Week 6 is set to kick-off with the Houston hosting the Indianapolis Colts. Jonathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson are two of the defenders I’ll be highlighting in this week’s IDP Week 6 TNF Match-up. Before setting your Week 6 lineup, take a look at some of the facts, stats and analysis of the Thursday match-up as we kick-off the week.
Indianapolis Colts vs Houston Texans
–Bjoern Werner is emerging as a big-play specialist for the Colts defense. The rush ‘backer provided a multi-sack effort in Week 5 and now has 12 total QB pressures on 131 blitzes. He has a tougher match-up against Houston in Week 6, as they’ve allowed just 1.5 sacks to opposing LBs through five games.
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–Jerrell Freeman returned in Week 5 after missing three games and appeared in 50 of the 60 defensive snaps. He posted a 14 percent tackle rate in his return and cut into D’Qwell Jackson’s production, as well. The Texans run-first offense should bode well for both Jackson and Freeman, as opposing LBs are averaging nearly 22 tackles per game. Josh McNary can be sent back to the waiver wire, as he saw just eight snaps in Week 5.
-After scoring 20-plus fantasy points in two game while Freeman was out, D’Qwell Jackson regressed back to the mean, recording just six tackles (two solo) in Week 5. Freeman’s return certainly cut into Jackson’s production, as he recorded 27 tackles in those three tilts. I would consider Jackson a low-upside LB3 this week.
–Cory Redding has sacks in consecutive games and is getting to the QB in just under 9 percent of his blitzes. The Texans could prove to be a tougher match-up, as the guard play has been tight on the right side. Brandon Brooks has allowed just 4 total QB pressures on the season. Redding should be left on your bench in deeper leagues.
–Sergio Brown could emerge as a DB option in deeper leagues this week. Brown got the start at FS and appeared in 58 of the 60 snaps in Week 5 for the suspended LaRon Landry. He was sent on five blitzes and recorded a sack to go along with three solo tackles. The Texans are 17th in points allowed to opposing DBs and have allowed five safeties to score double-digit fantasy points.
–Mike Adams could be an option in deeper, big play scoring formats. Adams, though only targeted seven times on the season, has 2 picks and 5 defended passes. He also has three games of four or more tackles, as well. The tackle rate is low, just over 6 percent, but the big plays make him an intriguing option this week, as opposing DBs have defended 12 total passes and 5 INTs.
-In six career games against Houston, Vontae Davis has 31 solo tackles and a combined 9 plays made on the ball (7 defended passes/2 INTs). Davis has been thrown at 20 times this season and makes a high-upside CB2 play in cornerback-required leagues.
-In six career games against the Colts, J.J. Watt has five sacks and has generated pressure nearly 14 percent of the time on his 227 blitzes. He only has one game against Indy where he didn’t generate at least 5 combined sacks/hits/hurries on the QB. Do you need me to tell you that he’s an elite DE1 this week?
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-Good week to use Kareem Jackson in CB-required leagues. In five games, Jackson has been thrown at 28 times; however, he is making a play on the ball on 18 percent of those targets. He’s getting the tackles, averaging just over five per game. The Colts are allowing the 3rd most points to opposing DBs, allowing seven corners to reach double-digit fantasy points. Jackson has 31 tackles (28 solo) to go along with 6 defended passes in eight career games against Indianapolis.
–Jonathan Joseph has been thrown at 24 times in the last two weeks. He’s giving his owners in tackle-heavy leagues solid returns, posting a 12.5 percent tackle rate, 32 solo tackles and producing 0.29 points per snap. Joseph figures to have CB1 upside this week in a favorable match-up.
-I mentioned Justin Tuggle in my Week 6 waiver wire piece, but Mike Mohamed is also gaining a ground in the snap department. In the last two weeks, Mohamed has appeared in 66 percent of the defensive snaps. Although he hasn’t produced like Tuggle has, he has been given the snap opportunities.
-In five games, the Colts have allowed 11 LBs to score double-digit fantasy points. Although they’ve only allowed a sack to an LB, they’re allowing just over 25 tackles per game to opposing LBs, while also allowing nearly 19 tackles per game to opposing 3-4 ILBs. Brian Cushing figures to improve upon his 45 total tackles and maintain his 19 percent tackle rate.
–Kendrick Lewis has double-digit fantasy points in all five games this season and is a DB9 in overall scoring in most tackle-formats. That ranking was aided by a 20-point performance in Week 3. There’s still plenty to like from Lewis this week, as nine safeties have scored double-digit fantasy points against the Colts this season. I like Lewis as a DB2 in Week 5.
Mike Woellert is an IDP Contributor for FakePigskin.