IDP Corner: Week 3

In the world of fantasy football a good manager has to balance a sense of confidence and a sense of humility. It is with that in mind that I must re-visit Thursday night’s game, and point out a player I have slept on, Benardrick McKinney. If McKinney is still available in your league he is worth considering rostering, his stats have grown every game this season and he was the shining star on the Texans’ side of the ball on Thursday, and if it wasn’t for the dynamic play or Jamie Collins would have been the IDP star of the game. McKinney is a risky pick-up, due to the eventual return of Brian Cushing, so you should not be dropping a stud to acquire him, but he is worth having around as a back-up for the coming bye weeks.

Transitioning into games to come, let’s take a look at Linebackers, Linemen, and Defensive Backs worth your attention.

Linebackers:

Craig Robertson: No clue if he is a member of the famous Louisiana Robertsons (most likely not), but it is always a smart move to try to aquire the middle linebacker on teams with defenses that spend a lot of time on the field, and while James Laurinaitis should be that man in New Orleans, Robertson has been the one finding the tackles. He has come close to a 100 tackle pace each season he was in Cleveland, and it seems like he is starting to emerge just as viable in NO this year.

Kiko Alonso: As a New England native, and thusly a Patriots fan, it is hard to suggest a player who injured your team’s quarterback, that being said Alonso has been looking more like the player he was 2 years ago in Buffalo (159 total tackles). He’s had 11 combined tackles each game this season, and while he is likely already owned in your league, he is worth trying to get as it looks like he will be able to keep up such a pace, which we have seen that he can do.

Tahir Whitehead: Another player who is likely owned in your league, but with the continued absence of DeAndre Levy his value continues to rise. The Lions are in Green Bay this week, who has been rather blah on offense this year, you might be able to buy low on Whitehead after this week’s game.

Shaq Thompson: Currently Thompson should be a radar or bye week player for you, he has shown how dynamic he can be with 2 fumble recoveries this year already (1 of which was returned for a TD), his 6 total tackles on the season keeps his scoring floor low, but as he is a rookie there is a good chance he will continue to get get better as the season progresses. I think we will also start to see some sacks out of Thompson in the next two weeks after this week.

Gerald Hodges Jr.: I’ve said it in most of my articles, someone has to play defense in San Francisco, we know Bowman and Bethea are, but it appears Hodges Jr. has decided to join in (with his 101 total tackles last week). Carolina provided plenty of run plays for him to jump on, and with Seattle across the neutral zone this week, we should see that trend continue as they have been struggling to get their offense organized this season. The next 4 weeks should all provide plenty of chances at tackles for Hodges Jr., and he likely won’t be picked up by managers who draft Antonio Cromartie still, so take your time to grab him if you want to wait for another week of proof from him.

Defensive Backs:

Reggie Nelson: he’s lead the Raiders in tackles in the first two games of the season, while he hasn’t filled out any other stat category, he’s been collecting those tackles. With the Titans on the menu for this week, he should have plenty of chances at continuing the start to his season.

Marcus Peters: KC’s glass cannon has accumulated 10 total tackles, but went off last week with 4 passes defended and 2 interceptions. Peters made his mark last year showing he can get in front of the ball and reminded us of this last week. The Jets are in town this week and have 3 viable receivers who all should see targets, and Peters should be showing up all over the field, I’ll be starting Peters in the leagues that I own him in.

Joe Haden: Cleveland’s most ownable DB, had a similar stat line to Marcus Peters last week, sans a couple tackles. He’ll be in Miami this week visiting the unleashed Ryan Tannehill, who should give him plenty of opportunities at plays, especially with Foster out and Ajayi proving he is no Lamar Miller, Tannehill should be throwing often this week.  

Bashaud Breeland: Starting out the season as the DB in Washington to own so far, with so many other DBs on that team that can make plays, I continue to not expect huge single weeks from Breeland, but his floor keeps rising in my mind. The Giants will have to decide where they are going to throw the ball this week, and where Josh Norman is more of a lockdown DB, we should see Breeland covering Sterling Shepard most of this game, and could take advantage of the rookie on a couple plays.

Linemen:

Danielle Hunter: For linemen, Hunter has started off the season with a boom, grab him if as the next 3 games should be a target rich environment for him.

Ndamukong Suh: After a couple rocky seasons to start his career, Suh seems to have matured a little so far this year. He (along with the rest of the Dolphins defense) seems very comfortable in the defensive system this year, and while none of his numbers have been crazy amazing so far, they are very promising if he can keep his current pace of nice stats.

Jabaal Sheard: Finally another player to note from Thursday night’s game, the New England run defense has been relatively effective this season and Sheard has been a contributor to that, add in 2 sacks this week and some run offenses coming up, he could be another beneficiary of Rob Ninkovich’s impending return.

Good luck to everyone with the coming games this weekend, and as always if you have questions feel free to reach via twitter to myself @decoylife or the other gurus  @TFFGurus, @DaFantasyFather, and @TheFantasyBoys

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