In My Defense: A Transatlantic Look at IDP – Week 1

by Duncan Smith & JJ Wenner

I’m not sure whether I’m a bigger fan of a good Pennsylvania Rye or a healthy pour of Glenlivet, so I try to keep a supply on hand to quench my thirst. In the same token, I’m not sure if you enjoy my (JJ) brand of smooth dad-joke laden IDP takes or if you prefer the Benny Hill and Oscar Wilde mash-up of Duncan Smith. Well, you are going to get a mix of both as we join forces to take a look at weekly IDP trends.

It’s a good feeling getting week 1 in the books and an even better one winning my start-eleven IDP league despite accidentally starting Derek Barnett.

Watching Houston and KC play on Thursday, we learned who to stream against these offenses. The O-line is horrible in TX, and you need to start any DE playing against this atrocity of a line. Against KC, I would suggest starting LBs who seem capable of handling CEH.

Former Linebacker Riverboat Ron Rivera looks to have revitalised the Washington Football Team. Based on their Week 1 showing, that defensive line looks like they’re going to cause chaos every time they take the field.

Now we will break down some noteworthy defenses and players to pay attention to after week 1.

Snap Decisions

Arizona – rookie Isaiah Simmons only saw 18 snaps and isn’t ready for you to start yet, but conversely, shouldn’t be dropped as his involvement will increase.

Atlanta – Grady Jarrett is an unsung hero in IDP. See if your league is sleeping on him.

Baltimore – rookie Patrick Queen saw 54 snaps on Sunday. Please make sure you start him.

Carolina – In a poor defense, rookie Jeremy Chin played 100% of snaps and recorded 8 tackles (7 solos). Do I need to tell you what to do here?

Chicago – Since joining the Bears 2 years ago, Khalil Mack’s fantasy relevance is on a seemingly terminal decline. See if you can get someone on the way up from a league mate based on Mack’s name recognition.

Cleveland – Well, if you had BJ Goodson and Sione Takitaki leading this group in snaps on your raffle ticket, you are the winner. They didn’t play much defense, but they were out there for about 50 snaps each. I’d avoid starting either except in deeper, start 3-4 LB IDP leagues. 

Dallas – Holy Aldon Smith! I didn’t see that coming at all. I thought they would ease him back, but he jumped in with both feet, logging 54 snaps against the Rams. And he delivered with 11 tackles and a sack. TRADE HIM NOW!!!! He will not duplicate this performance, and his value will never be higher. 

Denver – Jeremiah Attaochu, seemingly the beneficiary of Von Miller’s absence, turned 74% of snaps into 4 tackles (3 solos). Malik Reed only managed 41% of snaps and 3 tackles (2 solos).

Detroit – Jamie Collins became the first player of 2020 to be ejected after lowering his helmet and contacting an official, so don’t be fooled by the snap count. He is still the LB to roster, followed by Tavai. 

Houston – If you are in a deep IDP league, make sure that Jacob Martin is on a roster. He continues to pressure the quarterback and get sacks with limited touches. If he starts getting more looks, you will be happy you have him. 

Indianapolis – The Colts played the least number of snaps week 1 with only 50. That will improve as not every team will be as efficient as Jacksonville. Players like Buckner and Leonard should remain on your roster.

Kansas – Honey Badger Tyrann Mathieu continued 2020 with the same form he finished 2019 in, and playing for KC will get plenty of opportunities to keep that form going. Barring injury, he should be on a roster.

Chargers – Veteran Casey Hayward had a nice line on the night with 12 solo tackles and is someone to keep an eye on in matchups against less experienced QB’s when Bosa and Ingram get the chance to apply pressure in the backfield.

Rams – I’m still not sure I trust Floyd to produce regularly, but Micah is a must-start in all start 2 LB leagues.  Elsewhere Taylor Rapp has seemingly been demoted behind sixth-round rookie Jordan Fuller, a situation to monitor in deep leagues.

Las Vegas –  Newly acquired Raider Nick Kwiatkoski was on his way to a nice stat line until a pectoral injury finished his night. Keep an eye on his injury designation moving forward.

Minnesota – Has there been a better NFL LB who is consistently a poor fantasy LB than Eric Kendricks. I traded for him as a rookie in my first IDP league and have clung tightly ever since. Yet, he never really delivers. 

New Orleans – Sophomore Chauncey Duce continues to build on some solid displays at the tail end of last season and should be available in most leagues.

Philadelphia – The injury-plagued Eagles already have several players missing time, including Vinny Curry, Derek Barnett, and Brandon Graham. At linebacker, keep an eye on Nathan Gerry. If he repeats his Week 1 totals against the Rams, he could be an excellent addition in deep leagues.

Seattle – Well, the answer to the question, “Who will rush the QB?” is everybody. Only Benson Mayowa played more than 50% of the snaps. If I had to bet, I think LJ Collier will start to edge out the others. Although quiet, Jarran Reed is a must-start in DT required leagues. 

San Fransisco – I thought Niemann was an aberration, but here is Solomon Thomas playing 40 snaps at DE and not registering a stat. HOW is this possible? Bosa is a must-start, and Kerry Hyder recorded a sack. With 33 snaps, I wouldn’t put in a waiver request, but keep him on the shortlist.

Tennessee – Rashaan Evans got himself ejected for throwing a punch, so don’t read anything into a disappointing stat line yet.

Washington – Chase Young and the rest of the Football Team’s line showed up in a big way, logging 8 sacks of Carson Wentz. Matt Ioannidis is beginning to look like a stud, so make sure he isn’t on your waiver wire. In anything but the most shallow of leagues, he should be rostered and started. I hope you play in an Edge designation league if you have Kerrigan or Sweat. Then again, it may have been that the Eagles o-line was hot garbage. 

That about wraps up week 1. Next week, we will have a better idea about some of these defenses and whether some of the Week 1 breakouts were a flash in the pan or the real deal. Let us know with what you agree or disagree on twitter: @rideordynasty.

Duncan Smith – @duncanc
JJ Wenner – @jjwenner
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