If you grabbed Haasan Reddick after his big Week 5 game, do not overreact to the 1-6-0 line he gave us in Week 6. Both he and Josh Bynes played every snap against Minnesota and the defense continued to play well in general. It is noteworthy that Bynes also had a strange line of 3-5-0. Both players should bounce back this week against Denver.
Marcus Golden returned to action in Week 6 and looked much better both on the field and in the box score where he was 2-1-.5 on just over half the snaps. We should continue to temper expectations for this season but it looks as if Golden could return to form in time for a stretch run.
Robert Nkemdichi was also back in action and looked healthy. His mark of 2-3-0 is not eye-catching but those are useful numbers for those in tackle required leagues. Most importantly he played nearly 70% of the game and came through healthy.
For a few weeks, we were able to capture a little value from both De'Vondre Campbell and Duke Riley. Both have fallen off over the last two weeks with a drop in playing time becoming a significant factor. Against Pittsburgh in Week 5 they each played about 85% of the snaps. Campbell saw a similar workload against the Buccaneers while Riley had his opportunity slashed to well short of half the playing time. Meanwhile, Foyesdade Oluokun has seen his role expand every week since the opener leading to a team-best in tackles with a line of 7-2-0 on 61% of the snaps in Week 6. If this trend continues he could soon claim a three-down role. At this point, we have to avoid the Falcons linebackers all together, but Oluokun needs to be on the watch list.
Managers should not get overly excited about the three-sack performance by ZaDarius Smith in Week 6, nor should anyone be concerned about the three solo outing by C.J. Mosley. Simply put the Titans offense was terrible in this game. They allowed more sacks (11) than they completed passes (10). Factor the meager 10 rush attempts plus 2 scrambles and it is hard to make an impact in the tackle column against an opponent that runs 24 offensive plays resulting in a tackle being awarded. There will be a much different script this week against the Saints who give up few sacks while providing as much tackle opportunity as any team in the league. Start Mosely with confidence and consider both Baltimore safeties as well.
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