IDP Corner: Week 10
As the fantasy playoffs picture starts to take shape and more importantly many leagues’ trade deadlines approach, it is good to keep in mind who is performing but sits at a low ownership rate. All of the players below should come with low ownership rates in many fantasy leagues. In deeper leagues, some of the players might be picked up, but if they are owned it doesn’t mean that they are not worth trying to get them included in trades (well maybe not the linemen I bring up this week). Anyway let’s dive in for the players I want to highlight for week 10:
Corey Liuget, DT LAC: After missing the first 4 weeks of the season Liuget’s last 3 games have been solid. With Oakland across the field this week there should be plenty of opportunities for Liuget to have a great week. It looks like there is a chance that Joey Bosa could be back this week, the good thing for Liuget is even if Bosa isn’t back the Raiders will still be focused on Melvin Ingram. Unless your league starts a DT specific spot Liuget will just be a good bye week fill in for this week, Bosa’s eventual return inhibits any long-term value.
Ronald Blair, DT SF: Having recorded sacks in three of the past four weeks Blair’s value this week comes from the awful New York football Giants’ offensive line. I still think Arik Armstead is the better pick, but he had a rough go last week, he does tend to get a good deal of attention. Blair will not be blessed with such attention.
Shawn Williams, S CIN: Coming off a bye week and two monster weeks before that, I expect both Williams and Jessie Bates III to have a strong game against New Orleans. Bates certainly got the fanfare from me earlier this season, but Williams has had a decent floor on his scoring while having great games against pass-heavy offenses. Given his performances against these type of teams and how pass-heavy New Orleans is, I think Williams will continue to be a solid start.
Josh Norman, CB WAS: A well known name that started off the season a bit cold, Norman’s last 4 games have made him a viable weekly starter because of his solid floor. With Fitzmagic on the field against him this week, Norman has a great shot at keeping his tackling production up. So if you are in the market for a bye week DB filler or want to add depth for the coming fantasy playoffs you should be considering adding Norman.
P.J. Williams, CB NO: Not a player most teams are clamoring for in real life, P.J. Williams has been highlighted as a week link in the Saints secondary by Kirk Cousins and Jared Goff over the past two weeks. If Andy Dalton is smart he will continue that trend for a third straight week and Williams should be a DB who is targeted early and often. The good thing about this is DB’s that give up a lot of passes usually have the opportunities for more tackles. If you are in need of a DB fill in, you could do much worse then Williams. Even without AJ Green look for the Bengals to attack the Saints via the air.
Jerome Baker, OLB MIA: This is now the 4th time I’ve highlighted Baker, but he is still horribly under-owned on most sites I looked. If he is available in your league you need to go add him right away. He could be a difference maker to help you during a strong playoff run. He has been productive when he sees 50% of snaps and even more productive when he sees 80+% snaps. Baker’s last 4 games he has seen 82%, 59%, 48%, and 63% snap shares. With an impressive outing in week 9, Miami would be smart to continue to keep Baker and Kiko Alonso on the field as much as possible.
Jordan Evans, MLB CIN: Another member of the youth resurgence on the Cincinnati defense, Evans was given access to 100% of snaps two weeks ago and did a lot of everything. While he may not see all of the snaps this week, he has certainly earned consideration to see more playing time as players like Nick Vigil and Vontaze Burfict get healthy. Be on the lookout for the eventual playing time of Malik Jefferson who will likely be playing on the outside and shouldn’t prevent Evans’ snaps access.
Adarius Taylor, OLB TB: Clearly given the reigns after Kwon Alexander went down, Taylor has been a little up and down while finding his feet in the league, but a 9 total tackle game last week shows he’s got a nose to find the ball when it’s in play. Washington isn’t the best matchup this week, but Taylor has a low ownership right now and should be seeing a huge chunk of snaps for the remainder of the season.
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