Taking a look at the NFL week 6 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 this 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 four games of week six. Let’s get into it.
Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants
Eagles: The Eagles really came out and dominated this game on both sides of the ball but the Giants were able to run enough plays for the Philly IDP production to be really nice last Thursday. Jalen Mills (CB) led the Eagles in production with 10 combined tackles and 2 PD on 97% of snaps played this week. Him and Ronald Darby (CB) who had 2 solo tackles and 4 PD playing 100% of snaps have both been solid IDP corners this year and are great streamers against any team that throws the ball a good amount. Both of these guys were tier two starts from me this week and both had solid games with Mills having a monster.
Both IDP relevant linebackers on the Eagles had terrific games. Jordan Hicks (LB) had 10 combined tackles and 1 PD on 100% of snaps played while Nigel Bradham (LB) produced 6 solo tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL and 1 PD on 98% of snaps played. Hicks has been a tier one linebacker all season and while Bradham has been off and on he’s a nice LB2 or LB3 with a lot of upside, I’ve been playing him weekly in one of my all IDP leagues and am more than willing to put up with the occasional stinker for games like this that happen more often that not.
On the defensive line tier one defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (DT) had an awesome day with 6 combined tackles, 1 sack and 1 TFL on 69% of snaps played, he remains a weekly auto start. Micheal Bennett (DE) was the surprise this week with 6 combined tackles, 1 sack and 1 TFL playing 72% of snaps this week. He’s an injury replacement or bye week streamer who I’ve only mentioned this one time so far this year.
With Corey Graham (S) injured and out this week the Eagles played with only one safety for 95% of the game. Malcolm Jenkins (S) was that safety and has been a solid S2 or S3 this season with a good floor but not many monster games. He had 6 combined tackles playing 100% of snaps this week. Until Graham is healthy again I would avoid taking whoever that other safety ends up being for the Eagles since it seems they weren’t very interested in playing a second safety this week with Graham injured and out.
Giants: It was business as usual for the Giants IDP producers this week. Landon Collins (S) and Alec Ogletree (LB) led the way once again. Collins had 10 combined tackles and 1 TFL on 100% of snaps played while Ogletree put up 8 solo tackles and 1 TFL on 100% of snaps played. Both are weekly auto starts, set and forget guys who always produce.
Damon Harrison (DT) the other weekly auto start for the Giants had a nice game as well with 5 combined tackles on only 42% of snaps played. His snap count has been down the last couple weeks I’m not entirely sure what the story is behind that but it’s something I’ll continue to monitor, he’s too good to bench so there would have to be a reduction in production as well as playing time for me to pull the plug and he produced just fine for an IDP defensive tackle this week.
Olivier Vernon (LB, DE) played his first game this week after returning from an injury that’s kept him sidelined all season. He had a nice return with 2 solo tackles, 1 sack and 1 TFL on 76% of snaps played. If you can use him as a defensive end he’s definitely valuable as a spot start or short term guy and can be played weekly in deeper leagues.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons
Bucs: After a down week that had a lot of people worried Kwon Alexander (LB) returned to form with 11 combined tackles and 2 TFL playing 100% of snaps this week. Everyone is allowed to have a bad week and he’s far too good to bench or release, he remains a weekly auto start for me. LaVonte David (LB) was right behind him with 6 solo tackles and 1 TFL playing 100% of snaps. Both of these guys are terrific IDP linebackers and weekly starts for me.
Cornerback Ryan Smith (CB) was next up on the box score with 6 solo tackles playing 88% of snaps. It’s been a different corner every week at the top of the Bucs box score so I’m not buying here, there’s been no consistency so even if you did pick up Smith or one of these other corners there’s no guarantee they’ll be the one to have a big week for you. There are plenty of solid and streamable IDP corners out there we can avoid this mess.
Safety Jordan Whitehead (S) had a nice game with 6 combined tackles playing 100% of snaps this week and can be some help if you need safety depth or have injury issues with guys like Clayton Geathers (S). He had an ideal matchup this week with a Falcons offense that ran a ton of plays and offered up quite a few tackles. If we see this same kind of floor in a less ideal matchup than I’ll really be all over Whitehead but for now he’s a cautious add if you need safety help and a wait and see for future prospects.
