IDP Breakdown - Week 13 Edition
Home stat crew: Moderate volume tackles; Neutral assist-to-solo ratio
Projected tackles: Chicago – 44.98 solo, 13.16 assist; Detroit – 43.93 solo, 12.85 assist
Injuries struck the Bears last week, as Lance Briggs has a groin injury and Kyle Fuller is dealing with an MCL sprain. Fuller is shaping up to be a game-time decision for Thursday’s game against the Lions, but the news isn’t as good for Briggs, as he’ll likely miss the rest of the regular season. Jon Bostic played every snap with Christian Jones seeing 39-of-42 snaps after Briggs left last week’s game. I expect Bostic to assume every-down duties with Jones starting and seeing subpackage snaps. It’s still a bit risky to start either player this week, but it would hurt to stash them for the playoff stretch run. … Stephen Paea had one of the best games of his career, posting two sacks on 10 QB pressures. Don’t chase last week’s numbers with Paea, as he’s very unlikely to post these numbers again.
While the Bears do give up plenty of sacks to defensive ends, they currently yield the second fewest tackles per game to the position. That means a volatile low-floor/high-ceiling combination for Ziggy Ansah on Thanksgiving. … James Ihedigbo and Glover Quin posted a combined 17 total tackles in New England. Keep starting your safeties against the Pats. Chicago is more of a middle of the pack matchup for defensive backs, so while you’re keeping Ihedigbo in you lineup, this may not be the best week to start Quin.
Jeff Ratcliffe is the Assistant Managing Editor and resident IDP maven of PFF Fantasy.