IDP Thoughts - Week 4
The Defensive End Awakening!
Morning has broken and the star defensive ends have started to pile up the stats. Starting on Thursday night when Aaron Donald had 5 total tackles with 2 sacks and 4 QB hits, we knew it was coming and your patience paid off. On the other side of the ball, Danielle Hunter had 6 total tackles and a sack for Minnesota.
Carl Lawson finally registered a sack and Geno Atkins had 5 total tackles with a sack and 2 QB hits.
McKinley was on the atTakk (see what I did there) as he posted the triple triples with 3 tackles, 3 sacks, and 3 QB hits.
Khalil Mack showed his teeth and the scarlet billows began to spread as he registered 3 total tackles, 1 sack, 1 QB hit, and 1 pass defense thrown in for good measure.
Jason Pierre-Paul posted 7 total tackles (which is as high as he can count now) and 1 sack.
John Simon played 20 snaps and logged 5 tackles and a sack in his NE debut.
Demarcus Lawrence posted 8 total tackles, 3 sacks, and 3 QB hits in an amazing outing against the Lions.
Finally, JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney had a monster afternoon against Indy, with each posting 4 total tackles and two sacks with 7 QB Hits between the them.
These totals are why you play your studs every week.
If you started any Patriots, Jaguars, or Bears, you ended up singing the blues as they were on the field for limited snaps. Miami posted 43 offensive snaps, the Jets had 48, and the Bears 56. It is hard to get many stats when the opposing offense is barely on the field. All you can hope for is a sack or a turnover by your player to balance the lack of tackle opportunities. Efficiency is key in these games.
Stephen Weatherly has picked up the majority of the DE snaps since Everson Griffen sought treatment for his mental health. Unfortunately, Weatherly was unable to log any stats this past week despite playing 82% of the snaps.
Eric Kendricks posted 7 total tackles and Sheldon Richardson had 6. You don’t normally see Minnesota racking up the stats, so this was a welcome change.
Duke Riley is seeing the majority of snaps since the loss of Deion Jones; however, he is playing fewer snaps each week. His snap percentage has dropped from 87% in week 2 to 75% in week 4, while Foyesade Oluokun has been trending upward from 22% in week 2 to 32% in week 4. Oluokun has been more efficient in his snaps, logging 3 total tackles in 23 snaps, while Riley logged 5 in 55 snaps. Keep monitoring the situation.
Brian Poole is playing at safety, so pick him up in corner required leagues. It is like you are cheating, but in a legal way.
The coaches are searching for the right combination of linebackers for their defense, which leaves IDP owners frustrated. Deone Bucannon saw a single snap in week 3, suddenly received 73% last week. Conversely, Gerald Hodges played 78% of the snaps in week 3 and received 1 snap this week. Hold tight and see what happens before making any moves.
This past week the Killer Bees of Boston, Bethea, and Bucannon had a heck of a week,
posting 11, 7, and 5 total tackles respectively, with Bucannon throwing in a forced fumble.
Fred Warner and Reuben Foster have solidified their roles as reliable three-down linebackers and should start in all formats. Over the past two weeks they have combined to play every snap except 1 in week 3. No need to hold on to Lee or Smith, their time is over outside of an injury.
I thought Doug Middleton had shown enough to retain some playing time with the return of Marcus Maye. I was wrong. Maye played every snap in the Jets’ loss to Jacksonville. Outside of an injury to Maye, there is no reason to hold on to Middleton.
I thought the return of Clayton Geathers meant the end of Matthias Farley, but such thinking is why I live in a van down by the river. Farley made it onto the field for 52% of the snaps, playing with Geathers and Hooker. Not sure if this is a blip on the radar or if Matt Eberflus is trying a different look for the revamped Colt’s D.
Darius Leonard continued his amazing rookie year with 13 total tackles and a sack.
Leighton Vander Esch was flying all over the field making 6 total tackles. Jason Garrett will need to find a way to get him and Sean Lee on the field together when Lee is healthy.
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