Period Accuracy Rank High Low Percentile
Week 5 51.7% 9 out of 21 62.8% 33.0% Top 50%
2015 57.7% 5 out of 20 59.6% 49.7% Top 25%

Here at Razzball, we try to stay away from social commentary. We pretty much stick to fantasy sports, puns, pop culture references and a whole lot of Game of Thrones without veering into the more serious side of sports. That said, it’s difficult to separate a guy like Ray Rice from some of the stuff we’ve seen and heard about him. I’m a huge Rutgers fan, and was a die-hard Rice supporter until everything came out last year, but since then, it’s impossible to look at him in the same light. The same applies to Greg Hardy. I mentioned him in the lede last week, and he exceeded expectations with 5 tackles, 2 sacks, a forced fumble and general chaos caused in the New England backfield. I completely understand if you’re disgusted by Hardy, and refuse to root for him or have him on your team. However, if you’re just in it to win it, he’s a top-10 option for the rest of the season at DL after his bye.

On that note, let’s take a look at what happened elsewhere in Week 5…


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Damontre Moore – He’s shown flashes before, but it still hasn’t really come together for the former first round pick. His stat line looked good on Sunday, with 4 tackles and 2 sacks, however he still only saw the field for 25% of snaps. Right now he’s nothing more than a pass-rush specialist, so for IDP leagues it’s impossible to trust him on a weekly basis. If you own him already, try to capitalize on his big day and trade him, but if you’re looking for help on the DL, I would look elsewhere.

Jared Crick – It’s taken a few years, but teams have finally started basing their entire game plans around blocking JJ Watt. It hasn’t helped all that much, as Watt is still DL1 on the year, but it has opened up opportunities for other Texans to put up stats. Jadeveon Clowney seemed like the logical choice to benefit here, but it’s really been Crick who has upped his game. He only has 1 sack so far, but he’s been a borderline DL2 in 3 of his last 4 games. I’m not comfortable starting him every week at this point, but he’s a better option than a guy like Moore.

Danny Trevathan – It’s been a weird year for Trevathan so far. Prior to the season, he looked like he would lead the way for the Broncos D, and through two weeks, he was putting up solid stats. Then he saw his snaps drop below 70%, and his stats along with them. I was getting ready to remove him from my top 50 altogether, but a bounce back game in Week 5 (10 tackles), combined with Demarcus Ware’s injury, puts Trevathan back on the IDP radar. It’s clear that Brandon Marshall is still the LB to own in Denver, but Trevathan should still be viewed as an LB3.

Avery Williamson – The breakout LB in Tennessee last year, Williamson had taken a back seat to Zach Brown for the first few weeks. But Brown was benched last week, and will likely split snaps with Wesley Woodyard for the immediate future, leaving Williamson as the last man standing. He put up 9 tackles and a sack in Week 5, and that’s the type of production we saw last year. I have essentially put him where I had Brown previously, and if he continues to play all three downs, he’s a weekly starter.

Arizona DBs – I hit on this during the preseason, but this secondary has only improved on their insane IDP numbers from 2014. They have FIVE top-30 DBs right now, and that doesn’t even include Patrick Peterson. The biggest issue right now is trying to figure out who will explode from week-to-week. Tyrann Mathieu and Deone Bucannon are the top options in terms of big plays and tackles respectively, but Tony Jefferson and Jerraud Powers had the top performances last week. I’m fine playing any of them on a weekly basis, but it’s also fun to sit back and watch the dominance of a secondary that has eclipsed even the Legion of Boom from an IDP perspective.

Bashaud Breeland – In the wake of DeAngelo Hall’s injury, Breeland has stepped in admirably. He’s by no means a shutdown corner, but neither is Hall, and the 13 tackles and 1 interception he’s put up in the last two weeks is a very Hall-esque line. I like him in CB-required leagues, but if you simply need a DB to pick up, I’d stay away for now. Breeland benefited from playing against Atlanta and Julio last week, and while he’ll likely shadow Brandon Marshall this week, his opportunities won’t be the same. On the flip side, Brandon Browner should put up some legit numbers against Atlanta, so I would recommend him as a one-week flier.

