My IDP safeties to watch are part of my ongoing IDP players to watch series that I have been doing over the last 4 weeks. 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 some Week 7 IDP players to watch this weekend. These guys are lower in the rankings, but are my soon to be break out players. Check out my opinions and facts on the following players, and who knows, maybe you will pick them up before this weekend’s games.
I have done IDP defensive ends and cornerbacks to watch recently. For Week 7, I thought I would pick a couple safeties that we all might want to keep an eye on this weekend. Both of these guys qualify in my head for Week 7 IDP safeties to watch. They have had their playing time increased. They have taken advantage of that increased playing time and delivered the increased stats. They are fun to watch players. Most importantly, they might just be on your roster come this time next week. They are Sean Chandler of the Carolina Panthers and Xavier Woods from the Minnesota Vikings.
Week 7 IDP Safety to Watch – Sean Chandler – Carolina Panthers
Sean Chandler is 25 years old and went undrafted out of Temple. This will be Chandler’s 4th year in the league, as he played his first 3 years with the New York Football Giants. He then was signed by the Carolina Panthers for the 2021 season. After going back and forth between practice squad and active roster for 3 years, he found a home. Chandler ended up playing in 32 games over his first 3 years. Chandler amassed 26 total tackles (20 solo) over those 3 years.
When Chandler got his chance in Carolina for the 2021 season, he took advantage of the opportunity. In Week 1, he played 26% of the defensive snaps and recorded 1 solo tackle. Weeks 2, 3, and 4, Chandler played between 70% and 80% of the defensive snaps where he recorded 3 tackles (2 solo), 3 tackles (1 solo), and 9 tackles (3 solo) and 1 QB hit. He started again in Week 4, and in Week 5 Chandler had 96% of the defensive snaps where he produced 4 tackles (3 solo).
Week 6, last week, Chandler may have had his breakout game against the Minnesota Vikings. Chandler started and played 100% of the defensive snaps. That accounted for 89 defensive plays. In those 89 plays, Chandler was very productive. He had 10 tackles with 7 being of the solo kind to add to a forced fumble.
With the way his play time has increased and his stats have improved, you need to ask yourself if you feel lucky enough to wait for one more week’s worth of data before you pull the trigger.
Week 7 IDP Safety to Watch – Xavier Woods – Minnesota Vikings
Xavier Woods is still a very young 26 years old. Woods got drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 6th round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Louisiana Tech. He then played for the Cowboys for 4 years before being signed by the Minnesota Vikings for 2021. With the Cowboys, Woods played in 60 of a possible 64 games. Woods started 48 of those games.
In the 4 years with the Cowboys, Woods compiled 247 tackles (172 solo), 4 tackles for a loss, 5 QB hits, 5 interceptions, 18 passes defensed, 3 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery. That would be an average of 62 tackles (43 solo) per year. These are solid numbers.
So, why would the Cowboys let him leave? 2017 had Woods backing up Byron Jones for Wood’s rookie year. Jones got a new position of cornerback in 2018. This left the door wide open for Woods to get the starting role at free safety. 2019 brought his best Cowboy year. Then came 2020 when Woods was supposed to take a leap into the next tier of safeties in the NFL. Instead, Woods and the whole Cowboys defense struggled. On top of that, Woods decided to speak up to the media about effort given on the field by some players. Woods got out and signed with the Minnesota Vikings for the 2021 season on a 1 year contract.
Woods has started all 6 games along side Harrison Smith. The two of them together make for one of the better tandems in the NFL. Woods has played 100% of all the defensive snaps for those 6 games. Week 1 got Woods 5 tackles (4 solo) and 1 pass defensed. Week 2, Woods had 4 tackles (3 solo), 1 interception, and 1 pass defensed. In his 3rd week, Woods had 2 solo tackles and a pass defensed. Week 4 was Wood’s highest tackle game with a whopping 11 tackles (4 solo). Week 5 was Wood’s 2nd best game with 8 tackles (4 solo). Last week, in Week 6, Woods had 5 tackles (4 solo), 1 pass defensed, and a forced fumble.
Moral of the story with Xavier Woods is don’t assume he is already on a roster. I have a 12 team IDP league that is deep. We start 11 IDP each week. He was a free agent (I just picked him up). With the numbers he is starting to put up, and with the Vikings having a rich tradition in their defense, do you want to watch him as a free agent this weekend, or do you want to watch him as your starting safety?
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