Jason Pierre Paul (DE) has been on fire lately and had another awesome game with 3 solo tackles, 1 sack and 1 TFL on 96% of snaps played. He’s made his way into tier one defensive end production for me and has to be a weekly auto start at this point, I feel like I’ve talked about him several weeks in a row now. Gerald McCoy (DT) was on the other end of the spectrum with zero stats this week while playing 58% of snaps. He’s been a reliable DT2 for IDP purposes and this is part of IDP defensive tackle, there will be weeks like this. If it helps any Larry Ogunjobi (DT) and Linval Joseph (DT) also did squat this week so it happens, he’ll be fine.
Falcons: The Atlanta linebackers situation has been a royal mess since Deion Jones (LB) went out with injury. It has been Foye Oloukon (LB), DeVondre Campbell (LB) and Duke Riley (LB) all trying to become the producer to own and none has really gone ahead of the others. This week may be different though. Oloukon had 10 combined tackles on 61% of snaps played while Campbell only had 5 combined tackles on 82% of snaps and Riley recorded 4 combined tackles and 1 PD playing 42% of snaps. Riley’s snaps dropped a ton this week and Oloukons have gone up a couple weeks in a row if my memory serves me. This is still a messy situation so unless you’re truly desperate just steer clear of this entire linebacker corps until week ten when Jones returns.
One of the few bright spots that has emerged from all the injuries the Falcons IDP producers have suffered is the rise of DaMontae Kazee (S). He had yet another awesome week with 5 combined tackles, 1 PD and 1 INT on 100% of snaps played. He’s now had interceptions in multiple weeks in a row if I remember correctly. What I do know for sure is he’s been a great IDP safety for weeks now, continue to play him with confidence. He was also the only Falcons player to play every defensive snap this week so clearly they have confidence in him as well.
Grady Jarrett (DT) was injured and out again this week essentially depriving us of the best option on the Falcons defensive line for consistent IDP production. What we’re left with was Vic Beasely (DE) and Takkarist McKinley (DE) who both had zero production of any kind. Beasley played 73% of snaps while McKinley played 77%. Both have been discussed as streamers for injury and bye weeks and risky ones at that.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinatti Bengals
Steelers: The two IDP relevant linebackers for the Steelers had two very different days today. Vince Williams (LB) had 7 combined tackles, 1 sack and 1 TFL on 97% of snaps while Jon Bostic (LB) only recorded 2 combined tackles and 1 PD playing 54% of snaps this week. I’ve been saying for weeks now that Bostic has been defying logic continuing to produce with his low snap count every week and it finally caught up with him. This is his first dud week of the year though so if you’ve been playing him all year this probably isn’t enough to pull the plug. It is for me though, he just doesn’t play enough to be truly consistent.
A pair of IDP irrelevant corners were next on the box score. Cameron Sutton (CB) and Mike Hilton (CB) both had nice days with Sutton putting up 5 solo tackles and 1 PD on 46% of snaps while Hilton had 5 combined tackles, 1 TFL and 1 PD on 75% of snaps played. I am mentioning both for the first time this season so that should tell you everything you need to hear about their consistency, we can find better and more reliable corners elsewhere.
Unless you have an EDGE or OLB slot in your league you should probably not be playing TJ Watt (LB, EDGE) cause for every three sack effort he has he also does this: 2 combined tackles, 1 PD on 84% of snaps played. Terrell Edmunds (S) got the start for the injured Morgan Burnett (S) again this week but didn’t do nearly as well as previous starts with only 3 solo tackles playing 98% of snaps this week. I would still feel comfortable playing him when Burnett is injured and out but besides that situation he’s a sit for me.
The two defensive line IDP options had two polar opposite days this week. Stephon Tuitt (DE) recorded 5 combined tackles, 1 sack and 1 TFL on 79% of snaps while Cameron Heyward (DT, DE) recorded zero stats playing 80% of snaps this week. Heyward will be fine it’s a down week, those happen to every IDP defensive lineman it’s just part of the game.
Bengals: The story everyone’s interested here is the linebacker situation, and it was completely different than what we saw last week as far as production and snap percentages. The one thing both weeks have in common is that Vontaze Burfict (LB) produced in both weeks. He had 8 combined tackles and 2 PD playing 84% of snaps this week. Nick Vigil (LB) had his first down week this year with 2 tackle assists playing only 18% of snaps. He got injured early and will be out for a month. Preston Brown (LB) had a great week with 8 combined tackles playing 62% of snaps.
