This article is meant to be a quick recap of news from the last week, thoughts going into each week’s games, notes on injuries, guys to put on your radar, etc. It’ll be a quick article every week because we’re all busy Sunday mornings.
News and Notes
Trade Deadline – Two deals at the trade deadline will affect #IDP leagues. Green Bay sent Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to Washington for a 2019 4th. HHCD will likely start opposite D.J. Swearinger, sending 4th Round sophomore Montae Nicholson to the bench. If anything, HHCD may be less productive as Washington has a better defense and much less prolific offense so there may be fewer tackle opportunities.
In Green Bay, this leaves their secondary slightly messy. Second Round sophomore Josh Jones of the Nascar package fame, has played 4 defensive snaps all season. Former UDFA Jermaine Whitehead, meanwhile, played over 95% of snaps last week against LA. Whitehead won’t get the job next to Kentrell Brice however. It sounds like Tramon Williams will transition back to FS. The emergence of Jaire Alexander has given the Packers a very deep CB depth chart. Josh Jackson will also likely see more snaps this week than he has the last few weeks if Williams plays a full load at FS. Green Bay has spent (7) 1st and 2nd Round draft picks on their secondary in the last 5 years. Yet this week, it looks like they’ll be starting a UDFA and a free agent signing at Safety.
Jacksonville sent Dante Fowler Jr. to the Rams for a 2019 3rd and a 2020 5th. Hopefully, Fowler didn’t have any big plans for Jacksonville’s bye… The undefeated Rams are all in on this season and needed more pass-rush from the Edge. Fowler instantly upgrades that. LA’s primary edge rusher, Samson Ebukam regularly plays between 75-90% of snaps. Fowler hasn’t topped 50% for Jacksonville. So Fowler will see an immediate boost in snaps. He will be, at the highest, the 3rd priority of opposing O-Lines which should help production. A 3rd is a big price for someone who’s potentially a half-season rental, so don’t be surprised if LA tries to hold onto Fowler after this season. So enjoy the production this season as he’s still a DE. Next year, if he stays in LA, he’ll be a LB.
Fowler’s absence in Jacksonville doesn’t do much. Yannick Ngakoue could see a handful more snaps. First Round rookie Taven Bryan could see more snaps, but not enough to be consistently productive.
Keep in mind, both Damon Harrison and Eli Apple had very productive days for their new teams last week.
Byenado – Weeks 9 and 11 will be the most difficult for byes. This week the Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, and Philadelphia Eagles are off. In Week 11, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, and San Francisco 49ers will be off. Depth will be tested.
Mid Season Awards
This week, instead of one ESLM twitter poll, to celebrate half the season in the books, it’s time to hand out some hardware.
Old Faithful 🏆 – This Award belongs to the 30+ #IDP you trust most in your lineup from week-to-week.
Winner: Calais Campbell – 61%
- Geno Atkins – 19%
- Kareem Jackson – 11%
- Linval Joseph – 9%
Campbell ran away with it with the largest percentage of voters in any of the polls. The surprising bit here is Atkins almost doubling up Jackson. Jackson is a stud at CB which is hard to come by.
Breakout Player 🏆- This Award goes to the #IDP who has broken out the most in 2018.
Winner: Cory Littleton – 53%
- Danielle Hunter – 27%
- Anthony Hitchens – 11%
- Margus Hunt – 9%
Littleton the clear frontrunner here. Most of us knew Hunter would be a stud. He’s definitely taken a step into the elites this season. Hunt should be higher. At the beginning of the season, he was a week winner in DT-required leagues. He has cooled off the last few weeks though.
Week Winner 🏆- This Award goes to the weekly performance that guaranteed a +1 in the win column for the week.
Winner: Aaron Donald Week 7 – 9 Tackles, 6 TFLs, 4.0 Sacks – 39%
- Darius Leonard Week 2 – 19 Tackles, 1 FF, 1.0 Sack – 30%
- Leonard Week 3 – 13 Tackles, 5 TFLs, 2.0 Sacks – 26%
- Denico Autry Week 4 – 9 Tackles, 4 TFLs, 2.0 sacks – 6%
Donald with a close win over Leonard… and Leonard. Autry was a stretch here as Week 4 was his first healthy game since Week 1, so he likely wasn’t started everywhere.
Rookie of the Year 🏆- This Award belongs to the most productive #IDP Rookie.
Winner: Darius Leonard – 57%
- Derwin James– 26%
- Tremaine Edmunds – 10%
- Jessie Bates III – 7%
This was to be expected with the season Leonard has been having. Nice to see James with a solid showing.
Sibling Rivalry 🏆- This award is given out to your favorite Band of #IDP Brothers.
Winner: JJ and TJ Watt – 52%
- Tremaine and Terrell Edmunds – 19%
- Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin – 17%
- Eric and Justin Reid – 11%
The Watts ran away with this. Something for them to be thankful for later this month. The Edmunds brothers made a strong push at the end to edge out the Griffins. Being the first pair of brothers to be drafted together in the 1st Round will give you that boost. I was hoping the Griffins would’ve ended higher given their story, but Shaquem hasn’t seen the field much this season.
Winner: Darius Leonard – 59%
- Aaron Donald – 18%
- Budda Baker – 15%
- JJ Watt – 8%
Leonard is adding a second piece of silverware for his mantle. Donald at second is interesting given he’s been a little boom/bust. Budda getting more votes than Watt is fun to see.
Tweet of the Week
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) November 2, 2018
The 49ers were really enjoying playing the Raiders Thursday night. If I had Malcolm Smith’s injury history, I’d be careful with the roundhouse kicks. You’re not Chuck Norris.
Good luck in Week 9. Hopefully, all of you win your games, unless you’re playing me. Watch for my Snap Count articles midweek, and we’ll see you next Sunday. Follow me on Twitter at @ben_glaser