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 9 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.

Week 9 IDP Player to Watch – Linebacker – Ernest Jones – Los Angeles Rams

Week 9 IDP Players to Watch
Week 9 IDP Players to Watch

Linebacker Ernest Jones was drafted this past year in the 3rd round by the Los Angeles Rams. At 21 years old, Jones has a lot of tackles in his future. Why am I choosing Jones this week for my IDP players to watch? It all started about a month ago. Micah Kiser was a linebacker for the Rams since 2018. Last year, due to injuries, Kiser got on the field and started 9 games. Kiser impressed enough for the Rams to keep him on the practice squad this year. The Denver Broncos then signed Kiser to their active roster prior to Week 3.

Next up in Jones’ way was Kenny Young. Young was drafted in the 4th round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. In October of 2019, the Rams traded Marcus Peters to the Ravens for Kenny Young and a draft pick. Young had started all 7 games this year for the Rams prior to being traded again, this time to the Broncos.

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Why did the Rams let both of these linebackers go this season? The answer to me is very obvious. They like and trust Ernest Jones. The Rams trust him so much that he got the start in Week 8. Jones played in 45 defensive snaps in the first 7 games of this season. In those 7 games, Jones had 8 tackles (5 solo). In his first start last week, Jones played 54 defensive snaps which were 89% of the team’s defensive snaps. In those 54 snaps, Jones had 9 tackles (7 solo), 1 tackle for a loss, half a sack, 2 QB hits, 1 interception, and 1 pass defensed. Not a bad opening performance for Jones.

Should you wait to pick Jones up after this weekend? After all, his first start was against the Houston Texans. This week they play the Tennessee Titans on Sunday night in front of the whole nation. All fantasy football managers will have their eyes on that game as it should be a good one. Do you want to compete with your entire league to win the claim of Jones next week? I think you claim him now and avoid all the stress and anxiety. You can thank me later for the tip.

Week 9 IDP Player to Watch – Defensive Tackle – Malik McDowell – Cleveland Browns

Week 9 IDP Players to Watch
Week 9 IDP Players to Watch

Malik McDowell was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks out of Michigan State. McDowell had an ATV accident weeks before his rookie camp. Following that accident, McDowell had several run-ins with the law that included a DUI, disorderly conduct, assault, and resisting arrest. The Seahawks had enough and released McDowell in March of 2019 without even playing a single down for them. McDowell then served an 11 month sentence due to his altercation with police.

After McDowell had his ATV accident, he lost faith. Because he lost his faith, the dark road appeared, and he followed it. Another factor in McDowell following the dark was the fact that the doctors said we wouldn’t be able to play football again. The part McDowell regrets most is letting down his mom. McDowell’s mom was always supporting him emotionally by telling him he would play football again. McDowell put his mom through a lot of unnecessary pain. He will never forgive himself for that. She was his driving force, and through this his hunger for football was revitalized.

2021 brought an invitation to the Browns OTAs. McDowell impressed enough to get invited to training camp. McDowell was on a mission. This 35th overall pick in 2017 out of Michigan State had something to prove. He also wanted to make his mom proud. Not only did McDowell make the final 53 man roster for the Browns, but he is their starting defensive tackle. In his 8 starts to date, McDowell has 16 tackles (10 solo), 4 tackles for a loss, 3 QB hits, 2 sacks, and 1 fumble recovery. McDowell is the #32 ranked defensive tackle in my league. I just added him to my roster. You might want to do the same. McDowell is on a mission, and I want to be part of it.

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