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Week 2 Notes
- The week could not have gone any worse for the Atlanta Falcons. Deion Jones, our second-ranked linebacker, and Keanu Neal, our top-ranked safety, suffered injuries and are on IR. Although Jones is expected to be back later this year it’s a huge blow for a team with playoff aspirations. Damontae Kazee will start at FS but Jordan Richards should get a nice bump. The team traded for Richards just a few weeks ago and that becomes much more important now. At LB the team announced Duke Riley will start but we still don’t know if that will be inside or out and who else sees snaps.
- LB Jordan Hicks was back, after missing 9 games last season with an Achilles injury. He played all 70 of the team’s snaps and led them in tackles. Nigel Bradham will be back from suspension this week so we will need to pay attention to snap counts and nickel packages in Week 2.
- Buffalo LBs Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds each played 95% of the snaps Sunday and looked good doing so. Milano led the team in tackles with 7. Buffalo has a home game this week, a stadium where the scorekeeper gives out tackles like candy. Each should be a nice start this week.
- Former Bengals second-round pick Margus Hunt, who you may remember as a ‘Hard Knocks’ darling, had two sacks on Sunday. He only managed one total sack in 2017. Be careful here as this may be fool’s gold. Hunt played more snaps for Indy on the defensive line, a total close to 800 snaps, and still managed just one sack on the year.
- Veteran LB Wesley Woodyard is as steady as they come and a player I overlooked. There was some question of his role this season but that was answered, Woodyard played 97% of snaps in Week 1. He finished with 12 total tackles and should be an as every week start.
- Converted corner Kareem Jackson made his debut at safety for the Texans and showed out. He finished with 8 solo tackles and was involved in some big hits. Every year there is a solid veteran who steps up at safety and becomes a solid starter, let’s hope Jackson is one this season.
- New ILD Demario Davis played every snap in NO this past weekend. The Saints looked like the typical Saints opening week defense but the team has been looking for a reliable presence in the middle. Davis should show himself to be an every week starter for our IDP leagues.
- Owners may want to be cautious in Cincy with Curtis Fejedelem. He was placed into the lineup after starter Sean Davis was ejected for spearing. While PFF graded him out as a top safety this week we still don’t know if his incredible Week 1 is sustainable. I’d like to see if for another week before spending significant FAAB capital.
- One interesting observation in Arizona where five defensive backs played 94% of the snaps or more. To see a team run dime for nearly the entire game is remarkable. I actually believe this will continue but we will need to pay close attention to who is producing.
Below are the full IDP rankings for Week 2 thanks to this widget from FantasyPros: