IDP Corner: TNF Week 5

Being a New England native and fan, I generally tend to shy away from highlighting players from the Patriots. I’m sure part of it is I prefer not to be perceived as being a “homer” or “rubbing it in” when they are on a good run (unlike the first 3 games of this season, man-o-man). In my head though I say it’s mainly because of the game planning from week to week which makes it generally hard to pinpoint who might do well on either side of the ball (talk to anyone who has had one of their RBs in the past 5 or so seasons).

I’m under the weather a bit this week, so only a short analysis of this match up: I expect a lot of passing.

Players that are likely owned in your league, maybe even getting started: Stephon Gilmore, Darius Leonard (potentially out this week), Clayton Geathers, Margus Hunt.

Defensive Linemen:
For Indy, if you want to chase the previous week’s performances of Jabaal Sheard and other linemen feel free to do so. Margus Hunt still saw the most snaps last week and will likely continue to do so. Week to week until I see bigger trends, I stand by my highlighting of Hunt last week. He would be my only suggestion from this line at this time.

Tre Flowers, DE NE: Coming into this season Flowers was the only New England defensive lineman strongly on my radar, with Derek Rivers a far-off blip on the map too (which has yet to get stronger this season). Coming back from a concussion l, last week Flowers was very quiet and given that I’m expecting plenty of passing this week, I think Flowers will have another quiet week. That said if you need help for DL spots on your team, you can likely grab Flowers and start reaping the benefits in a week or two.

Defensive Backs:
Jonathan Jones, CB NE: In addition to Gilmore, it is very likely that Jason McCourty, Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung are owned in your league. This is all fine and well. They have all been historically very productive players but Gilmore is out performing the rest of the group so far this season. With that being said, Jonathan Jones has the same number of Passes Defended and total tackles as Gilmore. The only difference is he hasn’t caught an Interception or Forced a Fumble… yet. Don’t be mad if you missed out on Gilmore this last waiver run. Instead go add the best thing in Jonathan Jones who sits at a 0% ownership on Yahoo currently. Now is a great time to buy low on Jones as he will see more passes thrown his way as teams start to avoid Gilmore and the McCourty twins.

Nate Hairston, CB IND: I really do value Safeties over cornerbacks, but when they are getting similar stats weekly, then just go get the player. Hairston is averaging 5 solo tackles a game! It’s hard to find a reason to not make this suggestion, he’s going to keep seeing these types of tackle numbers, especially since he only has 1 pass defended this season. Expect to see Tom Brady target Hairston on 3rd down early and often.

Linebackers:
Anthony Walker, MLB IND: With rookie stand out Darius Leonard in a walking boot during Wednesday’s practice, Walker will likely have to shoulder the load at LB. He is already a solid contributor at the position and has played well enough up until this game that there is a chance he is on a roster in your league. If he isn’t, now would be a good time to add him. He has seen over 85% of the defensive snaps over the past two weeks, a major improvement over his 47% defensive snap share average he had over the first two games.

Kyle Van Noy, OLB NE: When Dont’a Hightower went down last year Van Noy stepped up, and was even a serviceable LB. This year I have have been hammering the drum for Ja’Whaun Bentley, but he found his way to IR. Elandon Roberts doesn’t do enough to be the LB to consider. Van Noy is currently the most effective fantasy LB for the Patriots. If you are in need of a LB I would suggest looking elsewhere first but Kyle Van Noy isn’t s bad second option.

Good luck to everyone on your Thursday endeavors. 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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