NFL 2018 Week 7 Must Starts IDP Edition

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Ahh, it is a rough time to be a defensive player in the NFL this year.  Do you play with reckless abandon, or do you just abandon the play?  Seriously, this is clearly messing with IDP players stats.  Speaking of which..last week:

Frank Clark, Defensive End, Seattle Seahawks v Oakland Raiders:  4 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries.

Jessie Bates, Safety, Cincinnati Bengals v Pittsburgh Steelers: 10 total tackles.

Patrick Chung, Safety, New England Patriots v Kansas City Chiefs: 2 total tackles.

Tremaine Edmunds, Linebacker, Buffalo Bills @ Houston Texans: 9 total tackles.

So picking up and starting an IDP player, especially in sack heavy leagues can be slightly…frustrating.  (With the notable exception of anyone…literally anyone going against the Tennessee Titans offensive line).

So here are the starts for this week:

Yannick Ngakoue, Defensive End, Jacksonville Jaguars v Houston Texans

2018 stats: 9 total tackles, 4.0 sacks, 11.0 quarterback hurries.

I know…this sounds like a doi! moment, I mean of course you are going to start Ngakoue, right?  Last week, in the embarrassment that was the Dallas Cowboys game, Ngakoue finished with 4 total tackles and 2 sacks, so you might be having second thoughts?  Stop it!

This week Ngakoue will have the distinct pleasure of going up against Julien Davenport.  Davenport according to PFF has given up the most pressures in the NFL, while simultaneously struggling as a run blocker.  But wait, there is more.  There is also a chance that when Davenport is given a reprieve from Ngakoue, Kendall Lamm will be going up against Ngakoue.  Um, yeah, Lamm, is better in pass protection, but struggles as a run blocker.

Jadeveon Clowney, Defensive End, Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars

2018 stats: 13 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries.

It appears Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback, Blake Bortles, is who we thought he was.  But it may not be all his fault.  Left tackle Cam Robinson went on IR, and then his replacement, Josh Wells, suffered the same fate.  It is now undrafted free agent, Josh Walker, who is in charge of protecting Bortles’ blind side.

Walker has played 101 snaps this season.  He has given up five quarterback hits, and eight quarterback hurries.

Jamie Collins, Linebacker, Cleveland Browns @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2018 stats: 38 total tackles, 2 sacks, 4.5 quarterback hurries, 2 passes defended.

The Tampa Buccaneers are cooling off…rapidly.  They are allowing the sixth most fantasy points per game to linebackers.  That’s nice.  And Joe Schobert is out with a hamstring injury.  Enter Collins.

This is a play of opportunity.  Collins has been underperforming up until this point.  He will have to be on the field, as Schobert, played every snap before getting injured.  Collins is capable.

Denzel Ward, Defensive Back, Cleveland Browns @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2018 stats: 28 total tackles, 3 interceptions

I could just say Ward is legit and leave it at that.  But consider this, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers average 38 pass attempts per game.  Quarterback Jameis Winston has played in two games.  He has thrown five touchdowns and four interceptions.

Ward is good…scary good.  And look for him to add to his three interceptions, possibly equaling that in this game.

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