The Week 10 has kicked off and we’re just a few short weeks from the fantasy playoffs in most leagues. How’s your IDP squad looking through 10 weeks? If you have survived the bye weeks and injuries, hopefully your record is reflective of that. However, it’s important to monitor the match-ups, injuries and depth chart moves. As we look to Sunday’s action, here’s the IDP Week 10 Match-up Facts and Analysis.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills
–Josh Mauga now has a 12.3 percent tackle rate through eight games and has six games of six or more tackles.
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–Justin Houston logged his fourth multi-sack effort of the season in Week 9 and is now on pace for 23 sacks. He’s converted 12 of his total QB pressures into sacks and is generating pressure on 20 percent of his blitzes. He should be able to give Seantrel Henderson fits this week.
–Eric Berry returned to action in Week 9 and logged 52 defensive snaps, producing an 11.5 percent tackle rate. He’s safe to get back into your lineups against the Bills. The Bills are near the bottom in points allowed to opposing DBs, however, Berry has proved he can produce no matter the match-up.
-Even in Eric Berry’s return, Ron Parker still saw snaps at FS. Even though he’s produced an 8.4 percent tackle rate in his last three games, he’s recorded 0.22 points per snap, so he’s been helped by the big plays. His low tackle rate makes him risky to trust for consistent IDP production this week.
–Preston Brown has been responsible for 35 percent of the tackles at the LB position this season, which has led to an 11.3 percent tackle rate.
–Jerry Hughes is generating pressure on over 12 percent of his blitzes and is on pace for 13.5 sacks. I like the match-up for Hughes this week, as he should line up over Ryan Harris, who’s grading negatively at the offensive tackle position.
–Marcell Dareus, after not producing a sack in the first three games, has now notched six in the last four games. Even though he’s generating pressure on six percent of his blitzes, he’s on pace for 12 sacks. He’s a DT1 in defensive tackle leagues.
Miami Dolphins vs. Detroit Lions
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–Kyle Van Noy is set to return in Week 10 from IR. KVN could be primed for a solid stretch-run over the next several weeks. This week might see him get limited snaps at the strong-side, however, he’s a much better option than Ashlee Palmer. He appeared in 57 defensive snaps during the preseason and recorded a few tackles and QB pressures. He makes for a deep sleeper play this week with six teams on bye, and at worst, an ahead of the game roster stash in deeper leagues if he shows to be an IDP producer.
-In DT-required leagues, C.J. Mosley should be on your radar this week. Nick Fairley is out for an extended period of time, leaving Mosley to see snaps. In Weeks 1-3, Mosley was appearing in over 53 percent of the snaps, but since then, hasn’t cracked the 35 percent mark. Let’s hope the one-game suspension has done him some good, as the defense needs him. He’s averaging just over 0.15 points per snap and I do see him getting more than 50 percent of the snaps at DT.
-In Weeks 6 and 7, Tahir Whitehead appeared in no more than 81 percent of the snaps, however, it’s encouraging that he appeared in 90 percent of the snap in Week 8. He has five straight games of five or more total tackles and a 12 percent tackle rate.
–DeAndre Levy is on pace to shatter his career-high in tackles that he set last season. He’s currently on pace for 152 tackles, producing a 3:1 solo-to-assist tackle ratio and swallowing up nearly 50 percent of the Lions tackle attempts at the LB position. He’s currently an LB4 in overall scoring, producing nearly 0.28 points per snap.
-The Lions right tackles could be losing some sleep this week. Cameron Wake now has sacks in four straight games and has generated pressure on 15 percent in his last 126 blitzes, which has led to 0.24 points per snap. He’ll line up over either LaAdrian Waddle or Garrett Reynolds, who’s allowed a total of five sacks. Wake is locked in as a DE1 this week.
-Dolphins’ defense had only 42 total snaps. Although the opportunities weren’t many, Jelani Jenkins still only recorded three total tackles in Week 9. That’s his second time in three weeks where he’s produced three or fewer tackles and now has three straight games of fewer than three solo tackles. It’ll be hard to trust Jenkins as nothing more than an LB3 this week. The Lions are allowing an average of 20 tackles per game to opposing LBs.
San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints
–Chris Borland was the IDP equivalent to Jeremy Hill in Week 9. Borland started for the inactive Patrick Willis and went off to the tune of 18 tackles and a 35 percent tackle rate. Borland should be owned in most formats as long as your bench allows for it. He’ll be a handcuff for either Michael Wilhoite or Patrick Willis, but will be hard to trust as a weekly starter individually.
