With bye weeks now in full swing, make sure you’re staying aware of which players on your roster won’t be seeing the field this week. This week’s teams on bye are GB, OAK, PIT, SEA.
Let’s take a look at how last week’s IDP recommendations panned out in week 6:
Starts: Chris Long (1 Tackle) Larry Ogunjobi (4 TT, 0.5 Sack) Todd Davis (6 TT) Darron Lee (8 TT, 1 INT) Justin Simmons (4 TT)
Verdict: Ogunjobi got things back on track with a productive game against the Chargers, Darron Lee had his best game of the year since week 1, and Chris Long still hasn’t been able to convert QB pressures into sacks: 3/5 Hit
Sits: Yannick Ngakoue (4 TT, 2 Sacks) Trey Flowers (7 TT) Eric Kendricks (5 TT) Zach Cunningham (13 TT) Eddie Jackson (6 TT)
Verdict: Poor back-to-back weeks predicting players to have low scoring outputs. Cunningham had the most productive game of his career against lowly Buffalo, while Eric Kendricks had his worst game of the season coming as the only success: 1/5 Hit
IDP STARTS OF THE WEEK
Vic Beasley, DE, ATL (vs. NYG)
What a fall from grace it has been. Since leading the league with 15.5 sacks in 2016, Vic Beasley has only taken the quarterback down seven times in his last 21 games, playoffs included. I’m seeing a bounce back in store for him this week though as the Falcons host the underperforming Giants. If Beasley doesn’t notch a sack in this game, all hope may be lost.
Calais Campbell, DE, JAX (vs. HOU)
Coming out of a solid performance against the Cowboys, I’m continuing to ride the Calais Campbell train this week as the Jaguars face off against divisional foe Houston at home. Houston’s two offensive tackles, Julie’n Davenport and Martinas Rankin, have allowed the first and second-most QB pressures among all linemen in the league. It’s a shame that the Texans let their star quarterback receive protection from a group of turnstiles, but as IDP players we’ll take advantage of that.
Alec Ogletree, LB, NYG (@ ATL)
Usually, I’m the first one to harp on how Ogletree is one of the league’s most overrated players, however, I’d be targeting him this week in any leagues he’s on your roster. Ogletree has recorded at least six total tackles in each of the last three weeks and with a positive matchup this week in Atlanta, it wouldn’t be outside the realm of possibilities for him to reach double digits.
Vontaze Burfict, LB, CIN (@ KC)
It’s only been two weeks since Vontaze Burfict has returned from suspension and now the Bengals veteran has already found himself among controversy after this hit last Sunday on Antonio Brown. While Burfict is a great IDP option whenever he’s on the field, availability is the best ability after all. I’m confident that Burfict will have a very productive game this week, as long as he’s not ejected before the day is over.
Jordan Poyer, SS, BUF (@ IND)
Bills veteran Jordan Poyer has had a solid start to the year after bursting onto the scene last season, but this week is when I expect Poyer to really play exceptionally against Andrew Luck and the Colts. Poyer’s best game this season was against the Chargers with seven tackles and a forced fumble, but with the Colts listed at eight-point favorites and the fastest offense in the NFL, Poyer’s potential for this week is sky high.
IDP SITS OF THE WEEK
Carlos Dunlap, DE, CIN (@ KC)
For the bold bench call of the week, I’ll be looking to find options better than the Bengals’ Carlos Dunlap, who will face off against Kansas City in Week 7. Dunlap has had a great start to the year, with four sacks through six games (he only had one sack in the same time-frame last year). The Chiefs have only allowed six sacks so far this year, best in the entire league, thanks due to both their excellent line play as well as Patrick Mahomes mobility in the pocket.
Brandon Graham, DE, PHI (vs. CAR)
With the aforementioned Chiefs sporting the league’s best line in terms of protecting the quarterback, ranked second comes the Carolina Panthers, who have only let Cam Newton get sacked eight times this year. Graham plays the majority of his snaps rushing from LDE, so he’ll be matched up against Panthers tackle Taylor Moton, who has been one of the best pass blocking tackles in the league. I’d look for better options than Eagles pass rushers this weekend.
Mark Barron, LB, LAR (@ SF)
Starting players coming back from injury is always difficult, especially without knowing how they’ll be transitioned into a rotation. While Mark Barron is finally on the field and healthy, he is still not playing all three downs and it will be hard to play him until he does so. Even if he were to be on the field for 100% of snaps this week, playing against the 49ers isn’t the best matchup for LBs this year so I’m staying away.
Reggie Ragland, LB, KC (vs. CIN)
Speaking of players currently in a rotation at linebacker, third-year veteran Reggie Ragland has yet to take hold of a three-down role on the Chiefs defense. Aside from teammate Anthony Hitchens, every other Chiefs defensive starter is not playable in IDP leagues and with as poorly as their defense has performed on the field this year, starters’ roles might be changing sooner rather than later for a few positions.
Glover Quin, FS, DET (@ MIA)
Last up this week we head to Detroit, who will be coming off of a bye in Week 7. The Lions will be in Miami this week, who outside of last week’s contest that stretched into the depths of overtime, have not been a favorable matchup for IDP players. The Dolphins are starting Brock Osweiler at quarterback once again, who surprisingly threw for 380 yards last week against Chicago, but I don’t see similar production happening with Detroit having a full week of game planning.
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