By: Gary VanDyke II @HBogart27
FFD260 IDP: In/Out of the Huddle – Week 10
We will first recap the results of the previous week’s article, which can be found here, and establish some form of continuity for going forward.
All of these “takes” are of course debatable depending on your leagues scoring system. But using an average style system I do believe my results are warranted, good or bad. All “takes” have some degree of the player’s matchup and position average scoring.
Week 9 Results
CIN. LB Nick Vigil call was “in the huddle”; the result was “solid” with his team-leading 9 combined tackles.
PHI. LB Mychal Kendricks call was “in the huddle”; the result was “ok” with 4 combined & 2 passes defended. Like to note leading tackler was only at 5 tackles (DE Graham) and 1 sack.
LAR. Alec Ogletree call was “out of the huddle”; the result was “poor” with his team-leading (tied) 8 combined and 1 forced fumble. This after going 3 straight games of no more than 4 combined and Giants only allowing bottom 3 points allowed to linebackers.
LAR. DE Aaron Donald call was “in the huddle”; the result was “solid” with his 3 combined, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery. Noting when I made the “take” I expected more tackles. The forced fumble and recovery saved the day.
BUF. DE Jerry Hughes call was “in the huddle”; the result was “poor” with a 0 stat line, this one hurt. This matchup was as solid as a “take” gets for me, but the entire Bills defense dropped the ball vs.the Jets.
MIA. DLs, in general, was “out of the huddle”: the result was “Solid”, claiming “Solid” because no “named” starter I think anyone would have played did well enough not to sit them. Ever heard of DT Davon Godchaux? Me neither, he led the DLs with the standard names well below him.
NYG. DE Jason Pierre-Paul call was “out of the huddle”; the result was “solid” with a 3 tackle stat line. It was his lowest complete stat line for the season.
GBP. DB Ha Ha Clinton-Dix call was “in the huddle”; the result was “ok” with his 5 combined tackles. I went with “ok” because I was thinking there would be a bit more.
ARI. DB Tyvon Branch call was “in the huddle”: the result was “solid” with his team-leading 10 solo tackles and 1 pass defended. As I called it a bounce back after a couple down weeks with Bucannon returning.
BAL. DB Eric Weddle call was “out of the huddle”; the result was “ok” as he only recorded 4 tackles. If he hadn’t added an interception this “take” would have been solid.
Final Tally: 5 Solid – 3 OK – 2 POOR
Week 10 In/Out of the Huddle
LAC. LB/DB Adrian Phillips has been on fire as a hot pick up over the last few weeks. He is one I pegged around week 4 as a player to watch and a guy to pick up. Hopefully, some of you have enjoyed the ride. As an owner myself, I’m in the conundrum to say that the ride may be coming to an abrupt end in Week 10. This isn’t due to his matchup, an injury, or anything out of the normal. This solely is based on the fact that Gus Bradley has rotated his inside linebackers like they rotate tires at a tire shop. Phillips has been a viable play as he had been inserted as an extra DB on the field while receiving most of his snaps at the weakside linebacker position. With Denzel Perryman reportedly eligible to come off I.R. and being inserted into the lineup in some shape or form, Phillips shouldn’t be dropped but he shouldn’t be in your huddle until the whole situation plays out.
S.F. LB Ray Ray Armstrong had been a mainstay in the lineup for the most part of the season. As I had warned many times to fantasy owners this ride might come to an end when Reuben Foster was able to return this past contest. I was unable to “take” in this situation this time last week because there were no indications if Foster would be healthy enough to play. He was able and manned the middle as Coyle, who I predicted would play over Armstrong, played every down. Until further notice or injury happens again to Foster, Armstrong shouldn’t be in your huddle for Week 10 or beyond.
WAS. LB Will Compton played every down in place of the recently I.R.’d Mason Foster in Week 9 after splitting snaps with Martrell Spaight the previous week. He performed at a high fantasy level with 9 total tackles, an interception and 3 passes defended against the Seahawks who only offered a mid-range rank in points allowed to linebackers. He has a nice matchup against the Vikings in Week 10 who ranks in the top 10 in allowed points to linebackers and should be counted on as a player in your huddle.
DEN. LB Brandon Marshall might see one of his best games of the season vs. The Patriots in Week 10. The Patriots are averaging in the top 10 in allowing points to linebackers. With the Patriots hurting a little more than usual with WRs and the secondary that Denver deploys on defense we may see a full array of the running backs from the Patriots. If I own Marshall, he is in my lineup and in the huddle this week.
DEN. DB Justin Simmons should also see a great game vs. the Patriots. He plays the strong safety position that will cover the midfield. In summary, see “take” on Brandon Marshall above. Patriots also allow top 5 in points allowed to safeties. Simmons is in my huddle.
NYJ DB Marcus Maye is facing a Tampa Bay team that will deploy Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB this week. Tampa Bay is averaging in the top 10 in both points allowed to safeties as well as cornerbacks and this is key in deploying Maye. Maye is a free safety in the Jets defense that depends on him not only in the center field but also in run support. Maye should be in the huddle and could have his best game of the season this contest.
JAC. DB Barry Church isn’t in a good position to have a great game when the Chargers come to town this weekend. The Chargers are only allowing in the bottom third in the league in allowing points to safeties and linebackers. With Telvin Smith and Jack Myles both in front of Church in the defensive formation, he won’t be in the huddle this contest.
N.E. DE Trey Flowers should end up a great play this weekend facing a dysfunctional Denver offensive line. When we add in Denver’s QB situation it only becomes that much more inviting. Denver is currently a top 3 team allowing points to DEs. Flowers should be in the huddle as a DL1 this week hands down.
PIT. DE Cameron Heyward is not a typical defensive end I would suggest to have in play normally as a 3-4 schemed DE. But he is facing a Colts offensive line not only top 5 in allowing points to DEs but also top 5 in allowing points to DTs. If there is a week to make sure he is in the huddle it would be this week.
CIN. DT Geno Atkins is one of the best DTs in the NFL, but if there is a week to worry about his fantasy production it would be this week with him facing the Titans. The Titans have one of the best run blocking offensive lines in the league and rank in the bottom third in points allowed to DLs in general. We should not be risking having him in the huddle this contest.