Mike Horsman @mikehorsman
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With the way Jefferson has been playing, grading as a top-15 safety, I’d have to imagine he retains his role at SS and plays the majority of the snaps. He’s been especially good at stopping the run, grading first overall. Even though he’s been on 59 run snaps, he’s making a defensive stop nearly 20 percent of the time he makes a tackle. I think even with Mathieu back, Jefferson should retain his IDP value.
Eric Breeze @Breeze121212
Coming off a bye, 2 more weeks to recover, is this the week Geno Atkins blows up against the brutal Patriots interior line?
If there was a week to hope for a break-out for Geno, this would be it. Atkins has been on less than 60 percent of the snaps and is generating pressure 7 percent of his blitzes. Whether he lines up on the left or right, Atkins will be facing a horribly graded offensive line that has given up 6 sacks on the year.
Sack heavy league. Geno Atkins vs Pats, Jerry Hughes vs Lions or Damonster vs ATL? I know not great options.
I’d roll with Atkins and Hughes. Hughes is producing pressure on nearly 10 percent of his blitzes and faces a Lions offensive line that is giving up the 2nd most points to defensive linemen, including 9.5 sacks. Riley Reiff is a tough LT, but Hughes is a better option than Moore, especially since he hasn’t seen more than 20 snaps in a game this season.
Evans is a great pick-up at this point. He’s averaging over 6 tackles per game and has a 2:1 solo-to-assist ratio. He’ll be the every-down FS going forward and has DB2 upside for the rest of the season.
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D’Qwell has been an IDP beast the past few weeks, but that’s been because Jerrell Freeman has been out. Freeman is set to return this week, so how much will that damper DQ’s production? I’d go with Lofton this week. He’s as steady of an IDP producer as they come. He has three games of seven solo tackles or more and he’s averaging close to 9 tackles per game, leading to 0.28 points per snap and a 16 percent tackle rate.
Bengal Books @BayouBengalBks
Honey Badger or Tony Jefferson?
I’m still rolling with Jefferson this week.
Rookie corners can be inconsistent. Verner’s production has been steady, and though he hasn’t provided any big plays yet, he’s getting tackles. I really like Verner’s match-up against the Saints, as they’ve allowed the 6th most points to opposing DBs. The chances for defended passes will be there, as well as tackles as corners are averaging close to 15 tackles per game. I’d roll with Verner.
Thanks again for all of your questions. We’ll do it again next week!
Mike Woellert is an IDP Contributor for FakePigskin.