IDP Corner: TNF Week 10

It feels like we haven’t seen a solid Thursday Night Game since the TNF season opener. Both Carolina & Pittsburgh have survived off of strong defensive play this season, which has allowed their offenses shorter fields and easier scoring opportunities. Tonight’s game will certainly come down to which defense can put their offense into scoring opportunities the most. On to the players:

Likely owned or potentially started in your league: Luke Kuechly, Donte Jackson, Mario Addison, T.J. Watt, Jon Bostic, Vince Williams, and Cameron Heyward.

Defensive Linemen:
Stephon Tuitt, DE PIT: While Cameron Heyward has been getting isolated Tuitt has been reaping the rewards, most significantly of late is recording a sack in three weeks straight. Given Cam’s propensity to hold on to the ball at least a couple times per game, I think Tuitt will continue his streak.

Julius Peppers, DE CAR: Besides a hiccup against Baltimore Peppers has been on a decent roll for anyone, let alone a 38-year old that had been playing part-time roles lately. Over the past five weeks, Peppers has jumped to about a 50% snap rate after hovering in the 30% range in the first three weeks of the season. While PIT has been doing surprisingly well at protecting Big Ben this season, historically that has not been the case, so there’s a solid shot that Peppers could have another strong showing.


Defensive Backs:
Joe Haden, CB PIT: Especially if Carolina needs to transition into a pass-heavy game plan Haden will be able to take advantage of how often Carolina players can get downfield. If the PIT line can shake up Cam we might even see an interception. Also, be on the lookout for Cody Sensabaugh who saw almost every snap last week, he has been seeing growth in snaps over the past three weeks, and if his use keeps up his stats should be following pretty quickly.

Eric Reid, S CAR: I pretty much laid it all out last week with my praise of the whole of the secondary for Carolina. I highlight Reid again out of the rest of the group due to his youth (compared to Mike Adams), his position of Safety (which I value over Cornerbacks), and my expectations that he will continue to produce through the remainder of the season. While Reid may not go off like a bomb tonight, he’ll be a solid play this week and to starting going forward.

Linebackers:
While it might cross your mind to consider Bud Dupree who had started out the season with a good couple of weeks, he has faded pretty consistently over the previous 5 games. Unless you have one of the PIT LBs listed in the owned area, I wouldn’t consider adding any others.

Shaq Thompson, LB CAR: I also highlighted Thompson last week (really poor planning on my part) and to reiterate my thoughts, while he is losing out on snaps to Thomas Davis, Thompson still remains productive. At this time Thompson is more of a long-term investment, but I feel it will pay off if you are playoff bound or you play in a dynasty format.  

Good luck to everyone on your Thursday endeavors. As always if you have any questions feel free to reach out to me via twitter @decoylife or the other gurus @TFFGurus.

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