IDP Corner: Week 8

Another week more fun drama throughout the league, especially the Friday evening trade of Marcell Dareus from the Bills to the Jaguars. This will likely provide a slight boost Adolphus Washington moving forward, however since Dareus was only active on about a third of snaps, the boost shouldn’t be super drastic. On the other end of the spectrum Luke Kuechly returns from the concussion protocol this week.

On to who I’m watching this week:

Defensive Linemen:
Alex Okafor: The Bears offensive line will be challenged enough by Cameron Jordan, that most end around runs should end up over in Okafor’s direction. In the same vein in passing situations Jordan again will be focused on, to Okafor’s benefit. He’s collected 3 sacks in the Saints’ past 4 games, if they can get up early I think he’ll have a great chance at continuing his productivity.

Linebackers:
Kyle Van Noy: We’ve heard the slogans before “Next man up”, “Do your job” the Patriots constantly look like their defense might be falling apart, then some random dude all of a sudden is a pro-bowl caliber player… well with Dont’a Hightower done for the season, let me re-highlight Mr. Van Noy for you. If you haven’t already grabbed him due to his production he is the (say it with me) Next. Man. Up. to lead the New England defense. Keep an eye out for Elandon Roberts too, as the Patriots will need more than one linebacker.

Eric Reid: San Francisco has officially announced that they are moving Reid to Linebacker from Safety after the success Jaquiski Tartt had while Reid was out. This is more of a down grade for Ray-Ray Armstrong over the next week or two until Reid gets a little more used to the change. The Eagles will provide the opportunity for Reid to be productive this week, but the next three weeks after could be light for the whole IDP side of the team.

Martrell Spaight: Due to my own dynasty league investments, I would prefer to see Will Compton listed here, but the reality is that with Mason Foster going on IR this week, Spaight will be given the first chance at filling in. With the Cowboys in town there will be plenty of work for the whole of the Washington linebacking squad.

Shane Ray: Returning from Injured Reserve due to a wrist injury this summer and STARTING this week, Ray put up 8 sacks last year playing in every game but mainly in a part time role. Before his injury he had set an expectation on himself to produce a sack per game. Ray is worth grabbing not only for this week, but for the rest of the season.

Defensive Backs:
Derrick Kindred: After seeing an uptick in production last week, and more importantly with Jason McCourty still out and Jabrill Peppers tagged with a questionable status going into this week, Kindred stands to continue to be the productive player in the secondary for Cleveland, especially since Minnesota should challenge the Browns downfield often with these injuries.

Marcus Maye: The Falcons are looking to restart their offense, and given how productive the Jets have been of late, I think we all can expect plenty of passing attempts against the Jets defense. Being the free safety Maye will be the one to collect on the deeper passing attempts. As long as McCown keeps producing TDs, the Jets secondary should continue to see opposing offenses trying to keep up.

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