IDP Corner: Week 3

Love is in the air! Players are having crazy weeks randomly and fantasy managers are turning into heart-eyes emojis for these players. Some justified, others not as much… I’m pretty sure every league had a team pick up Clayton Fejedelem after his week 1 fantasy points explosion extravaganza. Hopefully you weren’t the manager that added him, but if you are then luckily for you, I have some advice for you below.

Love is in the air in my personal life as well, I’m writing this article a little earlier in the week (Thursday night/Friday morning), as I’ll be attending a wedding during my normal Friday night writing time. I’ll try to update this if anything dramatic happens before the article posts Saturday morning, but if you’re on the cusp about any of the players I’ve highlighted below, I would suggest doing a quick search to see if anything happened during Friday’s practices.

Anyway, on to who I’m watching this week:

Defensive Backs:
Curtis Riley, S NYG: Having taken off only a couple snaps per game so far this season, the Safety not named Landon Collins on the Giants had decent 6 and 5 total tackle games to start the season. Houston will continue to let Watson pass and pass often, which will certainly be to the benefit of both Riley and Collins. Riley is worth starting this week, but I view him more as a stream-able player more than someone I would keep on my roster long term.

Tre Boston, S ARZ: Admittedly if Budda Baker or Antoine Bethea are available you should consider adding them over Boston, but it’s likely Baker is owned and Bethea was just added on this round of waivers. All three are starting, have almost identical snap counts, and have been productive thus far. Arizona is getting shelled on a weekly basis and of these three Boston is the most likely one to get Interceptions or to return a turnover for a TD. With that being said he also has the lowest tackle total upside. Given how much the Bears like to use their TEs so far this season, all of these safeties should be able to continue to eat this week… seriously go add Boston.

Defensive Linemen:
D.J. Reader, DT HOU: At this point in time matadors might do better playing o-line for the New York Football Giants, part of the issue for them is that Eli has been holding the ball for so long. Anyway, this is all to your benefit as Reader and J.J. Watt are the only two on this defensive line playing more than 60% of snaps. Reader won’t be a weekly monster, but he should be a good plug in when Houston plays teams with bad offensive lines. Play him this week.

Jason Pierre-Paul, DE TB: After a super quiet week 1 (0 stats on 75% snaps played), JPP might have gotten the boot in your league by a frustrated owner. Or maybe he has been ignored from the start of the season wholesale because of his move to Tampa. Either way, here is a reminder that if you use DL spots in your league, you should go add him. Especially since they are playing Pittsburg who practically let opposing DEs line up in their own backfield. He has been out of practice early this week, but that’s been viewed as letting him rest. So, you’ll have to keep an eye out for reports from today and tomorrow early since he plays Monday night this week. Update: he was a full participant in Friday’s practice.

Sam Hubbard, DE CIN: He got a chance to play when Michael Johnson went down last week with a left knee injury. It looks like Johnson could be out (or at least hold a questionable status) for a couple of weeks, and Jordan Willis and Carl Lawson were not nearly as productive on 1 less and 1 more snap than Hubbard respectively. He’s a good stash in a deeper leagues and might actually be the compliment to Carlos Dunlap that Cincinnati has been looking for.

Linebackers:
Leighton Vander Esch, MLB DAL: LVE’s value this season will ride on Sean Lee’s ability to stay healthy. Lee is currently nursing a hamstring injury, but was back to limited practice by Thursday this week. Currently this is a situation I’m monitoring, if you have deeper benches you may just wish to add Vander Esch now given his 7 tackles on a 40% snap share last week (which was a result of Lee’s hamstring issue). Just be aware a healthy Lee means a limited Leighton.

Vontaze Burfict, OLB CIN: Here is your what feels like yearly reminder that Burfict will be back from suspension soon, if he isn’t owned in your league, now is a good time to go add him to your team.

Mason Foster, ILB WAS: He has lead Washington in snaps at LB this season. More impressively is that he’s been able to generate stats against two teams that have not given up many fantasy points to LBs this season. His opponent this week, Green Bay, is another team that isn’t super friendly fantasy wise to LBs, but Zach Brown has been dealing with an oblique issue this week in practice. Foster is a player that’s usually on the cusp of worth having on your team year-to-year and this year feels like he’s over that line, or at least for this week (Washington has a bye next week).

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