IDP Corner: Week 9

If you don’t wish to suffer my random opening topic, feel free to jump ahead into the Defensive Linemen section of the article otherwise, prepare to learn a bit about me. What I feel is true to form having been a defensive lineman when I played football, I enjoy both the cooking and also the consumption of food. I am usually doing a crock pot meal about twice a month while I’m away at work in the winter, I’ve had a medium-ish portable electric smoker for about 4 years (with plans to grow into something bigger once I’m done with apartment living), and otherwise enjoy making bigger or new meals on the weekends while rocking quick and easy stuff during the week. I pretty aggressively watch cooking on YouTube often watching 4 videos on the same type of recipe just to see where I might like to make my own variances. As for YT channels I watch: I was lucky enough to catch Binging with Babish’s first post regarding the Parks and Rec burger cookoff and immediately subscribed, Chef John from Food Wishes had my follow the first time I heard him say “fork don’t lie”, and Bon Appetit has an amazing collection of talented and diverse cooks. So, in addition to football or pro wrestling, please feel free to @ me on twitter if you ever care to discuss food or recipes.

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

Defensive Linemen:
Romeo Okwara, DE DET: Already on a three week roll of sacks and destruction going into last week, or more specifically the first week that Damon Harrison was on the Lions, Okwara did not slow down. Now last week wasn’t Okwara’s best performance, but it proved that Harrison certainly wouldn’t be hindering players around him. I believe in another week or two once chemistry has really started to set up this defensive line will be scary good (which it certainly wasn’t bad before). Da’Shawn Hand and A’Shawn Robinson weren’t big contributors stats wise as much as they were roadblocks for opposing offenses, so I don’t see them changing too much, but Harrison will certainly draw attention allowing Okwara more access to backfields than before.

Takkarist McKinley, DE ATL: Washington gives up about a sack a game to the leading DE they face each week (besides DAL and NYG after the Harrison trade, neither of which are “sacking” teams). With all of Atlanta’s injuries, Vic Beasley has been playing a good number of downs as an LB even though he was transitioning to DE this year. So here we are with the young and athletic McKinley. I thought McKinley was due for a much bigger year, signs of which we saw in week 4, but besides that week he’s been hit or miss. I think coming off a good game against the Giants and then a bye week Takk will be able to make an impact this game. I don’t know if at this point that I’m using him much more than for a bye week/injury plugin for just this week at this time though.

Defensive Backs:
Eric Reid, S CAR: After finally getting signed this season, Reid has immediately proven why he was one of the best safeties that saw free agency this offseason. Reid, Mike Adams, James Bradbury, and (if you like boom/bust type players) Donte Jackson should all be considered over the next 5 weeks as Carolina will be up against a string of pass heavy offenses. Jackson will be the hardest to grab given how well he played early in the season, but Reid has been great the past 2 weeks, and Adams has been arguably the best of these four over the past 4 weeks. I think Reid has the best long term outlook of all of them.

Justin Reid, S HOU: Last week was Reid’s third straight week seeing a 100% snap rate, and fourth week over 90%. In that time he’s averaged 6 total tackles, while also adding in a total of three passes defended and two interceptions. If plays do get upfield due to Cunningham’s absence (more on that later), then we may see a couple big games from Houston’s safeties. In week 2 I brought up adding Reid in prep for the rest of the season, the rest of the season started about 3 weeks ago for Reid, he is still relatively un-owned and looks like he’ll continue being productive.

Darryl Roberts, CB NYJ: Much like Justin Reid above Roberts has 3 consecutive weeks of seeing all the snaps on the Jets defense, and an additional week over 90% of snaps played too. Similarly, Roberts has an average of 6 total tackles in that same time… but he’s collected more passes defended and fewer (none) interceptions. With an Osweiler lead offense this week, I think Roberts will have plenty of chances to not only get more passed defended but might turn one of those chances into an actual interception.

Linebackers:
K.J. Wright, OLB SEA: Though he is listed as questionable, Wright was a full participant in Friday’s practice and looks like he’ll be back on the field to follow up his solid (but just “ok”) season debut from last week. With the Chargers in town the Seattle linebackers will need all the help they can get to slow down Melvin Gordon, and with Mychal Kendricks suspended indefinitely Wright take back over the role that Kendricks was brought in to fill in for while Wright was out due to injury. I’ve never been head over heels about Wright, but coming into this season he did have four straight seasons with over 100 combined tackles, so he should be a good late season pick up.

Shaq Thompson, OLB CAR: Even after seeing his playing time get chopped in half with the return of Thomas Davis, Thompson still has been putting in work (heck in my home league he’s actually produced more points since Davis’ return). I think much of that has to do with being under Davis’ wing for the past three seasons and now he’s really looking to earn Davis’ spot or enough attention from other teams to get a decent contract if Carolina doesn’t opt for a 5th-year option on his current contract. Either way, Davis hasn’t been that wonderfully amazing since returning so it’s not a bad time to add Thompson as he should start to steal back some snaps.

Josh Keyes, OLB HOU: Perpetrator of the outright assault that resulted in the Osweiler fumble from the Dolphins last week after Zach Cunningham went down, Keyes will be getting the lion’s share of snaps that Cunningham previously occupied. At least for this week anyway, even though Cunningham should be out for at least a couple of weeks, the Texans have Dylan Cole coming back to the team in that time so Keyes will have to perform this week to justify his continued play. If last week was any indication then Keyes should be your guy til Zach is back.

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