IDP Corner: Week 2

Well I may have gone a little overboard with the 15 player smorgasbord that was my week 1 article. Legitimately that article was a brain dump of information I had collected from February through August wrenched out for your consumption. Thank you for allowing me to take you on that ride though, because I really do enjoy sharing my thoughts on IDP. I had originally intended to try to focus on rookies a little less this week, but I ended up with 4 out of these 8 players as rookies, that said as you read I think you’ll see it’s relatively justified given how much of a role most of them are being given (or that they are taking) so far this season.

Short and sweet intro this week, let’s get into the good stuff:

Defensive Linemen:
B.J. Hill NYG, if Hill was on a majority of other teams in the league not only would he likely be starting, but may have seen more than the 23 snaps he saw last week. Those are the breaks when you have veterans Dalvin Tomlinson and Damon Harrison as teammates. I think sooner rather than later Hill will be pushing Tomlinson for snaps and starts, especially when the defensive coordinator is giving interviews where he explains Hill was getting better and better with every snap. The Dallas line has been obliterated with injuries, so this week could be Hill’s coming out party, but I have my eye on him for more long term growth, not just this week.

Chris Jones KCC, coming off of a 6.5 sack season last year, the 24 year old Jones was given the lion’s share of snaps last week for DEs on Kansas City. This week he’ll be up against the Pittsburgh o-line that gave up 4 sacks last week, if you are in need of a matchup play this week at DL, Jones is a great option.

Defensive Backs:
Montae Nicholson WAS, showing he has cemented a starting spot by getting 100% of the snaps last week, Nicholson will be dwarfed by D.J. Swearinger on a weekly basis when it comes to fantasy production. Additionally Quinton Dunbar seems to have grown his skills in the offseason. Still, I like Nicholson this week against an Indy team lead by Luck who loves loves loves to test safeties. Nicholson is more of a one week plug if you need to cover the loss of Keanu Neal more than a long term solution.

Marcus Gilchrist OAK, it was already being pointed out back in March when the Raiders signed Gilchrist that he would likely push Karl Joseph for starting time, and he certainly did that, out snapping Joseph 56 to 7. He’ll be an important player this week against Denver RBs that were able to get to the second level last week, which doesn’t seem to be a daunting task given how well he played against the Rams last week.

Justin Reid HOU, only playing on about 32% of snaps last week, adding Reid to your team or your lineup certainly looks risky at first. Then again almost all those snaps were played while other Safeties Tyrann Mathieu and Kareem Jackson were on the field. More importantly with CB Kevin Johnson on IR with a nasty concussion, Houston needs to determine it they’ll keep using their current CB rotation or use Mathieu or Jackson (both who have plenty of CB experience) in coverage roles as well. I think this results in more playing time for Reid either way, he may not explode this week, but you’ll be wanting to add him soon.

Linebackers:
Foyesade Oluokun ATL, from being a sneaky play because he was getting Full Back reps, to now being the name on most IDP writers’ lips when news came out that Deion Jones was going to IR, Oluokun is still very unproven in the NFL. So, to break down why Oluokun should be a target of yours, let’s look at our other candidates in the ATL. De’Vondre Campbell already sees 100% of the snaps, so he’s not getting any more work. Yes it’s likely Campbell’s stats will see a slight boost, but it won’t be earth shattering. Duke Riley on the other hand doesn’t have the sideline to sideline skill set that the Falcons will want out of a player replacing Jones, Riley is a downhill player with skills that match Takk McKinley and DE/OLB play more than MLB play. Realistically, Riley will likely get a chance to prove he is more than what I just described, but within the next game or two I think Oluokun will take over. Like I said, Oluokun is certainly a risky add right now, and I would not fault you for looking to another team if you are directly trying to replace Jones on your team for this week.

Kyzir White LAC, a player I wanted to highlight in my week 1 article, but felt I already had too many players, I was certainly kicking myself in the butt by the end of the weekend. White lead all of the LBs on the Chargers in snaps and tackles last week and I feel rather confident that he will continue to see this level of playing time if their going to give him that much on week 1. Chargers’ 2nd round pick Uchenna Nwosu might have been his biggest challenge to playing time given Nwosu’s positive preseason play, but with DE Joey Bosa in a walking boot, I think Nwosu will be seeing more DE snaps moving forward. It doesn’t hurt that Buffalo is in town this week and should make it a defensive field day for the Chargers.

Alex Anzalone NOS, the Saints are still trying to figure out who will be sharing field time with Demario Davis for Linebackers, which is most clearly proven by snap share of Manti Te’o (27), A.J. Klein (25), and Anzalone (34). The biggest oddity was that last year’s MLB Craig Robertson saw zero defensive snaps and 29 special teams snaps, so I guess he’s doing that now… Anyway, Anzalone was easily the most dynamic of the linebackers not named Davis, and Cleveland gave up a great number of points to PIT LBs last week, none of whom I thought were all that noteworthy going into week 1. I think Anzalone could be a sneaky week 2 sub play if you are looking to gamble.

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