One of the more frustrating things in IDP leagues is seeing your stud linebacker fly all over the field on game days only to see the home score keeper dilute his performance by divvying up his tackles as an assist. On the flip side, if your league doesn’t score solos and assists too differently, you’ll have a better idea of what teams hand out assists like candy. Not everyone knows this, but the NFL does not recognize a tackle as an official statistic. Tackles are scored by the home team’s official score keeper and those are the stats you see on the news and websites. The league made an effort to standardize what is and isn’t a solo tackle back in 2007 when they sent a video to all NFL teams, but it still the discretion of the score keeper. There is a still a large discrepancy from team to team and week-to-week. I will be tracking this throughout the season to give you a better idea of what to expect when choosing your IDPs each week.
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Avery Williamson easily had his best game of the season last week, posting his first double digit tackle game. He played 100% of the defensive snaps against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Williamson was a popular IDP sleeper coming into 2015 but has been underwhelming. He has played 78.6% of Tennessee’s defensive snaps and has registered at least eight total tackles just three times. He was also expected to be a big play threat but has just 1.5 sacks and a single interception. Outside of bye weeks, Williamson isn’t someone I’m holding a lot of IDP hope for.
Since Dan Campbell took over as head coach for the Dolphins, the linebacker group has been in a state of transition. Koa Misi and Jelani Jenkins were fairly consistent IDP contributors week in, week out, but Kelvin Sheppard has worked his way into increased playing time. Some of week ten’s playing time was because Jenkins left the game with an ankle injury. Regardless, neither Misi nor Jenkins has had a double digit fantasy day since week six. After a promising start, this Dolphins defense is once again searching for its identity.
Last week, I talked about the Philadelphia Eagles linebackers and what to expect after Jordan Hicks’ season-ending injury. Connor Barwin led the way with 96% of defensive snaps, followed by Brandon Graham (76%), DeMeco Ryans (72%), Mychal Kendricks (60%) and Kiko Alonso (45%). Even though he didn’t lead the team in snaps played, Kendricks was the key performer with seven solo tackles and a sack. This is what I expect from them.
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