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In My Defense: A Transatlantic Look at IDP – Week 2

Before we begin the breakdown, remember to check who your league mates dropped once waivers clear. Week 2 was brutal, and some of your competitors might not have the luxury of keeping stud IDP players on IR all year. If they can’t, and you can make sure to grab them up immediately.

by Duncan Smith and JJ Wenner

Pardon me if repetitive, but the Jets need to fire Adam Gase. How can an Offensive Genius ™ have a team that gets worse offensively every game? Sorry, I know that Offensive Genius ™ is Sean McVay’s trademark. I meant to say Quarterback Whisperer ™ Adam Gase. 

In a way, he is destroying Sam Darnold, reminiscent of Rex Ryan, wrecking Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith. 

For the love of god and everything holy or unholy, please fire Adam Gase. Please. 

I saw a tweet stating that since 1940, teams scoring 39 points and recording 0 TOs were 440-0 until today when the Atlanta Falcons achieved that feat. I’d never heard of this record until Sunday. So I wanted to take a closer look to see why 39 was the chosen number. 

Since 1940, only 13 out of 801 teams who scored 35 points with 0 turnovers have lost. 

And of course, the New York Jets were the previous record holder. It is incredible that I still love this team. 

Let’s dive deeper into the other side. What are the most points scored without a turnover? 

Chicago is on the list twice, with 61 in both 1965 and 1980. 
The New York Giants scored 62 in 1972 without any turnovers.
New Orleans scored 62 more recently in 2011 without turning the ball over. 

I don’t believe the Jets have scored that many points in a row without a TO. 

Sorry for the tangent.  

Before we begin the breakdown, remember to check who your league mates dropped once waivers clear. Week 2 was brutal, and some of your competitors might not have the luxury of keeping stud IDP players on IR all year. If they can’t, and you can make sure to grab them up immediately.

Snap Decisions: 


  • Jordan Hicks and De’ Vondre Campbell both secured 8 solo tackles against The Football Team. Campbell is the younger player out of the two if you need a tie break between them. Their next three matchups look favourable with Detroit, Carolina, and the Jets, respectively. 
  • Let’s be glad you didn’t start Isaiah Simmons in Week 2. The rookie saw 7 snaps, down 11 from the previous week. You didn’t start him, did you? Why are you walking away? WE TALKED ABOUT THIS!


  • If the Falcons are going to insist on getting themselves into bonkers situations, then their defence is likely somewhere you want to invest in. Damontae Kazee might be that investment. He led the team with 7 solo tackles on 94% of snaps. However, buyer beware, I expect to see wild swings in production from this defense based on the offense’s situation.
  • Foyesade Oluokun is beginning to lose snaps to Mycal Walker. Make sure you have the rookie on your roster. 


  • With Milano and Edmunds missing time, AJ Klein and Tyrel Dodson saw a big bump in numbers. I don’t think anyone is getting Wally Pipped here. 


  • Keep playing Brian Burns! He is getting the snaps, and he is playing well. 4 tackles this week with two TFL. 


  • Only Vonn Bell has seen 100% of snaps for Cincinnati so far this season. A matchup against the porous Eagles front this week may allow him to get into the backfield and cause havoc.


  • Hopefully, you successfully traded Aldon Smith before Sunday as he came down to earth with a bump this week. Jaylon Smith looked good with 13 total tackles (8 solo), and a pass defended.


  • If we are holding out hope for Bradley Chubb, he will thrive in Von Miller’s absence. However, I would look to trade immediately following his first good game. He is currently ranked 63/98 edge players in Pass Rush Grade, according to PFF. 


  • I’ve been wondering about titles, like QB Whisperer ™ Adam Gase and Defensive Genius Matt Patricia, and if there is some kind of accreditation that you need to pass. . Once you have a horrible offense, does the title get revoked? If so, Matt Patricia is now sporting the Defensive Dunce cap for allowing 69 points (nice) in two games. He is racing Gase to see who is fired first. 


  • Green Bay doesn’t take the field very often, with only 104 snaps over two weeks. The joint lowest in the league (with Indianapolis). I want volume for my IDP players, and other than Christian Kirksey, I think I’ll get it elsewhere.


