IDP Corner: Week 15

We are now in full on playoffs swing now kids. I’ve been working hard when not working my normal day job to find some players that should be available and could help you in your push for that number one spot. Let’s Go!!!

Defensive Linemen:
Da’Ron Payne, DT WAS: The Jacksonville offense is a wonderfully inviting thing to see opposite of any fantasy defender but, even much more so for defensive linemen. Payne has his ups and downs but, he has a great nose for finding both sacks and tackles which is quite the value in a DT position. He should even play well enough this week to justify being played in a DL position.

Sam Hubbard, DE CIN: Getting a little less playing time than Jordan Willis, Hubbard has easily outperformed him. While the Chargers avoided him all last week, the Raiders are not playing as smart as that, though they know well enough to steer clear of Carlos Dunlap, so I think there is a good chance for Hubbard to do some real work this week. Additionally, Hubbard should get plenty of consideration in dynasty leagues as he has a pretty clear path to starting time next year.

Defensive Backs:
Kenny Moore II, CB IND: If you take a season-long look at how stingy the Dallas offense has been to secondaries this year, then you’d probably guess that Moore’s outlook will be tight at best. However, if you look over the past couple of weeks, the weeks in which Amari Cooper has been going off and Dallas has been passing much more, you would see that there have been tackles abound. Moore has been the best DB for Indy in the same time frame and is still very available. If you are in need of DB help this week, Moore is high on my list.

Prince Amukamara, CB CHI: While Kyle Fuller has been getting plenty of attention of late, Amukamara has 4 more total tackles than Fuller over the last four games. Both did well in the high powered Rams defense last week and should see equal success against a Green Bay offense that has some new found creativity. If you need some injury help this week, Amukamara should be of help.

Corey Graham, S PHI: The Philadelphia secondary might be the most dangerous place to be playing in all of football and on that note, it looks like Sydney Jones out this week. This injury turmoil, which has mainly been to their Cornerbacks, has lead to both Malcolm Jenkins and Graham collecting all kinds of stats. The funny thing is that over the past four weeks Jenkins and Graham have been nearly equal in their production but, Jenkins if heavily owned while Graham’s performance has fallen on proverbial deaf fantasy ears. Graham should garner some consideration to help you finish your playoff campaign.

Linebackers:
Zach Cunningham, MLB HOU: The young buck has been a blast to watch since his return from an MCL sprain earlier this season. In the 3 weeks since his return, he’s out snapped fellow MLB Benardrick McKinney and been the better fantasy producer as well. The Jets should provide some prime pickings for the Houston defense to wreak some havoc. I’ve personally used him as an injury replacement to help me in my home league’s playoff run, so if he’s free in your league I would suggest adding him.

Kevin Pierre-Louis, MLB NYJ: Even though he has been limited practice all week it looks like KPL will be playing this weekend, and will be continuing to be the replacement for Darron Lee for the remainder of the season. He’s a bit of a boom/bust fantasy player as he is prone to collecting “other” stats just as much as he is likely to collect a tackle. Houston continues to be a favorite of mine to target for fantasy players getting sacks and this week is no different, I think KPL will walk away this week with at least one and a handful of tackles.  

Haason Reddick, OLB ARZ: I’ve been high on Reddick since he entered the league, and have certainly been waiting on him to make the jump from a talented guy with the potential to a legitimate player who can impact a game. He’s been given plenty of opportunities this season given he’s seen more than 90% of snaps since the start of week 5. So, why are we talking about him this week, well it would appear that he’s starting to make the transition beyond just a talented guy with potential. In his past 3 games, he has collected 24 total tackles, a total that his previous 5 games didn’t even total to. He will continue to see reps through the end of the season and he’s very available, so if you’re in need of a guy with a decent floor but, with some potential for a nice game too, I’d suggest looking into Reddick.

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