IDP Corner: TNF Week 2

This week has a real chance of bringing the ruckus in this matchup, given that these teams combined for a total of 7 points last week there might be no ruckus. Last week the Cincinnati O-Line got beat up by primarily by second year lineman, Michael Pierce, among other players, the point being Pierce is no J.J. Watt. While Baltimore may have a more cohesive team defense, Watt is a much better lineman, which should disrupt the Bangles’ mojo early and often.

The Texans do have a cohesive team, though they have their own mojo interruption with the 10 game suspension of Brian Cushing. The direct beneficiary of Cushing’s suspension is Zach Cunningham, who should be an ADD in any league you can afford to pick him up in. I do not necessarily expect a crazy game this week as he’ll be adjusting to his new work load, but he has the skills to shine for the next 9 weeks, and if he plays well could be a motivation for HOU to move Cushing given this is his second PED suspension. Similar to Baltimore, the Texans depend on strong linebacker play, which results in the defensive backs looking better than their actual talent could produce on a different team.

Cincinnati has some special staff at each level, but outside of one or two players, things thin out a little. Vontaze Burfict is anchor of this defense and without him things are a little off.

My crystal ball is wonderfully cloudy so I won’t be predicting how the flow of the game will go this week. Both teams have running games that sorta work but, their offensive lines are suspect, and as a result the passing game has a hard time getting off the ground. Cincinnati does have the benefit of 3 fewer concussed tight ends. Both teams have defensive players that will be able to disrupt these offensive lines. Truly it will be a struggle to see who can get anything rolling over a decent series of plays or two.

Here are a couple players who I feel are required starters week to week, and expect that are on rosters in your league, if they are available you should try to acquire them: J.J. Watt (if your league starts DL position or has generous scoring for Sacks or Tackles for Loss), Benardrick McKinney.

Now, onto players worth noting coming out of this matchup:

Defensive Linemen:
Geno Atkins: He wrecked some havoc last week, and if Carlos Dunlap is able to return to form from 2 years ago, Atkins will continue to see one-on-one matchups. Given the poor play of both offensive lines, Atkins should continue the roll he is on from last week.

Linebackers:
Kevin Minter: I called him out last Sunday, and expect him to keep his work up until Burfict’s return.

Vincent Rey: All three of CIN’s LB’s did work last week, after Minter, I expect that Rey is the most likely to continue production week to week. He does well dropping back into coverage and HOU should be trying all things to try to get their offense going. Rey’s value, unlike Minter, should not drop off once Burfict is back, but is not a wonderful start in leagues with smaller IDP rosters.

Defensive Backs:
Adam Jones: The Pac (man) is back! I am not a Bangles fanboy, actually I’m expecting the Texans to find their legs sooner than the Bangles and as a result more defensive plays for Cincinnati. Jones will be back in the mix, and would be a good grab if you have a DB that may be out for a 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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