-I think Aaron Lynch will still get snaps even when Aldon Smith returns next week. He’s been one of San Francisco’s most consistent pass rushers this season, and outside of Week 3, he’s generated pressure pretty frequently. Since Week 3, he’s pressuring the QB on nearly 15 of his last 118 blitzes and has seen his snaps increase steadily, appearing in 64 percent of the snaps in the last three games. He’s a big-play boom or bust play this week.
-Hopefully you didn’t drop anyone of prominence for Dan Skuta after his two sack outburst in Week 6. Since then, he’s recorded 0 sacks, one QB hit and six total tackles. Once Aldon Smith returns, I see Skuta returning to more special teams duties.
–Antoine Bethea has produced 10 or more fantasy points in his last three games, producing 0.23 points per snap. I like Bethea has a DB3 this week and has finished within the top-10 DBs in scoring in two of his last three games.
-Against the Panthers, Curtis Lofton’s one solo tackle effort was only the third time he’s been held under five solo tackles this season. He has still been a stud in tackle heavy formats, producing a 13.6 percent tackle rate this season. He’s an LB1 this week.
-Even though Kenny Vaccaro saw fewer than 30 percent of his run snaps at the line of scrimmage, he’s still playing over 55 percent of those run snaps at the LOS. Those lack of snaps near the LOS led to just three total tackles. I like his match-up this week against the 49ers and should be looked at as a DB2 this week.
–Junior Galette dominated the Panther offensive line, generating pressure on 36 percent of his blitzes and converted two of his pressures into sacks. Galette could be moved around the line, but will line up near Joe Staley. Galette should look at tape from Week 7 to see how to go at Staley, as he surrendered three sacks. He’s on pace to match his sack total from last season (12) and is generating pressure on 15 percent of his blitzes this season.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Jets
–Antonio Allen is one of many corners that have been benched and has been part of a record-breaking poor pass defense. In most instances, poor play leads to IDP production because you’re picked on. Allen saw 53 targets on the year and was averaging 4 tackles/game and created four defended passes. I really like Marcus Williams as a possible roster replacement. Williams saw his first action of the season, logging 57 snaps and recording seven solo tackles and a defended pass. The Steelers are throwing the ball all over the yard and Williams is in line for a game where he could see five or more targets.
–Dawan Landry is another DB in line for a big game this week. Landry is more than familiar with the Steelers from his days in Baltimore. In 10 career games, he’s averaging nearly six tackles per game and has five defended passes. His tackle production is down over the last few weeks, as he’s recorded just 12 total tackles. This match-up is prime for a bounceback and I look at Landry as a strong DB2 this week.
-The Jets defense didn’t generate much pressure against the Chiefs, as Sheldon Richardson, Damon Harrison and Muhammad Wilkerson combined for 3 total QB pressures on their 73 blitzes. It was Wilkerson’s first game this season where he didn’t produce at least a QB hurry in a game. Steeler left guard Ramon Foster could be busy with Wilkerson as Foster has allowed 15 combined QB hits/hurries and two sacks. Damon Harrison’s sledding is a bit rougher as he’ll line up over Maurkice Pouncey, who’s grading as the NFL’s 7th best center, according to PFF.
–Ryan Shazier has already been ruled out for the Jets game. Shazier suffered an ankle injury which allowed him to appear in just 17 snaps. If you have the bench depth, Shazier is worth holding on to, however, ifyou have limited depth, you might need to drop him for a healthy replacement.
-There wasn’t much of a rotation after Shazier left the game. Sean Spence saw 40 snaps compared to Vince Williams’ 14 snaps. If Shazier is out multi-game, Spence is the hand-cuff here in deeper leagues.
–James Harrison now has sacks in consecutive games and has produced pressure on 18 percent of his last 56 blitzes. I’m not expecting the trend to continue, but if you need a sneaky big play specialist against a Jets team allowing the most points and eight sacks to opposing LBs.
–Troy Polamalu is another DB that will be missing Week 10. Polamalu had not missed a snap going back to the 2013 season, where he appeared in 100 percent of the snaps. With Polalmalu out, Mike Mitchell is a sneaky play as he could be called on to make more plays. Polamalu was playing nearly 77 percent of his run snaps near the line of scrimmage, so Mitchell could see some time in the box.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
–Lavonte David suffered a knee injury against Cleveland but it only cause him to a miss a snap. David’s streak of double-digit fantasy points is still intact; he has produced 10 or more fantasy points in every single game of his career (in tackle heavy formats).
