So it is the third week and you have dropped those men you thought were going to take you to fantasy glory. The IDP fantasy pool may still have some fantasy gems for you to pick up.
Safety, Montae Nicholson, Washington Redskins:
2018 was a rough year for Nicholson. First, he lost his job to Ha-Ha Clinton Dix. Then, he got arrested. Then, he got dropped by almost every fantasy IDP player.
But, 2019 is appearing to be his redemption tour, at least for the start. In his first game, he had five combined tackles with one pass defended. Last week, he upped it with nine combined tackles, one interception and one pass defended. He is trending up y ‘all.
The Bears are an enticing match-up, as they are very generous to opposing safeties so far this year. The minus is he left last week with a foot injury so you have to monitor his status. The double minus, it is a Monday night game, so your options may be limited if he can’t play.
Cornerback, Vernon Hargreaves, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Yes, Cam Newton was injured, but that doesn’t quite explain the complete dominance of the Buccaneers over Christian McCaffery. It doesn’t negate that Mr. Hargreaves amassed 12 tackles against the Panthers. Not to mention, his Week One interception was returned for a touchdown.
For an added bonus this week, he will go up against Daniel Jones, who will be experiencing his first NFL game. (Is anyone seeing a Wake Forest type of game script?)
Defensive End, Benson Mayowa, Oakland Raiders:
Okay, after the chuckles subside, you do realize that right now, the Raiders are second in the league in sacks and tied for first in forced fumbles?
The downside with Mayowa is that he has only played 43 snaps in two weeks. The upside with Mayowa is that he has accumulated six total tackles, two forced fumbles and 3.5 sacks in those 43 snaps.
This week, the Raiders go against the Minnesota Vikings. Through two weeks, the Vikings have had 118 offensive snaps. In comparison, the Broncos have had 146 and Kansas City has had 144 offensive snaps. So when there was more opportunity to get on the field, in Minnesota he will have less. But the efficiency rate is almost too high to pass up.
Linebacker, Preston Brown, Cincinnati Bengals:
You want efficiency? Brown has been on the field for 77% of defensive snaps in Week One; and 86% defensive snaps in Week Two. He currently leads Cincinnati with 18 total tackles.
This week, he plays against the Buffalo Bills. According to FootballOutsiders.com, the Bills are second in rushing efficiency. In two weeks, they have rushed the ball 59 times with a 4.7 average. Just what a linebacker needs to pad those stats.