Eyes of the Guru IDP Info, Week 16

IDP news, notes, analysis, and speculation heading into week 16.

Arizona Cardinals

It appears the Cardinals have turned the corner when it comes to Isaiah Simmons. When he played more than De’Vondre Campbell in Week 14, it was hard to tell if it was a coaching decision or if Campbell was just hot healthy. Campbell may still not be 100%, but he was out-snapped by Simmons 63 to 35, or 76% to 42%, in Week 15. It would be a risky call to roll with Simmons in Week 16 based solely on playing time but the 49ers matchup is a solid one as well. If you have quality options I would probably stick with them, but if you are in a pinch, Simmons has good upside.

Baltimore Ravens

Calais Campbell might sit out one more game with his calf injury before getting back on the field. He badly wanted to suit up against his old team but in the end, it was decided that having him healthy for the playoff was far more important. Yannick Ngakoue, however, was able to carry the torch for both former Jaguars. He lit up their former employer for three tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble. The motivation will not be as high for this week’s matchup with the Giants, but New York has allowed an average of three sacks per game since week nine, including nearly two per game to edge defenders.

Buffalo Bills

Matt Milano showed signs of life in Week 15, at least in the box scores where he finished 5-1-0. The important factor here is that A.J. Klein (2-2-0) still played more snaps (36) than Milano (25). This week’s matchup with New England is a strong one for linebackers, but the current situation makes it impossible to trust anyone besides Tremaine Edmunds here. Interestingly, Tyler Matakevich spelled Edmunds for 15 plays in Week 15, going 5-2-0 in the limited opportunity.

Carolina Panthers

Brian Burns has 33 tackles, 23 assists, and 8 sacks on the season, including a 4-0-2 mark against the Packers in Week 15. Washington has allowed an average of more than two sacks per game to edge defenders since week eight, and their opponent's defensive ends tend to show up strong in the tackle columns. All those points add up to Burns being a strong start against the Football Team this week if he is healthy enough to go but check the injury reports before you plug him in. Burns tweaked his knee against Green Bay and is not a lock to play.

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