IDP Corner: Week 4

The end of the first quarter of the season is an exciting time of the year: players start to come back from suspensions, it’s officially Autumn, pumpkin spice everything (even Pringles got it one year man), and apples (if you’re in New England I suggest getting them from Cardigan Mountain Orchard). Love a good apple! Pumpkin spice needs to take a couple years off, then we can talk again. I digress, it is also the cusp of where we start to figure out what teams are doing thematically this year for play calling, and how we can adjust to that for fantasy football.

Let’s get down to this week’s business:

Defensive Linemen:
Margus Hunt: This big man has so much talent (man crush alert), yet never seems to end up all that super productive. I bring him up this week, not because of his talent, but due to the likelihood of Seattle getting up early and then just running as much as possible.

Michael Brockers: Even with Aaron Donald back for two weeks, Brockers has been the productive defensive lineman for the Rams. Dallas will continue to try to prove Ezekiel Elliott was not just a flash in the pan, so both Brockers and Donald should see plenty of chances at grabbing tackles.

Linebackers:
Vontaze Burfict: Guess who is back… tell a friend. Expect Nick Virgil or Vincent Rey or both to have downturns in their production with Burfict back. Isaiah Crowell has had some productive running games against the Bengals, and with the Browns passing game being as inconsistent as it has been this season, I think you’ll see them try to push right towards Burfict early and often.

Joe Schobert: Speaking of the Browns, with Jamie Collins out this week, Schobert has a good deal to gain. Given he is the starting middle linebacker, his numbers have already been nice (not amazing, but nice) to start the season, and that Cincinnati has been leaning a little more on Joe Mixon, I think the runs will come Schobert’s way.

Adarius Glanton: Tampa Bay’s defense just got bitchslapped by the injury bug, Kwon Alexander is out, David Levonte and T.J. Ward are both doubtful. It would make sense that Kendell Beckwith will see an uptick in his already decent production this year, but Glanton I think has the better chance at seeing a real pop in point this week, as well longer if Alexander is out more than just this week.

Defensive Backs:
Captain Munnerlyn: My favorite NFL name from last season is going to pop back up this week. I could be wrong and projected starter Kevon Seymour could have a rocket of a game, that said Seymour hasn’t recorded a single IDP point this season, while Munnerlyn has, not many, but 400% more than Seymour. Either way, Carolina is playing the Patriots who do love to pass, there should be plenty of work to go around.

Adoree Jackson: Deshaun Watson proved last week that he can produce in high pressure situations. This TEN/HOU matchup could get really exciting or could be a run plodding snoozefest, I think we’ll get some passing fireworks though. Logan Ryan is the likely DeAndre Hopkins matchup, which leaves Jackson to cover… who ever gets put on that side of the field. While Watson did make a concerted effort to get Hopkins the ball last week, he was also spreading his passes out, which is why I think Jackson will get a chance to shine.

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