Eyes of the Guru IDP Info, Week 15

IDP news, notes, analysis, and speculation heading into week 15.

Arizona Cardinals

Haason Reddick is coming off a career day that saw him pile up five sacks and three forced fumbles against the Giants. Looking at the overall numbers would suggest he could turn in an encore performance against the Eagles this week. After all, Philadelphia has given up 53 sacks on the season which is seven more than Cincinnati with the next highest total. Philadelphia gave up at least two sacks in 11 of their first 12 games, but that streak ended in week 14 when the Saints failed to get to Jalen Hurts. Last week I made the statement that it was a different quarterback but the same offensive line, but Hurts sure made that Eagles line look better. While I would not argue against playing Reddick who now has 10 sacks on the season, the matchup has lost much of its appeal.

This is not the week to have a grey area with one of our starters, but if you have been counting on De’Vondre Campbell to get you this far, you have one. Isaiah Simmons has been impressive, especially in recent weeks when his playing time has been expanded. The predicament is that Simmons played 27 snaps in week 14 while Campbell played 22 of a possible 47. The grey area comes from not knowing if this timeshare was a result of Campbell’s sore ankle, or because the coaching staff realizes they have to get Simmons on the field more. Campbell did not practice all last week and was questionable right up to game time. He will practice some this week but there is still plenty of reason to be nervous about Campbell’s play share.

Atlanta Falcons

Most managers that have Deion Jones or Foye Oluokun have been starting them every week. If you are lucky enough to have other quality options, consider them strongly this week. No opponent has had an inside or weak-side linebacker post more than five solo tackles against the Buccaneers since before week nine and none have more than four since week 10.

Baltimore Ravens

Calais Campbell has been a major disappointment this season but if you are looking for an upside sleeper this week, play him against his old team. The Jaguars are not a particularly great matchup for defensive linemen, but we should never underestimate the extra motivation a player gets when facing a team that he played for previously, especially when that team made little effort to keep him.

Marcus Peters left the Monday night game for a short bit due to what looked like a lower leg or calf injury. He finished the game but appeared to be bothered by the issue for the rest of the game. Keep an eye on the team’s practice reports later this week just to be safe.

Buffalo Bills

A.J. Klein gave us strong production when he replaced Matt Milano over a six-game stretch starting in week six. His numbers included five sacks, three turnovers, and two games with double-digit solo stops. When Milano returned to action in week 13, the two shared playing time with Klein seeing the majority of the action. Unfortunately, the time-share continued in week 14, although with a more even split in snaps. This could be the week Milano regains his near every snap role, or the two could continue sharing the job. Either way, this is another high potential position we have to avoid due to uncertainty.

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