Taking a look at the NFL Week 8 from a IDP perspective; notes on what our writer @Orangeman3142 saw this weekend.
This is a continuation of our weekly article series that breaks down what we saw this week in IDP fantasy football. What happened and why, what we got right and what we got wrong and more importantly how to move forward and get better next week. We look at possible waivers and trends, snap counts and issues that affect production for your IDP team. Part two will cover the next three games of week eight. Keep an eye out for part three dropping tomorrow. Let’s get into it.
Seattle Seahawks @ Detroit Lions
Hawks: It was business as usual for the Hawks defense this week with two familiar names atop the box score, Bobby Wagner (LB) and Bradley McDougald (S) led the way with Wagner recording 8 combined tackles on 100% of snaps this week while McDougald had 6 combined tackles and 1 PD on 85% of snaps. Wagner is hopefully picking up steam here and McDougald has been a tier one guy all season, both are weekly auto starts.
KJ Wright (LB) finally came off the injury report and got into the game this week recording 5 solo tackles and 1 PD on 85% of snaps which is a great start for him this season, I expect him to be the same old reliable tier two guy we’ve always known.
Frank Clark (DE) slowed down somewhat this week with 1 solo tackle, 1 sack and 1 TFL on 73% of snaps which is serviceable. Jarran Reed (DT) had a stinker with 1 solo tackle on 80% of snaps, he should be fine though he’s been hot most of this month.
Tedric Thompson (S) is the last guy I track from Seattle every week and he had 6 combined tackles and 1 PD on 98% of snaps which is really nice for a waiver wire guy we were rolling the dice on, he seems to excel in that Earl Thomas (S) role when going against teams that pass a lot.
Lions: The story from last week was the trade from the Giants to the Lions of Damon “Snacks” Harrison (DT), he was wasting away in New York, stuck as a nose tackle and playing around 50% of snaps every week and producing far less than usual.
Different story on the Lions so far, he had 7 solo tackles, 1 sack and 2 TFL playing 62% of snaps this week, it would seem going back to regular defensive tackle and not nose tackle now that he’s on essentially a 4-3 defense will help his production, I think a phoenix-like rise from the ashes is in the cards for Snacks with his new team.
Quandre Diggs (S) and Jarrad Davis (LB) both had nice days as well. Diggs recorded 8 combined tackles and 1 TFL on 97% of snaps and has been a solid tier two guy all season with a bit of an up and down production issue. Davis has been reliable and productive all year and had 8 combined tackles on 100% of snaps this week, he remains an end of tier one guy for me and a weekly auto start.
The other hyped IDP defensive tackle, A’Shawn Robinson (DT), had a nice game also with 6 combined tackles playing 68% of snaps this week, this is only his second good game of the season though so I’d look elsewhere for defensive tackle help.
Darius Slay (CB) had 3 solo tackles playing 95% of snaps this week, I would’ve expected a bigger game from him this week with the amount of passing Seattle did. He’s matchup dependent for me but usually ends up in the top 15 of IDP corners by the end of the year. Devon Kennard (LB) is usually sack dependent for his points but had 5 solo tackles this week on 95% of snaps, if he can maintain that kind of tackle production he could be a decent option with those occasional sack numbers as well.
Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs
Broncos: It was not a great day for the Broncos IDP production, the Chiefs scored on big plays and the production was pretty evenly spread out among the Denver defenders. Todd Davis (LB) was the top scorer among Denver players I track with 6 combined tackles and 1 PD on 95% of snaps, he’s been a solid tier two guy all season and has been pretty reliable.
Von Miller (LB, EDGE) had a clunker with 3 combined tackles and 0.5 sacks on 90% of snaps this week, he’s sack dependent for his points so this kind of thing happens often. Bradley Chubb (DE, LB) also came back to earth with 4 combined tackles, 0.5 sacks and 1 TFL on 90% of snaps this week, he’s been really good lately and this game, while not as huge as his recent ones, is still very serviceable.
