There are a lot of teams on bye this week, six in total. The following teams will not be taking the field this weekend: BUF, CLE, MIA, NE, NYJ, SF.
Let’s take a look at how last week’s IDP predictions panned out in week 10:
Starts: DeForest Buckner (5 TT, 0.5 Sacks) Brandon Graham (5 TT, 1.5 Sacks) Fred Warner (4 TT) Josh Bynes (3 TT, 1 Sack) Reshad Jones (3 TT)
Verdict: Brandon Graham’s standout performance on SNF was the best of this group of five: 3/5 Hit
Sits: Chandler Jones (3 TT, 2 Sacks) Frank Clark (1 Assist, 0.5 Sacks) Anthony Hitchens (no production) Jatavis Brown (11 TT) Ron Parker (2 TT, 1 Sack)
Verdict: The Chiefs offensive line had their worst week of the season vs. Arizona while Denzel Perryman’s injury led to a big day for Jatavis Brown: 3/5 Hit
IDP STARTS OF THE WEEK
Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, TB (@ NYG)
After a strong start to the season, with eight sacks in his first seven games, Jason Pierre-Paul has been held sack-free the last two weeks. This week JPP looks to get back on track and will do so with a very favorable matchup against the New York Giants. The Giants offensive line has allowed Eli Manning to get sacked 4+ times in over half of their games this season, including a seven-sack meltdown in Week 8 against Washington.
Takkarist McKinley, DE, ATL (vs. DAL)
Another defensive lineman with a matchup to take advantage of this week is Takkarist McKinley playing against the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas has allowed the most sacks per game of any team in the league allowing 32 sacks in 9 games after allowing 32 sacks in all of 2017.
Jatavis Brown, LB, LAC (vs. DEN)
Just one week after I put Jatavis Brown in my ‘Sits’ column, he now finds himself on the positive side of the write-up this week. Starting Brown this week is all about the opportunity that he now has on the Chargers defense with Denzel Perryman out for the remainder of the season after a knee injury in Week 10. Perryman’s injury clears up some of the murkiness that has clouding the Chargers linebacker situation since the beginning of the year, but with Perryman joining Kyzir White on IR, Brown is now back in a prime situation to finish the year as an LB 2/3.
Nigel Bradham, LB, PHI (@ NO)
While Nigel Bradham has only been the 33rd overall linebacker this year, he has performed much better in recent weeks than earlier in the season. Bradham has recorded at least six tackles in each of the Eagles last five games and has also notched a sack and recovered a fumble in that time.
Adrian Phillips, S, LAC (vs. DEN)
At safety this week, I’m taking a shot on Chargers defensive back Adrian Phillips to step up and have a big game against the Broncos. Phillips has played over 75% of snaps each of the last two weeks and I wouldn’t be surprised to see that climb even higher now that Perryman is on IR. Phillips has played over half of his defensive snaps the last two weeks in the box as a linebacker and will continue to have fantastic scoring potential as a safety as long as that continues.
IDP SITS OF THE WEEK
Chris Jones, DE, KC (@ LAR)
The fade of the week comes on Monday night this week as two of the top teams in the league square off in Los Angeles. The Rams host the Chiefs in a matchup of high powered offenses which will be sure to light up the scoreboard. The Rams offensive line has done a solid job in pass protection for Jared Goff this season, especially Guard Austin Blythe, who Chris Jones will be matched up with for a majority of the game. According to PFF, Blythe is yet to allow a sack this season and is only responsible for two quarterback hits through ten games.
Brandon Graham, DE, PHI (@ NO)
Another player that I’m flipping sides on this week is Eagle’s lineman Brandon Graham. After hitting on Graham as a ‘Start’ last week with 1.5 sacks, I foresee him struggling against the Saints, one of the best offensive lines in the entire league. New Orleans has only allowed Drew Brees to be sacked nine times this season, less than any other team across the league. The Saints have been the NFL’s best team ever since their shocking Week 1 upset to the Buccaneers and Drew Brees currently has the team firing on all cylinders.
Jordan Evans, LB, CIN (@ BAL)
While Jordan Evans has done a fantastic job filling in for injured teammates the last few weeks, #3 LB over the last three weeks, it seems like his 15 minutes of fame are over for now with Vontaze Burfict returning from injury and Nick Vigil following closely behind in the coming weeks. Evans is worth a roster spot in deeper leagues because he has shown to be extremely valuable when the Bengals starters are injured.
Von Miller, LB, DEN (@ LAC)
While I expect Von Miller to be a popular start this week, I’ll be fading him across the board in my leagues in a matchup against the Chargers on Sunday. While Miller has been successful against the Chargers in the past, four sacks in the last two years, Los Angeles’ offensive line has been performing at a stellar level against the pass rush this season. The Chargers have allowed only 13 sacks this season, a mark that is bested by just three teams across the league.
Justin Evans, S, TB (@ NYG)
Another week of action, another week of fading safeties against the Giants. Eli Manning just hasn’t been targeting players downfield enough to make safeties viable IDP options, barring the occasional turnover which salvages a positive stat output, safeties just haven’t been worth starting lately against the Giants.
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