The Dolphins are coming off a bye-week and, also, some uncertainty at the linebacker situation. This has caused some questions about rookie sensation, Jelani Jenkins, and his role and usage heading into Week 6 and going forward. I try to sort out that situation and more in the Week 6 IDP TwitterBag.
Mark Anthony Ross @Mr_Marcus5466
Seems like Eric Weddle is a better real player than fantasy. Is it time to drop him or start someone else?
He’s been playing good football, as evidenced by his grading through PFF; the 3rd highest among safeties. It hasn’t translated to strong IDP production the first five games of the season. He’s only missed one tackle, but is only averaging around 5 tackles per game and is producing an 8.6 percent tackle rate. He’s currently on pace for his lowest tackle production since 2009. Jahleel Addae has been coming on as of late.
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Through five games, he’s playing fewer than 40 percent of his snaps near the line of scrimmage, compared to last season, where he was playing almost 50 percent of the time near the line. I wouldn’t drop Weddle outright, but I might bench him for other options until he shows signs of production.
It’s pretty clear that Jenkins and Philip Wheeler have been the Dolphins best linebackers thus far. Through four games, Jenkins has been graded positively by PFF and here are his weekly grades:
In tackle heavy formats, Jelani Jenkins is an LB12 in overall scoring, so that’s what makes this situation maddening for IDP’ers. Before the bye week, Jenkins saw 47 of the 67 snaps, but still saw more action than Trusnik. I’m not reading too much into the depth chart, since anyone can start, but be off the field after a few snaps. Jenkins should continue to get the majority of playing time over Jason Trusnik, so I’d continue to hold with Jenkins, even with Misi returning.
If you’re looking to add Brown, is there another option that can be used as a sacrifice?
Harrison Smith, I believe, is a top-7 right now among DBs, at least in tackle heavy formats. He’s only had one game where he produced fewer than 15 fantasy points. Health has been my concern with Smith. Cyprien finished among the top-7 DB scorers last week. The Jags have been on the field for an average of 77 plays, so that’s leaving plenty of opportunities.
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I view Burfict, Trevathan and Mayo as elite LBs. Once Burfict is cleared from his concussion, I see him sliding back in and producing the that he was before the injury. Trevathan should be fine the rest of the season. Mayo, I’d consider a top-5, Burfict and Trevathan are top 10-15 ROS.
I know I answered this directly on Twitter, but Jenkins has been a theme this week. I think I told you to drop Jenkins, but I think I’d hold at this point. As much as I love Williamson, I think Jenkins is a hold. I think I’d drop Whitehead for Williamson, in this instance. I know Whitehead is getting the snaps, but Williamson is gaining and should be on the field the majority of the snap remainder of the season. Whitehead battling DeAndre Levy for plays, and he continues to swallow up the tackles and big plays. It’s a tough call, but I really like Williamson’s upside.
If you can hold on to all of them and add Williamson, that’s my first option.
Jesse McHugh @jessemchugh
That’s the type of season this has been. In any other season, this wouldn’t get serious consideration. I’m assuming low or no points for assists. Laurinaitis has 23 solos on the year while Durant has 16. Durant missed two games, but has two games of six or more solos, while Laurinaitis has one game of fewer than five solos.
I’m still sticking with Laurinaitis. He’s been sent on more blitzes than Durant (23 compared to 9), so I think the upside for a sack is there.
Casey has looked good on tape, but the stats aren’t exactly jumping out. He hasn’t had a sack since Week 2, and I think for this week, I’d roll with Morgan as I like his chances of getting his first sack. Jags have given up 12 sacks to LBs, including 8 to opposing 3-4 OLBs.
Keith Fortier @Phorts
What are your thoughts on Ziggy Ansah? Has he been getting pressures? Looks good what I’ve seen but scoresheet says otherwise.
He’s been sent on 125 blitzes this season and is generating pressure less than 9 percent of the time. As of now, I’d consider him a match-up play rather than a weekly starter. I’d start him this week against Detroit in a favorable match-up. He should line up over Matt Kalil this week, who’s given up three sacks and 16 combined QB hits/hurries in 202 pass block snaps. He’s already grading as one of the worse left tackles.
He’s still raw and learning the position so I consider him a development project. The upside is there.
Thanks again for all of your questions. You guys have had some good ones. We’ll do it again next week!
Mike Woellert is an IDP Contributor for FakePigskin.