IDP Corner: Week 5
This season, as with many, is full of surprises: the Giants have a worse record than the Jets, passing productivity is considerably down across the league, Demarcus Lawrence is the league’s sack leader (8), Devin McCourty is the league’s solo tackle leader (37), and Micah Hyde and Malik Hooker are tied for league lead in interceptions (3).
Let’s dive into some players with surprise opportunities going into week 5:
Marcus Smith: With starting end Cliff Avril out it should be Frank Clark that gets the start, but Smith should rotate in, and is a speculative play due to him being more productive after Avril left the game last week. A high risk high reward speculation play this week against the Rams, there should be plenty of run plays for adding Smith to have a chance to pay off.
Anthony Zettel: Coming off of a 2 sack week against the Vikings, the Lions face a Panthers team that is currently giving up 3 sacks per game. Additionally he has been decently productive every game this season, so adding Zettel should be relatively low risk, decent reward if you are lacking in your DL position.
Haason Reddick: The already productive rookie has been asked to move to the outside LB position to fill in for Marcus Golden who just made his way on to the Injured Reserve list for the Cardinals. This works out well for the rookie who was just displaced from starting work with the return of Deone Bucannon at inside LB, while not opportune, it does keep his reps high. If someone has dropped Reddick if your league, he is worth watching or grabbing.
Matt Milano: The biggest tackle monster on the Bills, Robert Humber is out indefinitely with a thumb injury, leaving room for Milano to step in. It is likely Preston Brown will collect the majority of tackles given up by Humber, but Milano should get a real chance at productivity.
Craig Robertson: Rookie standout Alex Anzalone has found his way to the IR, Robertson was who he displaced in starting and who should slide back into the role. New Orleans being on a bye this week, makes it a good time to grab him if you have the room on your bench.
Kendall Fuller: Playing backup to Josh Norman, Fuller was already fantasy relevant. Now with Norman out for 4 weeks, Fuller needs to be on your radar to pick up before next week when Washington is back from their bye this week.
Terrance Mitchell: Outside of his week 3 explosion, Mitchell is averaging 4 tackles and 1.3 passes defended per game this season, he will continue to see plenty of work with KC’s offense continuing to put up points as opposing offenses will need to push hard in the passing game. He’ll be a boom/bust player with a high floor throughout the season.
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