Hardy, Ansah strong Week 8 IDP starts
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With that being said, lets get stuck into some start/sit advice for this week.
We’ve covered it off most weeks, but it bears repeating, the Chiefs O-Line has essentially been a turnstile this season, allowing a league leading 17 sacks. Ziggy Ansah, who has six sacks already on the year, just 0.5 behind league-leaders Michael Bennett, Carlos Dunlap and Chandler Jones, will be looking to bolster that total on Sunday. Despite just a single sack in the last two weeks, Ansah has been in the backfield a plenty, charting five hits and nine hurries, so has been unlucky not to be more productive for his fantasy owners. I get the feeling he has a multi-sack game this week, which makes him a top-five defensive lineman.
Seattle have only been marginally better than the Chiefs, allowing 16 sacks through seven games, so Greg Hardy will be chomping at the bit this week. He played 51-of-53 snaps last week, and added another sack to the two he recorded in his debut, so he’s not missed a step since being back on a football field. A man on a mission, especially with rumors that Dallas want to offer him a contract extension, Hardy is another player I think should be a top-five defensive lineman this week.
On paper this looks like a bad matchup for Cameron Jordan as the Giants are one of the toughest teams to score points on as a defensive lineman, but I’m a strong proponent of playing a hot hand, which Jordan certainly is. In the last two weeks Jordan has five sacks, three hits and 12 hurries, and is also playing over 90 percent of defensive snaps. He’s almost permanently on the field and has been a constant presence in opposing backfields. That’s a man I’m plugging into all my fantasy lineups.
Ross Miles is a Lead Writer for Pro Football Focus Fantasy. Follow him on Twitter – @RossMilesNFL
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