IDP Corner: Week 12

This turkey is stuffed from Thursday’s festivities, and I hope you are as well. This week I provide you one turkey and 8 worthwhile sides (players) to pay attention to. If you went out shopping yesterday, I hope your wounds heal quickly from battling the masses of other shoppers. No real theme or trend here this week, just who I’m watching:

Defensive Linemen:
Dion Jordan: For not having played as snap since the 2014 season, Jordan has produced nicely over the past two weeks. Given the cut of outside rusher Dwight Freeney recently, there should be some chances for Jordan to get work. I feel he is a bit of a risk play, but if you are hurting from injuries then he’s def worth a shot.

Carl Nassib: The Browns have had a surprisingly stout defense this season, though they are going to face some challenges with both Emmanuel Ogbah and Jamie Meder done for the season. Meder was only a bit player, but there will be enough of a hole that Nassib should be able to find an expanded role on the team.

Trey Hendrickson: The likely replacement for Alex Okafor, Hendrickson started off the season with some respectable production. We saw reduced points from him as Okafor kept stepping up as the season progressed due to other teams needing focus on Cameron Jordan. Now with no Okafor the rookie has a chance to earn a place on the D line and on our rosters.

Kyler Fackrell: The OLB replacement for Clay Matthews when he went down last week, I think he catches more playing time this week than veteran Ahmad Brooks.

Kamu Grugier-Hill: If you were hoping for some kicking points (see header photo) from this linebacker, Grugier-Hill only worked kick-off duty, no field goals attempted. Really, you shouldn’t look for much from him in any regard. He’s already clearing 75% of special teams snap counts on average, and only randomly sees snaps on defense so there is a limited amount of snaps he could expand into but, man was it fun to see him kicking.

Reggie Ragland: There was a reason why the Bills (or their former coaching regime) drafted Ragland early in the second round in 2016, he can be a real presence. Then, there was a reason why the Chiefs traded for him this off season, Derrick Johnson is 35 years old. Last week was the first week this season that Ragland saw over 50% of the defensive snaps (71% actually and Johnson saw 53%, first time under 80% this year), and he played great. Admittedly I’ve been a fan since he entered the league, but I think he’ll continue to see increased playing time for the rest of the season.

Defensive Backs:
Darqueze Dennard: He’s been averaging over 5 solo tackles a game since the Bengals bye week, and the other fun kicker is that he has been picking up other random stats every so often, sacks, passes defended, interceptions, and some random peaks of tackle totals. No matter their production, the teams he’ll be facing for the rest of the season will be trying to pass. I think you’ll be happy with adding him to your team if you are in DB need.

Vonn Bell: Leading the Saints in total tackles now, Bell should hold a decent floor for scoring for the remainder of the season, even if Kenny Vaccaro does end up playing this week.

Darryl Roberts: Averaging over a 90% snap count over the past 4 games, Roberts looks to be the player who will be playing opposite to Buster Skrine. There should be plenty of work in the sunset of the season, as the Jets will be seeing plenty of playoff contending teams.

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