IDP Corner: Week 17

I am one of the few people out there in the fantasy world who actually likes week 17 championship games, at least in redraft leagues. Regardless of your preference for such a thing you a likely here to clinch that all-important title so let us skip the fluff and get into the nitty-gritty, here is who I’m looking at this week:

Defensive Linemen:
Robert Quinn, DE MIA: To put it simple and straight, Quinn has recorded a sack in each of his last four games, along with a couple of tackles, making for a rather nice stretch of fantasy scoring. It is hard to predict if either team will use their starters throughout the game or if they will move to the bench early. I’m inclined to think that due to this being a divisional game both teams will still give it a college try this week.

Harold Landry, LB/DE TEN: With Jurrell Casey being put on Injured Reserve for the remainder of the season Landry has the best opportunity to see more snaps. With Tennessee playing to win this weekend I would expect that there will be liberal usage of his talents in an attempt to unseat the Colts from their wildcard spot.

Defensive Backs:
Adrian Amos, S CHI: It looks like for a second week in a row that Eddie Jackson won’t be playing, Deon Bush was his replacement last week, and Bush produced 2 Tackles and a Forced Fumble. Amos collected 8 total Tackles and a Pass Defended. Simply put, for how little Amos is owned, he is the better player and without Jackson making plays he’s the one that is stepping up while Bush just fills in.

Marlon Humphrey, CB BAL: The hot hand in the secondary for Baltimore of late Humphrey could take advantage of Mayfield’s youth and come up with an Interception and Passes Defended on top some tackles. Humphrey is certainly a boom/bust type of play as he tends to waiver around 3 tackles per game, so you may wish to look for another player if you want someone more stable. A win for Baltimore takes keeps their playoff destiny in their own hands so I don’t expect them to play too many subs this week.

Darqueze Dennard, CB CIN: Teams throw on Cincinnati, Pittsburgh needs to win (along with a Baltimore loss) to make the playoffs, so with only a cloudy forecast I’m expecting Big Ben to pass a good deal. Jessie Bates and Shawn Williams already benefit from a good deal of passing that happens against CIN but, of late Dennard has been the CB who’s got the most tackles and has collected a couple other stats making him a very viable fantasy asset. Dennard is getting the second most snaps at CB (behind William Jackson) but, given all of the passing assets Big Ben has I feel like both Jackson and Dennard will be on the field as much as possible.

Linebackers:
Neville Hewitt, LB NYJ: I wrote an impassioned highlight for Kevin Pierre-Lewis after Darron Lee was suspended and if you’ve been paying attention to the Jets then you would know I was wrong. Hewitt has done well when seeing north of 60 snaps since Lee’s departure and wouldn’t you know it the Patriots tend to run a high number of offensive plays (averaging over 72 offensive snaps since their week 11 bye, and 70 snaps in week 12 their last game against the Jets). With KPL out again this week, Hewitt should see plenty of playing time and the Patriots should give him plenty of chances at tackles.

Raekwon McMillan, LB MIA: One might think I am obsessed with the Miami defense considering how often I’ve highlighted their players this season. Two of those players have been Jerome Baker and McMillan, Baker had some higher spikes earlier in the season but, McMillan has very dependable all season for a rather solid floor though his ceiling has been quite low. Even though the game this week won’t matter in regards to either team making the playoffs, it is a divisional game this week and could still be a competitive game.

Tae Davis, ILB NYG: Davis played every snap last week and put a very nice stat line, the Giants announced that Alec Ogletree will be out again this week, so it is expected that Davis will start again in his place. This is exciting news for both redraft and dynasty week, 17 teams, he’ll be a good start for this week in addition to potentially getting a shot at being the answer to “who will fill the hole next to Olgetree?” for next season.

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