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I’d like to start this week with my condolences to those of you who lost Brian Cushing this week. He’s always been one of my favorite IDPs due to the way he ran train on Jersey HS football during my senior year, and he emerged as a steal in drafts this year. Before suffering another devastating season-ending injury this past week, he was LB14 on the year coming of his first torn ACL. For those of you in dynasty leagues, here’s to hoping that he comes back next year chalk full of even more PEDs and better than ever.

But on to happier news…

Chris Jones – Chris Jones? Chris Jones! Stepping into a Pats front that was down a Wilfork and a Tommy Kelly, Jones did more than hold his own in a loss to the Jets, piling up 10 tackles and two sacks. His enormous stat line was assisted by the Jets pounding Chris Ivory 30+ times into the line, but also by his enormous waist line. Weighing in at well over 300 pounds, Jones figures to occupy the middle of a Pats front that should feast on the pathetic Miami O-Line in Week 8. He won’t get double-digit tackles again anytime soon, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see another two sack day against Miami or Pitt in the next two weeks.

J.J. Watt – Rebounded from a goose egg in Week 6 to put up 6 tackles and a sack against KC. If you were able to buy-low a week ago, congrats, as Watt is as much of a sure thing as we can find in this crazy IDP world.

Jamari Lattimore – Like Chris Jones, Lattimore benefitted from an injury and delivered huge results. When Clay Matthews went down, the Packer pass-rush figured to go down with him. Lattimore had other plans, racking up 12 tackles and a sack, as well as another QB knockdown. Teams will likely be better prepared for him from here on out, but his upcoming schedule is a pass-rusher’s dream. If he keeps up this production over the next month, Lattimore might have his own Fat Head.

Brandon Spikes/Don’t’a Hightower – With Jerod Mayo on the shelf for the rest of the year, one or both of these young LBs figured to benefit from the additional snaps. The answer for now is both, as Spikes and Hightower each put up 11 tackles against the Jets. I tend to prefer Spikes, but I could easily see either of them putting up top-10 numbers from here on out.

Da’Norris Searcy – It was fun while it lasted. With Jairus Byrd and Stephon Gilmore back in the lineup, and Aaron Williams entrenched at Strong Safety, Searcy will struggle to find the field in Buffalo. It will be interesting to see how the stats fall between Byrd, Gilmore and Williams, but you can safely drop Searcy for a better option.

Jamarca Sanford – While it pains me to discuss anyone in the Minnesota secondary other than Harrison Smith, it appears that we all have to move on. With Smith out for the foreseeable future, Sanford appears to be the prime beneficiary. He put up 12 tackle against the Giants on MNF, and he gets a nice slate of Green Bay, Dallas and Washington for the next three weeks. Sanford should now be owned in all leagues that require DBs, and he can put himself in must-start territory with another solid performance against the Packers.

 

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  1. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Nice read, my IDP team is in shambles and I’m gonna ask you a few questions based on this article. Would you go with Sanford over Cyprien? If you were to pick up a LB would you grab Spikes (NE) or Lattimore (GB)? Also Bernard Pollard is a FA, would you grab him over Sanford (since Sanford is probably a better play rest of the year than Cyprien)? And last: Sheldon Richardson or Chris Jones ROS? Thanks man, keep up the good work.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist:

      Thanks for reading!

      For your DL’s, I think Richardson is a better choice than Jones ROS. He’s been doing it for longer, and lining up opposite Wilkerson is good protection against both the run and pass.

      At LB, I like Spikes over Lattimore. Mayo is out for the year, while Matthews is due back at some point, so the playing time issue looms large. Lattimore also succeeded with Brad Jones out, so he’s likely to see his playing time slip a lot and sooner. Spikes should be a reliable option every week, so I’d go with him.

      At DB, it’s a little complicated. I assume Pollard is a FA due to his bye week, because when he plays he produces at a top-10 rate. If you have a deep enough roster, take him over Sanford. It’s pretty much a toss-up between Cyprien and Pollard, but I’d take either of them over Sanford at this point.

