IDP Corner: Week 7

Anyone notice there is quite the number of Jordan’s (first name) in the league currently? 31 by my count. As I am highlighting two this week, I’m also remembering that I’ve pointed out a couple more so far this season. No clue if it counts as some level of a trend, and it’s certainly not as big as the “La/Le/De + Regular First Name” trend that swept through the league a couple years ago, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson being some of the major holdovers from that period. If you’ve been reading my articles you know I enjoy an interesting name (Captain Munnerlyn still is just the best), but I also find the trends in names interesting too. In school I went by my middle name (Nathan) and there three to four of us in my grade in any given year, and I just thought it was just a coincidence, but turns out it was pretty popular name for boys born in the early 1980s. Go figure. None the less I always got excited as I started to meet people my age outside of my school that were near my age and shared my name, until I came across that statistic and realized there wasn’t some random collection of Nathan’s in New Hampshire. From meaning to etymology to reason why a name was given to a person, I enjoy the mental exercise of thinking about it. Though mullets are more fun in my opinion, but more on that some other time on to this week’s players:

Defensive Linemen:
Kenny Clark, DT GB: For a DL player who is firmly sitting in the top 10 if not top 5 in most leagues at the position, Clark is not even a top 20 owned player on most sites. Yes, Green Bay is on a bye this week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of Clark who’s seen 70 more snaps than anyone else on that D Line.

Jarran Reed, DT SEA: Another significantly under owned player who is in or on the cusp of top 10 in most leagues. The whole of the Seattle defense is in an odd place and you’re seeing snap counts bounce around week to week, but both Frank Clark and Reed have been productive in the turmoil. Given the similarities between Kenny Clark and Reed, I would pick up Kenny of these two this week if you’re not in dire need of a DL player this week.

Defensive Backs:
Jordan Lucas, S KC: With solid production over the past two weeks and a 100% snaps grab last week Lucas has boiled up to the top of the Safety depth chart with Ron Parker in Kansas City. Admittedly he’ll be a bit of a risk this week and moving forward since Eric Murray had a full practice this week (but is still listed as questionable). Lucas has looked more dynamic than when Murray has been on the field, so we’ll see. If you want to be super cautious you could check Murray’s status on sunday morning.

Jordan Whitehead, S TB: I had missed the boat a bit in remembering to mention Whitehead’s name after Chris Conte went to IR earlier this year. Seriously two weeks in a row on Saturday after this article posts I’d stop in the middle of doing something and shake my head and say to myself “I forgot to bring up Whitehead.” He is a starting safety on one of the league’s worst defenses, who’s offense can put up buckets of points when clicking, Whitehead is going to get plenty of chances at tackles, plain and simple. If you’re worried about his hamstring injury (he’s currently listed as questionable) he did have a full Friday practice, and all chatter I’m finding is pointing to him starting and playing full this week.

Adrian Phillips, S LAC: I mentioned this at the start of the season, and then the Chargers totally got away from it, but due to injuries and poor play by some of their healthy LBs, Phillips ran a good number of plays as a deep LB or shallow Safety. AND much like last year he did great in this role. I have no clue why their DC went away from this tactic which was used a great deal of the second half of last year, but I am hopeful that it’s realized this works well for them. Anyway last week only 2 LBs saw any snaps and Denzel Perryman was the only one to see more than 20% of them (he got 66%), meanwhile Phillips was at 88%. Oh and I’m not suggesting that you ignore Jahleel Addae who has been a producer all season (besides week 4) and is rather under owned, they are both very viable even with Derwin James lighting the world on fire.

Linebackers:
Foyesade Oluokun, LB ATL: I pointed out that this was coming, but last week Duke Riley saw his snap share plummet to 42% and Oluokun’s jumped over 60%. With production that has shown that he’s still learning and growing Oluokun will have a good chance at some significant production this week against the currently run dependent New York football Giants. The talent is there for Oluokun to push for starting time when Deion Jones is healthy, all he needs to do is continue to prove it while Jones is off the field this season.

Raekwon McMillan, LB MIA: Last week I highlighted Jerome Baker, this week it’s McMillan. Either way they both are collecting tackles completely independent of Kiko Alonso hoovering up as many as he can grab. Neither are tier 1 LBs, but they are productive enough to consider for your team and are generally available.

Elandon Roberts, MLB NE: Holding steady at a 50% snap rate over the past four weeks, Roberts production isn’t currently knocking anyone’s socks off. That said against Kyle Van Noy and Dont’a Hightower’s near 100% snap usage, has more total tackles. Chicago doesn’t tend to give up a great number of fantasy points to LBs so this is surely a bold call this week, but given that they do use their running backs quite dynamically, I think Roberts will see a bit of an uptick in both use and production this week.

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