Welcome to the Week 3 Start Sit IDP 2020 from RotoHeat!
RotoHeat community members asked us some IDP questions for Week 3, 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. Any rankings and scoring discussed is based off the RotoHeat IDP Scoring we have discussed.
Does Micah Kiser continue his tackle dominance?
We touched on this last week, but as long as he stays healthy, yes. He’s more valuable in a tackle heavy IDP league versus a big play league, but he has value in either. He’s at 100% of snaps through both of the first games this year and is the man in the middle for the Rams. He’s in the top 10 for solo tackles so far, with 16 (along with 6 assists).
While he does not have the draft capital some would want to see to invest in him (he was a 2018 5th round pick) we have seen this spot be productive for the Rams with a player without any draft capital (Corey Littleton was an undrafted free agent in 2016), so I have no concerns regarding that, and quite honestly draft capital for IDP players is not as important for offensive players.
Adrian Phillips is listed in My Fantasy League as a safety but plays linebacker for New England. Do you like his volume play for tackles going forward?
Phillips has been practicing as a linebacker and playing quite a bit as a linebacker. We discussed this on our IDP Youtube Show/Podcast earlier in the offseason. As with seemingly anything in New England, Phillips has a high week to week variance. He played 69% of snaps in Week 1 and ended with, while he played 78% of snaps in Week 2 and had only
Add in the fact that rookie safety Kyle Dugger (although he is now reported to be questionable for Week 3) played more in Week 2 (54%) than Week 1 (18%), and that Dugger is also playing in the linebacker/safety hybrid role, and it gets messier. If Phillips continues to be labeled as a safety on sites, and is playing 2/3 to 3/4 of snaps as a linebacker, he will certainly have value. We don’t expect him to end the season as a DB1 like he is now, but a low DB2 or high DB3 is entirely reasonable. Keep an eye on Dugger though, as he is the long-term piece of the two in New England, and could eat into Phillips’ snaps as the season progresses.
Quinnen Williams or Ndamukong Suh?
We are guessing this is a DT required league based on the two options. Both players have similar scoring so far this season (17.00 for Suh, and for 22.00 for Williams), but we are going with Suh this week. Suh plays Denver, and Williams plays Indianapolis, which along with the players around them, were the deciding factor. The Jets do not have much else in terms of pass rushers right now, while Suh has helps from Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaq Barrett. The Colts are giving up far fewer points to defensive tackles this year than the Broncos are. If we are having to start one this week, give us Suh.
Pick two of these four linebackers: Micah Kiser, Roquan Smith, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Devin Bush.
Without any sort of scoring stated (remember when submitting a question to anyone, scoring and league information is very helpful to have!), I will go with the assumption that it is similar to the scoring we have discussed. All of these players are starters with snap percentages in the high 90s or higher so far this year. Our picks are Devin Bush and Micah Kiser. Kevin Pierre-Louis had a great Week 2, but did not do much in Week 1.
With Thomas Davis seemingly returning this week, we do not know how the linebacker snaps will go in Washington, so we are counting Kevin Pierre-Louis out. Atlanta has not given up a ton of points to linebackers this year, and while we do not know what the Giants will look like without Barkley, we will trust the hot hand in Kiser over Roquan.
Will we see a normalization where the “top” IDP guys returning to the top of the scoring rankings this year?
As with anything in 2020, this is tough to say. We see unexpected players have great IDP value each year. Are there some surprises this year? Yeah. Kyle Van Noy, Mike Hilton, Vince Williams, LJ Fort, Jaire Alexander, Brian Poole, Jon Bostic and Trey Hendrickson are all currently in the top 25 IDP scoring players, and not players you would have expected to be doing this well before the season started.
That said, let’s look back to last year. Shaq Barrett as the LB2, Logan Ryan as the DB1, Eric Reid as the DB2, Bud Dupree as the LB 9 and Dante Fowler as a top 25 scoring IDP player would all have been viewed as very much “out there” projections, but they ended up happening.
The fact of the matter is we seem to have more injuries than normal, and with players also sitting the year out, there are opportunities for many unexpected players. That said, it is not like it is only unexpected players doing well this year. Jamal Adams, Lavonte David, Devin White, TJ Watt, Blake Martinez, Joe Schobert, Landon Collins, Jaylon Smith, and Zach Cunningham are all currently in the top 25 for 2020.
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