IDP Corner: Week 16

You’ve made it this far in the fantasy season, now you’ve got one shot, one opportunity… no no no Eminem is too overdone. We are the champions, my friends… no, not yet, hmmm. Hey, I just claimed you (off waivers), and this is crazy, but win this week for me maybe? No that’s not the right song for this week either.

Here we are, born to be kings, we are the princes (of the fantasy football) universe! Yeah, I knew I had the right band with Queen. More importantly the song fits, you are not yet king of your league but, if you’re trying to be the prince (or princess) who takes the throne then now is your chance. A friendly reminder, start your studs, yes I’m excited for the players who I’ve listed below but, if you have Deion Jones play him and don’t drop him for an LB I have listed below. Now is not a time to get cute… though it is fun to be bold, haha. So let’s jump into this week’s players I’ve highlighted:

Defensive Linemen:
Dean Lowry, DE GB: The Jets give up almost a full sack more per game to DEs vs DTs, so while fellow lineman Tyler Lancaster has had more tackles lately Lowry isn’t too far behind and has 2 Sacks vs Lancaster’s Zero. Additionally the Jets haven’t been running the ball heavily on the inside lately, so Lowry should be able to benefit from some extra chances at tackles.

Vita Vea, DT TB: With the newly dangerous Cowboys for an opponent this week, and given how much the Tampa secondary has been beaten up by the injury bug this season, which will result in a heavy amount of passing early in the game but later I feel there will be a switch to a run-heavy approach from the Cowboys, which is great news from a fantasy perspective for the Tampa linemen. Jason Pierre-Paul is already highly owned in most leagues and after that for Tampa Vea is clearly the other player to own. If your league uses DT spots then Vea is a great if not amazing addition to your team this week, if you’re only rolling with DL spots, Vea is very viable if you need help and most of the viable DEs are already gobbled up.

Defensive Backs:
Andrew Adams, S TB: When Justin Evans went down, I was slow to follow up that his replacement (Adams) should be watched to see how he performs. New Flash: He has been performing well. As I mentioned above there should be plenty of Dallas passing early on in the game. Prescott can get careless with his passes and Adams has the tools to take advantage of that (much like he took advantage of Cam Newton for 3 Interceptions three weeks ago). In the two weeks since playing catch with Newton, Adams has totaled 12 tackles, not the biggest number to write home about but, enough to motivate me if I’m looking to cover an injury this week.

Michael Thomas, S NYG: Thomas has the most tackles of the Giants’ DBs over the past four weeks and if it wasn’t for a touchdown by Curtis Riley would be the most fantasy productive DB as well. We know that Andrew Luck will be throwing the ball, so all of the Giants’ DBs will be getting plenty of shots at tackles. As far as chances for Passes Defended and Interceptions Luck has been all over the spectrum this season so it is a bit of a coin flip between Thomas and Riley, I personally give Thomas the edge due to his better production at tackles. You would be fine adding either this week.

David Amerson, CB ARZ: After leaving last week’s game with game with a concussion, Amerson returned to practice on Wednesday in a limited capacity which continued into Thursday’s practice as well. So it looks like he should be on the field this weekend, more importantly, Patrick Peterson is currently questionable due to illness. Even if Peterson does play to keep his 126 games played streak alive, I expect it will be in a limited capacity. All of this may make you consider Brandon Williams, but he only got his first playing time this season after Amerson went down with his concussion last week, which makes me feel a little warmer and fuzzy for Amerson. The cherry on top here is that Goff has thrown the most Interceptions in the past four weeks (besides Cam Newton who is not playing this week).

Haason Reddick, OLB ARZ: Continuing on a Cardinals kick, Reddick’s coming out party started about two weeks ago against Detroit. The party continued against Atlanta last week. The important thing about Detroit, Atlanta, and now the Los Angeles Rams is that they are all middle of the road teams for how many points they tend to give up to Linebackers and yet Reddick has had two great weeks. You should at least be considering adding Reddick to your line up if you can start 3 or more Linebackers. I personally went and added Reddick in my home league after I finished this write up this week.  

Raekwon McMillan, MLB MIA: The biggest knock against McMillan is that he hasn’t had a HUGE week. He does average just under 6 total tackles per game, but he’s been averaging 7.5 over the past four weeks. So, while I’m not expecting a crazy game from him this week, if you are looking for someone who should be a rather safe bet to get you a solid floor in scoring then McMillan is your man.

Nicholas Morrow, LB OAK: There isn’t much reason to suggest an Oakland player here, Denver gives up the 2nd least amount of points to Linebackers. But, he and Marquel Lee were both more productive than Tahir Whitehead last week (even though he played more snaps than either) and I think the Raiders will be trying to stretch the legs of their youth this week. Anyway, other than just the vibe I’ve got off of reading updates from the team, there is no real reason to run either Marrow or Lee this week but, Gruden has a hard time keeping Marrow off of his mind and it’s a clear indicator that the coach sees something in the player and sometimes that’s what matters.

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