IDP Corner: Week 11

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and my family usually celebrates it the weekend before, so we can celebrate with the other sides of our families on Thanksgiving day. So, let me be the first to say, Happy Thanksgiving! As a bit of a holiday gift I’ve gone outside of my 3-2-2 format for today’s article, or maybe it was to make up for the horribly thin selection of players from the Thursday article, but even more fun, I’ve added a specific response to the current situation for the Seahawks’ defensive backs. So let’s get into this:

Defensive Linemen:
Damon Harrison: Just a friendly reminder that while his ceiling is limited, Harrison has really only had one off week (3 fyi), otherwise he has been about as dependable as a metronome.

Ronald Blair: While he stepped in for the injured Solomon Thomas, after a very good showing last week, Blair could have just found his way into the starting lineup over Leger Douzable. It’ll be important to listen to how practice goes during the bye week, as Douzable hasn’t been a slouch of late for production, but the 49ers still may try to replace the 10 year veteran.

Nazair Jones: For a dynasty minded look, Jones has put together 2 games in a row that were relatively decent. At just 22, if he can continue to show similar production through the rest of the season he could prove to be a name we’ll know for a while.

Linebackers:
De’Vondre Campbell: Coming off of a big game against the Cowboys, I’m sure there were plenty people grabbing for Campbell during waivers this week, which is too rich for me. I would still consider rostering him, but he is a bench and spot starter type player who has had a floor that was a little too low for me to consider him near weekly useful.

Benardrick McKinney: A Linebacker with a solid scoring floor right around 4 point mark, what is fun about McKinney is that around 40% of the time he is rushing the QB (tops in the NFL) so he has plenty of chances to make other types of plays. With a stretch of teams that are not wonderful on the passing front, he could be due for plenty of chances to easily clear his scoring floor.

Anthony Hitchens: It seems very likely that Sean Lee will miss up to three games, and while Jaylon Smith will see a slight boost to production because of this, Hitchens is really the one who stands to gain significant ground in his week to week point totals. No matter he should be starter worthy for at least this week and until Lee is back.

Defensive Backs:
Clayton Geathers: With opposing offenses still trying to take advantage of the amount of time they get on the field when playing the Colts, plenty of passing usually happens, just it is usually away from Rashaan Melvin. This has resulted in Matthias Farley getting plenty of work, but should also be a windfall for Geathers as teams are trying every option through the air to get down field. There are rumors that he’ll get some snaps at linebacker as well, even if this is not true, it’s worth noting for his later usage. With the Colts not playing this week, but Geathers getting back to practice, it’s a good time to add him after you make a trade or for a bench spot.

Adrian Phillips: His previous two games are prime example of what boom/bust defensive backs are like. An interesting thing last week was that Phillips played just under half of his snaps at a Linebacker spot, no clue if this will continue given the depth the Chargers have at LB but, interesting nonetheless. With the Bills starting Peterman, I think Phillips has a chance at a couple Passes Defended and an ok chance of getting an Interception.

T.J. McDonald: 9 total tackles and 71 snaps his first week back from suspension, there is a reason the Dolphins signed him to a 4 year deal in September, get him and start him.

SEAHAWKS DEFENSIVE BACKS SPECIAL:
Bradley McDougald: On the short end of the spectrum we have Mr. McDougald, who did a wonderful job (in real life) filling in for the returning Earl Thomas. Now with Kam Chancellor (very) doubtful for this week, the Seahawks are planning to shift McDougald over from Free Safety to Strong Safety to fill in Chancellor’s absence. His production was not amazing while filling in for Thomas, but this week the Falcons may try to push the passing game with the notable absences in the Seattle secondary and it likely that Devonta Freeman will still be in the concussion protocol.
UPDATE: NFL Network is reporting that Chancellor is out for the rest of the season, McDougald is now a long term option, still limited upside, but has a good floor for scoring.

Byron Maxwell: Just recently signed by the Seahawks, Maxwell was drafted and emerged as a quality Cornerback with them. Though signs point to Jeremy Lane stepping in to cover Richard Sherman’s spot but, Lane was originally part of the trade with the Texans earlier this season, until he failed his physical, I don’t think that endeared him to the Seattle staff, and the Maxwell signing shows that. You may think that rookie Shaq Griffin and 3rd year veteran Justin Coleman would see a boost, but both were already seeing significant playing time, so their production increase would be limited at most.

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