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 6 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.
As the wheel of time in the NFL continues its inexorable turn, you have probably figured out whether your fantasy team is a contender or a pretender. There will always be heartbreaking losses and ecstatic victories, but the picture should be clear after about six weeks.
Still, whether you're riding high or in the depths of despair, there is always room to add another win. We have accumulated five weeks’ worth of data on the key trends in the IDP landscape. So without further ado, let us dive into the Week 6 schedule.
Pass Rushing Matchups to Exploit
Los Angeles Rams front seven at Jacksonville
The Rams boast one of the finest defensive units in the league and have really blossomed under the tutelage of veteran defensive mastermind Wade Phillips. The unit’s doggedness will be tested this week against a run-heavy Jacksonville team who will be on cloud nine after beating Pittsburgh. The Jaguars offense is an interesting case, as they basically go about their game plan – if it works – to limit the quarterback’s involvement at all costs. When Blake Bortles is your signal caller, you can hardly blame them, but the fact remains that they have averaged a league-low 28.4 dropbacks per game. The key thing here is for the Rams to contain Leonard Fournette and tilt the game script their way. If that happens, we could see a series of big plays by the Rams and plenty of pass rushing opportunities.