Here at RotoHeat, I strive to deliver as much helpful information as I can to help you all have successful individual defensive player rosters and win a couple championships along the way. I am going to give you a couple of Week 12 IDP players to watch this weekend. These guys are lower in the rankings, but are primed to be mainstays on your 2022 Dynasty rosters. Check out my opinions and facts on the following players, and who knows, maybe you will pick them up before this weekend’s games.
Week 12 IDP Player to Watch – Edge – Quincy Roche – New York Jets
Week 12 in dynasty fantasy football is when you start setting up for the following year, even if you are smack dab in the middle of a championship run. Dynasty rosters are very large and you can always flip players to set yourself up for the future. The first player I would recommend you all to check out is edge/linebacker/defensive end Quincy Roche of the New York Giants. Roche was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 6th round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Roche was cut by the Steelers on August 31, 2021. The Steelers loss was the Giants gain.
Roche did not suit up for the first 2 games of the year. Week 3 and 4, Roche got to dress for the games, but only played a combined 5 snaps with zero stats. Roche played 14% of defensive snaps in Week 5. In those 11 snaps, Roche had 1 tackle. Week 7 brought about double the snaps at 36% of the defensive snaps. In those 23 snaps, Roche had 3 solo tackles and 1 tackle for a loss. Roche had played so well, and starter Lorenzo Carter was out with an ankle injury, that he got the starting nod for Weeks 8, 9, and 11.
Roche started to really put some nice numbers on the stat sheet starting in Week 8 where he played in 62% of the snaps against the Kansas City Chiefs. In those 50 snaps, Roche recorded 3 tackles (1 solo), 1 tackle for a loss, and 1 QB hit. Roche played in 72% of the defensive snaps in Week 9 against the Las Vegas Raiders. In those 50 snaps, Roche had 4 tackles (2 solo), 2 QB hits, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble which secured the Giants’ upset win over the Raiders. Week 11 brought 64% of the snaps for Roche against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He produced 6 tackles (4 solo) and 1 tackle for a loss.
Have you noticed the same trend that I have noticed? Roche is getting better and better each week. With every game, the rookie is producing better tackle numbers. The tackle numbers Roche is producing are rare for an edge rusher. Usually, if they don’t get a sack, they don’t get points. Roche is getting the tackles. This is extremely important to any starting edge player. Whether you get the linebacker, defensive end, or edge position on your roster, you might want to add him now for your 2022 starting lineups.
Week 12 IDP Player to Watch – Cornerback – Elijah Molden – Tennessee Titans
Elijah Molden is the other cornerback that the Tennessee Titans drafted in the 2021 NFL Draft in the 3rd round out of Washington. Unlike 1st round pick Caleb Farley, Molden doesn’t have the perfect size and had to earn his place on the field. At 5′ 10″ and 192 lbs, Molden got burned deep twice in the first 2 games of the year. Molden was sent to the bench with no assurance he would be back on the field any time soon. Then Farley tore his ACL in game #6 against the Buffalo Bills. Then 2nd year pro Kristian Fulton pulled a hamstring and missed over a month of action. The determined Molden was to get his chance for redemption.
The first 3 weeks of Molden’s NFL Career netted him 5 tackles on 60 total snaps along with the 2 touchdowns he got burned on. Week 4 was a humbling zero snaps. Molden received 23 snaps in Week 5 and recorded 3 solo tackles and a forced fumble.
Week 6 was when Molden got his 2nd opportunity and he did not waste it with 9 tackles (6 solo) and 1 tackle for a loss on 72 snaps. Week 7 brought the powerful offense of the Kansas City Chiefs and Molden posted 8 more tackles (6 solo) on 69 snaps. Next up in Week 8 was a divisional rival, the Indianapolis Colts. Molden responded with 2 solo tackles, an interception for a touchdown, and 2 passes defensed on 54 snaps. In Molden’s 4th and final start against the Los Angeles Rams, he reported 8 more tackles (6 solo) in 64 snaps.
Molden came off the bench for his last 2 games because Fulton returned to the starting lineup. Molden was still getting his playing time as he recorded 5 tackles (2 solo) on 51 snaps in Week 10. For Week 11, Molden played just 32 snaps and still posted 6 tackles (3 solo), 1 QB hit, and a pass defensed. Cornerback is a position that is tough to stand out as most good corners don’t get the tackle numbers. Molden is the exception, and I highly recommend him for your roster now. Especially if you play in a league like mine where you have to start 2 cornerbacks every week.
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