Welcome to the Week 2 Start Sit IDP 2020 from RotoHeat!
RotoHeat community members asked us some IDP questions for Week 2, and the RotoHeat IDP team voted to see whom they would rather sit and start in the matchup. Members then vote and answered on how they felt about the players moving forward. Here are the results of those questions.
*Disclaimer: Start/Sit results are subject to change do to injury reports and other factors leading up to game time.
Jadeveon Clowney (DE, Tennessee Titans) or Matt Ioannidis (DE, Washington Football Team)
Clowney (2 solo tackles, 1 assist and 1 TFL) played about a two times higher percentage of snaps in Week 1 compared to Ioannidis (2 solo tackles, 2 assists, 1 TFL and 1.5 sacks), although Ioannidis ended up with the better fantasy day. Washington’s defensive line and edge rushers are better, but Tennesee’s are nothing to scoff at.
San Francisco, another very talented defense, did not get a ton of pressure on Kyler Murray last week (Washington plays Arizona, whereas Tennessee players Jacksonville), but Indianapolis was able to get to Gardner Minshew quite a bit in Week 1. On that same note, Minshew is more prone to take sacks and give up the ball than Kyler is. All of this, to us makes Clowney the better play this week.
Josh Allen (DE, Jacksonville Jaguars), Leonard Williams (DL, New York Giants) or Dante Fowler (DE/OLB, Atlanta Falcons)
Williams was a 3:1 pick over Allen this week, with Fowler getting no votes. On the whole we do not trust Fowler on a week to week basis and feel he is a boom or bust player with more busts than booms for fantasy teams. Josh Allen lacks quality IDP options around him, and offensive blocking schemes are able to focus on keeping him from the QB due to it. If you want to go with the “don’t sit your studs” philosophy that’s understandable. For this week we like Williams more. He had a higher snap count than Allen in Week 1 and had higher production. Williams has always gotten a lot of pressure as a player, he just had trouble converting that to fantasy points. Hopefully that nice Week 1 is a sign he turned the corner on this, as has been a focus for the New York Giants defense.
Jonathan Abram (S, Las Vegas Raiders): Are you trusting him this year?
Although he missed most of his rookie year due to injury, we are trusting him. He had a very nice Week 1 with 9 solo tackles, 4 assists and 1 TFL. Abram has the draft pedigree (27th overall in 2019) and talent to succeed, and he is in a situation to get you quality fantasy production. Outside of Abram, there is really only Erik Harris (also a safety), who averaged 6.7 fantasy points last year (good enough for DB 27 using the RotoHeat discussed IDP scoring), starting 14 of 16 games. Abram is more talented than Harris, if Abram is on your team, you should be able to roll him out as weekly starter in leagues where you start two DBs, and he has the potential to end up as a DB1 this year.
Aldon Smith (DE, Dallas Cowboys): Are you trusting him this year?
We were mixed on this one. We want to trust him, but given that he has not played in an NFL game before Week 1 since 2015, it is hard to know what we are getting this year. Will he stay out of trouble? What is his conditioning like?
In Week 1 he had 6 solo tackles, 5 assists, 1 TFL and 1 sack. This is a GREAT game for a defensive linemen, but do not expect this every week. For one week though, he looked like the old Aldon Smith, and played 74% of the defensive snaps. Considering he was free in almost every year prior to this week, he is obviously a safe buy at that price. We wouldn’t go out and spend a bunch to get him via trade, but the coaching staff likes him and clearly is comfortable playing him. That lingering feeling of doom in the background is why we do not have this a true “yes” vote for trusting him this year, but in terms of do we want him at his price and feel ok starting him, that much is a “yes”.
Micah Kiser (LB, Los Angeles Rams): Are you trusting him this year?
We say yes. His pre-season competition for potential MLB duties, Kenny Young (53% of defensive snaps) ad Troy Reeder (special teams only) both took a clear back seat to Kiser’s 100% of the defensive snaps in Week 1. Someone will be the man in the middle for the Rams this year and it is looking like Kiser. He had a fine Week 1 with 6 solo tackles, 1 assist and 2 passes defensed in a game where Dallas threw more than they ran. Staying on the field for all the passing is encouraging. His teammates commended him after the game for how well he played and led the team, so we are expecting him to be the guy going forward for the Rams.
Marcus Maye (S, New York Jets): Are you trusting him this year?
Overall the group said yes. He is the safety they have that knows the system the best and the linebacking corps is still a mess. We wouldn’t expect him to get you Jamal Adams-esque numbers each week like in Week 1 (7 solo tackles, 3 assists, 2 TFL, 2 sacks, 2 PD and a forced fumble). This also doesn’t mean he will be a yearly starter for you, but if he is your DB2 or DB3, you are sitting in a very nice spot for this year. Beyond this year is another question, as he is a free agent after this year.
Jon Bostic (LB, Washington Football Team): Are you trusting him this year?
Most of us said no. The status of Cole Holcomb (who played very well for Washington last year) is unclear, as he was battling a knee injury, but did play special teams only last week. Thomas Davis, who head coach Ron Rivera knows very well, should be back this week, and is expected to start over either Bostic (100% of defensive snaps last week) or Kevin Pierre-Louis (99% defensive snaps last week); it is just a matter of which. With this much ambiguity, and Bostic’s track record of not being someone to trust in your fantasy lineup, he is a “no” for us.
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