Eyes of the Guru IDP Info, Week 8

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

Arizona Cardinals

He is not Chandler Jones but the Cardinals were able to bolster their pass rush before the trade deadline by making a deal for Markus Golden. This is a player they are very familiar with. Golden was drafted by the Cardinals in 2015 and had 19 sacks in 45 games for them over four seasons. The best season of his career was 2016 when Golden went 39-10-12.5 with 4 forced fumbles and a recovery. He will undoubtedly be thrilled to escape from New York, where he was underused and under-appreciated. Golden could be a starter when Arizona returns from the bye. At the very least he will have a significant role.

Atlanta Falcons

Keanu Neal was solid through Week 6, reaching at least five solo tackles in four of the five games he played, but he was still not the same fantasy stud we saw over his first two seasons. Has he managed to avoid serious injury so far and his 10-1-1 in Week 7 represents the highest fantasy score for Neal since Week 9 of the 2017 season. The man is back!

Atlanta has a rematch with the Panthers in Week 8. In the first meeting of these teams, FoyeOluokun exploded with the best production of his young career at 12-2-2. That was in Week 5 when the Panthers were without Christian McCaffrey, who has a chance to play some this week.

Isaiah Oliver went 6-1-0 in the first meeting, but be aware that his role has been reduced over the last three games. He was on the field for about 75% of the snaps against the Lions last week.

Baltimore Ravens

Patrick Queen has not yet played more than 88% of the snaps in a game, but do not let that keep him out of your lineup this week against the Steelers. That 88% game was in Week 6 when Baltimore last played, but more importantly, Pittsburgh has been an excellent matchup for linebackers. Over their last five games, six inside linebackers have put up at least 12.5 fantasy points against them.

Buffalo Bills

Matt Milano was back in action on Sunday after missing two games with a pectoral injury, but he was far from his normal role. Milano played just 33% of the snaps in a timeshare with A.J. Klein. We have to assume this was a case of Milano being on a pitch count, but unless you are in a pinch, it is not a good idea to assume he will be back in the every-down role in Week 8.

Jerry Hughes had a flashback game in Week 7 that took him back a few years. In fact, the 5-1-2 with a forced fumble and an interception adds up to the highest single-game fantasy output of his 11-year career. The last time he came remotely close was a 5-1-2 performance in Week 1 of 2016. The moral of this story? Don’t get excited and pick him up. Hughes was 6-6-0 with a fumble recovery over the first six games and nothing has changed.

Carolina Panthers

Rasul Douglas was active for Week 7 but did not get on the field for any defensive snaps. He was replaced by a combination of Corn Elder and Eli Apple who returned from a hamstring injury. Apple struggled and was subsequently released on Tuesday. Look for Douglas to be back in the starting role against the Falcons this week.

Sam Franklin replaced the injured Justin Burris at safety and played every snap against the Saints. Franklin had virtually no statistical impact in this game (1-1-0) but with Burris on IR, he will probably get another crack at it.

Chicago Bears

Danny Trevathan had a couple of strong games but turned back into a pumpkin in Week 7. He was under 80% of the snaps again, which has been the norm all year. This is what Trevathan is going to be in 2020. He will give us some good weeks and some bad ones. Choose wisely when considering him as a possible starter on any given week.

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