Eyes of the Guru IDP Info, Week 3

IDP news, notes, analysis and speculation heading into Week 3.

Arizona Cardinals

Haason Reddick saw action in sub-packages and had a nice game at 5-2 with a pass breakup. Now that he is at or near full health, Reddick was on the field for 85% of defensive snaps. He is certainly roster-worthy in 12-team leagues that start three and his stock is heading in the right direction.

Buccaneers corners accounted for 18 solo stops and 3 pass breakups versus Carolina last week. With Cam Newton’s status in question, we may have to throw those numbers out. If he does play, however, rookie corner Byron Murphy would be a strong sleeper play.

Atlanta Falcons

Deion Jones returned to a near every-down role in Week 2, seeing action on all but a handful of plays. He looked like the Jones we have come to expect, producing six tackles and an assist. At the very least it is now safe to plug him into our lineups.

Even with Jones on the field for over 90% of the action, De'Vondre Campbell still saw 85% of the snaps and posted another solid stat line of 6-2-0. The only fear with Campbell being the potential for his playing time to shrink. As they had done in the preseason, Atlanta used a lot of big nickel against Philadelphia with Damontae Kazee also seeing 85% of the action.

After being on the field virtually full time in Week 1, Tak McKinley and Vic Beasley Jr had their playing time reduced from 85% in game one to less than 70% in Week 2. That is still enough opportunity for many edge defenders to be successful but these two have shown no signs of stepping up their production.

Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore played a lot of dime against the Cardinals multi-receiver spread offense. As a result, neither Chris Board nor Kenny Young was on the field much. What little playing time there was for a second linebacker, was split nearly evenly between the two.

Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo secondary was busy against the Giants. Corners Levi Wallace and Tre’Davious White each finished with eight tackles while third safety Siran Neal went 6-2-0 on the day. This was a matchup based situation so do not be baited into believing these numbers are the beginning of a trend. Neal only played 24 snaps in the game.

Carolina Panthers

Looks like the Cardinals are going to be a great matchup for corners this year. Their offense brings back memories of the old run and shoot days. In Week 2 Brandon Carr capitalized with six tackles, an assist, a sack, and a pass breakup while Marlon Humphrey went 5-1-0 with a pass defended. The week before, Rashaan Melvin had eight tackles against Arizona. Three other corners had four tackles against them in those two games. The moral of this story, start James Bradberry or Donte Jackson this week if you have them. On the other side of that coin, downgrade your Panthers linebackers this week against the Cardinals. Baltimore’s every-down middle linebacker Patrick Onwuasor managed two tackles and two assists in Week 2.

Chicago Bears

The Denver offense may not have scored a lot of points but they were able to keep the ball and run a lot of plays. That helped both Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan to big games. Each of them piled up nine solo tackles. Eddie Jackson got in on the party as well going 6-4 with a pair of pass breakups. Through two games the Bears defense has not lived up to expectations but their players are putting up good numbers. Do not hesitate to play these guys again this week against a Washington team that will ride Adrian Peterson often.

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