IDP Risers and Fallers: Week 7 (Fantasy Football)
Tommy Kislingbury provides his IDP risers and fallers for Week 7.
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I used to be annoyed at the NFL for sending bad games to London. After this weekend I’m starting to realize that it might simply be our fault. Only about half the teams who come over seem to actually be here in full effect which leads to some stinkers. I’m going to the Browns/Vikings game this weekend. I’m not confident it’ll be full of blistering aerial attacks. Luckily – I can find solace in the defensive side of things.
Darius Butler (S – IND)
Sadly, Malik Hooker is done for the season with a shredded knee. It’s a huge shame given he was starting to look good. Up until now Hooker had been playing the whole time with Matthias Farley across from him. But in dime situations Farley was subbing out for Darius Butler. Butler is a converted corner and brings coverage skills that Farley (and Geathers should he return) can only dream of. Butler immediately slotted in on Sunday night and will be the starter going forward. I don’t love Butler but in leagues where any starting safeties are thin he’s a top add.
Blake Martinez (LB – GB)
Martinez has been starting all season long, and he’s unlikely to be unowned, but he’s really got to the stage where he’s an automatic start by now. As an exhibit his solo tackles for the season by week have been:
2, 5, 7, 5, 7, 8, 12
It helps that the Packers have played over 70 defensive snaps each of the past three weeks, but with Aaron Rodgers hurt that might be the new normal in Green Bay. Martinez is an IDP LB1 at this point.
Deone Bucannon (LB – ARI)
I watched the Cardinals/Rams game live given it was round the corner from my house and thought Bucannon still didn’t look right, but he’s improving with fitness. What we do know is that in a weak-looking defense (only Chandler Jones can create any pressure) with a liability at QB now that Carson Palmer is out, Bucannon is going to get a ton of chances to put up individual stats. I strongly recommend putting out some lowball offers in the hopes that his owners are getting antsy about him.
Trey Hendrickson (DE – NO)
He only played 20 snaps this week, and he only rushed the passer nine times. But he put up a hit and two hurries and looks like a player waiting to break out. For the season he’s seen just 86 defensive snaps (three other Saints ends have far more), and I can’t see him being an IDP starter this season but in dynasty leagues with large rosters, he’s well worth stashing. He just might be a 2018 starter for you.
Leonard Floyd (LB – CHI)
Floyd is the top pass rusher on a defense that’s quietly pretty darn effective. This past week Floyd recorded a sack, a hit, and five hurries for seven total pressures. Only Khalil Mack and Von Miller managed more than that (eight and nine respectively). He has volume on his side too with only Justin Houston and Chandler Jones playing more among OLBs than him in 2017. He’s not quite hit the heights he flashed as a rookie, but I’d say it’s coming. Now is the opportunity to buy.
Jatavis Brown (LB – LAC)
I love him. I really do. He’s a fab athlete in a great spot. But I’m more and more worried about his ability to face the NFL physically. If he was hurt and missing games I’d be ok. He’ll be fit again soon. But in the last three weeks he’s played 35, 20 and 18 snaps. It seems the team are just trying to keep him fresh rather than anything else. I really hope there’s another good reason but until I see a full workload return I don’t think he’s startable
Ray-Ray Armstrong (LB – SF)
Reuben Foster made his much-awaited return (until he got hurt again) and Armstrong only played 27 snaps. Some of that was down to the shoulder injury he’s nursing but I don’t care why a player isn’t on the field. I only care if he is or not. Armstrong is an average talent who’s 28 years old and on a rebuilding team. If he’ can’t stay healthy I have no use for him at all.
Vernon Hargreaves III (CB – TB)
The good news is that Hargreaves was switched to the slot (after a season and a half of looking terrible on the outside) and looked much better.
The bad news is this pretty much kills his IDP value given it’ll take a chunk of volume away from him. The Bucs are not a good team. They’re going to be behind a lot. Which means teams will be running the ball to kill the clock. Which means their slot corner will play less. Hargreaves only played 36 snaps this week whilst Brent Grimes and Robert McClain played over 60 each. The bottom just fell out of Hargreaves’ value.
D’Onta Hightower (LB – NE)
Ugh. I love Hightower. He’s a really good, versatile player. But he can’t stay healthy and the Pats continue to use him as an edge player when he is fit. I own no shares at all and I advise selling any you can on name value. Many more casual IDP players don’t realise just how bad an asset he is.
BJ Goodson (LB – NYG)
Another case of injury problems killing any patience I might have. The Giants have shown every intention of giving him a great opportunity but they’re also one of the teams most happy to not rely on a stable LB corps. Goodson has only played a full game twice in seven weeks this season and I can do without the heartache of owning him.
As always IDP leagues are won by those of you making moves all the time. There’s no such thing as a settled roster in this variant of the game we play.
Thanks for reading and good luck!