My IDP players to watch series goes deep diving this week. 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 8 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.

IDP Player to Watch – Cornerback – Jerry Jacobs – Detroit Lions

Week 8 IDP Players to Watch
Week 8 IDP Players to Watch

Jerry Jacobs is an undrafted rookie out of Arkansas and is my first of the Week 8 IDP players to watch. After getting 3 defensive snaps in the first 3 games this year, Jacobs received 18 snaps for 31% of the total defensive snaps. In those 18 snaps, Jacobs produced 1 solo tackle. Those plays were enough to impress the defensive coaches enough to give him the start in Week 5 over converted safety, Bobby Price. Price had been struggling with his new position. In Price’s 3 games played, he had 125 snaps. In those 125 snaps, Price had 10 tackles (8 solo) with 3 passes defensed.

Jacobs took over the starting job in Week 5 and played 94% of the snaps. Jacobs provided 3 solo tackles and 1 pass defensed. Week 6 got Jacobs 93% of the snaps. Jacobs increased his tackle count to 6 (5 solo), another pass defensed, and a forced fumble. Last week, Week 7, Jacobs increased his tackle total yet again. Jacobs had 7 tackles (5 solo), 1 tackle for a loss, and another pass defensed.

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The Detroit Lions cornerbacks look to be in good hands with the rookies of Jerry Jacobs on the outside, and AJ Parker as the nickleback or in the slot.

Week 8 IDP Players to Watch – Cornerback – Brandon Facyson – Las Vegas Raiders

Week 8 IDP Players to Watch
Week 8 IDP Players to Watch

Brandon Facyson was undrafted out of Virginia Tech. Facyson was signed by the Los Angeles Chargers in 2018. As a rookie, Facyson would produce 3 tackles (2 solo) and a fumble recovery. Facyson showed promise, so the Chargers brought him back for a 2nd and 3rd year. In Facyson’s 2nd year with the Chargers, he had 4 starts, 41 tackles (30 solo), 2 tackles for a loss, 1 pass defensed, and a fumble recovery. Facyson’s 3rd year showed regression with zero starts and just 16 tackles (13 solo) and a forced fumble.

This year is Facyson’s 4th year in the league and he started the year on the Chargers’ practice squad. Facyson’s defensive coordinator in Los Angeles was Gus Bradley. The Las Vegas Raiders were needing cornerback help since they just placed opening day starters Trayvon Mullen and Damon Arnette on injured reserve. Throw in that Amik Robertson had been struggling in his 2 previous games, and the Raiders went looking for help. Gus Bradley is now the defensive coordinator for the Raiders. Facyson was still on the Chargers’ practice squad. The Raiders then signed Facyson off of the Chargers practice squad to their active roster.

After playing just 6 special teams snaps in Week 5, Facyson’s first with the Raiders, he took over for the struggling Robertson in Week 6 against the Broncos. How did Facyson do against the Broncos? He had what you might call a “statement game.” Facyson delivered with 3 tackles (2 solo), 2 passes defensed, and a critical interception. Facyson did this on only 73% of the defensive snaps. Facyson did so well in the coaches’ eyes that he earned the start last week in Week 7. Facyson played 100% of the snaps and delivered 9 tackles (8 solo) and 3 passes defensed.

Both of my Week 8 IDP Players to Watch have already done enough for you to add them to your rosters. I understand if you want to watch them one more game, though. You will have to wait to watch Facyson until Week 9 as the Raiders are on bye this weekend. As for Jacobs, just don’t get him mixed up with the other rookie cornerback. Enjoy your games this weekend!

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