Taking a look at the NFL Week 12 from a IDP perspective; notes on what our writer @Orangeman3142 saw this weekend.
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 three will cover the next four games of week twelve. Keep an eye out for part four dropping tomorrow morning and make sure you caught parts one and two from earlier this week.
Let’s get into it.
New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles
Giants: It was another week with Landon Collins (S) leading the way for the Giants in IDP production with a monster game recording 9 combined tackles and 2 TFL on 100% of snaps. He’s ridiculous, definitely a tier one safety and one of the best in the league for both IDP production and as an actual player, he’s obviously an auto start weekly.
Curtis Riley (S) had a nice game as well this week with 6 solo tackles playing 100% of snaps as well, he’s spotty overall but I’ve seen him started by opponents in leagues I’m in so I guess that’s a thing, not for me though. Alec Ogletree (LB) had a down week with 4 combined tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL and 1 PD on 100% of snaps, that’s not a bad week at all even though he had about half his normal combined tackle total, he remains a tier one producer and a weekly auto start.
Janoris Jenkins (CB) had just 3 combined tackles this week playing 100% of snaps in what should’ve been an ideal matchup but as well all knew this isn’t last years Eagles team and their passing attack is definitely not as good. I’m sure there are more IDP relevant guys on this team I just don’t care about them and wouldn’t recommend you start any of them so we’ll move on.
Eagles: It was the other IDP relevant safety on top of the Eagles box score this week, Corey Graham (S) had 8 combined tackles playing 97% of snaps this week, he is a pretty solid tier two guy when healthy but he’s had trouble staying on the field this season. With Jordan Hicks (LB) injured and out this week it was Kamu Gruger Hill (LB) starting in his place and having a nice game with 7 combined tackles and 2 TFL on only 55% of snaps played.
Hicks injury isn’t serious from what I’ve seen and 55% of snaps isn’t sustainable for consistent production so I would pass on adding him even if Hicks is out again next week. Nigel Bradham (LB) continues his stellar season with 7 combined tackles and 1 TFL on 100% of snaps this week, he remains a rock solid tier two guy who’s now playing all the snaps every game which is good to see.
Malcolm Jenkins (S) has been a super safe tier two guy this season and had another great week with 6 combined tackles, 1 PD and 1 INT on 100% of snaps played. He will get you for or five combined tackles and some frosting plays (sacks, PD, INT, etc) every week without fail.
Fletcher Cox (DT) had a down week with just 2 solo tackles on 79% of snaps played and has been in a bit of a slump this week but should be fine, nature of the position and I’m positive there are monster games in his future before this season is done. Brandon Graham (DE) had a clunker as well with just 2 combined tackles on 79% of snaps, he’s still best used as a spot start or defensive end two or three in deeper leagues.
Both Micheal Bennett (DE) and Chris Long (DE) had 1 solo tackle, 1 sack and 1 TFL this week, Bennett on 58% of snaps while Long played 65% this week. Bennett has been a sneaky defensive end play since the Derek Barnett (DE) injury and has been productive in pretty much every game since, I play him weekly in my dynasty IDP league but that’s got a million IDP slots and a ton of teams, point is he is reliable and productive and Long has been decent as well but he’s more of a spot start in my eyes.
San Francisco 49ers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
49ers: With the unsurprising news that Ruben Foster (LB) lost his mind and lit up his girlfriend once again it shocked no one when the Niners cut him the following morning opening up an opportunity for Elijah Lee (LB), who had 7 combined tackles, 1 TFL and 1 PD on 67% of snaps, while that production is nice that playing time doesn’t have me sold yet.
However if you need linebacker help definitely grab Lee and hold onto him I have a feeling they were just easing him into the defense and he’ll end up playing closer to 100% of snaps as the season continues, he could end up being a tier two linebacker for nothing more than a waiver wire click of the mouse just a few weeks before playoffs and that’s a great thing.