–Major Wright produced a 20 percent tackle rate in 64 defensive snaps and looks to have solid IDP value over the remainder of the season. He doesn’t carry tremendous upside, but is a steady producer and will produce 5 solos and a few assists with an occasional game where he’ll turn in double-digit tackles. He’s a DB3 at home against Atlanta.
–Michael Johnson finds himself with an extremely savory match-up this week. Johnson will line up over Jake Matthews, who’s going through some rookie growing pains, grading near the bottom among offensive tackles allowing four sacks and 22 combined QB hits/hurries. Johnson struggled against Joe Thomas, but who hasn’t? After rough match-up, Johnson owners should be salivating at the cupcake match-up this week. Johnson is a DE1 this week.
-On his last 11 targets, Johnthan Banks has made a play on the ball on 36 percent of those targets. Banks is a sneaky CB stream play this week against the pass happy Falcons, who’ll try to get things going with Roddy White and Julio Jones. With six teams on bye week, he’s worth a match-up in leagues requiring a CB.
-You’ll want to monitor Alterraun Verner the remainder of the weekend has was a DNP in practice.
-Although a regression from 16 percent was expected, Paul Worrilow is still recording a 13.5 percent tackle rate and is on pace for 150 tackles on the year. He’s produced six games of 14 or more fantasy points leading to a 0.23 point per snap rate. He’s locked in as an LB1 the remainder of the year.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
–Rolando McClain will be making the trip to London but is still dealing with a knee injury he suffered in Week 9. According to Brandon George, it’s likely that he plays, but is still a risky play with the injury and his snaps being limited. His IDP numbers have been steady, but nothing to write home about. He’s a low upside LB3 this week, even with the numerous teams on bye.
–Tyrone Crawford has been one of Dallas’s best pass rushers and he’s done it from the outside, as well as interior of the line. Crawford has generated pressure on 12 percent his total blitzes on the year. His status for Week 10 is up in the air after suffering a knee injury himself in Week 10.
–Brandon Carr hasn’t been worth his free agent money and turned in one his worst games of the season. He missed as many tackles as he made and allowed three catches on his five targets, one for a TD.
–Anthony Spencer is a nice sleeper this week in deeper leagues. Spencer has been limited all season, seeing just 46 percent of the snaps. I like the match-up for Spencer this week, as he should lineup over Austin Pasztor, who’s given up four sacks and 11 combined hits/hurries in 345 snaps. Spencer is a risky play, but could provide some reward this week overseas.
-The Cowboys will either be trotting out an old QB that can’t hit the broadside of a barn or Tony Romo. Either way, there’s a prime match-up in place for Dwayne Gratz and Demetrius McCray owners. Gratz was back outside and logged 68 snaps which led to five targets, six tackles and a defended pass.
Tennessee Titans vs. Baltimore Ravens
-Before the bye week, Avery Williamson was producing 0.26 points per snap. Williamson is an LB2 heading into the Week 10 tilt with the Ravens, as they are allowing the 5th most points to opposing LBs.
-The Baltimore offensive line has allowed eight sacks and 49 combined QB hits/hurries. Jurrell Casey is generating pressure on over 10 percent of blitzes, solid numbers from the interior and his last three games, is producing a 0.23 points per snap and a 10.6 percent tackle rate.
–Jimmy Smith is gone for the year, as he’s undergone foot surgery. Even though Danny Gorrer joined the Ravens earlier in the week, he could get the start earlier in the week. If this were a more prolific offense, he might be worth considering as a sleeper start this week.
–Will Hill appeared in 63 snaps at FS in Week 9 and recorded six tackles.
-After failing to generate much pressure against Pittsburgh’s offensive line, Terrell Suggs will look to rebound against the Titans. Suggs has generated pressure on 11 percent of his last 138 blitzes and should line up over Taylor Lewan. Lewan has been solid in 209 snaps, allowing just a sack and three combined QB hits/hurries. He could be in line for a bigger game if they move him around the line and can match him up with Michael Oher.
Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders
–Nate Irving suffered an MCL injury that could sideline him for an extended period of time. I like Steven Johnson as a potential replacement for Irving over the next few weeks. Johnson knows the system and I like an ILB in this system. Keep in mind, Johnson’s only appeared in two games (16 snaps total), but could be in line for more work. The Broncos don’t spend a lot of time in their base, but if you’re in a deeper league looking for a sleeper LB, take the gamble on Johnson.
