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  • IDP Fantasy Football Instant Reaction & Waivers Week Nine Edition (Part One)

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    Taking a look at the NFL Week 9 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 one will cover the first three games of week Nine. Keep an eye out for part two. Let's get into it.

    Oakland Raiders @ San Francisco 49ers

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    Raiders: If you've been reading this article series throughout the year you're fully aware by now that I only care about Tahir Whitehead (LB) as far as Raiders IDP production is concerned, everyone else sucks or is a dynasty piece that won't make a difference this season (Maurice Hurst DT).

    Whitehead had 7 combined tackles and 3 TFL on 100% of snaps played this week. He's the only consistent producer on that team and he's not even that great, second tier most of the time and occasionally spotty. If you're playing any other Raiders besides him it's probably not going well.

    49ers: With both Ruben Foster (LB) and Jaquiski Tartt (S) out with injury this week we all knew it would be the Fred Warner (LB) show and he showed up for it with 7 solo tackles and 1 PD on 89% of snaps this week. He's been a border of tier two guy all season with flashes of tier one production sprinkled in.

    He's a great dynasty piece and will be a solid guy for the 49ers linebackers corps for years to come. The next relevant guy this week for the 49ers was Solomon Thomas (DE) who recorded 3 solo tackles, 1 sack and 1 TFL on 53% of snaps this week, for me he's nothing more than a risky spot start but in dynasty he's a good roll of the dice for the future.

    DeForest Buckner (DT) had a nice week as well with 2 solo tackles, 1 sack and 1 TFL playing 70% of snaps this week, this should be his floor but he's slowed somewhat after his fast start to the season, he's still an auto start weekly though.

    Richard Sherman (CB) retreated back to mediocrity with 3 solo tackles on 82% of snaps this week proving once again that he's far better at speaking at a podium and telling people he's smart cause he went to Stanford than he is at playing football.

    Chicago Bears @ Buffalo Bills

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    Bears: The dynamic linebacker duo of Roquan Smith (LB) and Danny Trevethan (LB) kicked some serious butt this week with Smith recording 13 combined tackles playing 86% of snaps this week while Trevethan had 12 combined tackles and 2 TFL on 87% of snaps played.

    Both have been rock solid tier two guys this year with flashes of tier one production and both border on weekly auto starts at this point. Khalil Mack (DE, LB) was injured and out this week.

    Adrian Amos (S) and Eddie Jackson (S) both had solid games as well with Amos putting up 7 combined tackles, 1 sack 1 TFL and 2 PD on 88% of snaps while Jackson had 5 combined tackles and 1 TFL playing 88% of snaps this week. Those are nice games but these two are too spotty overall for my liking personally.

    Kyle Fuller (CB) had a surprisingly nice game with 3 combined tackles, 3 PD and 1 INT on 86% of snaps this week in a not ideal matchup, I definitely got that one wrong. Akiem Hicks (DE) is the other IDP relevant player on the Bears I track every week and he had 3 combined tackles and 1 TFL on 59% of snaps.

    Bills: With outstanding producer Tremaine Edmunds (LB) injured and out this week it was backup Julian Stanford (LB) leading the way with 8 combined tackles and 1 sack on 100% of snaps played, he'll be gone when Edmunds clears concussion protocol and comes back probably next week so don't add him in waivers unless Edmunds is out an extended period of time.

    Jordan Poyer (S) had a serviceable game with 5 combined tackles on 100% of snaps played this week, his production hasn't been up to par for him lately but the playing time is there.

    Jerry Hughes (DE) had a serviceable game if you played him as a spot start this week with 3 solo tackles and 2 TFL on 65% of snaps played, that's about all he's good for though. Matt Milano (LB) had an off day with 2 solo tackles and 2 TFL playing 100% of snaps this week, he's been great most of the year though so no need to panic.

    Tra'Davious White (CB) hasn't been targeted enough this year to be a reliable IDP corner but had 3 combined tackles, 1 PD and 1 INT on 100% of snaps this week if you did end up playing him.

    Kansas City Chiefs @ Cleveland Browns

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    Chiefs: Even with his snap percentage slashed due to bad pass coverage the last couple weeks it was Anthony Hitchens (LB) who led the way for the Chiefs even though he was less than 100% after an injury last week. He recorded 8 solo tackles on 69% of snaps this week and remains a good tier two option.

    Reggie Ragland (LB) had a serviceable day with 6 combined tackles on 48% of snaps and is still best used as a spot start unless in a super deep league. Neither is getting anywhere close to enough snaps for me to feel comfortable playing them every week so start thinking on a replacement if you own either, Hitchens snaps have been dropping for a few weeks now and this is a season low for playing time for Ragland.

