IDP Corner: Week 9

Time to make that playoff push if you are cusp of clinching a spot. This week I’ve tried to collect some players who are some risky plays, but could provide some very good upside if they are able to put it together.

Defensive Linemen:
Yannick Ngakoue: After a 2 and a half sack game against the Colts before the Jaguar’s bye week, the Bengals look to be a tasty treat for Ngakoue to come back to. He’s been collecting sacks in batches and I think he’ll continue this week, but I would not plan on him week to week.

Justin Ellis: A lineman averaging 4 solo tackles over the past 3 games should always be given some respect. I wouldn’t chase him too hard, but if you need a safe play for a lineman position bye week filler he would be a worthwhile start.

Linebackers:
Christian Jones: On a bye this week, Jones is averaging 5.75 tackles per game over his last 4 weeks. Besides providing a decent floor in his tackle totals, Jones has been collecting decent number of assisted tackles and has been involved in 2 fumbles over the past 2 weeks. Given that Jerrell Freeman will not be back for the rest of the season, Danny Trevathan will need help in the middle and I think Jones falls into this role for the rest of the season.

Ryan Kerrigan: Even though the Seahawks added Duane Brown this past week, I think Kerrigan’s 3.5 sacks in the past 3 weeks will still win out over the rest of that offensive line’s ability to stop his progress. Chasing sacks are a risky play, but Kerrigan is on a roll of late, with Mason Foster on IR he’ll continue see a slight uptick in play time which can translate to total tackles, but it will not be anything of a significant lift to his floor. In short I think Kerrigan is a decent bye week plugin this week, but he is a risk play.

Defensive Backs:
Obi Melifonwu: The Raiders 2nd round pick this spring, he will likely start to get playing time this week. The fun thing is that David Amerson and Gareon Conley are out and Karl Joseph limited in practice all week sitting on the doubtful side of questionable, so while normally Melifonwu would be on a limited snap count, there is a chance that if he is productive out of the gate, that the Raiders may let him continue to play. He was an unpolished physical freak in the combine this spring, and I have high hopes for him this season and his career. That all said he is very raw at the moment and realistically might not be a factor in the IDP world til all the other DBs are back for Oakland.

Lamarcus Joyner: Only back one week before being out 3 weeks… all before the Rams’ bye week last week, Joyner is decent at tackle collection and is averaging half an interception per game this season. With the deactivation of Cody Davis this week, Joyner should see an expanded amount of play time for the rest of the season starting with this week. Eli hasn’t done a great job protecting the ball this year throwing 5 interceptions in 7 games, I think Joyner has a specific chance of doing well this week specifically.

Marshon Lattimore: In a similar situation as Joyner, Lattimore is up against Jameis Winston this week who has 6 turnovers via the air this year, and also averaging a similar half an interception per game leads me to think that there is a chance for a good week for Lattimore again this week.

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