IDP Corner: Week 6

As I continue to work on some statistical analysis to hopefully do a better job at finding you gems week to week, I felt like this week I needed to revisit some players who still aren’t getting much love, and additionally point out a couple of players who I haven’t been giving any love, but do deserve it. Finally, one player this week, who I probably show too much love for how little he has actually done on an NFL field. So strap in for this week’s IDP corner.

Defensive Linemen:
Trent Murphy, DE BUF: Houston has been giving up a league leading total of 12 sacks to defensive linemen, 7 of which have been to DEs. Jerry Hughes is Buffalo’s leader in snaps at DE, but Murphy isn’t too far back as the second most used and is only half a sack behind Hughes’ team leading 3 sacks. Yes Murphy does not have as many tackles, but he has collected some other random secondary stats this season. Look to Murphy if you need some bye week help, I’m not keeping him for longer than this week at this time.

Leonard Williams, DE NYJ: Three sacks in the past two games, leads all NYJ DEs in snaps. Indianapolis has given up a league leading 8 sacks to DEs. Admittedly it can be scary to add someone to your roster that scored zero fantasy points in week 1 and 3, but given how porous the Colt’s line has been this season, Williams will be a good add for this week and you may even want to consider keeping him around.  

Defensive Backs:
Su’a Cravens, S DEN: To start off, Cravens is not expected to practice until next week, and likely won’t see the field until week 9. Oh, the last time he actually played in the NFL was 2016. So, adding Cravens is certainly a risk. I forgot to mention he has not played in the past due to mental health issues as well. That all said, Cravens is 23, and plays a hybrid LB/S type of position. This is now the 3rd in season time I’ve written about Cravens (plus a couple off season highlights), and I do so for a very good reason… He looks like a Mark Barron or a Derwin James on a great deal of his in game footage. Without a doubt he is a risk, but if you have the depth in your league, and a looking to roll the dice on something, adding Cravens is about the equivalent of adding Josh Gordon before he was reinstated into the league, high risk, but the talent is there for really high reward.

Jessie Bates, S CIN: This is the 3rd time I’ve highlighted Bates this season, he’s criminally under owned in Yahoo and MFL, if he’s not on a team in your league, add him to your team. Not just a bye week helper. Big Ben will test him this week because he is a rookie, not to mention it seems like CIN is in a weekly shootout. Tackles are available for this man and he gets them.

Ron Parker, S KC: Admittedly I’ve ignored Parker a bit. He certainly had an off year last year and then after getting cut in the off season by the Falcons who even then actually needed the help at DB, I figured he was washed up and KC resigned him out of pity. Then he blew up week 1, then he’s been very consistent since. Now he’s up against the pass heavy NE offense this week. My saltiness aside, Parker is at least good for covering any deficiencies you may have this week at DB, as well as should be considered as a possible season long add to your team.

Jerome Baker, OLB MIA: I’ve been slow to come around on Baker, but if you’ve been reading my articles you know I like to see snap counts/percentages in addition to stats and Baker has certainly been getting both. Raekwon McMillan has also been rather productive and I would not fault you for targeting him, but over the course of the season so far Baker has been more productive on fewer snaps. Both will be limited by the dominant Kiko Alonso, who collects tackles like they are pogs and it’s 1993.

Anthony Walker, MLB IND: After leaving week 5’s Thursday night game early, Walker has had a full week plus to recover and was a full participant during this week’s practice. Even when Darius Leonard has been healthy (which he returned to full participant status this week as well), Walker has been productive and worth rostering. If either are available go add them now.

Jayon Brown, MLB TEN: 10 total tackles and a sack, this is what Brown has averaged the past two games. Wesley Woodyard remains limited in practice. Brown still is super available in many leagues. Rashaan Evans still hasn’t been all that productive and will likely be the one to see his snaps cut down when Woodyard is back given how well Brown has played.  

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