IDP Start/Sit: Week 14
Jake Kohlhagen, lead IDP contributor for Reality Sports Online, shares his IDP starts and sits for Week 14.
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This is it — our last push for the playoffs! (Hopefully, you wonderful readers have already locked that up though.) But in case you need help making decisions for your lineups this week, let’s dive into my thoughts for Week 14.
Week 13 Recap
Start: Osa Odighizuwa (3 solos, 3 assists,Qb hit, TFL) 👍
Sit: Denico Autry (3 solos, 1assist, 1 sack, QB hit, FF, PD) 👎
Start: Jack Campbell (4 solos, 5 assists, 2 TFLs) 👍 - Only on 79% snaps, efficient, talent, but not locked in
Sit: Markquese Bell (4 solos, 4 assists) 👎
Start: Jordan Battle (4 solos, 3 assists, TFL, 1 sack, QB hit, PD) 👍
Sit: Richie Grant (1 solo, 1 assist, 1 sack, 1 FF) 👎 - Big play made the day for him this week
Week 14 Starts & Sits
START: Samson Ebukam, Indianapolis Colts, DL38 (ED31)
A 7-5 record for the Colts is a bit of a surprise with some of the injuries that they have had to overcome. What has been a contributing factor to these surprising results? The play of that defensive front is a big part of this. DeForest Buckner and Kwity Paye for sure, but Samson Ebukam has been very good for this front. But especially good over his last 3 games: 4 sacks, but has a 16.45% pressure rate, which is 6 points higher than his 10.14% pressure rate for the entire season.
Enter the Cincinnati Bengals with a 27% pressure rate allowed this season and a 15% sack conversion rate on those pressures. Pair that with the Bengals seemingly more willing to utilize their passing attack with backup Jake Browning under center, this should set up a favorable matchup and plenty of opportunities for Ebukam.
SIT: Chase Young, San Francisco 49ers, DL20 (ED18)
It seems like nothing can stop the San Francisco 49ers recently. While the offense looks great, the defense is doing its part, too. And the addition of Chase Young was a very solid move for this team. However, in his 4 games with the 49ers, it has been feast or famine: 2 sacks and 1 tackle are his 4 games total. His 14.19% pressure rate over the time would leave us to believe he is an ideal play against the Seahawks this week and their usually favorable matchup.
However, last week they showed a changeup in their offense to mitigate a strong Cowboys pass rush. They went to a very quick passing attack with Geno Smith’s time to throw of 2.31 seconds, which was way down from his season average of 2.76 (which includes this most recent game). The offense was successful — they didn’t surrender a sack — and this doesn’t look great for the 49ers pass-rush. Especially Chase Young, who doesn’t seem to have a tackle floor either.
START: Mykal Walker, Pittsburgh Steelers, LB27
Mykal Walker has been a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers for three whole weeks now. And due to some unfortunate health in the linebacker room, Walker has seen his role continue to increase, as well. Elandon Roberts’ most recent groin injury is just the latest news in this ongoing saga. With his increased time in Pittsburgh, we have seen his production rise each week as well (from 3 tackles to 5 to 11 this last week).
While his overall numbers are average in terms of efficiency, he is getting a very favorable matchup for LB tackle production in the New England Patriots. Their offensive situation over the last 3 games has netted an average of 20 tackles to the LB position for the Patriots’ opponents. This should be an ideal game for Walker to deliver above-average efficiency and increased volume due to the injuries, which will lead to a very good week for the former Falcons LB.
SIT: Nicholas Morrow, Philadelphia Eagles, LB30
Nicholas Morrow has been involved in another linebacker room that has dealt with a litany of injuries this season. It has even seen Morrow go from a starter to a backup role, and back to the starter again. While no one will argue Morrow’s ability to be on the field, align a defense, and play his role, his IDP production has been one of mediocre value at times throughout his career.
This season has shown to be similar with a 9.61% tackle efficiency, almost 4 points lower than the league average and closer to safety tackle efficiency. With a crucial Week 14 matchup against their division rivals, the Dallas Cowboys, there is little concern as the last 3 weeks, the Cowboys’ opponents have only seen 15.3 tackles for the LB position. The inefficient play, combined with the less-than-favorable matchup, means Morrow is a fade for me.
START: Kyle Hamilton, Baltimore Ravens, DB34 (S26)
Kyle Hamilton has seen his IDP production shift a bit this year, as well as his alignment and utilization. Primarily deep safety, slot role, box safety, deep, and then back to slot defender. And this has been his primary role now for the last three weeks taking over 40 snaps a week there. While his tackle production has been average at just under 5 a game during this period (that’s with a 1 tackle performance), we have seen him generate 5 pressures, 4 hurries, and a QB hit. He also has 2 PDs to boot.
The Rams matchup is less favorable for safeties in terms of tackle production, but Hamilton is more of a slot defender or box safety, which isn’t like your traditional safeties. Hamilton has shown a respectable tackle floor but his big-play upside is a great reason for him to deliver this week against the Los Angeles Rams.
SIT: Jalen Pitre, Houston Texans, DB36 (S28)
Jalen Pitre is less than one season removed from an outstanding 144-tackle performance. This season has seen him regress to the mean as he is on a 93-tackle pace over a 17-game span. His alignment this year is a bit down from last year as well with 43% of his snaps coming from the sweet spot. Even with his reduction in production, and shifted utilization, Pitre is still a relatively consistent IDP performer.
What makes him less-than-ideal this week, is the matchup against the New York Jets. The Jets are providing league-low tackles to their opponents' safeties at 9.6 per game, with the last 3 games averaging 6.0. That is an extremely small pie to divide up among others, let alone one’s self. Pitre is a pass for me in Week 14.
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