With COVID seriously starting to affect the league, there’s plenty of news and changes to aware of this week. It’s also shined a light on just how aware you need to be in 2020. Your league is likely going to be won by the person who adapts and reacts the fastest and best. In IDP, that means being aware of who’s playing and how they’re being used.
Baltimore Ravens – 67 snaps
Patrick Queen (52) continues to play limited snaps – but it does seem rather like he can just make enough plays anyway. At this point, you just have to start him regardless. LJ Fort played just 25 snaps this week.
Derek Wolfe (33) returned after a week off on the interior. There’s a platoon approach to that unit.
Game moved to Tuesday night due to COVID.
Cincinnati Bengals – 63 snaps
Star DT Geno Atkins played for the first time this season. However, he managed just 19 snaps. Hopefully that increases going forward.
Veteran DE Carlos Dunlap said before the game he would not be starting (and that he was unhappy about it) and he proved correct. He played just 29 snaps with Sam Hubbard (38) and Carl Lawson (40) ahead of him. Lawson has the opportunity we’ve been waiting for as IDP owners.
There was a significant shift at LB as rookie Akeem Davis-Gaither (50) lurched to the fore. Josh Bynes (39), Germaine Pratt (36) and Logan Wilson (30) all continued to play but Davis-Gaither has a chance to grab the top dog position.
Cleveland Browns – 56 snaps
Safety Karl Joseph missed the game, so Ronnie Harrison (37) stepped in. He had a big pick six so his owners will be happy – but he also suffered a concussion. Sheldrick Redwine (19) was the next man up.
BJ Goodson (47) continues to be the top LB in a group of LBs you do not want to start.
Game postponed due to COVID-19.
Houston Texans – 75 snaps
Edge JJ Watt (71) continues to play almost every snap – and he’s playing well. It’s just turning into sacks – similar to his 2019. You still have to start him.
Indianapolis Colts – 73 snaps
The Colts played significantly more this week than in any other game this season.
DeForest Buckner played 67 at DT. It was nice to see him flash some of the elite stamina he showed in his first couple of seasons as a professional. He’d averaged just 47 snaps per week prior to this game.
Edge Al-Quadin Muhammad (37) managed a sack this week but he’s a rotational player. He’s not someone you want to trust most weeks.
Jacksonville Jaguars – 58 snaps
Myles Jack missed this week. He’d been having a fantastic season so far. In his absence, Dakota Allen (58) played next to Joe Schobert (57). Neither had great games but playing under 60 snaps will do that.
Star edge rusher Josh Allen also missed the game. K’Lavon Chaisson (47) played the highest snap count of his young career, Dawuane Smoot (40) did well and got a sack. Cassius Marsh (33) and Adam Gotsis (21) are just bodies.
At corner, CJ Henderson missed the game after getting hurt in week four. DJ Hayden also missed out. This all meant that Tre Herndon (57) and Chris Claybrooks (58) were the outside corners with Sidney Jones (38) in the slot.
Kansas City Chiefs – 70 snaps
LB continues to be a bizarre situation. Damien Wilson (60) led the group this week with Anthony Hitchens (47), Willie Gay (33) and Ben Niemann (25) all seeing significant playing time too. The assumption has always been that gay would win a full-time role at some point – but there’s some doubt now. The Chiefs just don’t really seem interested in any LB playing every down. A year ago, this would have sounded crazy. Now it’s part of a growing trend.
Daniel Sorensen (37) had a fine game at safety, but he’s only third in playing time behind Tyrann Mathieu (70) and Juan Thornhill (69). Sorensen’s role is much more in the box which helps but he’s not reliable.
Las Vegas Raiders – 72 snaps
Maxx Crosby (66) continues to play a heavy load compared to Clelin Ferrell (51) at DE. Crosby has the sacks to go with this – but Ferrell is playing better, has more pressure and double the tackle numbers.
LB Cory Littleton (72) continues to be woefully inefficient but he’s 13th in snaps among LBs. He’s going to have some big days. Nick Kwiatkoski (46) played limited snaps again. He has just 121 snaps in the three games he’s been active. Injuries have certainly been at play, but it’s a worry. Nicholas Morrow (28) shared his job.
Los Angeles Chargers – 76 snaps
We’ve now had four weeks in a row with the Chargers using the same two LBs as every-down players. Kenneth Murray (76) looks a bit like a rookie and Kyzir White (74) is no star but they’re getting the volume we want to see and producing IDP stats.
At safety they also seem settled. Rayshawn Jenkins and Nasir Adderley both played all 76 snaps this week. Jenkins is the box safety and had a big game. Adderley is the free safety and unlikely to be a star.
DE Joey Bosa (28) was banged up in this game. Isaac Rochell (56) played most of the game with Uchenna Nwosu (39) somewhere in the middle. Nwosu has been very productive this season. Emeke Egbule (25) rounded out the group.
Miami Dolphins – 64 snaps
The Dolphins traveled all the way to California and gave the 49ers a pasting in their own back yard. 2020 eh?
Miami finally got to play Byron Jones (56) again after missing most of the past three games. He looked rusty, but was still better than rookie Noah Igbinoghene (10). Xavien Howard (54) had a good game on the other side.
Interior lineman Zach Sieler also had a sack from his 44 snaps. He’d averaged 19 snaps a game before this week. Christian Wilkins (37) and Davon Godchaux (26) both lost some playing time but that may have been due to game-script. Rookie Raekwon Davis (11) is still only seeing limited time.
New England Patriots – 56 snaps
Game postponed due to COVID 19.
New York Jets – 75 snaps
Pittsburgh Steelers – 59 snaps
The Steelers are the finest pass-rushing defense in the NFL by a clear margin.
The entire defensive front is extremely productive right now. Cameron Heyward (48) and Stephon Tuitt (45) are the top interior linemen with Tyson Alualu (21) in a limited role. TJ Watt (50) and Bud Dupree (55) are tearing it up on the edge.
Game moved to Tuesday night due to COVID.
Good luck everyone!
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