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 9 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.
I hope it’s Week 9 and feelin’ fine for all of you, because this is about the time of the season that things get serious. If you’re in contention, you’re flying high and thirsty for more; for those wrestling with their very fantasy football season’s mortality, these next weeks contests will be season-defining.
So, whether you’re in the box seat or slumming it down below, let’s dissect the Week 9 match-ups.
Pass Rushing Matchups to Exploit
Houston pass rushers vs. Indianapolis
The Texans may lack the oomph that they once had with superstar tandem Whitney Mercilus and J.J. Watt giving opposing quarterbacks nightmares, but all is not lost. Alas, the flagging Colts are coming to town, a team that surrenders pressure for fun. Indianapolis may have to play from behind here, as it is unlikely Jacoby Brissett will be able to win an arms race with the red-hot Deshaun Watson. Good news for our Texans pass rushers, in that case. The Texans are averaging only a 13.5% pressure mark – a low total compared to most teams – but the Colts can remedy that.