Fantasy Football: Giants’ Jameel McClain Strong Play for IDP Week 4 TNF Match-up

Jameel McClain is a strong match-up IDP play in Week 4

Jameel McClain is a strong match-up IDP play in Week 4

Jameel McClain is just one of the players I’m highlighting in my Thursday Night Football IDP Week 4 Match-up Analysis. Before setting your Week 4 lineup, take a look at some of the facts, stats and analysis as we kick-off the week.


 New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins

-Is Jon Beason going to play in Week 4? It’s not looking like it according to Art Stapleton of The Record. Beason will be evaluated over the week heading into Week 5 and will be questionable, at best.

Jameel McClain will remain starting at MIKE for this week if Beason is held out. If he’s available, consider him a decent pickup. McClain saw 66 snaps in his first start in the middle, posting a near 17 percent tackle rate with 11 total tackles (nine solos). The Redskins are a tough match-up for opposing LBs, as they have allowed the least amount of points, allowing three LBs to hit double-digit fantasy points. Bye weeks and injuries have McClain as a good match-up play LB3 this week.

Stevie Brown appears to be droppable in re-draft formats. He was benched after allowing a big TD to Damaris Johnson. On his four targets, he’s allowed all balls thrown his way to be caught. After recording nine tackles in Week 1, he’s posted three tackles since. Brown is a very risky DB play this week, even in a favorable match-up, as Nat Behre could figure into a rotation.

Prince Amukamara has posted double-digit fantasy points in all three games this season. More impressive, he’s only been targeted 12 total times. He’s been integral in the run game, seeing 68 snaps and recording 12 tackles. He’s been tough to throw on, making a play 50 percent of the time thrown at with 5 defended passes and an INT. He’s producing 0.25 points per snap and is a solid CB1 in a match-up against the Redskins, who’ve allowed the most points to opposing DBs.

-If this were a week to start Mathias Kiwanuka, this might be it. Kiwanuka, even though he has yet to register a sack, has generated pressure on 11 percent of his rush snaps, and could line up over RT Tyler Polumbus, who’s given up all 4 sacks and responsible for 38 percent of the Redskins total pressures allowed. Kiwanuka is a high risk/high reward DE2 this week.

-Even though Ryan Kerrigan didn’t record a sack in Week 3, he was dominant against the Eagle offensive line. He generated pressure on nearly 21 percent of his rush snaps. The Giants rank 10th in points allowed to opposing LBs, but rush OLBs haven’t scored very well. Kerrigan is a boom or bust play this week in big play scoring formats, producing pressure on 18 percent of his total rush snaps, however, has only one career sack against the Giants in six games.

Keenan Robinson is one of three LBs that have more than 185 snaps that have yet to miss a tackle. He’s still hovering around LB3 range with a tackle rate less than 10 percent. Robinson does have a favorable match-up, as the Giants have allowed the 10th most points to opposing LBs and double-digit fantasy points to the two 3-4 ILBs (Brian Cushing, Larry Foote) they’ve faced.

DeAngelo Hall’s IDP production will be missed. Since 2010, Hall has averaged nearly 90 tackles, 4 INT and 15 defended passes. Through three games, Hall had recorded 16 tackles, but had yet to make any plays on the ball on six targets. E.J. Biggers will get some snaps, but  Bashaud Breeland saw more snaps in Week 3. For those in CB leagues, David Amerson and Biggers will be the targets. Breeland will be worth picking up in deeper, dynasty IDP leagues.

Ryan Clark has been responsible for six of the 15 Redskin missed tackles on the season. However, since his five misses in Week 1, he’s missed one.

-You might want to temper expectations on Jason Hatcher this week. Hatcher could be lining up between Weston Richburgh and William Beatty, who are responsible for giving up 7 total QB pressures and a sack. Remarkably, the Giants are allowing the 3rd most points to opposing DL, but that’s a bit skewed, as they allowed big points to elite-level talent, Calais Campbell and J.J. Watt.


Mike Woellert is an IDP Contributor for FakePigskin.

Target, grading and rush snap data courtesy of Pro Football Focus
Points allowed data courtesy MyFantasyLeague
Image Credit: Miami Herald

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