Let’s take a look at how last week’s IDP recommendations panned out in week 4:
Starts: Frank Clark (2 Tackles) Yannick Ngakoue (1 Sack, 1 Tackle) Reuben Foster (7 TT) Josey Jewell (2 TT) Shawn Williams (5 TT)
Verdict: Jewell was the only real strikeout here. Brandon Marshall was healthy once again for the Broncos and that took a lot of the opportunity away from Denver’s rookie LB: 3/5 Hit
Sits: Danielle Hunter (6 TT, 1 Sack) Brandon Graham (4 TT) Raekwon McMillan (6 TT) Denzel Perryman (4 TT) Bradley McDougald (4 TT, 1 FR)
Verdict: Not such the best week with some of my bolder calls. Danielle Hunter turned in a good performance on Thursday while everyone else on the list was slightly above average at best. 3/5 Hit
IDP STARTS OF THE WEEK
DeForest Buckner(vs. ARI)
Starting the week off with 49ers’ third-year pass rusher DeForest Buckner, who had a great opening to the season but has cooled off the last two weeks, recording only three tackles and two assists in his last two contests. I would play Buckner will full confidence this week against Arizona in a matchup that Buckner should thrive in against the worst ranked offensive line in the NFL by PFF.
Solomon Thomas(vs. ARI)
Staying with San Francisco for the second lineman pick of the day, this time moving just down the defensive line to second-year edge rusher Solomon Thomas. The third-overall pick in last year’s draft, Thomas has only compiled three sacks through 18 games in his NFL career, but I believe that a breakout is coming soon for the sophomore pass rusher, who will have a chance to feast in Arizona on Sunday.
Mason Foster (@ NO)
Coming off of an early week 4 bye fresh and rested, the Redskins travel to New Orleans in week 5 in a battle against Drew Brees and the Saints. The two NFC division-leading teams should matchup tightly against one another, but with Mark Ingram’s fresh legs returning for the Saints, I expect them to assert their dominance through the ground game. Redskins linebacker Mason Foster could be in line for a huge game, as the Saints offense has averaged 70 plays per game this season.
Tahir Whitehead (@ LAC)
Targeting another linebacker who should see an increase in defensive snaps in week 5, the Raiders head down-state to Carson, CA where Tahir Whitehead will attempt to slow down the Chargers offensive attack. Whitehead is a lock to play 100% of snaps for the Raiders and he’s the exact type of player I’d look to be starting in a great week 5 matchup.
Reshad Jones(@ CIN)
After missing the previous two games due to a shoulder injury, Miami Dolphins star defensive safety Reshad Jones hopes to be ready to return to action in Cincinnati this weekend. The Dolphins will need Jones to contend against the Bengals offense, which has seen Tyler Boyd breakout this year when matched up against poor coverage safeties. Jones is a must-play whenever he is on the field and this week will be no different.
IDP SITS OF THE WEEK
Frank Clark (vs. LAR)
One week after landing on my Starts of the Week, Frank Clark finds himself on the opposite side of the list in this week’s rendition. Facing a much tougher matchup this week, Clark will be asked to line up against Los Angeles Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth, who has been one of the most stout tackles in the entire league this year. I’d look to bench Clark if you have any more appealing options on your roster this week.
Jerry Hughes (vs. TEN)
After a dominant week 3 performance in Minnesota, Hughes fell back to Earth against the Packers last weekend. Green Bay left tackle David Bakhtiari had Hughes’ number all afternoon long and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Titans Taylor Lewan perform the exact same way this weekend. Hold off on playing Hughes until he has a positive matchup against Houston in week 6.
Nick Vigil (vs. MIA)
With the return of Bengals veteran linebacker Vontaze Burfict, it’s highly likely that third-year linebacker Nick Vigil, who has been a tackling hound through four weeks, will be relegated to bench duties in favor of Burfict. Vigil is still a great dynasty hold, as he is a top tier scoring linebacker when Burfict misses time.
Kyle Van Noy (vs. IND)
While I was optimistic that Kyle Van Noy’s usage would increase after Patriots rookie Ja’Whaun Bentley landed on injured reserve, that has not been the case in New England. The Patriots have instead rotated between veteran Elandon Roberts and special teamer Nicholas Grigsby. Van Noy’s value will stay in the LB4/5 range and he is only playable on the small chance he makes a few splash plays in one game.
Jaquiski Tartt (vs. ARI)
Another safety returning from injury this week is 49ers veteran Jaquiski Tartt. Antone Exum made a great pick-six in Tartt’s role last week, but I don’t see San Francisco’s safety position scoring that well this weekend. Defensive backs matching up against Arizona have been big-play dependent, and I don’t think rookie Josh Rosen will make the mistakes that would lead to a productive week from Tartt.
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