Eyes of the Guru IDP Info, Week 9

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

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona placed two defensive starters on the COVID list Monday. With corner Byron Murphy out, Dre Kirkpatrick starts opposite Patrick Peterson, with Kevin Peterson likely playing over the slot in nickel situations. Kirkpatrick has a history of solid IDP production for a corner and had 10 solo tackles in Week 7, but Miami is far from a quality matchup at this point.

Devon Kennard tested positive on Monday so unless further testing provides a different result, he will not play against the Dolphins. This opens the door for Markus Golden to start opposite Haason Reddick. Unless the Cardinals can get out to an early lead, Miami is not going to pass a lot with their rookie quarterback, and they are only giving up a sack-and-a-half per game since Week 4.

Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore has also been hit by COVID with Marlon Humphrey landing on the reserve list Monday. Jimmy Smith should get the start against the Colts.

Indianapolis has been a mediocre matchup for corners but this would be a good week to start safety Chuck Clark. In the Colts last four games, opponents starting strong safeties are a combined 27-6-0 with two passes defended.

Matt Judon was ejected from Sunday’s contest for contacting an official. No further disciplinary action is expected as of Tuesday afternoon.

Buffalo Bills

Tremaine Edmunds was down on the field for a minute on Sunday. He missed three plays before coming back, suggesting all is well, but keep an eye on the practice participation reports this week just in case.

Matt Milano was limited all last week with the pectoral injury that he has been battling since Week 4. He has played in the last two games, but only on a limited basis. At this point, we have no way to be sure it is the injury keeping Milano from his usual full-time role, but those in redraft leagues should be scanning the waiver wire for other options. A.J. Klein has been seeing most of the action in recent weeks.

Carolina Panthers

When healthy, Donte Jackson is one of the corners IDP managers can depend upon for both production and consistency. His numbers have been erratic at best this year, mostly because he is playing through a toe injury. He has been in and out of games, and not at full speed when on the field. Jackson is not going to be someone we can count on this season, but as we come out of turn three and near the stretch run, dynasty manager might want to think about stashing him for 2021.

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