IDP Corner: Week 6

The middle of the season has struck. We have a decent idea of the landscape of fantasy, We’ve found patterns in defenses and offenses alike, and now we are starting to see some teams adjust and others stay the path of what they started the season off doing. It’s at this time of the season when we too as managers start to be comfortable with the players we’ve chosen from drafts and early season standout performances. We also get distracted the other things that fall brings, apple picking, tackling the “to do” list that you put off all summer, cleaning of lawns, winterizing our summertime toys (boats, bikes, etc), and winterizing our homes (especially if you are in the northern parts of the United States).

Which is why we, here at the gurus, soldier on so you have a chance at doing all these things while we provide insight and research. One last piece of advice for you before we dive into my thoughts, for the companies that provide them, the filter options of “last 4 weeks (total)” and “last 4 weeks (avg)”, these will become your most powerful tools to get an understanding and comprehension of both your players as well as those that are available.

On to this week:

Linebackers:

Christian Kirksey – With how often I list Cleveland players you’d think I love’d the team. I don’t, but teams that don’t consistently play well on offense end up playing a lot of defense. Career-wise, Kirksey has actually done worse year over year, this year however he’s done relatively well. Kirksey should be available in most small to medium sized leagues and even some larger leagues. His best week this season was last week against New England who tends to focus on running and short passing gains for most of the game, his opponent this week, Tennessee, will be running often this week too, and Delanie Walker is their primary receiver, which should mean plenty middle yardage attempts there. Most importantly Kirksey now has the most total tackles for the Browns.

Lorenzo Alexander – Now averaging over a sack a week, he put up 3 this last week against the Rams, Alexander has been baseline consistent this season with last week being a nice peak, one who picks him up should expect a similar thing, weeks of a decent floor to his scoring, and some surprise scoring every-so-often. Not to over use a phrase but… a decent guy to pick up for a “bye week plug” to make it through multiple weeks of your high level LBs being out.

Vic Beasley Jr. – A rookie last year, Beasley stepped up last week with Deion Jones out. We might see a similar sack total again this week due to Seattle’s “O’le” offensive line. Jones is playing this week so this may be the riskiest play, but also potentially have the biggest payoff of the players I talk about this week.

Willie Young – He grabbed a handful of sacks last week, and might be able to grab a couple more this week against Jacksonville. Young’s value is very sack dependent, which keeps his floor very low.

Defensive Backs:

Rodney McLoud – He’s produced a little more over the past 2 weeks, 9 total tackles last week, an interception and 2 passes defended two weeks ago. He’s out-pacing his career averages at all three of those stats. Similar to Lorenzo Alexander, I would suggest McLoud as a bye week plugger, over multiple weeks, rather than a replacement for one of your normal starters.

Tony Lippett – Only playing 9 very meh games last season, and two pretty decent games this season, Lippett’s sample size is hard to quantify. Lippett is on my radar, but I’m not grabbing him to play for now, but I am intently watching him. If he develops, he’ll still have to battle with Reshard Jones and Xavien Howard for stats, that said Lippett has passed Howard on the depth chart so it might be time for you to make the same change, if you own Howard.

Bashaud Breeland – Should be known to you by now, he started off the season doing well, but went down for a couple weeks, it sounds like he will be back this week, go and grab him if someone dropped him in your leagues.

Logan Ryan – Last week’s tackle total was more of an exception than it is the norm for Ryan. Grab him if someone dropped him from last week. His passes defended totals are a little low for his talent this year, I think this will change over the rest of the season.

Kemal Ishmael – Statistically Ishmael’s season and career has been all over the place. He will have plenty of pass heavy opponents through the rest of the season, he may get picked up for a strong week last week, but you might want to grab him as Atlanta’s opponents will be passing a good deal to keep pace with their offense.

Linemen:

Damon Harrison – Linemen typically come in two types, those who get sacks, and those who get tackles. Seldom do those types cross (see J.J. Watt for the types of players who are the exception), Harrison is from the tackle family of linemen. The good news is that the Giants will see a good pile of run focused teams. Harrison has only had one super stellar game this season, the rest so far have been ok at best, but he is worth streaming when a run heavy team is his opponent, Baltimore is on the cusp of that, as injuries are starting to slow down their receivers.

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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