Hi everyone. Welcome back to the season. Week one was amazing just to have real football back but as the pigskin high wears off this is a great time to be nabbing the IDPs your league-mates haven’t figured out yet. As always, the single biggest driving factor for IDP production is playing time. So after one week we can scoop up the players who were on the field a ton and ignore those who produced big numbers from limited snaps. Every week, I’ll be trying to find those hidden gems for you.
At linebacker, Josh Bynes seems to be a three-down player. He played 71 snaps with Haason Reddick way back on just 14. Reddick looks to be a bad bet right now. If you can sell him then it’s a good time to move on.
Deion Jones played 69 snaps but has subsequently been sent to IR. He’ll be back, but this one hurts. De’Vondre Campbell played 71 and will remain an every-down player. The big question is Jones’ replacement. Duke Riley (14) is first in line to be promoted to one of the main jobs but don’t be surprised if the team come up with a plan B.
After an injury to Keanu Neal (which also sent him to IR), Damontae Kazee came in to play 35 snaps at safety. However, he was very deep. Ricardo Allen (72) moving forward to the strong role seems a more likely option than Kazee being good.
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Donte Jackson played 64 snaps on his debut at corner. He’s a very good IDP target.
Khalil Mack stole the headlines on his debut with an awesome performance from his 42 snaps. He played less than Leonard Floyd (46) who switched over to the right side of the defense to accommodate Mack.
At linebacker, Jarrad Davis played the Mike role on 58 snaps. Christian Jones (27) was the Will – which tends to be a part-time role for Matt Patricia. Devon Kennard was the Sam. He managed 58 snaps and a good game but he’ll be a frustrating IDP in 2018. Jalen Reeves-Maybin saw just 26 snaps.
Green Bay Packers
Blake Martinez was the key man at inside linebacker as we all expected. He played 70 snaps this week. Alongside him was a hodgepodge. Antonio Morrison played 11 snaps whilst safeties Jermaine Whitehead and Kentrell Brice also spent some time in the box in their “turbo” role. Once Oren Burks is fit, he should be taking that job over.
Kentrell Brice looks like the clear safety to own here. He was productive and played in a good spot with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (70) playing as deep as usual.
Corner is a key spot in Green Bay this year. As expected, Kevin King played all 70 snaps and is the top man. Tramon Williams played 70 as well on the opposite side, and rookies Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson had 49 and 46 respectively. They’re both worth watching.
Los Angeles Rams
With Mark Barron out injured, Cory Littleton (74) led the way at inside linebacker with Ramik Wilson (35) and safety Marqui Christian (35) also seeing some time. Mark Barron started out as a safety so Christian is an interesting potential backup.
Mike Hughes played 52 snaps on his debut at corner. This is highly unusual for Mike Zimmer who tends to want corners to get a bit more seasoned. Xavier Rhodes is clearly the top corner with Trae Waynes playing just 24 snaps.
New Orleans Saints
At safety, Marcus Williams played 66 snaps in his every-down deep role. Kurt Coleman (37) and Vonn Bell (30) both saw time in the box and the slot – very similar to how Bell played with Kenny Vaccaro in 2017. Both are tough to start right now.
New York Giants
This game feels a long time ago, doesn’t it?
As always, the Eagles rotated their edge players. Brandon Graham (46) is the top player again. Derek Barnett (40) started but played less than Michael Bennett (45) and Chris Long was very productive with just 39 snaps.
Bobby Wagner played his usual every-down role with 74 snaps. Shaquem Griffen got the start but saw just 41 snaps. Austin Calitro (who?) played 33 snaps to spell Griffen. Griffen is not a good NFL player at this stage.
San Francisco 49ers
At linebacker, the story starts and ends with Fred Warner who performed amazingly on his debut as a pro. He played 71 snaps and had a huge day. Brock Coyle was the second LB on 61 snaps. He managed to miss four tackles and had an atrocious day.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Vinny Curry and Jason Pierre-Paul led DEs with 48 snaps each. However, Carl Nassib (27) and William Gholston (25) also saw plenty of time. Pierre-Paul is a massive risk to disappoint. At this rate, he’ll play just 75% of his 2017 snaps.
Kwon Alexander and Lavonte Davis both played 64 snaps at LB. Alexander gave up eight catches from eight targets for 83 yards and a touchdown.
At corner, Carlton Davis played 53 snaps outside in the absence of Brent Grimes. If he can stay on the field, he’s a good IDP. Vernon Hargreaves also managed 53 snaps with Ryan Smith on 44 and M.J. Stewart on 18.
Da’Ron Payne played just 30 snaps at nose tackle on his debut. He shouldn’t be starting outside of 32 team leagues.
Similarly, Matthew Ioannidis (27) and Jonathan Allen (28) also played sparingly. They’re all good players but they just won’t create the stats you want for IDPs.
At linebacker, Zach Brown (36) and Mason Foster (37) played inside with Ryan Kerrigan (36) and Preston Smith (39) outside. They’ll all have better days as the low number of team snaps didn’t create many opportunities.
Phew! That’s it for this week. I promise it won’t be so long in future weeks but week one gives us the best chance to actually see the IDP landscape falling into place.
Thanks for reading.