IDP Snap Report – Week 15
Nathan Jahnke takes a look at defensive players who saw more or less snaps in Week 13, and tells you if it was a one-time thing or a future trend.
IDP Snap Report – Week 15
For some people the fantasy season is already over and for others their most important game of the season so far is this week. This week’s IDP Snap Report is here to help you either way. Here you can find a number of players who saw a difference in how they were used this week compared to last, and how it will affect them not just this year but for some going into next year.
Panthers Front Seven
After missing two weeks, Charles Johnson returned to the lineup and played in 78% of snaps which is exactly his average on the season. He had a sack, hit and two hurries last week, and has had a sack in all but three games this year. If you’re in a league that values sacks, then you can trust Johnson just as much as you did before the injury. Chase Blackburn also returned after missing four weeks, but he just plays in the base defense with A.J. Klein still taking some snaps from him.
Bears Defensive Tackle
In his second game with the Bears, Jeremiah Ratliff got the start at defensive tackle and played in 80% of snaps. He had one sack and two tackles in his time. This helped Corey Wootton who played more snaps at defensive end while hurting Shea McClellin who saw just 56% of snaps. That was his second fewest outside of the two games he missed. You probably don’t want any of these three players this year, but both Ratliff and Wootton could be names to keep an eye on in 2014.
Browns Inside Linebacker
Over the past month we’ve seen Craig Robertson, Tank Carder and Darius Eubanks at inside linebacker next to D’Qwell Jackson in the base defense. Last week it was the return of Craig Robertson who took all of the base defense snaps. Even though Robertson saw some decent tackle numbers early in the season, it’s been two in each of his last two games. It wouldn’t at all be surprising if the Browns invest a draft pick next year at inside linebacker who could get playing time early on next year.
Sean Lee returned after missing two weeks, saw 66% of snaps and then got hurt. Bruce Carter had played in 100% of snaps in each of the last three games, and then he also saw an injury. This left Ernie Sims at middle linebacker, recently converted defensive end Kyle Wilber at one outside linebacker spot, and undrafted rookie Cameron Lawrence at the other linebacker spot. Of the three, Wilber is most interesting as he saw nine tackles in 44 snaps, and could very well still be considered a defensive end.
Last week I warned you to start Wesley Woodyard at your own risk, and hopefully you had another option. He had just ten snaps and made one tackle in that time. Danny Trevathan for a third straight game played in over 97% of snaps, while Paris Lenon took the rest of the snaps in the base defense. Even though Trevathan has seen the playing time, he hasn’t seen the tackles that Woodyard typically has. This is a situation to avoid during your fantasy playoffs.
Colts Inside Linebacker
During the middle parts of the season, it seemed like Pat Angerer’s job at inside linebacker was safe. However over the last three weeks he has lost some playing time to Kelvin Sheppard, and this past week Sheppard surpassed him in snaps. Sheppard played in 65% of snaps while Angerer only played in 29%. This is another situation to avoid this week and keep an eye on during the upcoming offseason.
Patriots Defensive Tackle
For most of the season Joe Vellano has played a high percentage of snaps for a defensive tackle, but this week it was Sealver Siliga who started at defensive tackle and played in 70% of snaps. He had an eight tackle two assist performance against the Jets in the middle of the season, but had yet to get anywhere close to his performance in that game.
Steelers Outside Linebacker
From Week 11-Week 13, Lamarr Woodley was out. This forced Jason Worilds to move to left outside linebacker with Jarvis Jones playing on the right. Worilds shined at the new position with three sacks, 13 hits and four hurries in those three games. Last week Woodley returned, but split time with Jones on the right side while Worilds remained at playing 100% of snaps and playing on the left. Against the Dolphins Worilds had one sack, two hits and five hurries. Worilds has been a LB1 these past four weeks, and should continue to do well the rest of the season even though Woodley has returned.
It was once thought that Ingram would miss the entire year, but Ingram made his return in Week 14. He played in 25% of snaps in pass rushing situations, and had one assist tackle. I wouldn’t expect the Chargers to expand his role too much this season, but it will be interesting to see how well he plays these last few weeks so we can better value him for next year.
Early on K.J. Wright suffered an injury and is out for the rest of the regular season. In his place Malcolm Smith took over, and will likely be an every down linebacker for the rest of the regular season. He has played very well when on the field, but had just three tackles last week. Earlier in the season when he started at weak side linebacker he had seven tackles against the Cardinals. He is a very good player, but he is a much riskier play than K.J. Wright would have been because he doesn’t have a history of making a lot of tackles.