IDP Corner: Week 7

Where to begin this week? I think the two major statistical upsets in the last 3 games would be a great place to start, which I think were great to see as I’m a big fan of the “any given sunday” principle. It adds to how amazing it is when teams are on win streaks or even better when there are the hushed rumblings of “undefeated season”. Similar to the feeling of when I break through writer’s block, it’s both amazing and shocking all at the same time. Unfortunately for your entertainment, I have not broken the block this week, so here is where I transition to talking about this week’s players:

Defensive Linemen:
Michael Pierce: Averaging 4 solo tackles per game over the past three games, Pierce has had 2 stellar games and one “ho hum” game in the middle of that stretch. With Stefon Diggs and Sam Bradford out this week, and Jerick McKinnon’s performance last week, I expect plenty of running plays and Pierce to produce as a result.

Solomon Thomas: The rookie is showing signs that he is starting to adapt to the league. 13 solo tackles, 2 sacks, and 5 tackles for loss over the past three games compared to 7 solo and 3 tackles for loss in his first three games. He should be a worthwhile addition over the rest of the season.

Linebackers:
Kwon Alexander: Arguably the best Linebacker who is not currently subject to a concussion or significant injury, Alexander is returning to action against a team that gives up plenty of points to linebackers. With Levonte David nursing an ankle issue but still playing this week, I think Kendell Beckwith also has a chance at being productive this week, but for the love of all that is good, if Alexander is a Free Agent or on Waivers then pick him up immediately.

Denzel Perryman and Hayes Pullard: Given the amount that Denver runs the ball and Trevor Siemian’s tendency to pepper short passes at defenses, the Linebackers for the Chargers should have plenty of activity in their hands. Perryman was just re-activated from the IR, so it’s likely he may not play this week, but his role will return in the following weeks for sure. Pullard has been LAC’s leading tackler the past two weeks and even if Perryman plays there will be some rust to knock off.

Keenan Robinson: The Giants have a slew of defenders out this week, top of that list are Jonathan Casillas who Robinson will be a direct replacement for, and Olivier Vernon who is usually lined up on the same end of the line, which further supports that Robinson should have a good chance to continue his productivity over last week.

Defensive Backs:
Jordan Poyer: With Tampa giving up the second most points to Safeties in most formats, both Micah Hyde should put up some nice stats this week. Given Tampa’s pass propensity I expect that Poyer will edge out Hyde for who produces more given Poyer is the Free Safety in Buffalo.

Adrian Amos: Coming off of a big week last week, Amos might be a hot pickup this week, that is not what is driving this suggestion. He has had 3 tackle productive weeks, signs point to Amos having a high floor for his week to week productivity. His pacing is slightly above previous years, which again points to this past week as an exception more than a week to week potential.

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