Justin Simmons (S) had a solid game with 5 combined tackles, 1 INT and 1 PD on 100% of snaps, this was a lower end game for him and this kind of production has been his floor all season, he’s been great. Brandon Marshall (LB) had just one solo tackle and got hurt again while Derek Wolfe (DE) also had a down week with 2 solo tackles on 76% of snaps.
Chiefs: The Broncos offense gave a good showing this week so the Chiefs IDP had some solid production this week. Anthony Hitchens (LB) led the way with 9 combined tackles and 1 TFL on 75% of snaps and has been a bit up and down lately, he’s best used as a second linebacker in deeper leagues.
Reggie Ragland (LB) also had a nice game with 7 combined tackles and 1 TFL on 75% of snaps, he’s been a spot start guy for me. Kendall Fuller (CB) had an awesome game with 5 combined tackles, 1 PD and 1 INT on 97% of snaps this week. He’s been great all year I play him every week.
Edge rush linebacker Dee Ford (LB, EDGE) and Breeland Speaks (LB, EDGE) both had nice games with Ford recording 4 solo tackles and 3 sacks on 93% of snaps while Speaks had 4 combined tackles, 1 sack and 1 TFL on 92% of snaps. Those are nice stats but I don’t play edge rush linebackers unless it’s for a specific Edge or OLB slot.
Chris Jones (DE) had a decent game, especially for a spot start, with 1 solo tackle, 1 sack and 1 TFL on 64% of snaps. He’s a decent short term option and as good a roll of the dice as any of the other guys I suggest for this role.
Washington Redskins @ New York Giants
Skins: The passing of the “best IDP linebacker for the Skins” torch is happening right in front of our eyes this season, Mason Foster (LB) has been incredible and had another monster week with 13 combined tackles and 1 TFL on 100% of snaps this week.
Zach Brown (LB) used to be the top scoring IDP linebacker on the Skins but this year has played second fiddle to Foster as he did again this week with 6 combined tackles and 1 PD on 61% of snaps, or roughly half of Fosters production this week. Brown may be done as far as the guy we expect him to be, we should rethink our expectations of him, if you think of him as a bottom or tier two linebacker with a ton of upside and play him as so the rest of the season should go smoother for Brown owners.
DJ Swearinger (S) and Ryan Kerrigan (LB, EDGE) both had nice games this week as well, Swearinger recorded 5 combined tackles, 3 PD and 1 INT on 100% of snaps and was a spot start for me this week and a damned good one at that. He’s been tier two all season and seems to be getting more consistent. Kerrigan is an edge rush linebacker so I’ll never play him but he had 4 combine tackles, 1.5 sacks and 1 TFL on 83% of snaps this week.
Daron Payne (DT) is the last Skins player I’ve been following for IDP, he had 4 combined tackles, 1 sack and 1 TFL on 74% of snaps this week. He’s an up and coming defensive tackle similar to Davon Godchaux (DT) from Miami. He may be spotty this year but eventually he could be in the conversation with guys like Linval Joseph (DT) and Snacks Harrison (DT).
Giants: With stud Alec Ogletree (LB) injured and out this week it was BJ Goodson (LB) picking up the slack at inside linebacker for the Giants and he did a pretty good job with 8 combined tackles and 1 TFL on 87% of snaps. Goodson could be a decent short term option if Ogletree is still hurt next week, we’ll have to wait and see. Janoris Jenkins (CB) also had a great week with 6 solo tackles on 100% of snaps and has been a great IDP corner all season.
Landon Collins (S) and Olivier Vernon (DE, LB) are the other players I’ve been tracking on the Giants. Collins had 5 combined tackles and 1 TFL on 100% of snaps and is probably the best IDP safety out there so you’re not doing anything other than starting him every week regardless. Vernon had 3 combined tackles on 85% of snaps and is a decent option if you can get him at defensive tackle and need a short term guy or a spot start.
Make sure you catch part three dropping tomorrow and read part one if you missed it from yesterday, keep an eye out for my start or sit article dropping Saturday. My bad habit of going too far into detail means this article is in multiple parts instead of one novel.
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