IDP Corner: Week 5

Now that the first quarter of the season is under our belt, speculation should start to subside and analysis can actually start to happen. We now understand what types of formations are being used and more importantly how players are being rotated in and out over the course of the game. This week I’ve given a little more time looking over ownership rates and will be highlighting a couple (not all of them) players that look to be under-owned for how well they are doing. Yes they may be owned in your 12 team league that starts 4 LBs, but in a shallower league could be a sneaky grab still early in the season, or at least for this week.

Anyway, on to the guys I’m watching this week:

Defensive Linemen:
Takkarist McKinley, DE ATL: Having a 3 Sack game against Cincinnati last week, Takk now gets to visit Big Ben and the very sack friendly Pittsburgh Steelers. Given that Vic Beasley has been a partial participant in practices all week, and usually gets the better blockers lining up against him, Takk might be poised for another big game.

Mario Addison, DE CAR: Coming off of a bye week, the great news for you is the very likely available to be picked up Addison is visiting the New York football Giants who just so happen to give up a league leading 2 sacks a game to DEs. Best of all Addison leads Carolina in total snaps seen by a DL this season and should continue to do so.

Defensive Backs:
Mike Hughes, CB MIN: While Philadelphia doesn’t give up many interceptions, they do give up the most tackles to DBs. Since it looks like Trae Waynes will be out this week, I expect that Hughes will get tested and often. So far this season he has stepped up pretty well and should continue to do so, he was pro ready at the combine, enough said.

Jessie Bates III, S CIN: If you a looking for a DB who has had a solid floor this season, look no further than Mr. Bates. When he’s not getting tackles he’s picking up secondary stats. Miami is a tough nut to crack when it comes to Safeties getting fantasy points, so if you’re squeamish feel free to look elsewhere. I still will be starting him in the leagues I have him.

Malcolm Butler, CB TEN: The whole Cornerback group of Logan Ryan, Adoree’ Jackson, and Butler have been a rather productive group so far this year for Tennessee, with Butler leading the way. He’s under-owned for how well he is playing so far this season. Throw in that he’s playing against the Bills this week and there is a good chance he does very well yet again.  

Linebackers:
Mason Foster, MLB WAS:  Rolling into Washington’s bye week Foster was leading all of their LBs in snaps. I expect Zach Brown to eventually snap back to reality, but there is still plenty of tackles for Foster to flourish when that happens. If you weren’t able to hold on to Foster over the bye week after the last time I highlighted him, go get him again. 

Matt Milano, OLB BUF:  A little more up and down week-to-week than Tremaine Edmunds both are criminally under-owned for the amount of time they spend on the field and solid production they’ve each had this season. Milano has been a sweetheart for many of us IDP writers after his strong finish to last season. The Buffalo defense is averaging just north of 69 snaps per game, so all players on this defense will be getting plenty of time on the field for the season, I expect Milano to keep his overall pace, but in his boom/bust fashion as he has so far.

Kyler Fackrell, OLB GB: Coming off of a pretty big week for only seeing 45% of snaps last week, I highlight Fackrell for how much he found the QB and for how many sacks Detroit gave up last week. Yes, you should go get Oren Burks over Fackrell if Burks is available (he’ll be a great long term grab), but if you wanna gamble for the hot hand, there is a chance that Fackrell will pull off another good week thanks to the Lions.

Jayon Brown, MLB TEN: With Wesley Woodyard going out with a shoulder issue last week, Brown picked up the majority of snaps during the game, and I expect him to keep rolling with that lead this week since Woodyard is out. Before Tennessee drafted Rashaan Evans (who saw the second most LB snaps last week and should be added in deep leagues if he wasn’t grabbed in a rookie draft) I had Brown slated for a breakout season, and Buffalo will do their part to help with that this week as they are one of the teams that give up a good deal of fantasy points to LBs.

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