-I like Bradley Roby at home against a rookie QB this week, especially in CB-required leagues. He hawked his first INT against the Pats and has five defended passes in his last five games. He’s seeing an average of eight targets per game, including 22 total over the last three tilts. He’s a high-upside corner with Chris Harris playing the lockdown role on the other side.
-Hopefully savvy IDP’ers took advantage of the DeMarcus Ware owner who panicked after his Week 8 goose-egg. Ware recorded pressure on 14 percent of blitzes and notched a sack. He’s not going to gobble up the tackles, but he can be counted on the big plays. Ware has six sacks since the bye week, however, has a tough match-up with Donald Penn this week. Penn has allowed a sack and 12 combined hits/hurries in over 500 offensive snaps. This is going to be a battle in the trenches.
–T.J. Ward matched his season in fantasy point production from Week 3 with 16. He notched a season-high in tackles with eight solos. 35 percent of his solo tackle production came in Week 9. He’s been tough to gauge in Denver and his inconsistency makes him a risky play outside of deeper leagues where you’re starting two more DBs or safeties, as he’s producing a disappointing 0.13 points per snap rate.
–Khalil Mack was again his disruptive self, generating pressure on 24 percent of his blitzes in Week 9. He’s now up to 14 percent blitzing efficiency, however, he doesn’t have a sack. He’s been OK, from a tackle rate, at nearly 10 percent and has been averaging nearly seven tackles per game since the bye week.
-The Raiders ILBs were responsible for six of the 13 missed tackles in Week 9. Since Week 6, Sio Moore has missed eight tackles and is missing one in every five attempts. You have to like the tackle production though. Since the bye week, Moore has a 13 percent tackle rate, which has led to 35 tackles in his last four games. He’s a solid LB2 this week, producing 17 or more fantasy points in three of his last four games.
–D.J. Hayden saw significant snaps in Week 9 (71) and makes for a sneaky match-up play against the high octane Broncos. He saw six balls thrown his way, recording seven tackles and two defended passes. He looks to be busy and makes a solid play in CB-required leagues this week.
St. Louis Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals
– William Hayes looks like he won’t miss any time with a leg injury. He was a full participant in practice near the end of the week. Hayes recorded two sacks on his 22 blitzes before suffering a leg injury. He’s been a solid pass pressure, generating pressure on over 14 percent of his blitzes.
-After going sackless in his first five games, Robert Quinn now has five in his last three, including two multi-sack efforts in consecutive weeks. In his last 104 blitzes, he’s generating pressure over 16 percent of the time. He’s locked in as a DE1, however, will run into one of the higher graded offensive tackles in Jared Veldheer, who’s allowed a sack. Quinn has abused top left tackles in his last few games though.
–Mark Barron was acquired ahead of the trade deadline, however, he didn’t play a defensive snap in Week 9, as he was involved in special teams. I think he’s safe to dial-up in IDP leagues this week as he should return to the defensive lineup. Although, there’s a crowded defensive backfield with Barron, Rodney McLeod and T.J. McDonald. McDonald is safe, it’s McLeod that’s going to lose snaps.
–E.J. Gaines has seen five or six targets in his last three games and it’s showing up in the box score. Since the bye week, he’s producing 0.19 points per snap and has four games of 13 or more fantasy points. Cardinals are stingy against DBs, however, I like Gaines as a nice sleeper in CB-required leagues this week.
–Deone Bucannon is still not being used consistently enough to recommend. After seeing 83 percent of the snaps in Week 8, he was down to 59 percent in Week 10. Rams are neutral match-up and there’s not too much big play upside, so I might pass for better options at DB this week. I need to see consistent snaps.
–Greg Robinson shifted to left tackle in Week 9 and allowed just one QB hurry and should see Calais Campbell. In his last two games, Campbell has generated pressure on 11 percent of his last 81 blitzes, however, from an IDP production standpoint, is slow returning from his knee injury. He’s still a solid DE2 in most IDP formats, especially if Campbell can get over the guard, in this case, Ted Larsen. He might have more success this week.
-I wouldn’t get too excited over Dan Williams’ Week 9 outburst. Nearly 39 percent of his fantasy point production came this past week. Before last week, he had just one game of at least five fantasy points and six of three points or fewer. Don’t buy last week’s numbers.
