Each week, this column will take a critical look at key statistical trends to highlight pass rushing and tackle matchups to exploit and avoid. We'll be heavily relying on another great feature at FBG this season, the IDP Matchup Spreadsheet that will be generated by Aaron Rudnicki. That spreadsheet will contain a number of weekly and weekly average statistical measures to help identify those defensive teams who are facing the best and worst opportunity as the season progresses. While this column will include analysis of tackle and pass rush opportunity and matchup data, it's only a fraction of the data available in the spreadsheet. We hope that the Matchup Spreadsheet and this column will join John Norton's weekly IDP projections, Doug Drinen's Matchup Analyzer Tool and our customizable MyFBG function as useful tools to assist in making weekly line-up and waiver wire decisions.
You are very welcome to the Week 10 edition of what will be a season-long look at the best and worst matchups in the IDP landscape based on detailed, accurate spreadsheet data generated by Aaron Rudnicki on a weekly basis.
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Dave Larkin. I am a veteran IDP player and what some would call a diehard fan of this game of football that we all love so much.
Defense is my passion. Over the past few years, I have assimilated countless pages of data from various sources to hone my knowledge of the defensive side of the football. Each and every week I will study film from the previous week’s games and provide you with nuggets of wisdom that will lead you to a championship.
The stretch run, for all intents and purposes, is upon us. To put it bluntly, every week is now a street fight to determine your survival in the playoff race. If you’re already in pole position, good for you; you’re one of the rare ones comfortably drifting towards the promised land. That is no reason to get complacent, of course.
The matchups are more important than ever for the next few weeks as we conclude the bye week gauntlet. Let’s dig in to Week 10.
Pass Rushing Matchups to Exploit
Pittsburgh pass rushers at Indianapolis
The well-rested Steelers will relish a chance to play indoors in November and get their high-flying offense into gear. However, it will be the defense that will be licking their chops most of all. A matchup with the creaky Colts offensive line has led to excellent production for our IDP stars this year. Big play mavens like T.J. Watt should have a field day, especially if the offense can get out to an early lead. The Steelers average pressure on 17% of opponent dropbacks, but that could be more like 25% this week.