Reading the Defense: Week 15

A weekly look at IDP trends with a mix of metrics, film study and matchup strategy

WEEK 15 update

I'll be traveling with family over the next two weeks and this will be the final RTD of the season.

My sincere thanks to everyone for their patience and understanding this season. Long time readers surely noticed that this year's column was lighter than ever. It wasn't by design. In mid-September, my day job duties suddenly and unexpectedly more than doubled and have progressively cut further into my preparation and writing time. I'm disappointed that I've not been able to keep this column up to its usual standard. And I'm very thankful that Aaron Rudnicki and John Norton have been doing their usual amazing work all season and continuing to produce tremendous content.

I'm planning to have tier features and notes throughout the offseason and I'm very hopeful that 2016 will bring a return to the RTD as it should be.

Hope everyone has a happy and healthy holiday season. I'll be rooting for everyone's fantasy playoff success. Enjoy the rest of the NFL season and playoffs!



ARIZONA Deone Bucannon Kevin Minter : Alex Okafor Daryl Washington (susp) Cardinals using Minter less in passing down subpackages
ATLANTA Paul Worrilow : Justin Durant      
BALTIMORE C.J. Mosley Elvis Dumervil : Courtney Upshaw : Daryl Smith Terrell Suggs (IR)  
BUFFALO Preston BrownManny Lawson   Nigel Bradham Bradham may return this week
CAROLINA Luke Kuechly : Thomas Davis     Watch for Carolina to begin resting starters when possible 
CHICAGO Shea McClellin      
CLEVELAND Karlos Dansby      
DALLAS Sean Lee Rolando McClain    
DENVER   Brandon Marshall : Von Miller Danny Trevathan Marshall every down w/ Trevathan inactive, may not continue 
DETROIT   Tahir Whitehead : Stephen Tulloch DeAndre Levy (IR)  
GREEN BAY Clay Matthews Julius Peppers : Jake Ryan Sam Barrington (IR)  
HOUSTON Brian Cushing Jadeveon Clowney : Whitney Mercilus    
INDIANAPOLIS D'Qwell Jackson Josh McNary Jerrell Freeman, Nate Irving (IR) McNary saw more time this week than now-injured Irving had 
JACKSONVILLE Telvin Smith Sr : Jordan Tripp   Paul Posluszny Tripp played every down, Skuta base only 
KANSAS CITY Derrick Johnson Tamba Hali, Dee Ford Justin Houston  
MIAMI       Everyone active, but none healthy enough to be certain 80% plus snaps 
MINNESOTA Eric Kendricks Chad Greenway   Anthony Barr  
NEW ENGLAND Jamie Collins Sr   Dont'a Hightower : Jonathan Freeny If Hightower not back, Mayo will see ~80% of snaps 
NEW ORLEANS   Stephone Anthony    Anthony rotated out some, Ellerbe returned but not every down yet 
NEW YORK GIANTS     Jon Beason (IR) : Devon Kennard  
NEW YORK JETS David Harris      
OAKLAND Malcolm Smith Khalil Mack Aldon Smith (susp)  
PHILADELPHIA   Connor Barwin : Brandon Graham Jordan Hicks (IR) Still an ugly three player ILB rotation, none > 65% last week 
PITTSBURGH Lawrence Timmons Ryan Shazier    
ST. LOUIS James Laurinaitis : Mark Barron   Alec Ogletree (IR-R)  
SAN DIEGO Manti Te'o : Melvin Ingram III Denzel Perryman    
SAN FRANCISCO NaVorro Bowman Aaron LynchGerald Hodges Michael Wilhoite  
SEATTLE Bobby Wagner : K.J. Wright Bruce Irvin    
TAMPA BAY Lavonte David : Danny Lansanah   Kwon Alexander (susp), Bruce Carter Carter got every down nod but unlikely to play w/ injury this Thursday
TENNESSEE Avery Williamson Brian Orakpo : David Bass Derrick Morgan (IR)  
WASHINGTON Will Compton Ryan Kerrigan : Mason Foster Perry Riley Compton now cemented every down, Foster played over Robinson last week

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