Eyes of the Guru IDP Info, Week 14

IDP news, notes, analysis, and speculation heading into Week 14.

Arizona Cardinals

After breaking out for 9-1-1 in Week 11, Isaiah Simmons has been back to less than 40% of the snaps in each of the last two games. He went 3-3-1 on 16 plays in Week 12 and is 7-3-1 on 48 snaps over the last two games. At this point, it is hard to figure out what the coaching staff is waiting on. Simmons is a playmaker and should be on the field in every situation.

De’Vondre Campbell has not seen every snap in a game since he was banged up in Week 10, but he has been on the field for at least 86% of the plays in each of the last two games. Jordan Hicks continues to play virtually every snap, but his numbers, while decent, have not been what most managers expected when they drafted him. The sic solo stops he posted in Week 12 are the most he has recorded since Week 5. We should not expect big numbers from Hicks this week either, but the Giants have been a solid matchup over the last month.

Dre Kirkpatrick moved past Byron Murphy into the starting role in Week 11, with Murphy serving mostly as a nickel corner. Kirkpatrick has an interception and has averaged five tackles per game since taking over the job.

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons have been desperate for pass rushers over the last few seasons. They have invested both draft capital and a lot of money on free agents without much return. One player giving the team a flicker of hope over the last two games is Steven Means. He was drafted by the Buccaneers in 2013 (round five). Means had 14 combined tackles and 3 sacks in his career before this year. Through 12 games he is 19-14-3 with 2 forced fumbles on the season, but Means is 9-4-3 with 2 forced fumbles in the last three games. The remaining schedule does not bode well for him as someone to pick up this year, with games against the Chargers, Buccaneers, and Chiefs over the next three weeks, but managers in deep dynasty leagues may want to consider picking him up, just in case his recent surge is not a mirage.

Baltimore Ravens

Many of us drafted Patrick Queen with the expectation that he would be a tackling machine. That has not been the case with Queen totaling more than five solo tackles just five times to date, but he has been a big play contributor, accounting for five turnovers and a pair of sacks. His third-best fantasy total of the season came against the Browns in a Week 1 blowout, when Queen finished 4-4-1 with a forced fumble. The rematch projects to be a much closer game on the scoreboard and the Cleveland running game will provide a lot of tackle opportunities. Call it a gut feeling, but I like Queen this week.

Buffalo Bills

Matt Milano was activated from IR ahead of the Week 13 game and played 19 snaps against San Francisco. The question is, what will his role be in Week 14? A.J. Klein has played some of his best football since replacing Milano and logged 42 plays in Week 13. So are they just bringing Milano back slowly after being out for a month, or will the two continue to share the position? Chances are, Milano will return to his full-time role at some point in the near future, but for this week, managers might want to avoid this situation altogether.

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