IDP Corner: TNF Week 15

Now we are getting into it. The playoffs are in full swing this week for all league types. Things are getting spicy and fun. Saw a team that beat a team with L. Bell on it, thanks in part to the defense, all players put up double digit scores on the D. That just goes to show that while one player can make a huge impact, so can a strong collection of good players.

On to this monstrosity of a game. We have the lackluster Rams up against the Seahawks, a team with a tie, so even for a divisional match up, it’s a potential yawn-burner. To step out of IDP talk for one second, teams with a ties concern me, especially a team like Seattle. They lead their division (cool enough) but when a game was on the line they couldn’t get it done… I haven’t done the research, but I feel like teams with a tie that make the playoffs are great candidates to go one and done.

On to the best live NFL game you will see on TV tonight:

Defensive Backs:

T.J. McDonald – Not a barn burner of late, but he rides as about the 3rd highest overall IDP scorer on the Rams, both on the season, and over the past 4 weeks. Additionally, it looks like Maurice Alexander will be out, giving more Safety work to McDonald. Finally, SEA gives up a top 5 level of points to Safeties (depending on your league’s scoring system), so we should see some production for McDonald.

Steven Terrell – I’ve already mentioned why I have Terrell targeted, he’s covering for Earl Thomas. I don’t particularly like any of the DBs for SEA this week, but Terrell will be playing.

Linemen:

William Hayes – The linemen for LA have been meh this year, Hayes included. They also have not been all that outstanding of late, Hayes included. BUT Hayes was the guy who did some work in the week 2 meet up with the Seahawks – a tackle, 4 assisted tackles, and a sack. Most likely Aaron Donald is owned in your league, but if you are really hurting at DL and want to roll the dice, Hayes could be your man.

Tony McDaniel – Having 0 sacks on the season is not the worst thing in the world as a DL, and heck that’s only 1 less than Cliff Avril has had in the past 4 weeks but McDaniel has 4 more total tackles and a pass defended in that time too. Look out for McDaniel to keep his tackles up this week.

Linebackers:

Cory Littleton – The real producers for the Rams are Alec Ogletree and Mark Barron, Littleton is not them. But, he’s had some increased production over the past 3 weeks, along with increased playing time. He is worth watching for dynasty value, that is about it at this point in time.

Mike Morgan – Who knows what the Rams are about to do on offense this week? A short week after firing their head coach, this will be interesting. Now while the Rams may not change schemes entirely, something that does happen often after a HC is canned, is that any underutilized big name player tends to see some work, also the running game is used as a crutch to help control the pace of the game… so I expect the Rams to run, and LBs benefit from that. The Rams already give up good points to LBs. So why do Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright (should be owned in pretty much all leagues) get to have all the fun? Morgan is the 3rd starting LB and just might get some work… but honestly you probably have better guy to play this week.

Good luck to everyone on your Thursday endeavors, and as always if you have questions feel free to reach out via twitter to me @decoylife or the other gurus @TFFGurus, @DaFantasyFather, and @TheFantasyBoys.

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