Packers’ Clay Matthews Hybrid Role Highlights IDP TwitterBag Week 11

Clay Matthews new hybrid role highlights IDP TwitterBag Week 11

Welcome to the Week 11 edition of the IDP TwitterBag. I receive a few questions throughout the week that take a bit more than 140 characters to answer. This week is no different and it appears that a certain Green Bay LB has been a major topic of discussion this week. So without further or do, here’s the Week 11 IDP TwitterBag.

Eric Breeze @Breeze121212
5 solos = 1 sack/pick. Pick 1. Khalil Mack vs SD, Jason Worilds vs TEN (great matchup) or T.J. Ward.

That’s odd scoring. Worilds has been up and down all season and recorded his first sack since Week 5. Mack is coming off a stinker of a game, where he only registered one solo tackle. For me, I wouldn’t consider Ward just because his production has fallen way off and the SS in Denver doesn’t seem to be as productive. Really, it comes down to Mack and Worilds and their abilities to make plays.

I would probably lean towards Worilds and his ablility to take advantage of that right side of that offensive line. Michael Oher has allowed six sacks this season and, with the exception of two sacks, the sacks allowed to LBs have come from the outside. Worilds is still generating pressure consistently (12 percent on his 272 blitzes). I’d lean towards Worilds just slightly over Mack.


jmb4028 @jmb4028
Big play scoring format (2p solo, 1 assist, 5 sack/int, 3 PD/FTL) – Flex options: LB Akeem Ayers, DE Cameron Heyward, CB Shareece Wright; or roll the dice on Aldon Smith?

Akeem Ayers missed practice, but it doesn’t sound anything injury related, but having said that, I still wouldn’t use him this week. Even though the Colts are giving up massive tackles, they don’t allow many sacks and that’s where his value comes from. I think Dont’a Hightower and Jamie Collins are the ones that’ll register the tackles in this game. I’d roll the dice on Aldon Smith. It sounds like he’s ready to go and should be able to wreak havoc on a Giants’ offensive line that has struggled as of late.

The only concern is a snap count, but with his rushing efficiency, he can generate pressure even on a small number of snaps.


Tyrell Biggs @TyrellCharles82
Would you play Jameel McClain over DE Everson Griffen now that Jacquian Williams is out?

Yeah, I think McClain is the play here, especially if your scoring favors tackles. I like Griffen’s match-up, but McClain has been very productive from an IDP standpoint since the bye week. He’s posted a 13.5 percent tackle rate and has produced 0.22 points per snap in those last two weeks. McClain should get to most of the tackle opportunities and Devon Kennard is a sneaky play too. But definitely McClain over Kennard.


Aaron Peters @awpete72
Is Aldon Smith a dynasty target in a sack heavy league? Or too risky to give a contract? I’m looking at a 4yr deal.

In the interest of full disclosure, when it comes to contracts and dynasty, I’m a bit green. However, Smith is only 24 and in a sack heavy league, I’d take the risk and grab him and get him on your squad.

Here’s another way I’d look at it; if Josh Gordon were available in that same league, would you try to get him on your team? He comes with the same risk, but I’d imagine the answer would be yes.


Antonio ‏@MofongoFF
In a big play league where tackles are not important. Cameron Jordan, Aldon Smith or Calais Campbell?

I would continue to ride Cameron Jordan’s hot streak. He’s posted sacks in the three straight games and has recorded at least three combined QB hits/hurries/sacks in four straight games, converting four of those into sacks. Andre Smith looks to be out for this game and the Bengal offensive line doesn’t have anyone that can contain Jordan. Marshall Newhouse looks like he’s going to slide over to right tackle, which is a signifianct drop off from Smith. I’d roll with Jordan this week.


TN ‏@SOLO__97
Is Clay Matthews‘ new role as an inside/outside hybrid LB gonna stick?

Green Bay is going to utilize its most talented LB in every way they see fit. Even at inside, Dom Capers will still send him on blitzes as that’s where his strength is; rushing the passer. The Packers have tried a few different combinations at ILB with A.J. Hawk and none of them seem to stick. I refer you to this article that PFF’s Sam Monson penned on Matthews’ role this past week. It’s an excellent breakdown.

With this move, it certainly give Clay some big time IDP upside over the next several weeks to see if the hybrid move will stick.


Saul Aguila ‏@aguila_saul
Is DeAndre Levy Detroit LB a good play this week against Arizona?

In most scoring formats, he’s a top 5 LB scorer. He’s an every week starter.


Kizzy Jarashow ‏@KizzyJar
Would you play Clay Matthews over Sio Moore this week? Seems risky.

Clay Matthews new hybrid role certainly has the IDP world a buzz and turned upside down. For me, especially at this time of year, I want consistency and to know what I’m getting out of my defenders. Moore has five straight games of 10 or more fantasy points and five or more tackles, including three games of 9 or more tackles.

Sio Moore: 13 percent tackle rate/0.27 points per snap
Clay Matthews: 6 percent tackle rate/0.16 points per snap

Now tackles aren’t Matthews bread and butter, but he’s registered just 3.5 sacks, even though he’s producing pressure on nearly 12 percent of his blitzes. If you’re in a position where you need to take risks to win and make the playoffs, I’d go with Matthews. Now, if you’re in the playoffs and looking to build momentum, Moore is the safer play.


Mike Woellert is an IDP Contributor for FakePigskin.

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