Joshua Abbe | November 13th, 2019
What a weird week 10 it was, Patrick Mahomes return and Christian McCaffrey performed like always, but if you had the usual studs like Alvin Kamara, Saquon Barkley, or Drew Brees they didn’t come up big. That’s where the IDP guys come in handy and help keep your team afloat. Making that playoff push is key at this stage and every little point helps. Let’s get right into last week’s recap and on to my picks for week 11.
Chris Jones had a great game Sunday against the Titans, racking up seven tackles (four solo), two sacks, and a forced fumble. He continues to put up monster numbers and should be owned everywhere. Justin Houston seems to have all the momentum on his side when it comes to sacks. He again managed to get another one facing the Dolphins. His total box score was three total tackles, one for loss, and the single sack. After dominate week nine for Joe Walker, he came up short for week 10 as my sleeper pick, unfortunately. He only made one tackle facing the Buccaneers. He’s worth a stash for deep rosters but just monitor his production. He only played 24 snaps which are just under 50 percent of the snaps from week nine.
The big play of the week came Thursday night with Erik Harris facing Philip Rivers and the Chargers. Coming up huge with two interceptions, three passes defended, two tackles, and took back an interception for a touchdown. He had been making an impact since week four and should continue to do so. Here we go with week 11.
Clelin Ferrell, Oakland Raiders
Ferrell seems to be hitting a stride as of late. He just had a monster game Thursday night against the Chargers going for eight total tackles and 2.5 sacks. He is someone to look to this upcoming week facing the winless Bengals. They are in the top five for most sacks allowed and last week they allowed two sacks on rookie quarterback Ryan Finley. For totals, they have also given up 18 touchdowns and a forced fumble on the season to a defensive lineman. We should continue to see consistent snaps and rack up points.
Nick Kwiatkoski, Chicago Bears
Filling in after a devastating injury to Danny Trevathan, Kwiatkoski came up big for the Bears. He racked up 10 tackles, a sack, and an interception. He played 78 percent of the snaps and seemed to make plays alongside Roquan Smith. Depending on how much time Trevathan is forced to miss, Kwiatkoski could be a viable IDP option for a couple of weeks. Especially, facing the Rams this upcoming week. The Rams just got stuffed by the Steelers and with a team that relays on the run game, it could be another nice day for Kwiatkoski.
Rodney McLeod, Philadelphia Eagles
While Malcolm Jenkins seems to be the easy play here, McLeod has an opportunity in a prime spot as well to put up some points. He’s been rather decent this season with 48 total tackles. He has also made an interception as well as three passes defended. This week he draws up a great matchup against a Patriots’ offense that likes the throw the ball at least 40 times a game. They are also averaging 31 total tackles per game to opposing defensive backs. Tom Brady isn’t immune to throwing interceptions either. McLeod could have a sneaky good game.
D.J. Swearinger, DB, Oakland Raiders
With Lamarcus Joyner (knee) likely out multiple weeks and Karl Joseph suffering a season-ending foot injury, the Raiders brought in Swearinger for the starting strong safety spot. He was cut from Arizona earlier into the season, but while there he was playing 100 percent of the snaps. Now he gets brought into a starting role where he takes over for Joseph who was scoring 80 plus points in the nine games played for 2019. Going into this weekend, he comes back to football with a game to knock off the rust facing the Bengals who give up the 18th most fantasy points to the safety position.
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