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Week 13 IDP Free Agent Focus

By Matt Schauf 1:00am EST 11/29/21


Carl Granderson, DE, Saints

If Marcus Davenport returns from his shoulder injury in time for Thursday night’s game against the Cowboys, then he’ll be the guy over Granderson here. But Davenport didn’t practice at all last week before missing the game against Buffalo. Granderson stepped in to lead Saints DEs in playing time (67%) and tally a sack, among 2 tackles for loss and 3 total pressures. The Dallas matchup has gotten more favorable for pass rushers than it was early in the season. Check out Dak Prescott’s total pressures faced by week, according to Pro Football Focus:

LT Tyron Smith missed 2 of those games, but was on the field for the games of 14 and 13.


Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Dolphins

Phillips had been working on a quietly solid stretch before Sunday. He notched a half-sack or more in 3 straight games, leading up to 1 sack and 2 QB hits in the Week 11 win over the Jets. Then Phillips exploded for 3 sacks in the Week 12 win over the Panthers. He’s not likely to come close to that single-game production again, but Phillips gets favorable matchups with the Giants in Week 13 and the Jets on the other side of Miami’s Week 14 bye. A Week 17 clash with the Titans holds upside as well.


Christian Kirksey, LB, Texans

Kirksey is eligible to come off IR for Sunday's game against the Colts. I haven't seen a recent update on his expected return, but Kirksey originally tried to play immediately following thumb surgery. So I'd bet on him being ready to get back onto the field. Kirksey is the only Houston off-ball LB who has maintained a full-time role when healthy all season. He led the team in tackles before landing on IR.

Troy Reeder, LB, Rams

Reeder tallied 11 tackles in Week 10, before the Rams’ bye, despite rookie Ernest Jones edging him by 4 snaps. Coming out of the bye, it was Reeder edging Jones in snap share (77% to 72%, according to Pro Football Focus) and dominating Rams tackles with 13. That beat his nearest teammate by 6. Reeder looks like a solid option for Week 13. We’ll see beyond that.


Alex Singleton, LB, Eagles

Davion Taylor’s Week 11 knee injury pushed Singleton back into the starting lineup Sunday against the Giants. He responded with a game-high 12 tackles (8 solo), including 3 tackles for loss. Singleton even added a pass breakup. He has ranked among the highest tackle-rate LBs in the league when in the lineup. Singleton isn’t a terrific real-life LB, but he belongs on IDP rosters when he’s in Philly’s starting lineup.


Quincy Williams, LB, Jets

In case Williams went unclaimed in your league last week off his big tackle day, he gets 1 more mention here. Williams got a 2nd straight start in Sunday’s win over the Texans, delivering 7 tackles and a sack. He landed among the top 25 in our Week 12 LB rankings and will likely stay in that territory for the Week 13 clash with the run-heavy Eagles.


Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Browns

JOK got the start in his 3rd game back from IR and edged Anthony Walker in snaps among LBs. His 12 tackles tied Walker for 2nd on the team, and more plans should be coming from the rookie’s speed to the ball.


Baron Browning, LB, Broncos

The rookie clearly moved past his back injury during the Week 11 bye. He played every defensive snap in Sunday’s win over the Chargers, collecting 7 tackles (5 solo) and a pass breakup. We’ve now seen 97+% playing time for Browning in 3 of the past 4 games. The scoring ceiling has not been high -- 8, 6 and 7 tackles, with no turnover plays or sacks -- so he’s far from a must-add across IDP leagues. But he’s the top non-edge LB in Denver.


Alec Ogletree, LB Bears

The Bears lost Roquan Smith to a hamstring injury on Thanksgiving Day. It’s not yet clear how much more time Smith will miss -- or even if he’ll miss further game time. But Ogletree stands to benefit from any time Smith does miss and wouldn’t be worthless even if Smith is ready for Sunday’s clash with Arizona. Ogletree played a season-high 84% of snaps Thursday, in the game Smith left. That marked a big jump from snap shares of 58%, 64% and 52% the previous 3 weeks. His stats have been unspectacular through most of the year, so this isn’t an add for all sizes of IDP leagues. But there’s upside even for leagues with just moderate depth.


Eric Murray, S, Texans

Murray has been a reliable tackle collector in 3 games since reclaiming his starting gig from Lonnie Johnson. He has tallied 8+ tackles in each contest, with at least 5 solos each time. He’s worth owning in any tackle-friendly format that requires DBs.

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