Eyes of the Guru IDP Info, Week 12

IDP news, notes, analysis, and speculation heading into week 12.

Arizona Cardinals

We have a situation in Arizona. De’Vondre Campbell suffered a calf injury in week 10 that had his status in doubt against the Seahawks. He ended up being active but was limited to 26 snaps. This opened the door for Isaiah Simmons who stole the show, going 9-2-1 on 45 plays. Simmons was everywhere. He made plays sideline to sideline and on both sides of the line of scrimmage. So the situation is, do the Cardinals try to put the genie back in the bottle, or do they continue to play the veteran that has done an excellent job over the first eight games? The fact that Simmons is a first-round pick, could have a major influence on the decision here as well. If Simmons is your guy, there is reason for excitement. If Campbell is your guy, there is a reason for concern. When it comes to Week 12, starting either of them is a risk.

Looking at the situation with Campbell and Simmons made me wonder if the coaching staff might see another option. Jordan Hicks has not exceeded five solo stops since week five and has zero splash plays through Week 11. Not to mention he has failed to reach double-digit fantasy points since week six. Could the move ultimately be to play Campbell and Simmons with Hicks the odd-man-out? Food for thought.

Atlanta Falcons

If Foye Oluokun is your guy, you are a little disappointed with his Week 11, but there is no reason for concern going forward. Oluokun played his normal share (98%) of the snaps, so we can write this one off as a fluke. He should rebound well versus the Raiders, who are a strong matchup for linebackers.

Baltimore Ravens

If you are a manager that puts a lot of stock in previous meetings between divisional opponents, you probably want to sit your Baltimore defenders this week. When these teams met in Week 8, the only Raven with more than three solo tackles was DeShon Elliot at 4-3-0.5. That said, the Steelers have been a plus matchup for inside linebackers in general, so Patrick Queen is worthy of consideration.

Carolina Panthers

If you are looking for answers to why Jeremy Chinn (2-2-0) and Shaq Thompson (3-1-0) gave you so little last week, all we need to do is look at the other stats from this game. The most significant one being that Detroit running backs carried 13 times for 35 yards in this game, and the passing game was not a lot better. The Lions were shut out and embarrassed in this game. It is safe to say the Panthers will not get such a walkover this week versus Minnesota.

Chicago Bears

When last we saw the Bears, Akiem Hicks went limping off with a hamstring injury. Green Bay is not a good matchup for pass rushers anyway, but if you are considering Hicks, keep an eye on his practice status.

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