It almost seems like this column (IDP Beat) should be discontinued at the rate the offensive players are scoring this season! Offensive scoring is through the roof and defensive players are raking in the tackles and turnovers when they can, the defensive side of the ball has taken quite a beating on the injury front as well. If you are looking for team defenses for some reason, check out this article.
I have several guys this week that can help if your IDP squad is feeling the effect or if you just need to beef up for the playoff push upcoming!
David Irving, DE, Cowboys
Irving only played 8 games in 2017 yet in those 8 games he notched 22 tackles and 7 sacks. Talent has never been an issue, staying out of trouble and on the gridiron has been his downfall. When he plays, he lines up opposite Demarcus Lawrence and can wreak some havoc. Irving is worth a pickup now, returning off suspension, and has the ability to give you a few big boom type of weekly returns.
Takkarist McKinley, DE, Falcons
McKinley has been on the field for only 45% of the defensive snaps (he missed Week 3) in Atlanta and he has shown well – 6 tackles but 5 sacks. His Week 5 matchup with Pittsburgh isn’t the most enticing, the Steelers have allowed 9 sacks through 4 games, but Week 6 and 7 the Falcons face the Buccaneers and Giants. McKinley could easily have 10 sacks going into their Week 8 bye. Grab him now.
Stephen Weatherly, DE, Vikings
Weatherly has been in on 76% and 81% of snaps the last two weeks and an impatient owner likely would have dropped him after his Week 4 goose egg. The Vikes play the Cardinals and Jets in Week 6 and 7 and the opportunity for Weatherly to bounce back big in those games is huge. He has a starting spot as long as Everson Griffen is away from the team and will have a safe floor for tackles typically an opportunity for sacks on the stacked Minnesota defensive line.
Vontaze Burfict, LB, Bengals
Burfict returns from his 4 games PED suspension and if he is on the waiver wire, he is a must add. Burfict, when he can keep his nose clean, is a legitimate top-tier linebacker. A player that can put up 10 tackles, cause turnovers, and anchor your IDP lineup. Burfict is likely rostered but if for some reason he isn’t, add him as soon as possible.
Jayon Brown, LB, Titans
Brown is a promising young linebacker that could greatly benefit from the opportunity to play more with Wesley Woodyard out. It is not certain Woodyard will be out but it appears likely. Brown was in on 71% of the Titan’s defensive snaps in Week 4 and tallied 6 tackles and a sack. A trip to the tackle friendly stat crew in Buffalo is in Week 5 and he should have a solid week.
Jerome Baker, LB, Dolphins
Baker has earned more snaps every week this season, going from 32% to 80% of defensive snaps from Week 1 to Week 4. Baker has now raked in 27 tackles – Week 4 he gathered in 10 tackles (6 solo). He has wrestled the job away from Raekwon McMillan and his snap counts are due to increase more. Baker is a rookie that has impressed and should be owned in every IDP league.
Tre Boston, S, Cardinals
Boston has played in nearly all of the Cardinals defensive snaps and has moved into the free safety role – a role that led to him garnering 11 solo tackles in Week 4. Boston is a strong add and a must-start on a defense that will have a lot of chances for tackles and game scripts that favor opposing teams running.
That is all I have for Week 5, thank you so much for reading and if you get a chance – another IDP must follow and a guy that has meant a lot to me as I learned IDP is Ryan Sitzmann. His information is top notch and he is one of the first sources of IDP knowledge I found!