IDP Corner: Week 10

The injury train keeps rolling, pizza chains keep trolling, and Patriots get a former player back. What most interests me in the whole pizza chains thing is the emergence of the “fast casual” pizza places. Allegedly good pizza and in an allegedly decent amount of time. We’ll see how it all works out with these types of places, but in the meantime here are some “fast casual” IDP watches that are on my radar:

Defensive Linemen:
David Irving: Having only played over the past 4 weeks, Irving has been rather productive since his start, he is currently averaging a pedestrian 2.5 solo tackles and 1.25 tackle assists but, a more exciting 1.5 sacks and 1 passes defended. With the career surge that Demarcus Lawrence has been going through this season, Irving will continue to produce as long as Lawrence continues to distract.

Mario Addison: Besides hiccups on weeks 1, 4, and 6. Addison has been adequate. Pulling down a min of a sack a game on the games without hiccups, Addison is not someone who I expect will wow with any one performance this season, but his consistent play could bolster your team with some relatively consistent play with a decent floor to his scoring for the remainder of the season.

Linebackers:
Kiko Alonso: While already likely on your radar, Alonso has had productive upticks against teams that are more focused on the run… enter North Carolina Panthers. Specifically a Panthers team that with the recent shipment of Kelvin Benjamin and their GM, Marty Hurney, recent declaration that the move should allow the “run game to flourish”. And boom, Alonso should have a good chance to make some tackles.

Will Compton: The fallout of Mason Foster going on IR for the remainder of the season Martrell Spaight looked like he was going to breakout, but Spaight and Compton matched total tackles (7) against The Cowboys, and Compton had a much more significant game against The Seahawks. Since Compton has been with Washington the previous 4 seasons, and 2 90+ total tackles seasons the last two years, he should continue to hold in place as a prominent participant in the defense.

Defensive Backs:
Budda Baker: The Cardinals unfortunately lost Tyvon Branch for the remainder of the season, and while Baker is the next guy up, his talents are what should actually excite you. Baker will fit right in among the culture of the Arizona secondary. Go get him for the rest of your season.

Jason McCourty: Out since week 6, McCourty was having a rather decent season, and now he’s back. If McCourty is available in your league, go get him, Cleveland will continue to get shelled by opposing pass offenses, especially since The Browns run game has given up the 3rd fewest total rushing yards, and a league best 2.9 rushing yards per attempt this season.

Mike Adams: While I’ve come to not expect too many tackles form Adams this season, he is on a bit of a pass defending roll and 2 interceptions in 2 weeks and the best news of all is that The Panthers get to play the Dolphins this week. With a gun slinger like Cutler in as QB he has a history of dropping interceptions for often than I accidentally drop change. Inherent to what I’ve described as a “Glass Cannon Defensive Back”, Adams is a high risk high reward potential week to week, but this week leads me to believe that it might be time for a reward.

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