IDP Corner: Week 2
If Kwon Alexander is not owned in your league, stop reading this article right now and go pick him up. Now. Do it. We can wait.
Ok, now that you’ve checked we can move on to other players for this week.
There is some buzz around Baltimore’s Shareece Wright after his week 1 tackle totals (11), conversely I’m cold on him. Those 11 tackles were a single game career high for him, more importantly he’s never played a full season, and in his best totaling season he totaled 60 combined tackles over 14 games, which is a “meh” average at best, additionally he does not fill up the stat box, 0 career sacks, 0 career interceptions, a .47 per game passes defended. If this is not a sign of a one game spike, I do not know what else is.
Xavier Rhodes has been ruled out for the Vikings, so if you are looking for some early season DB help that could turn into a full season solution, take a look at his back up, Trae Waynes, who put up 10 solo tackles last week. With the Packers in town, you know they are going to pass and with Terence Newman starting in the other CB spot for the Vikes, you can expect Aaron Rodgers to test Waynes often.
With D’Qwell Jackson’s paltry production in week 1, Sio Moore is looking like he might return to his 2014 numbers (or better), I’ve grabbed Moore in leagues where I can carry LB depth, need help with injury coverage, or didn’t draft as well as I would have liked at the LB position. I suggest you do the same. With Denver’s increased focus on the run last week, and Demaryius Thomas hip injury going into this week, even if Jackson’s production goes up, Moore should still have a shot at producing similar numbers this week.
Demario Davis continues to be the guy who I’m watching on Cleveland’s defense, once teams get up on Cleveland in the air, they will try to control the game pace by going to the ground, and Davis looks to benefit the most from this. He has the history (3 seasons over 90 tackles on the Jets), the position (middle LB), and the opportunity (playing for Cleveland) for some good numbers this year, and this week specifically, as the Ravens are definitely a team that will push hard early to air it out, and then have a battalion of Running Backs that will get called on to burn the clock down.
If Avery Williamson and Da’Norris Searcy are not on your radar, change that. This week with Detroit in town there will be plenty of opportunities for these two to grab tackles in the passing game. I’m more likely to start Searcy as he will have both chances for tackles down field and behind the line due to all the RB pass plays Detroit produce. He’s never been an amazing tackle producer in the past, but Tennessee Safeties have a history of producing points, and with a better than you’d expect DLine in TEN, Searcy has a real chance to perform this week.
Miami’s defense put up great numbers last week in the IDP world, the best surprise was that the buzz around Xavien Howard was not just hype. He will have a hard time getting as many points as he can with Reshard Jones on the field, but the Patriots this week should work him hard, as they love to test rookies.