-15, 23, 75, 19 … Omaha. No, that’s not Peyton Manning’s snap count, but Tony Jefferson’s snap count since Week 6. Can you say inconsistent? He recorded 12 tackles in Week 8 and just one solo in Week 9. I can’t bank on the snaps at this point. Tyrann Mathieu’s snaps have been just as inconsistent. Outside of Rashad Johnson, it’s hard to trust any of the Arizona safeties.
New York Giants vs. Seattle Seahawks
-Your guess is as good as mine as to who’ll play CB this week. Prince Amukamara is out for the remainder of the year and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is not healthy either and has been limited in practice. Zackary Bowman was admitted to the hospital but has been since released battling the flu. He’ll be active, but it remains to be seen how effective he’ll be. A sneaky play this week will be Jayron Hosley. He’s only appeared in 60 snaps, but is someone that can play the slot and outside. What was once a strength, is now a weakness as the Giants have been decimated in the secondary.
-Keep an eye on SLB Devon Kennard this week. He appeared in 28 snaps and recorded four tackles, including one for a loss. There have been a lot of rookie LBs making an impact and Kennard could be another one to make his mark. Kennard will be tested against Marshawn Lynch.
-Even though Russell Okung has yet to allow a sack, he’s still grading negatively and presents a decent match-up for Jason Pierre-Paul. Although he’s not the dominant rusher that he once was, he’s still generating pressure and has recorded at least 3 total QB pressures in each of the last four games, leading to pressure on 11 percent of his last 151 blitzes. He’s a must-play DL this week.
–Robert Ayers generated pressure on 43 percent of his blitzes in dominant effort on Monday night. He’s actually been one of their more dominant rushers, with pressure on nearly 20 percent of his blitzes. I really like the match-up for Ayers this week, as he faces Justin Britt, who’s grading negatively overall, allowing 26 total QB pressures on 303 pass block snaps. Ayers has DE2 upside this week.
–Jacquian Williams has been no fluke this season. Williams has been responsible for 48 percent of the Giants tackles at the LB position and is producing a 13.6 percent tackle rate. He’ll be an LB2 heading into Week 10.
-It looks like Brock Coyle received the majority of the snaps at MIKE in Week 9, but neither him or Kevin Pierre-Louis are intriguing IDP options this week, even with six teams on bye. The Seahawks, and his IDP owners, desperately miss Bobby Wagner‘s presence.
–Kam Chancellor was active in Week 9 but did not receive a snap, leaving his owners that started him with a nice 0. He’s listed as doubtful, so I’d be looking at other options this week. If you’re in a deeper, all-IDP league, looking for a desperation play, Jeron Johnson would start in his place. Keep in mind, he’s only seen 22 total defensive snaps.
–K.J. Wright has produced 13 or more fantasy points in four of his last five games, producing 0.25 points per snap and a 14.4 percent tackle rate. He’s dialed in as an LB2 with Malcolm Smith looking doubtful this week.
–Cliff Avril could line up over William Beatty this week. Though he’s grading positively, Beatty has had a rough stretch the last few weeks, allowing 12 total QB pressures (including two sacks) in his last 137 pass block snaps. Avril has generated pressure on 16 percent of his last 63 blitzes.
–Justin Pugh will have a rough go against Michael Bennett. Only Kelvin Beachum, Tyler Polumbus and Matt Kalil have allowed more sacks at the offensive tackle position. Bennett has produced a hit/hurry/sack in every game this season.
Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers
-Keep an eye on Sam Barrington. He’s received starts in the two games leading up to the bye week. Keep in mind, he appeared in just 54 percent of the total snaps. I liked what I saw from him in Week 8; producing seven tackles and a 15.6 percent tackle rate. He and Jamari Lattimore are still rotating, but Green Bay might want to see what Barrington has.
-Thin at the CB position? Davon House has appeared in 85 percent of the snaps on the right side over the last three weeks. He’s produced three defended passes and is coming off a seven solo tackle game in Week 8. House should get another start this week and will be lining up against either Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffery, so he’s going to see targets and the chance to make a play. He has CB2 upside in CB-required leagues in a nice match-up.