Fred Warner (LB) was back in the swing of things this week recording 7 combined tackles and 1 PD on 99% of snaps this week, he remains a mid tier two producer with a great ceiling that he really hasn’t touched since early in the season, but we know what he’s capable of so you have to play him weekly unless you have a better option and just hope for the best.
Jaquiski Tartt (S) was actually healthy this week and had a solid game with 6 combine tackles and 1 TFL on 89% of snaps played, he’s an end of tier one producer when he’s on the field, which isn’t often. DeForest Buckner (DT) had the kind of monster game we all knew he was capable of this week with 5 solo tackles, 1 sack and 2 TFL on 71% of snaps this week, he remains a tier one weekly auto start.
Solomon Thomas (DE) had a down game with just 2 solo tackles playing 73% of snaps and is still just a spotty tier three guy in my eyes but he’s popular as a futures prospect for dynasty in other IDP circles. Richard Sherman (CB) had just 3 solo tackles on 85% of snaps this week, he remains much better at talking behind a podium and telling people he went to Stanford than playing football or producing for IDP purposes.
Bucs: With outstanding IDP safety Justin Evans (S) injured and out again this week it cleared the decks for a monster performance from the other IDP relevant safety on the Bucs, Jordan Whitehead (S) went crazy with 11 combined tackles and 2 PD on 94% of snaps played. He’s definitely passed the eye test and the box score test the past few weeks here so I’m comfortable adding him if you need safety help, this was definitely on the high side for what you can expect out of him but he should get you a decent floor every week especially with help from that turnover prone offense he has to deal with.
Isaiah Johnson (S) came in for Evans this week and had a great week with 6 solo tackles, 1 PD and 1 INT on 100% of snaps played, he goes away the minute Evans is healthy though so adding him through waivers may not be worth it, save your waiver wire position for something more permanent. Brent Grimes (CB) had a serviceable game with 3 solo tackles on 100% of snaps played, he will have better games when you think 49ers the passing attack isn’t really the first thing that pops into your mind.
Jason Pierre Paul (DE) is having an incredible season and added to it this week with 3 solo tackles, 1 sack and 1 TFL on 69% of snaps, he remains a tier one auto start weekly for defensive end. Gerald McCoy (DT) had a nice week also with 2 solo tackles, 1 sack and 1 TFL on 72% of snaps and remains a solid tier two defensive tackle with tier one upside.
Adarius Taylor (LB) completely bombed this week with just 1 solo tackle and 1 PD playing 100% of snaps but should be fine, the playing time is there and linebackers weren’t involved in this game really at all (DeVante Bond LB led the Bucs linebackers with just 4 combined tackles) so despite this pretty bad week I’m still comfortable playing him going forward, the gamescript just wasn’t right for him to have a nice game. Carl Nassib (DE) had a nice game with 2 solo tackles, 1 sack and 2 TFL on 73% of snaps and has been heating up lately if you need a spot start defensive end or a short term guy.
Seattle Seahawks @ Carolina Panthers
Seahawks: It looks like Bobby Wagner (LB) is getting back to his old self with an epic week against the Panthers putting up 11 combined tackles and 1 TFL playing 100% of snaps this week, he started the season slow but is back to being the tier one auto start we all know and some love. Tre Flowers (CB) was next on the box score with 7 combined tackles playing 93% of snaps this week, he’s a decent option at corner in ideal matchups, which was most certainly NOT this week yet he still pulled out a monster week.
Bradley McDougald (S) was next with 7 combined tackles, 1 PD and 1 INT on 100% of snaps played, there were some questions about him cause of his recent mini slump and I stood firm with my man Bradley and this is why, he’s capable of monster games like this every week and his floor is solid nine times out of ten. The other IDP relevant safety, Tedric Thompson (S), had a great game as well with 7 combined tackles on 93% of snaps played, he’s a spotty tier two option but as far as dice rolls are concerned he’s put up some pretty great games so in deeper leagues he’s a risk I’m willing to take.
