Budda Baker has put together a string of four games with at least 16 fantasy points. With the Cardinals on bye this week, he will have some time to cool down, but the biggest reason not to expect the streak to continue in week 13 is the run of matchups Arizona will return to. Their last four games of the fantasy season are against the Rams, Steelers, Browns, and Seahawks who are all mediocre matchups.
As a followup on last week’s column, Haason Reddick played 45% of the snaps against San Francisco and did virtually nothing in the box score, while Joe Walker finished with four tackles and an assist on 56% of the playing time. Avoid this situation going forward.
Jalen Thompson has played 158 of a possible 162 snaps over the last two games, putting up 11 solo tackles and an interception for two solid fantasy scores in those games. Deionte Thompson was out with an injury in week 10 but saw no action despite being active on Sunday. It would appear he has laid claim to the full time starting gig at safety.
What a difference the bye week can make. Atlanta had eight sacks over their first eight games and struggled greatly on defense through the first half of the season. In two games after the bye, they have been a completely different unit. In the last two games, the Falcons have collected 11 sacks, including six against the Saints who generally protect their quarterback well. The biggest box score winners for Atlanta have been the pass rushers, and they have another good matchup this week against a Buccaneers offense that has allowed 18 sacks over the last five games.
This turn of events makes Vic Beasley Jr an interesting option for week 12, along with whoever is healthy enough to start opposite him. Takkarist McKinley left Sunday’s game early with a shoulder injury. Adrian Clayborn came on and played well, notching his third sack since the bye before suffering a groin injury.