IDP Corner: TNF Week 1
AND WE’RE BACK!!!
The 2017 season is here, and we are blessed with a potential slobberknocker of a game. Both of these defenses are above average teams, and have been able to produce plenty of IDP role players. Continuing their parallels both feature strong sets of defensive backs. The differences start at the interior schemes the Pats roll with a 4-3 setup, while KC works with a 3-4 scheme.
The Patriots D line is significantly more active, and really only Dont’a Hightower will likely play all downs. Off season acquisition David Harris will get plenty of field time as well, but given his age he will be relegated to a role player, more than playmaker. The Pats’ four DBs all have the ability to produce pro bowl years.
The Kansas City defense will roll out with their play calling more centric around their linebackers, with almost none of their linemen being of note from last year. In their equally pro bowl possible backfield, Phillip Gaines, will likely see the brunt of the random deep attacks that Brady doles out throughout the game, as Ron Parker and Marcus Peters have made careers on their cover work.
New England and Kansas City are known for being able to run plenty of plays over the course of the game, and that means we can see plenty of point scoring chances for our IDP guys. I expect the game flow to start with the Patriots working the inside run game early to draw in the linebackers to open up one on one coverage for the bread and butter 7 yard passes that New England has leaned on over the past couple of seasons. Meanwhile KC will try to depend on the speediness of their athletic running backs, and with only West having inside running experience there will likely be plenty runs that go outside the tackles. Every so often peppering in a similar passing attack that the Patriots use, just not as often.
Finally here are some players that could be potential standouts in this game:
Deatrich Wise JR.: The rookie is slotted to play the left side. With Trey Flowers and Malcom Brown on the right side and with the previously mentioned outside the tackles run plan, that means Alan Branch won’t be able to eat on too many inside runs so, a smart game plan of targeting runs at the rookie is quite likely. If he is able to step up and make plays he could quickly force Kansas City into a passing attack, but by then he could potentially make the most tackles of all the linemen on either side.
Ramik Wilson and Dee Ford: The two right side linebackers for Kansas City, they are both more likely to see passes targeted at them for potential matchup advantages, additionally Justin Hunter, Derrick Johnson, and Reggie Ragland are all much better run stoppers, so the Patriot runs will likely focus on the Wilson/Ford half of the field.
Stephon Gilmore: With Patrick Chung basically playing a deep linebacker, and with Devin McCourty and Malcolm Butler known as tough coverage players, Gilmore will likely be the DB left to defend as a single cover situation and see more balls thrown his way.
Ron Parker: Given my expectations for run play from the Patriots, Eric Berry will be drawn closer to the line leaving Parker to help defend deep pass attempts. While I expect Gaines to see the most targets thrown his way, it’s likely that Parker will be on his way to help to protect long runs up the middle after the catch.
Good luck to everyone on the beginning of your fantasy season and your Thursday endeavors. Finally, as always if you have questions feel free to reach out via twitter to me @decoylife or the other gurus @TFFGurus, @DaFantasyFather, and @TheFantasyBoys.