IDP Corner: TNF Week 5

This Thursday looks like it should be a repeat of this past Sunday for the Patriots. They are up against an offense with many options that will test their defense in every facet. And as we all know, both teams are on a short week for prepping this game. I think this is a great recipe a shoot out. New England’s defense had too many leaks last week for them to really focus on a lot of opponent specific preparation. Tampa Bay’s squad is in much better shape, but New England’s offense has been doing just great and should be plenty prepared to continue to produce.

Players likely already being started in your league: Dont’a Hightower, and Devin McCourty.

Defensive Linemen:
Tre Flowers: After two strong games back to back, Flowers has a chance at continuing the roll he is on with the returning Doug Martin in play this week. Tampa needs a reliable runner and the reeling Patriots defense is a great one to test what Martin can return to doing against.

Linebackers:
Kendell Beckwith and Adarius Glanton: These two gentlemen will still see a decent bump in production with Kwon Alexander and Levonte David still in a doubtful status and not practicing this week. The Patriots still run a great numbers of plays around the 5 yard range, which should further push these two into relevance for this week.

Kyle Van Noy: Both of the young Tampa Bay Tight Ends saw a good deal of work this past Sunday. Hightower returned last week and Van Noy still was productive. There should be plenty of work for Van Noy given the return of Martin, and the use of TE’s by Tampa.

Defensive Backs:
Brent Grimes: Even though Malcolm Butler had a big week last week, I think that Grimes will be the CB to have on your team from this Thursday night matchup. New England can score, but so can Tampa, with that there will be plenty of passing, and Grimes has been productive in his two games this season.

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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