IDP Corner: Week 11

I am off at my family’s version of Thanksgiving this weekend, in fact I am already here… or there… the point is while I have ignored my family to get the players I highlighted below researched, I’m going to skip my normal mindless ramblings because Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I’m gonna go enjoy it! I’ll still be posting on my regular schedule this next week, so you’ll have something to read if you are up early on Thursday starting/checking your turkey and as always thank you for reading.

Defensive Linemen:
Matt Ioannidis, DE WAS: Houston has been giving up all kinds of points to Defensive Ends this year and it just so happens that Ioannidis is on a pretty good roll of late, so I say feed the hot hand. I still think Jonathan Allen and Da’Ron Payne will have their own chances at point collection, but with how often Watson likes to bootleg out of the pocket there are enough chances to go around for all. I’m not expecting him to be gangbusters for the remainder of the season but I think you’ll get this week and at most maybe 3 more after out of Ioannidis.

Tom Johnson, DT MIN: For whatever it’s worth since Everson Griffen has returned to the Vikings, Johnson has seen a boost in snaps and production. Chicago certainly doesn’t allow many points to Defensive Linemen, but with so much attention necessary for Griffen and Danielle Hunter we have seen Sheldon Richardson, Linval Joseph, and Johnson all put together some good numbers. I think such line strength for Minnesota will frustrate the Bears RBs as well as Mitch Trubisky.

Defensive Backs:
Adrian Phillips, S LAC: With some major injuries to the linebackers for the Chargers (more on that below), Phillips will continue to get solid playing time and keep up on the 5 solid games he’s already produced. He is widely available in non-deep leagues and should be a strong buy consideration for the remainder of the season. If there is a chance of history repeating, then I’ll remind you that he only got better and more playing time as the season progressed last year.

Kenny Moore II, CB IND: Besides hiccups in weeks 4 and 5 Moore has been a solid producer from the CB spot in Indy. While Tennessee has given up some of the least points to CBs this season it’s likely that Moore will be tested by Mariota anyway. I feel like these two teams are due for a shootout which only further benefits Moore.

Rasul Douglas, CB PHI: With Ronald Darby out (for the remainder of the season) and Jalen Mills out (didn’t practice all week), Avonte Maddox and Douglas will be seeing much more field time. Maddox has been rather bland most of the season, which is why I’m highlighting Douglas who has improved over each of the 3 games he has played in this season. It’s not the easiest shot to call, but New Orleans will certainly target the decimated Philadelphia secondary. No matter what I think Douglas is a good play this week and depending on how long Mills’ injury nags him, could be a great pickup for the remainder of the season.

Linebackers:
Uchenna Nwosu, OLB LAC: With both Denzel Perryman and Kyzir White now on IR, it’ll be up to Jatavis Brown and Nwosu to patrol behind the line. You might see some more of Hayes Pullard too, but with the return of Joey Bosa to practice this week, the need for Nwosu to play DE instead of OLB will lessen, and OLB is more where Nwosu belongs. Even with Brown likely getting all the MLB snaps and Phillips playing a shallow Safety spot, there are still plenty of snaps that will need to be filled, and Nwosu has the best amount of talent to fill them.

Kevin Minter, LB TB: While it is easy to get excited about Kendell Beckwith’s return from IR, he is still recovering from an injury so for at least a week or two will likely see little to limited playing time. Lavonte David did play through an MCL sprain last week, but he’s currently listed as Questionable and it’s likely the Bucks try to keep him off the field until he is fully healthy again. So, enter Minter who has two 80+ tackle seasons in Arizona before a ho-hum season in Cincinnati last year and trying out with a number of teams this offseason even being released by the Jets before September. His biggest knock being that he is best at run defense. So for this week I think Minter will be a great foil to the New York football Giants and Saquon Barkley’s running game, but after this week or the next expect Beckwith to be more valuable of an asset in fantasy. Adarius Taylor has already stepped up for Kwon Alexander’s injury so I don’t expect his production to jump much, but he is also widely available in many formats.
UPDATE: Lavonte David has been ruled out, Taylor is the first priority out of the players above for both this week and the future, Minter is the next in line for just this week, as he gets healthy Beckwith will overtake Minter.

Jerome Baker, OLB MIA: If you’ve been reading my articles you know I’ve been beating the drum for Baker repeatedly this season. Baker, unfortunately, had a bad game last week but the Dolphins are on a bye so if someone had dropped him because of those circumstances you need to stop what you’re doing and go get him! Why waste a waiver claim when you can pick him up for Free. He has had some down games this season, but he’s got plenty of upside. In deeper leagues, if he’s available or on the trading block go get him now.

Jordan Evans, MLB CIN: The most productive Bengal over the past three games, Evans should continue with still a handful of the CIN LB’s banged up. Even if Vontaze Burfict (currently Questionable, though has been practicing since Wednesday) does play, Evans plays in the middle and Burfict tends to roam the outside, so I don’t think a potential return will impact Evans much at all. Malik Jefferson is also poised for a bigger role, both he and Evans are strong adds in dynasty formats.

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