IDP Corner: TNF Week 8

After the first four games of the season Miami looked more like “The Sharks” than The Dolphins. They’s since swam closer to shore over the past four games and clearly the fin sticking out of the water is round and not a pointy triangle from a shark. Houston is riding in the other direction starting off the season on a three game losing bender that culminated in a loss to the atrocious right now New York Giants. After a shootout with the Colts, Houston opponents have averaged 12 points a game. It’s tough to tell if Houston has its act together or if they are just beating teams they should be beating, Miami certainly has been. And both teams do have one “battle” of a game on the season so far, which they both have won. Coming into writing this article I was thinking Houston was going to take this game pretty easily, but I think there is still some fight in the fish and as hard as it is to suggest a divisional rival to my team, I think the Dolphins play better on both sides of the ball and get the win.

Starters: Zach Cunningham, J.J. Watt, Tyrann Mathieu, Jadeveon Clowney, Benardrick McKinney, Kareem Jackson, Kiko Alonso, and Reshad Jones.

Defensive Linemen:
Watt and Clowney are productive players. So much so that no other lineman in Houston is reasonable to invest in due to just how productive of these two are. There are no names to list if you wish to investigate, you reasonably should not be playing any other linemen from Houston at this time.  

In a similar, but opposite way we have the Miami linemen, with no real fantasy stars to speak of. If you want to chase snaps Robert Quinn would be a guy to talk about. Andre Branch has been relevant of late, sorta. DT Vincent Taylor has been (depending on league settings) out producing both of them while running at about two thirds of the snaps of other DT, Davon Godchaux. Feel free to add any of these guys, but right now I’m not signing off on any of them, there’s no predictability here.

Defensive Backs:
Johnathan Joseph, CB HOU: After back to back disappointing games in weeks 2 and 3, Joseph’s fantasy production has been very reliable. Joseph has seen nearly every defensive snap this season, he’s lead the team in passes defended over the past 4 weeks, and is tied with Mathieu in that same time for most total tackles by a DB on the team. Because of how many other fantasy relevant players are Joseph has got lost in the mix this year. He’s at least worth using as a bye week filler, but you may consider holding on to him too.

T.J. McDonald, S MIA: Miami has a litany of talented players in its secondary, case in point they currently have 9 interceptions among their primary 5 DBs. All of them besides Reshad Jones are likely available in your league. Minkah Fitzpatrick (who should be owned if you’re in a dynasty league) has seen a drop in snaps over the past two games. Xavien Howard and Bobby McCain produce stats across many of the various categories. McDonald however has been getting “every snap” playing time, and hasn’t has a full on “off” game yet this season.

Linebackers:
Jerome Baker, OLB MIA: He has the second most solo tackles on the team, if anything because of a bigger week last week Raekwon McMillan will have been more aggressively pursued add this previous waiver cycle. I like Baker due to his 2 sacks and 1 pass defended are much more reproducible stats throughout the season than the fumble stats that McMillan has added in. The past two weeks I have highlighted these two, but they remain very under owned in many formats and I have to talk about Dolphin players in this article, so here we are.

Again the viable players at LB for Houston are listed in the likely to be started/owned area above. If Cunningham and McKinney are available add them to your team, otherwise, the rest of the LBs not the guys to look to for a bye week add.

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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