Frank “The Freak” Clark (DE) had just a serviceable game this week with 4 combined tackles playing 75% of snaps this week, while not his usual ridiculous point total he remains the best deal or value there has been in regards to defensive end this season, he was either not drafted or taken extremely late in most drafts and has had a ridiculous season putting up better numbers than guys that cost a whole lot more like Cameron Jordan (DE) or Everson Griffen (DE).
He remains an end of tier one weekly auto start for me. Jarran Reed (DT) had a down week as well with just 2 combined tackles playing 83% of snaps this week but is still a decent tier two option at defensive tackle.
Panthers: Business as usual for the Panthers this week with Luke Kuechly (LB) leading the way with 12 combined tackles and 2.5 TFL on 100% of snaps and is still a tier one auto start weekly end of story. Shaq Thompson (LB) was next with 7 combined tackles, 1 sack and 1 TFL playing only 66% of snaps this week, while those numbers are nice he’s been spotty all year and 66% of snaps isn’t nearly enough for consistency so I’m not interested.
Someone I am interested in is Thomas Davis (LB) who was next on the box score with 7 combined tackles and 1 PD playing 100% of snaps this week, Davis is consistent and has the playing time to remain consistent so I have him in a bunch of places and recommend him especially in deeper leagues. Eric Reid (S) continues to be an awesome waiver wire add with another solid week consisting of 7 combined tackles and 1 TFL playing 94% of snaps this week, keep playing him.
Mike Adams (S), the other IDP relevant safety on the Panthers, had a serviceable week with 5 combined tackles on 98% of snaps and is still a decent tier two option that will get you something decent every week. James Bradberry (CB) had a pretty good matchup this week and took advantage with 4 combined tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL and 1 PD playing 100% of snaps this week, I play him pretty much any time the opposing team is capable of completing a pass he’s been that good this season.
Mario Addison (DE) and Kawan Short (DT) are the IDP relevant defensive linemen and both had serviceable games this week with Short putting up the better effort with 6 combined tackles and 1.5 TFL on 68% of snaps while Addison had 4 combined tackles and 0.5 TFL playing 73% of snaps this week. Both are tier two options with consistency issues.
Oakland Raiders @ Baltimore Ravens
Raiders: Production by default, in other words producing because you’re the only warm body capable of making tackles on your team, is a big thing in IDP. Tahir Whitehead (LB) is the face of production by default, he actually sucks but because everyone around him sucks more than he does what you end up with is a mid tier one auto start that had 14 combined tackles and 1 PD playing 100% of snaps this week, he remains a weekly auto start until someone better comes along and takes his job or overshadows him.
Maurice Hurst (DT) is the only other IDP I remotely care about on this team and he had just 1 tackle assist playing only 36% of snaps this week, he’s a futures prospect in dynasty at this point and not startable this season just a guy to keep an eye on for the future.
Ravens: The studs took the lead this week and it was the same case for the Ravens this week with CJ Mosley (LB) leading the way with 8 combined tackles on 100% of snaps played. He remains a tier one producer and a weekly auto start. Tony Jefferson (S) the tier one safety got injured early in this one and didn’t return so he ended up with just 1 tackle assist and 1 PD on only 55% of snaps played this week, I haven’t heard the extent of his injury but if he is out for awhile you might consider someone like Jordan Whitehead (S) on Tampa Bay or Corey Graham (S) on Philly, anyone who takes Jeffersons place on Baltimore won’t be nearly as talented as him and probably won’t come remotely close to his weekly output so I would steer clear.
Eric Weddle (S) only had 3 solo tackles on 100% of snaps and is notoriously spotty but a decent roll of the dice if you need a one week guy. Terrel Suggs (LB, EDGE) had no stats of any kind except that he picked up a fumble and housed it to save your fantasy day if you played him this week, he’s still too risky to play in anything except a specific OLB or EDGE slot in my eyes but will get you a big week every once in awhile like this week.
Make sure you read parts one and two then catch part four 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.
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