–Morgan Burnett, after appearing set to return this week after being inactive in Week 8, was downgraded to questionable for Sunday night’s tilt with the Bears. This could be an issue for Burnett owners, as the game doesn’t start until 8:30 tonight. If you’re looking for replacements, I might consider Micah Hyde this week, as he’s coming off an eight tackle game before the bye. In 360 defensive snaps, he’s posted an 11.2 percent tackle, so he could be useful in tackle heavy formats. Burnett would certainly help their run defense, as he’s grading among the top-11 safeties against the run. Burnett is seeing nearly 47 of his run snaps near the line of scrimmage, however, Hyde is spending 54 percent of his run snaps near the LOS and could be called upon to help stop Matt Forte. Burnett is a locked in as DB1 if active and Hyde would have DB3 value.
–Mike Daniels had a game to forget in his first go around with the Bears, registering just one QB hurry on 39 snaps.
–Lance Briggs was a full participant in practice, however, you might want to leave his 6.9 percent tackle rate on the bench until he shows signs of production. He’ll be a boost to their anemic run defense, however, he isn’t getting to the ball like he used to. The Packers are near the bottom in points allowed to LBs, however, if you’re in a deeper league you might need to start him if you’re thin.
–Willie Young should be the one to capitalize on Lamar Houston’s absence. Young was already the Bears’ leader in sacks and should see his blitzes increase. I like his match-up this week lining up over Bryan Bulaga, as he’s coming off one his worst games in Week 8, allowing a sack and six QB hurries. I consider Young a DE2 this week.
–Kyle Fuller hasn’t recorded an INT since Week 3 and enters a match-up where the Packers are giving up the least amount of points to CBs. Aaron Rodgers doesn’t turn the ball over much but with Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, there’s always the chance for tackles or a few defended passes.
–Jonathan Bostic is set to return to the lineup Sunday night after missing the last three games. His IDP numbers have been underwhelming, however, he has produced a tackle rate of over 12 percent while appearing in just under 72 percent of the defensive snaps. He’ll be called on to help stop and it’s a good thing he doesn’t miss many tackles; one in every 10 attempts. Eddie Lacy has created 25 missed tackles in the run game.
Carolina Panthers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
–Antoine Cason is a risky play in CB leagues this week. Cason was benched mid-game against the Saints, as he continues to get toasted in coverage. He’s allowing QBs to complete nearly 82 percent of their passes when throwing in his direction. Those targets have translated to solid IDP numbers, including a 9 percent tackle rate and 0.21 points per snap. Is the benching permanent? Jonathan Jones at the Charlotte Observer thinks so. If he’s benched, Melvin White would get the starts at CB, who hasn’t been that much better.
-Another good CB match-up play will be Josh Norman who should see plenty of snaps and action in a high pass tilt. He saw 70 snaps last week and has consecutive weeks of being targeted at least five teams.
–Tre Boston might be someone to monitor at the safety position this week. Boston was in on 57 of the 77 snaps, recording a 9 percent tackle rate. He and Colin Jones are each getting snaps at SS, but Boston edged him out in the snap count. I like the match-up at the position for the safeties, as the Eagles will be rolling out Mark Sanchez and there should be plenty of passing.
–Charles Johnson has three straight games of 10 or more fantasy points in three straight games and has sacks in three of his last four games. Johnson should line up over Lane Johnson on Monday night with a chance to put heavy pressure on Sanchez this week. In his last 80 blitzes, Johnson is generating pressure 15 percent of the time on the QB. Johnson is a DE1 this week.
–DeMeco Ryans was placed on IR with a torn Achilles’ tendon, another major injury suffered in the last few years. Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho are going to get snaps alongside Mychal Kendricks on the inside. At this point, there’s not too much IDP upside with either of these guys. If I were to target one on the waiver, it’d probably be Casey Matthews.
–Brandon Graham now has three games of five or more QB pressures in his last four games. In his last 61 blitzes, he’s generated pressure on 33 percent of those blitzes. He now has three sacks in his last three sacks and makes for a big play scoring format flier.
–Mychal Kendricks returned to a full complement of snaps in Week 9, and filled the stat sheet. He blitzed 12 times, converting one into a sack and generated pressure on 42 percent of those blitzes. When he’s on the field, he produces, and in Week 9, produced a 19.3 percent tackle rate and 0.39 points per snap. Keep him in your lineup the remainder of the season as an LB1.
–Nate Allen has double-digit fantasy points in three of the last four games before missing Week 9. He forced and recovered a fumble in Week 8 and those big plays have been missing from his stat sheet. He should be ready for Week 10 against the Panthers on Monday. He’ll still be a risky IDP play outside of deeper leagues.
Mike Woellert is an IDP Contributor for FakePigskin.