Eyes of the Guru IDP Info, Week 3

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

Going into Week 1 blind was a strange feeling but at least Week 2 felt more like normal. Just like every other year, we learned that a lot of the Week 1 standouts everyone rushed to pick up, were one-week wonders. Keep in mind the old cliché we love here at footballguys; one week is a fluke but two in a row is a trend.

Arizona Cardinals

The news for those that drafted Isaiah Simmons actually got a little worse in Week 2. After playing 19 snaps in the opener, Simmons logged just seven plays against Washington. It was a much better week for those with De'Vondre Campbell or Jordan Hicks though. Both played virtually every snap, posting identical tackle totals of 8-2. Campbell’s two pass breakups were enough to give him the edge in fantasy points, but the important point is, both of these guys are going to put up good numbers for us.

Last week I mentioned that Chris Banjo started and played fulltime at safety next to Budda Baker. His numbers were under the radar at three tackles and three assists against San Francisco, but Banjo stepped it up in Week 2, going 6-3-0 with a pass defended. He has now played 121 of 128 snaps over the first two games and is a potential waiver target for Week 3.

Atlanta Falcons

Much like Banjo, Damontae Kazee was a surprise full-timer in Week 1, but his numbers were not eye-catching. Kazee was on the field for 94% of the Week 2 snaps but this time he put up a strong 7-1-0. He too is worthy of waiver considerations, maybe more so than Banjo because Kazee has some history as a quality IDP contributor.

We also confirmed that Keanu Neal not being on the field full-time in Week 1, was not a fluke. Neal had the same role against Dallas, playing 78% of the time. Neal still gave us a solid outing at 6-1-0 and remains a worthy starter, but it would feel a lot better if we were not sitting out a dozen or so plays per game.

The snap count was way down for FoyesadeOluokunat 18 of a possible 82, but be careful reading too much into it. He had issues with cramps that may have been the main culprit. That said, Mykal Walker filled in admirably, totaling four tackles and three assists on slightly more than half the playing time. Keep a close eye on this rookie.

Takarist McKinley was productive in the opener and got off to a great start against Dallas. He had three tackles on 14 plays before leaving with a groin injury. These injuries can linger and often slow guys down for several weeks if not for entire seasons. Watch for an update on his condition but if the injury is minor, McKinley is looking like an interesting prospect. If McKinley is not able to go, look for Steven Means to get the start in Week 3.

Baltimore Ravens

L.J. Fort has been on the field for 49 plays over two games and has almost 30 fantasy points to show for it. Last week I warned that his six tackles, a forced fumble, and recovery were a fluke on 23 snaps. In Week 2 he had one tackle on 26 plays but recovered a fumble for a score to boost his point total. Sooner or later Fort’s good fortune is going to run out. Don’t be the manager caught with him in your lineup when that happens. Fort poached a few more snaps from Malik Harrison against the Texans, but other than that, the playing time breakdown at inside linebacker was just like last week.

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