    Chris Jones (DE) is a guy I use for spot starts and injury replacements who had a nice week with 4 combined tackles, 1 sack and 2 TFL on 68% of snaps this week. Kendal Fuller (CB) has been my favorite IDP corner this year but had a down game with 2 solo tackles and 1 PD on 97% of snaps, he'll be fine.

    Ron Parker (S) has been serviceable all year with Eric Berry (S) out with injury all season, he had 5 combined tackles on 99% of snaps this week, I haven't played him yet this year but he's been consistent as an end of tier two guy most of the season.

    Browns: With both Joe Schobert (LB) and Damarious Randal (S) out with injury this week it was the perfect opportunity for Christian Kirksey (LB) and Jamie Collins (LB). Collins did well with 7 combined tackles on 100% of snaps but Kirksey injured his hamstring early in this one and ended up with just 3 solo tackles on 34% of snaps this week, hopefully it's just a minor injury and he'll be back soon.

    Jabril Peppers (S) had a surprise day with 6 combined tackles on 92% of snaps played but has been bad the majority of this season so I need to see more before buying into him again, plus this boost in playing time is related to the Randal injury and won't last.

    Myles Garret (DE), Larry Ogunjobi (DT) and Emanuel Ogbah (DE) are the IDP relevant members of the Cleveland defensive line. Garret had a serviceable game with 2 solo tackles, 1 sack and 1 TFL on 88% of snaps while Ogbah had a decent game as well with 4 combined tackles and 1 PD playing 81% of snaps which isn't terrible if you used him as a bye week spot start.

    Ogunjobi had another stinker with 2 solo tackles and 1 TFL playing 92% of snaps this week and continues to be up and down all season. Denzel Ward (CB) injured his hip early in this one and only had 1 solo tackle playing 12% of snaps as a result, we'll be tracking all these injuries throughout the week.

    Make sure you catch part two dropping tomorrow and keep an eye out for my start or sit article dropping Sunday morning. My bad habit of going too far into detail means this article is in multiple parts instead of one novel.

    If you have any questions or need some advice feel free to hit me up on Twitter (@OrangeMan3142) or use the "Contact Us" box on our website (idpguys.org) to reach us. Our team of writers has over 100 combined years of experience in IDP fantasy football and we are always accessible and transparent with both our hits and misses.

    We've got you covered with player profiles, waivers, analysis, snap counts and injury updates all with no paywall @ idpguys.org.

    Johny The Greek

    Non-delusional Cowboys Fan. Been playing Fantasy since 2003, IDP since 2004 and watching football for 35 years. Being a firm believer in "you should know if the person you're taking advice from actually knows or wins anything" I'd like to present exhibit A: I have a diamond rating in Yahoo (976) with 29 plus titles in redraft/dynasty across Yahoo, Sleeper, Fantrax and MFL and an additional 57 plus 2nd/3rd place in redraft/dynasty, same platforms. I also play in and have won several all-IDP leagues. I started playing FanDuel with a free entry and have won almost a grand since. I've also won many leagues on the draft app (RIP Draft App, we miss you) and play the maximum number of free college fantasy leagues on Yahoo every year as well with 3 titles and 9 trophies in just two years of playing before Yahoo discontinued those leagues. My profile includes multiple titles in survivor and pick em leagues as well. I was a finalist in the 2021/22 IDP Guys Invitational and the best ball tournament. Also a MFL & Sleeper best ball & eliminator degenerate with many titles there as well. I just started playing All-22 this season and I would bet the mortgage I'll be good at that too. (Update, I did fine, 9-5 first season and made playoffs). What does all that mean? Nothing except when I do something I tend to overdo it. I have been at this for a long time though so I'll help you with your IDP roster and questions however I can whenever I can. I write a weekly streaming IDP corners article (Johny The Greek's Cornerbacks Corner) and whatever I feel like in the offseason. You can find me @OrangeMan3142 on Twitter. Feel free to reach out for any questions or just to talk some football. Check out my articles on Friday mornings all season long. And new this season and going forward stick around for "Johny The Greek's Free Real Estate" where I interview the best and brightest from FF Twitter, and by that I mean the interesting people who actually help you win and not the useless engagement farmers. I am not an "analyst" I'm just a crazy person/degenerate who has been doing this a long time, has been pretty good at it and is dialed in because I have to be to not sound like an idiot writing all these articles and doing all these shows. My style is straightforward & conversational, IDP isn't complicated and you're not trying to win an argument on Twitter you're trying to win your league. Come join me weekly in season for Johny the Greek's Cornerbacks Corner, where we look at the fine art that is streaming corners or finding ways to maximize your production from your CB slots each week. Also in season check out the IDP Pros Podcast on SGPN network. I hope you enjoyed the article. Let us praise our Messiah Babu Frik and give worship to Baby Yoda. Jimmy G would make a fine husband. Thanks for reading. -Johny the Greek-
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