IDP Corner: TNF Week 3

The Browns’ defense on paper look to be monsters. Super talented, rather young across all positions, and not a lot of superstar attitude. Fantasy wise there are relevant players at all three levels and with the continued disorganization of their offense, the defense sees the field quite often. All good signs for fantasy players.

The Jets’ defense is coming off a year where many had written off the team and the defense wholesale, but to everyone’s surprise, the defense was actually pretty damn good most of the year. Their start to this year has been good, but it feels like a bit of a departure from the magic that was in the air last year. Maybe it’s some the injuries they have had or maybe it’s because of some of the players who left, we will soon see.

Players from these teams that are likely owned and should be considered for starting are Joe Schobert, Christian Kirksey, Jamie Collins, Jabrill Peppers, Myles Garrett, Denzel Ward, Darron Lee, Avery Williamson, and Jamal Adams.

Defensive Linemen:
Anthony Zettel: Picked up by CLE within 24 hrs after being cut from Detroit (who is moving toward a 3-4 defense), Zettel should fit well in the Browns’ 4-3 set up. Throw in that Emmanuel Ogbah will be out this week and Zettel should see plenty of snaps tonight. I’m still in a wait and see mode in regards to adding him to a fantasy roster because Garrett is the clear #1 DE here and there are a lot of talented players on this D-line.

Larry Ogunjobi: He has been getting about 90% of the defensive snaps at DT and has been super productive for that position (11 total tackles and 3 sacks in the first two weeks). His schedule has plenty of sack friendly o-lines sitting in front of him as well. If you have DT specific spots in your league he is totally worth the add. If you have just DL (DT & DE) spots you’ll have to gauge against other available players. I don’t expect his production to drop off as teams will be more concerned with how to deal with Garrett on a week to week basis.

Defensive Backs:
T.J. Carrie: It looks like Damarious Randall could sit out the game this week, and you’d be smart to think Derrick Kindred (who will start for Randall) would be a good swap. What I’m here to tell you is that Carrie is coming off a good season in Oakland and he just went HAM against New Orleans last week. Additionally, Kindred was already seeing the second most amount of Safety snaps over the past two games which doesn’t give him much room for growth. Conversely, we could see more snaps and better numbers for Peppers, but Carrie is a veteran who can adjust and play where he is needed which will further help the young DBs on this defense.

Marcus Maye: It’s looking like he won’t be making his season debut this week. The reason why I bring him up is that he will be back relatively soon. While Doug Middleton has been doing a decent job, he was slated as a backup once the Jets drafted Maye last year before a pectoral tear, and will likely fall back to that role once Maye returns. Anyway, be on the lookout for a frustrated owner dropping Maye or if he’s been ignored in your league.

Linebackers:
Kevin Pierre-Louis: Coming back from a one-game suspension and a preseason injury, KPL has been someone I’ve had my eye on all off-season. While Darron Lee and Avery Williamson have the ILB spots locked in currently, KPL is first in line if either gets injured and might start to see some OLB snaps in the meantime, due to just pedestrian play by their current OLB squad. Another situation where you will need to wait and see this week but certainly someone who should be on your radar.

Good luck to everyone on your Thursday endeavors. And as always if you have any questions feel free to reach out to me via twitter @decoylife or the other gurus @TFFGurus.

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