  2. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Thanks, Cyprien has been quite disappointing lately and has only gotten single digits for me in the past couple games. How do you feel about dropping Cyprien for Pollard and just starting Patrick Peterson this week at DB (gamble I know but I feel like Peterson is going to have a huge game one of these weeks, my league rewards return yardage and offensive production as IDPs as well)? Thanks.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist:

      Peterson is always a huge boom/bust guy, but you have to assume that against ATL minus Julio and likely Roddy, Matty Ice won’t be able to completely avoid throwing it his way. With the return yardage and offensive points, it’s worth a gamble. Moving forward I’m fine with Pollard over Cyprien, though I do feel like Cyprien’s ceiling is higher for the rest of the season.

  3. Justin says:
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    Thanks for the Info man, your advice has helped me create a dynamic idp defense.. With watt on a bye week this week would you start Chris jones who Chris Jones Jones or Marcel Darius

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Justin:

      I like Dareus over Jones this week, simply because I’d like to see Jones do it twice in a row before dropping anyone for him. Next week, that answer could be different.

  4. Jtexas says:
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    Cyprien is a hot topic this week apparently. I too am worried about his dipping production as I roster him as my starting DB. I was going to start Jamarca over him but now he is apparently injured again as of Friday’s practice. I can pick up Woodson who faces PIT or start Cyp against SF. Almost all ranking systems have Woodson top 5 this week in DBs although against PIT I am not sure why. Who would you go with? Thanks.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Jtexas:

      In terms of who to start this week, I’d go with Woodson over Cyprien. The Niners have been dead last in IDP points allowed to opposing DBs, and while Pitt isn’t much better, they’re still not last. Either one of them is better than relying on a questionable Sanford at this point.

      I understand the Cyprien concern, but I think his ceiling is so high if he is utilized correctly, that I would take him over Woodson or Sanford for the rest of the season.

  5. John says:
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    Why is Kuechley consistently ranked so high?? I just cut that bum. He routinely gets sent on blitzes yet has zero sacks. He can’t get off a lineman’s block, ever. He can’t cover one on one. And he can’t tackle in the flat. He’s great side to side but that’s it! He left 6 points on the field last week due to missed tackles. I got tired of putting him in my lineup based solely on his high ranking.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @John:

      After being DL1 overall last year, I think Kuechly has earned some patience, but he’s clearly not at the level he was last year. Even so, he’s still top 20 in tackles and has a couple of picks so far. Inability to cover may actually benefit him from and IDP perspective, as it gives him more tackle opportunities, but I hear you on your other beefs.

      The lack of sacks and fumbles forced/recovered is definitely frustrating, but I have faith that he will finish the year in the top 10 among LBs.

  6. AJ says:
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    Good Sunday morning to you!

    I’m in a 10 team league that’s ripe with some of the best IDP in the game. So basically, I’m just looking for the best week 8 IDP based on matchup. Some of the available include DWashington (my current IDP who has done nothing since his massive debut 3 weeks ago), DJohnnson, DQJackson, VMiller & BWagner. So of those 5, who do you see racking up the most tackles this week? In my league tackles are a point a piece, assists being half a point. Most everything else is spot on with the defaults you’ve used above.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @AJ:

      That’s a nice squad you’ve put together there. For this week, I’d rule out Miller (gets less tackles than the MLBs you have in general) and Wagner (still recovering from an injury, I’d like to see him at full strength first.

      So that leave Johnson, Jackson and Washington. Washington probably has the highest ceiling and the lowest floor, considering he’s still getting back into the swing of things, and Atlanta’s offense is currently in a state of flux. To be on the safe side, I’d go with Johnson. He’s had an absurdly low 5 assists so far this year, and I have to think that changes soon. Additionally, the Browns allow about 10ppg more to LBs than the Browns do, further separating Johnson from Jackson.

      • AJ says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf:

        Thanks Kevin, that was exactly what I was looking for. Sometimes I wish we started more IDP, just so the decision wasn’t as difficult each week. Best of luck.

        AJ

      • AJ says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf:

        Thanks again! Johnson had a great game and I never would have chosen him if not for your advice.

  7. AJ says:
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    You’re awesome recommendation helped me out immensely last week. So now the question becomes, stick with Johnson against Buffalo, or do I swap him out for Kuechly, Watt, Wagner, Kerrigan or DQJackson?

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