IDP Corner: TNF Week 8

With six teams on bye this week and a Thursday night game, the amount of games going on Sunday will certainly feel thin. Speaking of thin, I am thin on excitement going into this game. The Dolphins do not feel like a 4 and 2 team, Baltimore doesn’t feel like a 3 and 4 team. We are talking about the 31st and 32nd offenses in yards per game, I expect this game to be far from a barn burner. What you should already infer from the above is that these teams have above average defenses, and they do. Unfortunately strong defenses usually mean great team play, which isn’t the best news for IDP, though both teams feature top tier players, but once outside of those players, one must follow trends and injuries.

Your week over week starters for these teams in most leagues are Reshad Jones, C.J. Mosley, and Cameron Wake in DL position start only leagues.

Defensive Linemen:
Michael Pierce: He has been up and down over the past 4 weeks, but given the QB change for MIA there should be an uptick in rush attempts and potential miscues behind the offensive line, Pierce has a decent chance at having an up week.

Linebackers:
Lawrence Timmons: Since coming back on week 4 only this past week has been down for Timmons. He is on his final few seasons in the league, but his floor is still decently high week to week and Miami’s offense is just unstable enough to get the defense on the field often.

Patrick Onwuasor: Similar to Timmons, Onwuasor is not the primary linebacker, but he is providing a decent floor to his production, and I don’t expect this week to be much different. By no means should you sell the farm to get him on your team, but if you want lower risk bye week filler then let his average of 4 solo tackles per game seduce you into rostering him.

Defensive Backs:
Eric Weddle: Likely a starter in larger leagues, I bring up Weddle due to an uncharacteristically low week last week and he is carrying the questionable tag. He practiced in full on Wednesday and should not be giving up reps to Lardarius Webb. Technically he may not start, but if someone dropped him and you want to risk him getting back to his above decent production, then he’s a good grab.

Bobby McCain: With three decent weeks in the past 4, McCain isn’t a ground shaking guy, but he was the guy to intercept McCown last week. Flacco has a similar play style to McCown, so I think there is a real chance McCain could strike again. He’ll be a risk play if you use McCain this week, but there is a small boom potential to it.

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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