IDP Corner: Week 12

Now that we’ve all recovered from our Thursday food comas and hopefully avoided or at least survived the Friday retail crowds it’s time to think about defense again. Today I continue with my deviation from normal format (and thusly the torture the head of our site) that I started on Thursday by adding in a section for players who I’ve repeatedly highlighted yet still are broadly available in the fantasy world. The catalyst for the deviation this week is that my normal job gives me plenty of time off this week, so in coming weeks I’ll be back to my normal article set-ups, not that I’ve made sweeping changes anyway. So on to the players:

Here are three players who I have on more than one occasion done some highlighting on, now either due to injuries on their teams or continued positive play they persist as players that stand out on my radar. So, in lieu of doing basically the same analysis, I am just going to “Bang the drum” and list off their names: Jaire Alexander (CB GB), Adarius Taylor (LB TB), and Kenny Moore II (CB IND).

On to my highlighted players for this week:

Defensive Linemen:
Shaq Lawson, DE BUF: Jacksonville gives up decent sets of points to DEs and Lawson is just the man to take advantage of such a thing. Historically Jerry Hughes would be the suggestion here, but Hughes’ snaps have held stable most of this season while Lawson has been seeing increased playing time over the past three weeks (even with an elbow issue). I’m not vested in Lawson for a long-term fantasy player for the remainder of the season, but for this week he can certainly provide some help to your team.

Maurice Hurst, DT OAK: It’s not that Baltimore gives up all kinds of points to defensive linemen that I highlight Hurst this week, it’s that since Oakland’s week 7 bye week Hurst has been reliably collecting tackles. Add in that he’s collected tackles over the past two weeks and that Baltimore will be starting Lamar Jackson and there is going to be a bunch of chances for Hurst to rack up stats this week.

Defensive Backs:
T.J. Carrie, CB CLE: Cincinnati has certainly been an interesting offense to watch this year, and we’ll likely see Denzel Ward draped all over Tyler Boyd this week, I think Carrie covering John Ross/the remainder of the WRs will be a compelling in-game story. Carrie has started to grab 100% of the CB2 snaps over the two previous games and will surely continue with near similar playing time, and over Cleveland’s last three games only Jamie Collins has more solo and total tackles. This goes to show that teams are starting to try to avoid Ward, even though Carrie is nearly as talented, it’s my thought process that this trend will continue throughout the season.

Eric Reid, S CAR: He has averaged just under 6 total tackles per game since getting signed this season. Throw in that will get you other random stats from time to time, his high percentage of play, and the ever improving players around him and it comes down to you’re really missing out if he’s available in your league. Which it is likely he is available due to his in-season signing and since he hasn’t had one big crazy game, just a consistent strong burn of production each week.  

T.J. McDonald, S MIA: The solo tackle leader for Miami over the past three games (17), McDonald should continue to see all kinds of opportunities for tackles going up against the pass happy Indianapolis offense. He was limited in practice earlier this week but has yet to miss a game this season and is coming off of a bye week. Really any available DB for Miami could be worth playing (depending on your level of desperation), but given how available McDonald is, he would be a wise first choice for this week.

Jayon Brown, MLB TEN: Still maintains a dominance for snaps over Wesley Woodyard and Rashaan Evans while still only on the cusp of being widely owned in mediums sized leagues. Throw in that it’s a Monday night game and that Houston gives up droves of points to LBs and Brown should be on your target list for this weekend.

Tae Davis, MLB NYG: Even though Davis wasn’t a much better replacement, it should be taken as a bad sign for B.J. Goodson that he lost snaps before the end of the 1st half last week. Philadelphia should be attacking the poor coverage skills of the New York football Giants’ LB group just the same as Tampa Bay did last week. Davis is young and athletic enough to make adjustments and potentially get better, Goodson has just been given too many chances by this point in the season.

Jordan Jenkins, OLB NYJ: As a life long New England fan it certainly seems like they’ve been giving up a good deal more sacks this season, which leads to my interest in Jenkins this week. Carrying 2.5 sacks over the past two weeks against other divisional games, I don’t think he’ll be slowed down much this week. Coupled with New England’s attack of the 5 yard space I think Darron Lee and Avery Williamson will continue to get plenty of production as well, while not prohibiting Jenkins from being productive either.

Kamu Grugier-Hill, OLB PHI: The Philadelphia defense has been decimated by injuries all season and Friday afternoon Jordan Hicks was declared out for this week and will be week-to-week moving forward. Nigel Bradham was already seeing a near 100% snap rate, so his value only increases ever so slightly. Grugier-Hill is the next man up in regards to the next most number of snaps played this season as well as talent. Given that Philadelphia’s defensive line has been hit the least by the injury bug, I expect that the Giants will switch to a pass centric game plan this week, which will benefit Grugier-Hill’s youth and speed over Bradham’s experience. Both will see the field plenty, but as I said earlier Bradham is close to already producing at his max capacity.

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