Welcome to the IDP TwitterBag. In case you aren’t familiar with the article, each week, I take a handful of questions via Twitter and answer them here, since 140 characters can’t do some of the answers justice.
Sio Moore has come off a neck injury and has missed two games this season. There’s no denying that he’s been a solid IDP producer when healthy and on the field. After the bye week, he logged 66 snaps and looked good. What can we expect from him the rest of the season? I look at his value for the remainder of the season and more in the IDP TwitterBag for Week 7.
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It’s tough to gauge how IDPs are going to finish rest of season. So many variables due to injury, flow of each game and their opportunties. I can tell you who I like the most..
1a. Tahir Whitehead – He’s not a brand name and is making the most of his snaps, is fitting into the system and is productive. Since Week 4, he’s recorded 26 tackles and had a huge 2 INT game in Week 6. He’s recording a 0.26 points per snap, which is on par with LB2/1 production. His tackle rate of 13.4 percent also puts him in that level of IDP producer and an LB1 for the rest of the season.
1b. Sio Moore – Moore is another very productive LB that’s taking advantage of his snaps and position. He’s missed games due to injury, but when healthy is producing 0.33 points per snap and a 15.8 percent tackle rate. He’s emerging as the top producer out of Oakland, and now with Nick Roach out for the year, looks to continue that pace and should be looked at as an LB1 for the remainder of the year. Don’t look at his numbers overall, look at his upside going forward.
I think Collins, Robinson an Butler are solid linebackers, but are producing at a lower tackle rate and point per snap. Kirksey is emerging but isn’t producing just yet, as he’s still battling alongside Karlos Dansby for plays. I like Moore and Whitehead just above the others, and are producing a little bit more on a per snap basis and I look for that to continue over the rest of the season.
Mike Horsman @mikehorsman
Rest of season, prefer Alec Ogletree, Sio Moore or Tahir Whitehead? Whitehead looks like best situation to me.
Honestly, I put Ogletree behind Moore and Whitehead. They are producing more from a fantasy standpoint than Ogletree at this point. Not to say Ogletree won’t pick his game over the next week, but looking at their production now, Whitehead and Moore and making more plays and producing more points per snap.
Saul Aguila @aguila_saul
Is Nigel Bradham a good start against the Vikings this week?
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Yeah, I like Bradham at home this week. He’s certainly getting favorable marks at home when it comes to tackles, producing a 16.4 tackle rate in the friendly confines of Ralph Wilson Stadium. He should be a factor in tackles this week, as the Vikings look to establish Matt Asiata, in addition to Jerick McKinnon in the run game.
Mike Sood @mke_sood
What do we make of the NE LBs and who are the every-down LBs now? Jamie Collins and/or Dont’a Hightower?
Right now, Collins and Hightower are the guys in New England. Both were on the field for all 87 snaps in their tilt against the Jets and it should remain that way for the remainder of the year. It remains to be seen where Deontae Skinner fits in, but I’m not jumping on his bandwagon just yet, as he saw just five snaps in Week 7. Collins 13 tackles certainly helped his tackle rate and Hightower produced big plays that increased his points per snap. Both, however, look like they’ll be the three-down guys.
Mark Anthony Ross @Mr_Marcus5466
Picked up Nigel Bradham to help with Bobby Wagner out. Can get Tahir Whitehead, Sio Moore or Jamie Collins. Which one
If you have to cut Bradham, I’d grab Whitehead or Moore. Otherwise, I’d make another move to get Whitehead, Moore or even Collins.
Brian Mullins @_Fomorians
Is it time to cut Cortez Allen in light of his benching?
Yup, Allen has been a disappointment on the field, but not as an IDP producer. However, he can’t produce on the bench. Out of the names you had given me, I actually like T.J. McDonald. He’s come on since the bye week, producing consecutive games of 17 or more fantasy points (in tackle heavy scoring) and has a better points per snap rate than Swearinger. He’s also not missing as many tackles per attempt as Swearinger so he’s not leaving points on the field.
Also I just replaced Wesley Woodyard with Jamie Collins. Somebody had cut. Good move?
Yeah, it’s a good move. Woodyard has been losing snaps over the last few weeks while Collins won’t be leaving the field. Good move.
Thanks for the questions everybody! We’ll do it next week..
Mike Woellert is an IDP Contributor for FakePigskin.