Welcome back IDP brethren! Here’s to hoping you had a successful start to your fantasy season this past weekend. If so, keep the momentum up and start stringing together those wins! If not… Well, one loss doesn’t determine a season, and 12-1 is still a darn good record at the end of the year!
Let’s take a look at how last week’s IDP recommendations panned out in week 1:
Verdict: Would’ve liked to see Lawson put something together, but he played a majority of snaps which is nice to see going forward. 4/5 Hit
Verdict: I feel like the JPP prediction balances out Lawson’s goose-egg, I’ll count Roquan as a win because he was only on the field for eight snaps, but Demario Davis and Vaccaro were solid plays for the week one. 3/5 Hit
IDP STARTS OF THE WEEK
Takkarist McKinley, DE, ATL (vs. CAR)
Facing a beat up offensive line, a quarterback who took three sacks last week, and a team that should be playing from behind, Takkarist McKinley has a lot of variables working in his favor this week against the Panthers. McKinley only recorded one tackle in the season opener against Philadelphia, but it did happen to be a sack so that makes his production look a bit better. He’ll face noticeably easier competition against the line this week on his path to the quarterback.
Alex Okafor, DE, NO (vs. CLE)
An interesting position battle to watch as the season progresses is at defensive end for the Saints. Battling for position on the line across from Cameron Jordan is veteran pass rusher Alex Okafor and rookie Marcus Davenport. In week one, Okafor out-snapped Davenport 37-23 and although things might swing in favor of the first-year player later in the season, I’ll stick with my guns and say Okafor is the play for the time being.
Elijah Lee, LB, SF (vs. DET)
For those of you looking for a deeper play to pick up off waivers this week, look no further than in San Francisco. We’ve seen how productive the 49ers linebackers have been throughout the years, no matter who is lining up for snaps. Last week, Fred Warner dominated the box score and I think the team can support two startable linebackers this week against Detroit. Elijah Lee will get the start next to Warner in place of Brock Coyle, who just landed on injured reserve due to a concussion. Lee will give you one good game to work with before Reuben Foster comes back from suspension next weekend.
Tahir Whitehead, LB, OAK (@ DEN)
When it comes to talent on the Raiders defense, there aren’t many playmakers that jump out at you. But sometimes in IDP fantasy football, you don’t always need the most talented players to have the most production. In Oakland’s week one matchup against the Rams, Tahir Whitehead was one of only two Raider defenders to play every defensive snap. He’ll have plenty of opportunities to amass tackles against Royce Freeman, Phillip Lindsay, and the rest of the Broncos.
Kentrell Brice, S, GB (vs. MIN)
Scheme, scheme, scheme. It’s vital to understand team’s tendencies from year to year and understand what positions can be valuable assets in IDP no matter what player is lining up for their coach. For the Packers, safety has always been a highly productive position, whether it’s typically Morgan Burnett, now with the Steelers, or whoever was filling in for him while sidelined. Now, second-year safety Kentrell Brice finds himself at strong safety in Green Bay and in a position to be a DB1 for the season. Side note, keep an eye on Oren Burks‘ health in practices as the week progresses. The rookie from Vanderbilt may make his debut and will be a valuable asset once he’s on the field.
IDP SITS OF THE WEEK
J.J. Watt, DE, HOU (@ TEN)
Starting off with a bold call, I don’t think J.J. Watt is worth a start this week in any leagues where three or less lineman are started per team. The Titans were one of only three teams in week one to not allow a sack, and that’s not a fluke on their part. Keep an eye on Taylor Lewan‘s concussion progress as the week goes on, but I’d be looking for better options on your roster or waivers.
Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, CLE (@ NO)
After successfully predicting Jason Pierre-Paul would have an abysmal week against the Saints in week one, I’m predicting the same fate is in store for Emmanuel Ogbah in week two. Myles Garrett is a talent that transcends the position, so he’s still a must play no matter the format, but Ogbah, who only recorded one assist on the stat sheet in a full 70-minute performance in week one, is likely to see the bench in leagues where he’s on my roster.
Cory Littleton, LB, LAR (vs. ARI)
After an explosive week one against Oakland where Littleton recorded 13 total tackles and an interception, he’s most likely been swooped off waivers in leagues where he wasn’t rostered coming into the season. I’m not rushing to start him in week two though, facing a tough IDP matchup against Arizona. The Cardinals only managed 51 plays on offense in week one against Washington, and their offense probably won’t be getting much better over the span of seven days. Littleton isn’t the best longterm hold either, as Mark Barron should be returning from injury shortly, although the Achilles injury that has sidelined him could pester Barron all season long.
Todd Davis, LB, DEN (vs. OAK)
Another linebacker coming off a noteworthy performance to start the season is Denver’s Todd Davis, who accrued eight solo tackles in the Broncos victory over Seattle. I still prefer Davis’ teammate Brandon Marshall in IDP leagues and it looks like the coaches do as well, with Marshall out-snapping Davis 50-37 to begin the season.
John Johnson, S, LAR (vs. ARI)
Another Rams defender that I’m not particularly high on coming out of week one is safety John Johnson, who I’m fading this week for the same reasons as Littleton listed above. I do prefer Johnson’s IDP value over the course of the season though, I just feel like there are plenty of other options at the safety position for this week instead.
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