 

 

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  1. Scott says:
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    Do you want to talk about what Fletcher Cox did last week? What accounted for that 30+ pt IDP performance and why won’t he get close to it this week?

    • Scott says:
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      @Scott: I mean, I would have a hard time benching him for Mario Williams based on what they did on Sunday. my other DL is Calais Campbell, who also underwhelmed.

      • Kevin Kumpf

        Kevin Kumpf says:
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        @Scott:

        6 solo tackles, 3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles is the best game of his career by far (he had 4 total sacks in 16 games last season). No doubt that Mario has been awful so far, but the larger sample size makes him a more reliable weekly option, and he has a better matchup this week.

  2. Clint says:
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    So, 2 questions:
    1) Jamie Collins-could you see him being a top LB by season’s end? Dude’s been all over the place so far but I’m not sure how valuable NE LB’s are in that scheme since I didn’t play IDP when they had a great crew there. Somebody just dropped Lavonte David in my league due to the bye and I was debating which to go with for ROS.

    2) Similar question in regards to Hardy-I have Dunlap but will likely have to swap him out next week for Hardy for at least the one week but would you go back to Carlos at all or just roll with Hardy ROS?

    If it matters, it’s an 8 team league w/the scoring system you suggested to me during preseason:
    Blocked kick/safeties-6pts
    Int/sacks-4pts
    Forced fumbles-3pts
    Fumble recoveries/tackles for loss-2pts
    Solo tackles-1pt
    Assisted tackles-0.5pts
    Passes defensed-1.5pts

    Thanks as always!

    • Kevin Kumpf

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      @Clint:

      Collins is in a pretty good situation right now with Hightower banged up and Mayo still working back from injury. However, David was my LB1 overall before the season, and his ceiling is definitely higher. If you have a roster spot, I would pick up David, and then play matchups moving forward. David will likely be the starter over Collins more often than not.

      Hardy vs. Dunlap is similar. I like Dunlap more in general, but Hardy will have some nice matchups. There is also a general scarcity of reliable DLs right now, so if you can hold both, I would.

  3. Brown L says:
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    Hi Kevin, this is my first year playing IDP, and its pretty wild! Thanks for the great advice!
    Are defensive lineman always this bad? My top two guys were Cameron Jordan and Chandler Jones, who you had pretty high, but neither of them has done very much, and this week you have Jordan higher than anyone. What’s your thinking on Jordan in particular?

    • Kevin Kumpf

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      @Brown L:

      Defensive Line is usually a top heavy position, with 10-15 guys that routinely put up both tackles and big plays, but little reliable depth outside of that. This year has been insane. Outside of Watt and maybe Aaron Donald, no one is really dominating, and there are an abnormally large number of zeroes being put up. My rankings assume that some of this will regress back to normal, and that guys like Jordan (with a great matchup tonight) and Jones (one of the most talented DEs in the league) will start to put up numbers.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Brown L:

      Even with Jordan’s great matchup I didn’t expect him to do THAT. Hope you started him!

  4. Scott says:
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    Prince will be out 2-3 weeks
    where is Poslusny?

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Scott:

      DB ranks should be updated shortly with Prince removed and DRC added.

      Poz didn’t practice Weds but did today, and in those cases I use Friday as the tiebreak. If he’s active, he’ll be top 10.

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf: and it was right in front of my face all the time. hehe.

  5. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    99% of the time you are right about that, but the lesser writers (as far as article number, so not the main guy, who rules) on hockey side were actually saying that “Kane should be suspended”. Kane has been accused of rape, but there isn’t even a charge due to lack of evidence. Suspending him would be terribly irresponsible for the league and just show a fear of possible negative PR. Worse, they didn’t actually back up their claim with any legitimate reasons. It would seem if you are going to make somebody guilty until proven innocent you better have DAMN GOOD reasons.

