Week 10 IDP Free Agent Focus
Javon Hargrave, DT, Steelers
Hargrave’s not in play for all IDP leagues, but there’s upside to him for Week 10 as he comes off his bye to face the Colts.
Indy entered Week 9 allowing the league’s most D-line points, including more sacks to the guys up front than any other team. That has included allowing 6 to DTs alone.
Hargrave hasn’t notched a sack since Week 2 and has tallied just 1 QB hit since then. He has reached 50% playing time in just 4 of 8 games. He’s averaging 2.6 total tackles per week.
So this is not an option for all DL slots. But if you need a DT and aren’t sure yet who that’ll be for Week 10, Hargrave enters the mix.
Reuben Foster, MLB, 49ers
For the 3rd time this season, Foster left Sunday’s game with an injury. And he has only appeared in 3 games so far. This time, however, he returned and finished the day with 14 tackles (13 solo).
Facing 37 Adrian Peterson rushing attempts certainly helped that, but Foster should be set for high tackle upside whenever he can stay on the field.
The Niners moved to their 4th weak-side LB of the season Sunday, starting Brock Coyle over Ray-Ray Armstrong. They also lost a starting safety (Jaquiski Tartt) to a season-ending broken arm for the 2nd straight week.
HC Kyle Shanahan said after the game that Foster was dealing with effects of the high-ankle sprain that cost him 5 weeks earlier this season -- and that he likely will continue to do so for the rest of the year. That will obviously add weekly risk to Foster, but it’ll be worth absorbing at some level in most IDP leagues.
Darron Lee, ILB, Jets
Perhaps he’s long been claimed in your league, but each passing week seems to make Lee more widely usable.
He racked up 8 tackles (5 solo) in Thursday’s win over the Bills, along with his 2nd sack of the year. Lee has overcome a slow start to already exceed his season totals from last year in fantasy points, sacks, pass breakups and forced fumbles. And he has already matched last year’s solo-tackle tally. And he’s not just getting it done in fantasy.
According to Pro Football Focus, the past 3 games have produced the 3 highest grades of his young career. Lee is a former 1st-round pick on the rise.
Will Compton, ILB, Washington
Compton went from the smaller share of the snap split with Martrell Spaight in Week 8 to starting and playing 82 of 83 snaps against Seattle in Week 9. He turned that action into 9 tackles (8 solo) and 3 passes defensed, including a key INT.
We can't yet say that anything's certain, but that effort certainly has us expecting Compton to hold down Mason Foster's vacated role going forward. So grab him and consider using him in what has been a tackle-friendly situation.
Next up is a Minnesota matchup that has provided top-10 fantasy numbers to LBs so far.
Brandon Marshall, ILB, Broncos
After a solid 3-game start to the season, 3 quiet games left Marshall outside the top 40 at his position. But he followed a decent 8 tackles (7 solo) at Kansas City last week with a nice line against the Eagles: 7 tackles (6 solo), his 2nd sack of the year and his 1st pass breakup.
Week 10 will bring a Patriots matchup that should at least deliver good tackle volume. Then comes another upside matchup with the Bengals.
A.J. Klein and Craig Robertson, LBs, Saints
Klein and Robertson each endured quiet Week 9 outings against the Buccaneers. But they’ll find nice bounce-back opportunity at Buffalo next Sunday.
The Bills entered the weekend supplying more points per game to LBs than any other team in the league, by a healthy margin. Klein and Robertson should at least be decent targets in tackle-friendly formats for Week 10.
Connor Barwin, OLB, Rams
Play in a more pressure-favoring league? Then go ahead and grab Barwin.
The veteran pass rusher endured an empty stat line in the Week 7 win over Arizona -- before the bye -- when his defense spent just 47 snaps on the field. Barwin rebounded for his 4th sack of the year in Sunday’s demolition of the Giants. That gives him 2 sacks and 5 total tackles for loss over his past 3 outings.
Next week will bring to town a Houston offense whose protection issues are likely to gain exposure the longer QB Tom Savage stays in the lineup. He took just 2 sacks against the Colts on Sunday but 7 in just 1 half of work back in Week 1.
Adrian Phillips, S, Chargers
Now that he’s back from the Week 9 bye, let’s recycle this pickup from last week’s article.
As I mentioned then, Phillips has seen increased usage over the past 4 games as a safety-LB hybrid and delivered worthwhile fantasy numbers in each of the 3 that he didn’t leave early with injury.
We’ll see if Chargers coaches say anything about OLB Jatavis Brown reclaiming some snaps after resting his bothersome ankle sprain over the bye. But Phillips is worth claiming in moderately deep IDP leagues in the meantime.