CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 28: Chandler Harnish #5 of the Indianapolis Colts escapes from a potential tackle by Margus Hunt #99 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on August 28, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

IDP Corner: TNF Week 4

Miami at Cincinnati may not be the sexiest of matchups to drive ratings but, there are some exciting options for IDP in this week’s Thursday Night Football game.

Defensive Backs:

Xavien Howard: I’ve mentioned Howard previously, he will have up and down weeks, but in deeper IDP leagues (quantified as starting more than 5 players in a 10 team league in my mind), he is worth paying attention to, if not owning. Reshard Jones is still king in MIA, but Howard has been doing a great job this season and with Koa Misi likely out or limited this week, he has a chance to see back to back weeks with decent point production.

Isa Abdul-Quddus: Had a down week last week, but I think he has the most to gain with Misi, IA-Q is the Free Safety for MIA and Misi being a starting linebacker, I could see CIN trying more passes over the middle or at least in the 5-7 yard area, which if the receiver has a chance to turn up field, they should be looking right at a Free Safety… depending on the structure of the defense on that play. But, call Abdul-Quddus a sleeper pick for this week, his consistency is not there to be owned for the long term but, a great bye week/injury plug in, if you are feeling bold.

Adam Jones: 17 total tackles, 3 Passes Defended, and an Interception, the man formerly known as Pac, has been decent this year. Miami should be passing just about as much as Denver did this past week, so the opportunities will be there for Jones. He’ll likely draw Jarvis Landry coverage, which should translate into plenty of work.

George Iloka, Josh Shaw, Shawn Williams: Long story short, Dre Kirkpartrick is doubtful for thursday night, and someone will have to fill in opposite Adam Jones. Shaw is the actual back-up (he had a good week 1, then meh), Iloka and Williams are the safeties, who will make tackles when a second string CB blows his coverage. With the amount of receiving options that Miami has after Landry, I’d be lucky to guess who will produce of these three, could be all, my money is on Iloka as he is the Free Safety.


Neville Hewitt: Jelani Jenkins is a little less banged up than Misi, but that’s two starting linebackers for MIA who are dinged up. Hewitt stepped up last week for 7 total tackles… not amazing numbers, not bad, and he will be the biggest beneficiary of the back-up LB’s in MIA this week. Similar to my expectations for Isa Abdul-Quddus, MIA’s d line and d backs are rather good, and Andy Dalton has been around long enough to know to keep trying that 5 yard range to exploit second stringers, which means chances for tackles for players in that area… enter Neville Hewitt.

Karlos Dansby: So far he has been the guy to own at LB in CIN, and is already most likely owned in your league, and not really worth trading for specifically. Vincent Rey in larger leagues, and Rey Maualuga in slightly larger, are good and could explode, sometime, I just don’t see it this week. I think MIA will focus on the hole Kirkpatrick leaves, and end-around runs to offset their passing.

Vontaze Burfict: Coming back from a suspension today, all reports are he is chomping at the bit to get out there and make some plays. Burfict had a great freshman and sophomore campaign, and then proceeded to have a 5 and 10 game season over the past two years. When he’s been on the field he makes tackles. If there has been an oversight in your league and he is available, go pick him up.


Ndamukong Suh: He’s been playing well this season, and is ranked in the top five linemen in all the leagues I play in, if he isn’t owned in your league (and you start d linemen) go get him now.

Margus Hunt: Admittedly I have a small man crush on, this Estonian (to my knowledge the only one in the NFL). Already has 2 blocked kicks on the season. In his 4th year he has totaled 7 tackles so far (equaling his best season total of any previous year), and he has 2 Passes Defended. Keep him on your radar, Carlos Dunlap is the only lineman in CIN to actually own, Hunt has a bunch of talent and I think is starting to put it together, but isn’t start-able… yet. Oh, and he is one of the tallest NFL players at 6 feet 8 inches. 

Neither of these defenses have been amazing for real NFL results, Miami has had some great IDP numbers from multiple players this year, still being lead by Reshard Jones.

Good luck to everyone and as always if you have questions feel free to reach out via twitter to myself @decoylife or the other gurus  @TFFGurus, @DaFantasyFather, and @TheFantasyBoys


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