
Ever since Simmons made the switch from strong safety to free safety, his career has taken off. He had a career-best season last year and has picked up right where he left off this year. He was a difference-maker versus Pittsburgh last week and was one of the reasons the Broncos were able to hang close. They will need more performances like this if they want to stay competitive. Simmons is one of the more underrated players in the league and is a must roster option.