    Any the whoo, might want to take Amukamara off list, as he’s out for multiple weeks i’m seeing. Wait, you did, since like an hour ago i’m pretty sure he was on it. Nice quick work.

  6. Blake says:
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    ok – so I have sean lee – who do you suggest for this week? drop sean lee for?

    K Dansby
    Jamie Collins
    Jordan Hicks

    seems like dansby is hurt? per your rankings though Dansby is the pickup

    Ok for DB help – I have earl Thomas – would really like a DB that gives me a ton of tackles week in and out. Suggestions on any of these you would rather have?

    HA HA Clinton dix
    Harrison Smith
    Calvin Pryour

    • Kevin Kumpf

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      @Blake:

      Dansby has been Questionable for the last 4 weeks, and has still produced top 20 numbers. He hasn’t reinjured himself, so if anything his numbers should get better. Collins and Hicks are great options as well, but Dansby is still my pick.

      At DB, from a tackle perspective Harrison Smith is your best bet. HHCD has been great, but Morgan Burnett will be back at some point, and Pryor is still a little bit risky at this point.

      • Blake says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf:

        would you go for smith over Thomas?

        • Kevin Kumpf

          Kevin Kumpf says:
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          @Blake:

          I have them one spot apart in rankings, so I could go either way. Thomas tends to have a higher ceiling in terms of big plays, while Smith is safer due to tackles. Both are great options though.

  7. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    This week is the eric kendricks breakout, just wait.

  8. Mex says:
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    Nice call on Jordan he dominated yesterday. Love the 20+pts he got me.

  9. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    thinking Rams are gonna stick with Ogletree being the football version of D.Mesoraco from baseball this year, where for some asinine reason (too cheap to push through paperwork maybe) even though he has no chance to play he doesn’t get IR’d? In dynasty i’d love to keep him, but he’s wasting a spot on my bench. I have one more IR slot if there’s any indicating i’m not hearing about that STL wants to actually add another player. In fantasy leagues this would constitute inactive managing (or at least border on it), in real life it’s a complete waste of a roster spot, further proof STL’s owner doesn’t want them winning in STL. CIN in baseball waited about just over a month and then finally DL’d Mesoraco.

    • Kevin Kumpf

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      @I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail:

      It looks like the decision is season-ending IR vs. IR return list. I get the logic for them I guess, with not wanting to waste the return list slot on someone who may not be able to return, but it’s extremely frustrating for fantasy owners regardless.

      Given the dynasty nature, I would try to hold out as long as you can, because I think he’s a top 10 talent in a great situation, but understandable if you need to move on.

      • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf: do these teams have a limited number on these guys? my roster is this: (start 2 RB, 3 WR, 2 flex that can be TE, 2 QB) PPR. 4 IDP of any kind (so pretty much all LB if your team is good)
        peyton/tyrod/rodgers/osweiler
        forte/ivory/woodhead/c.michael/j.bell
        allen/edelman/hankerson/r.matthews (MIA)/d-jax/jordy (IR)
        ertz/julius thomas
        K j.brown
        DEF CAR
        IDP david/dansby/d-jax (IND)/collins/ogletree

        This coming week i need a QB with only Tyrod playing (and he might not be playing). Could probably drop Osweiler but i’m expecting Peyton to either bow out with injury (real or made up) or get benched fairly soon. A few other top 20ish guys out there too in IDP’s.

          • Kevin Kumpf

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            @I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail:

            From what I can tell, you can only use the short-term IR move once during the season. I can’t remember a team moving a player from short-term to full-season IR, and everything I’ve read makes it sound like you can’t do that. Still no solace to Ogletree owners, but at least it makes the Rams’ decision a little bit more understandable.

            Given your roster, I think you’re probably fine to drop Ogletree. The rest of your IDPs are top 15 as well, and despite them being mostly older than Ogletree, you’re not sacrificing too much. Osweiler would be the other candidate, because even if Peyton gets benched, I’m not sure he’ll ever be startable, but I understand wanting to find out.

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