Eyes of the Guru IDP Info, Week 2

IDP news, notes, analysis, and speculation heading into Week 2

There are always plenty of surprises in Week 1. With no preseason and little helpful press coverage leading up to the games, there is a lot more to cover this week than in a normal year. Get out your notepad and let’s go.

Arizona Cardinals

For those that drafted Isaiah Simmons, the worst fears came to life. He was on the field for 18 of a possible 62 snaps against San Francisco. If there is any silver lining, Simmons managed three tackles in the limited action, so when/if his role expands the production should be there. For now, managers have to weigh the upside against the possibility that it may be a long time before Simmons has anything near a full-time role. For dynasty managers the decision is easy. Stick him on the taxi squad and be patient. In re-draft leagues, the decision is much more difficult, especially if there are some good options on the wire.

The other concern heading into the season was the effect of increased competition on Jordan Hicks. Both he and De’Vondre Campbell played every snap against San Francisco. Campbell was the team’s second-leading tackler at 5-2-0 while Hicks was third at 4-2-0. It is only one week so there is no reason to panic, but it might be tough for Hicks to reach triple-digit tackles again.

Chris Banjo got the start at safety opposite Budda Baker. His numbers were not eye-catching at 3-3-0, but Banjo played 94% of the snaps. Keep an eye on him going forward.

Atlanta Falcons

It was not exactly a breakout game for Tak McKinley but at least he showed signs of life. His 2-3-1 with a batted pass added up to 13.5 points, which was the second-highest one-game total of his career, and the highest since week four of 2018.

Dante Fowler Jr had a mediocre fantasy debut with his new team but he contributed half a sack and was a bigger factor on the field than his 1-3-.5 would suggest.

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