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 scorekeeper. 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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This week was a great week to play in IDP leagues. With all the underwhelming offensive performances, a lot of matchups were decided by the players listed above. The biggest surprise for me was seeing Curtis Lofton’s snap count jump from 59% in week one to 99% in week two at the expense of Ray Ray Armstrong. He was credited for allowing seven catches, a touchdown and three missed tackles on his way to being the worst graded linebacker according to Pro Football Focus. It’ll be interesting to see how the snap counts shakes out between these two because neither are very good.
Alec Ogletree and Ryan Shazier were monsters for their respective teams, racking up 16 and 15 total tackles, respectively. They both play so fast and are able to play sideline to sideline with little trouble running down linebackers or tight ends. For the second week in a row, Jelani Jenkins and Reshad Jones of the Miami Dolphins posted double digit tackles. Jones is making a strong case for being the top IDP safety of 2015. Enjoy Sean Lee for as long as you can. At the current rate of Cowboy injuries, Lee is probably on borrowed time. If I was Jerry Jones, I would wrap Lee in bubble wrap in between games. He’s playing great football at the moment.
I love Jamie Collins. Sometimes he’s inconsistent based on whatever scheme Bill Belichick comes up with that week, but when he’s on, he can almost single handedly win you your matchup. His versatility to gobble up double digit tackles paired with his speed and power to get to the quarterback is nothing short of awesome. His teammate, Dont’a Hightower, looks to be fully recovered from his shoulder injury after playing 84% of the snaps in week one and 96% in week two. Collins and Hightower are the every down linebackers for this defense and Jerod Mayo is no threat to either of them after playing 15% and 22% of the defensive snaps through the first two weeks.
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