For me Burfict is the only safe guy here and he’ll likely be suspended sometime this week so this situation will be in flux again. Brown may have put up numbers this week but he played around the same percent of snaps last week where he had only a handful of tackles, that playing time just isn’t enough for sustained production. If Burfict does get suspended that would make Preston Brown the only productive guy left now that Nick Vigil is injured and out for a month, so Brown may be worth an add at this point despite his recent reduction in playing time.
Jessie Bates (S) continues to be very reliable and consistent this year. He recorded 9 combined tackles playing 95% of snaps this week and continues to be a weekly start who is almost a lock to produce. Darqueze Dennard (CB) was next on the box score with 4 solo tackles and 1 TFL on 16% of snaps this week. He’s a matchup dependent corner who isn’t a bad option against teams like the Steelers that throw a ton. He’s questionable and went out with injury so that’s why his snap percentage is far lower than usual.
Both Carlos Dunlap (DE) and Geno Atkins (DT) had down weeks with Dunlap putting up 4 combined tackles on 68% of snaps while Atkins had 1 tackle assist playing 74% of snaps this week. Both should be fine they’ve been on fire all season and were due for a down week. Keep playing them with confidence.
LA Chargers @ Cleveland Browns
Chargers: With the injuries to both Jatavis Brown (LB) and Kyzir White (LB, S) we knew someone was going to have to soak up that production this week we just had no idea it would be Jahleel Addae (S) who’s been quiet the majority of this season. This week though he had 9 combined tackles playing 92% of snaps. This seems like a one-off to me and when White or Brown or both return I expect this kind of production to disappear.
The Chargers played a third safety, Rayshawn Jenkins (S) this week with the injuries to White and Brown limiting their options and he produced as well. Jenkins had 8 combined tackles and 0.5 sacks on 34% of snaps this week and I expect this situation to be the same as Addaes. If he plays this much or produces like this again I’ll be shocked. We did expect Denzel Perryman (LB) to have a nice day and he did with 8 combined tackles playing 66% of snaps this week. He’s the only semi reliable linebacker on the Chargers for IDP production.
Derwin James (S) had a bit of a down day for him with 5 combined tackles and 0.5 sacks on 100% of snaps played, that’s not terrible at all and he’ll put up plenty more monster games before the year is done, keep playing him with confidence. Melvin Ingram (DE) was once again negated this week with 1 tackle assist playing 77% of snaps. He should get much better when Joey Bosa (DE) returns, until then I’m afraid it’ll be more weeks like this and less like his week 5 monster performance.
Browns: It was a strange day for IDP production for the Browns this week. Damarious Randal (S) led the way with 8 solo tackles playing 100% of snaps. He’s been solid and consistent all year but this was by far his best game so far, he remains a nice S2 in my eyes. Jamie Collins (LB) was next on the box score with his second nice week in a row, he put up 6 combined tackles and 1 TFL playing 90% of snaps this week. He’s had two nice weeks and the rest have been kind of “meh”. I wouldn’t play him personally, but if you don’t have any better options you could do worse.
Larry Ogunjobi (DT) got back to work this week after a couple dud weeks with 4 combined tackles and 0.5 sacks playing 80% of snaps this week. He’s had a great year overall I would keep playing him in your DT slot confidently. Denzel Ward (CB) had a serviceable day for corner with 3 solo tackles playing 100% of snaps. He’s been great all year and this might be his worst game and he still got you three solo tackles.
Joe Schobert (LB) and Christian Kirksey (LB) both had down games this week after monsters last week. Schobert had 3 combined tackles, 0.5 sacks and 1 PD on 55% of snaps while Kirksey only had 1 tackle assist, 2 PD and 1 INT on 98% of snaps played. This was a strange game for Browns IDP production so I’m not even close to ready to bail on either of these guys yet, they should be fine. *Schobert injured his hamstring and is week to week, that’s why his snap count was so low. Collins and Kirksey’s value goes up while he’s out.
Myles Garret (DE) had a stinker with 1 tackle assist and 1 PD on 83% of snaps played. You paid DE1 prices for him so there’s no way you bench him, we just had to ride out the bad and enjoy the good. He’ll be back to sacking quarterbacks and putting up monster games soon enough.
Make sure you catch part two of this article and 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. 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.