Weekly Rankings: Ranking Each IDP Position For Week 9

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Week 9 Bye Weeks

This is the busiest week of the year for teams on bye, with six teams not playing. We may have to dig deep to fill our lineups this week.

Indianapolis

Players to replace:

DL – Jabaal Sheard, Margus Hunt

LB – Darius Leonard, Anthony Walker

DB – Kenny Moore, Malik Hooker

Cincinnati

Players to replace:

DL – Carlos Dunlap, Geno Atkins

LB – Vontaze Burfict, Vincent Rey

DB – Shawn Williams, Jessie Bates

NY Giants

Players to replace:

DL – Olivier Vernon

LB – Alec Ogletree, B.J. Goodson

DB – Landon Collins, Janoris Jenkins

Philadelphia

Players to replace:

DL – Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, Michael Bennett

LB – Jordan Hicks, Nigel Bradham

DB – Malcolm Jenkins, Ronald Darby

Arizona

Players to replace:

DL – Chandler Jones, Robert Nkemdiche

LB – John Bynes, Hassan Reddick

DB – Budda Baker, Tre Boston, Antoine Bethea

Jacksonville

Players to replace:

DL – Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue

LB – Myles Jack, Telvin Smith

DB – Barry Church, Tayshaun Gipson

Positive / Negative Home Stat Crews

Here is this week’s list of positive and negative matchups. We break down the top and bottom three matchups where home stat crews either hand out tackles and assists or are stingy with them. This metric is Tackles Per Opportunity or TPO and we can use these games to break ties for our lineups.

Note: the matchups are not favorable for fantasy owners this week. Think about getting some big-play defensive players in your lineups to make a difference.

Top 3 TPO Games at Home this week = Raiders @ 49ers, Bears @ Bills, Falcons @ Redskins

Bottom 3 TPO Games at Home this week = Chiefs @ Browns, Rams @ Saints, Bucs @ Panthers

Week 9 Notes

  • Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks has been playing well in 2018, one of the better stretches in his career. Last week he finished with 8 solos, and 1.5 sacks. He’s a clear LB1 and should be in your lineups every week.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs have a dumpster fire of a defense but one player is clearly benefiting from the leads the explosive offense is able to generate, DE Dee Ford. Ford has 8 sacks in as many games and is able to pin his ears back and attack the QB. This week he draws the Browns and he again should have some opportunities to do what he does. He’s a strong play this week.
  • In Pittsburgh, LB Vince Williams played a part-time role in Week 8. This is something to monitor this week, because he may have lost his value for fantasy owners in the second half.
  • Detroit identified a weakness in their defense and pulled the trigger for DT Damon Harrison. In Week 8 Snacks showed exactly why he was so valuable to the Lions. Harrison finished with a huge game, 7 solos and a sack. Harrison only played in about 60% of the snaps but if he’s available in DT required leagues, snatch him up now.
  • Seahawks DE Kenny Clark is a monster but he’s been quiet in the sack department this season. However, in Week 8 he totaled two sacks and five total tackles. He’s had a solid year so far but if he can rack up the sacks to close out the season he could be a difference maker for our lineups.
  • The Bengals appeared to have made a great decision when they handed the starting S job to rookie Jessie Bates. Already having a solid season, Bates caught an interception and returned it for his first career touchdown. It was his third interception to go along with 60 total tackles. Bates is a sleeper for the defensive rookie of the year.
  • Vikings DE Emerson Griffen made his seasons debut but finished with a quiet night. He could be a difference maker down the stretch but until he produces, fantasy owners can keep him on the bench unless desperate.
  • Bills LB Tremaine Edmunds is in the concussion protocol this week so keep an eye out for his status on Sunday.
  • We will finish up with some injury news. Bengals LB Vonteze Burfict will miss 2-4 weeks with a bum hip. Chiefs LB Anthony Hitchens is likely to miss this weeks game with a rib injury, which could open the door for a reduction in his role moving forward. The 49ers play on Thursday night and LB Reuben Foster will likely miss the game. Finally, Chargers DE Joey Bosa is not expected back this week for a big matchup with the Los Angeles Rams.

Below are the full IDP rankings for Week 9 thanks to this widget from FantasyPros:

Marc Salazar

Born and raised in San Antonio and naturally a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan. I am proud to be "Daddy" to an amazing 7-yo little girl. I love everything about the strategy and complexity of NFL football, no other sport compares. I've been playing some form of fantasy football for 15+ years and I run dynasty leagues that include individual defensive players, contracts, free agency and rookie drafts. I hope to introduce at least one of you to the joys of this format.

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