Oct 2, 2016; London, ENG; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) recovers a fumble against the Indianapolis Colts at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

IDP Corner: Week 5

Here we are at week 5, the first quarter of the season has passed, teams will start to make adjustments, and bye weeks are starting to roll in. We are starting to see some new players rise and known players fall off from the tops at each positions. So let’s review some players you may not know, as well as some you may remember on former teams.

Linebackers:

Jonathan Casillas – The leading tackler for the New York football Giants and coming off of an 88 tackle season, Casillas is riding in the middle of the pack right behind the elite level of linebackers this season. If he isn’t owned in your league, he’s a good pick up as a 2nd or 3rd LB, if he is owned, you might be able procure him in a trade. He gets tackles, that’s it, so if you like someone who will fill the box he may not be the player for you.

Eric Walden – Indy, being one of the worst defenses in the league, did the only smart thing and just cut their leading tackler in Sio Moore, the complaint being he was terrible in coverage… which makes me wonder if they know how to substitute players on the colts. Oh well, Walden is already a starter, he his potential gains are not amazing, that said he has been getting sacks at a faster rate than any other season. Players on Indy’s D should continue to see plenty of plays week to week, so continue to keep an eye out for any spike in their production, as it could be a start to a trend.

Linemen:

Leonard Williams – Riding at the same pace of tackles from last year (63 in 16 games), he’s already passed his sack total from last year (4 currently, 3 last year). Given this is only his second year, you can see that Williams should continue to grow into an aggressive lineman, if in a dynasty league he is worth an attempt to get him.

Kerry Hyder – Not even the starting right DE for the Lions, Hyder is just behind the league lead in sacks (he has 5, lead is 6). Much like Indy, the Lions D should see plenty of plays this year. Hyder is not a tackle monster so he’s dependant on getting those sacks to maintain a middle of the pack position in the ranks of defensive linemen.

Nick Fairley – Similar to Hyder, but a starter, and gets more tackles, but slightly fewer sacks right now. That said, it looks like he has found a better fit in New Orleans than his time with the Rams last year.

Yannick Ngakoue – Clearly a rookie, that was a 3rd round pick this year, should be high on your radar *cough*. He is leading the league in forced fumbles, has 3 sacks so far, and picked up a pass defended and an interception last game. A risky grab for sure, given he’s not a starter, but if Ngakoue could keep up the pace at which he has been getting other stats to fill up the box, he could be a wise long term collection.

Defensive Backs:

David Amerson – With 8 passes defended (4 way tie for league lead) on the season Amerson should be on your radar if not on your team, he will continue to see work as Oakland has a team the can do a decent job of keeping up with high scoring offences. He might not collect a bunch of interceptions but, he will get some throughout the season.

Jacoby Glenn – Higher rate of tackles than Amerson, but only 6 passes defended so far. Chicago’s lack of cohesion as a team had lead to his success, you’ll notice their only win was the first time this season he went under 5 total tackles (though he did grab his first interception).

Robert Alford – See Glenn’s notes but, he has been producing in wins and losses. Given that Atlanta has seen an average of 31 points per game scored on them, Alford should continue to see work.

Brent Grimes – He may have the league’s craziest wife, but he’s been consistently a producer year over year (when healthy), he was added to the injury report this week so he may not be the best guy for this week, but he is easily the best DB on TB. He is a little too home run/strike out week to week for my taste, but for those of you interested his potential, keep your eyes locked here.

Casey Hayward – 6 passes defended, 3 interceptions, and a medium flow of tackles have put him on my radar. He should continue to see work as San Diego has the ability to score often, which should keep opponents passing.  

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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