  • Life is pretty hard in Houston, facing KC and Baltimore to start the season. Next week is Pittsburgh, but then they get to take a breath with Minnesota. 
  • It is a rough schedule, but it seems to be smooth sailing with JJ Watt. The edge registered two sacks of the elusive Jackson while also defending a pass. It is good to see JJ back doing JJ things.  


  • Myles Jack and Andrew Wingard are two names to monitor in Jacksonville. Jack has opened the season with two solid outings, and Wingard is the immediate beneficiary of Jarrod Wilson’s season-ending injury going from 18% of snaps to 100%.


  • Despite that big hit from Herbert at the weekend, Damien Wilson put in a solid showing with 12 combined tackles (7 solo). Perhaps more importantly, he significantly increased his percentage of snaps while closing in on Anthony Hitchens snap percentage (67% and 78%, respectively). This situation is one to monitor over the next week or two.


  • Did anyone else see Damien Williams get knocked out when he tried tackling Justin Herbert in the first half on Sunday? Oof, that looked sore!


  • Another strong week from Micah Kiser, and if he’s not already rostered, should be. Concerns about Taylor Rapp seem founded, and Jordan Fuller looks like the safety to own.


  • Xavier Howard and Byron Jones are both knocked up; this could lead to an opportunity for first-round rookie Noah Igbinoghene and Nik Needham. Igbinoghene is definitely one to monitor as he may see a lot of volume playing between Jones and Howard this season.


  • On a poor day for the Vikings, Eric Kendricks provided a bright spot with 11 solo tackles (18 over two weeks) and 100% snaps. If the offense can’t get it going soon, he will see a lot of the field.


  • Devin McCourty saved his Sunday with a pick-six to open the scoring on Sunday. Otherwise, he had one tackle on the night. Keep an eye on his production going forward as INT’s are hard to count on.


  • A black hole of despair for myself and JJ, but there is potential there for the canny manager. Quinnen Williams had 7 tackles (4 solo) and 2 sacks on only 66% of snaps. 
  • On the bright side, the defense was able to play about 25 fewer snaps than Week 1. This hurts the safeties and cornerbacks who are putting up substantial numbers. Maye, McDougald, Desir, and Poole are all worthy starters in deeper IDP leagues. 


  • Corner Avonte Maddox is an excellent example of the contrarian thinking you sometimes need for IDP leagues. He is worth considering not because he is necessarily good, but because he plays opposite Darius Slay. Quarterbacks will avoid throwing in Slay’s direction, which makes Maddox a play on volume alone.
  • This is a great point, but one of my least favorite things about IDP: Cornerback Scoring. One day someone will figure out a way to reward a corner for shutting down the opponent. Unfortunately, today is not that day, and we still do not have good stats to reward CBs. 


  • I’m not talking about Jamal Adams, nope, not ever. Instead, I will mention Ugo Amadi. The Nickel back came into 2020 as the presumptive starter then lost the role to Marquise Blair, who then became another victim of “week 2”. Amadi impressed filling in with 8 tackles, 1 for a loss, and a pass breakup on 65% of snaps. Keep him on your radar.


  • A trip to NJ was disastrous for Nick Bosa, with what looks like a multi-week absence looming. The 49ers are back on this shocking MetLife astroturf this week, so be cautious about starting any of their players.
  • It’s all a game of next man up with an injury. We spoke about Kerry Hyder last week. You can expect him to get a bump with Bosa out. 
  • Kentavius Street would be the other player to watch. The edge out of NC State played 25 snaps. See if that can increase in the coming weeks. 


  • Even as he approaches 32, JPP continues to grant IDP dreams. 4 more tackles, a sack, and a recovered fumble this week makes JPP a great option at edge in all formats. 


  • After an up and down 2019, veteran DB Kenny Vaccaro backed up a solid week 1 with a monster week 2. Tennessee faces off against Minnesota and Kirk Cousins coming off a week to forget. He may be a nice plug and play option this week if you need injury cover.


  • I may have whiffed on my Ioannidis call last week after he only managed 3 tackles over 55% of snaps. Rivera and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio look like continuing to rotate through players and make any IDP call little more than chance.

Well, let’s hope Week 3 is less like the Red Wedding than last week.
See you after the games.

Duncan Smith @duncafc
JJ Wenner @jjwenner
Ride or Dynasty

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