IDP Corner: Week 8

With injuries and trades abound this past week, there has certainly been a shuffling of players in many line ups. This week as a result of all the changes around the league I focus on some prominent fill-ins that will have some season long implications, as well as some match-ups to take advantage of.

Defensive Linemen:
Margus Hunt, DT IND: The Raiders give up all kinds of lovely points to defensive lines, and this week should be no different. Hunt was back from an injury last week and was right back into things seeing 70% of snaps. Jabaal Sheard did practice in full on Friday, but had been limited previously through the week with an abdominal injury which may not allow him to be the most dynamic player this week. Either way, I think Hunt gets back to his sack-per-game ways that he started out the first four weeks of the season with.

Da’Ron Payne, DT WAS: The Giants have given up 18 total sacks to defensive linemen this season and while Payne only has 2 sacks on this season he is easily the most productive, abusive, and athletic player on this line. Payne is one of the only rookie DTs that should be owned in the dynasty format and will be a good overall DL play this week even if it’s just for a bye week filler.

Defensive Backs:
Daryl Worley, CB OAK: Over the two games has played after his suspension he has lead all Oakland DBs in snaps. He’s been getting tackles and last game grabbed an interception on top of two passes defended. There is zero reason to think Indianapolis won’t throw the ball, especially with Marlon Mack out again (even more so since his back up Hines has one rushing TD and no games over 50 yards). Worley almost immediately has taken away Gareon Conley’s spot on this defense, so til you see any news to think otherwise Worley is likely worth rolling with through the end of the season.

Curtis Riley, S NYG: With all of the losses to the Giants’ defense this week between trades and injuries it would be smart of Washington to test them deep and often. Landon Collins is owned basically everywhere, so we arrive at Mr. Riley. For NYG DBs Riley is directly behind Collins for total tackles which I feel will certainly continue this week. You may look to Janoris Jenkins, but he will now be the CB that opposing QBs will likely avoid, making me think his chances for tackles will fall off a bit from what he’s seen so far this season.

Orlando Scandrick, CB KC: Though he’s not seeing the snap rate of Kendall Fuller or Steve Nelson, Scandrick is leading the KC DB’s in Passes Defended and is only behind Fuller over the past 4 weeks for tackles in that same grouping. Given that Keenum has thrown an interception in every game this season, and that power back Freeman is out this week, I think there is a great chance that Scandrick can take advantage of some forced throws this week.

Linebackers:
Tae Davis, ILB NYG: Many people will be looking to B.J. Goodson to step up in Alec Ogletree’s absence this week, but in what was supposed to be a 3-4 defense this year Goodson has only been playing about 50% of snaps most weeks. Davis is a rookie who saw his first 11 snaps of the season this past week. Just named the starter on Friday, Davis is the player to own this week, but if Ogletree is out for an extended period of time keep an eye out for how Nate Stupar plays this week. Stupar hasn’t seen starting levels of snaps since 2016, but when he does he was able to produce fantasy points. Anyway, like I said Davis is starting, Goodson hasn’t stepped up yet this season, so my expectations are low for him to do so now, so Davis is the guy I’d look at this week.

Adarius Taylor, OLB TB: On Wednesday Taylor was reaffirmed to be the starting middle linebacker in Kwon Alexander’s absence for the remainder of the season. Taylor produced 7 combined tackles and a sack on 62% of the snaps last week. This week I expect he’ll be closer to 90% of snaps and even if he doesn’t come up with a sack I expect his tackle numbers to hold close to similar production.

Haason Reddick, MLB ARZ: He has now played every defensive snap in three straight games, Reddick is still sitting at low ownership levels in non-dynasty leagues. Even better is that San Francisco should be in the top 2 of your league for points given up to LBs. While Josh Bynes has been doing a better job of collecting tackles this season, Reddick has been one to fill out the whole stat sheet, collecting passes defended and various fumble related stats. It should be a strong outing for him this week, but do consider adding Reddick for the remainder of the season.  

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