Week 13 IDP Hits
The Jaguars switched rookie LBs on us in Week 12, and it looks like that’ll continue for at least 1 more game.
You might have noticed 1st-round pick Devin Lloyd’s fantasy football stats dipping for weeks before the Baltimore showdown. Well, so did his real-life performance. That’s why Jacksonville subbed in 3rd-round rookie Chad Muma. Lloyd still worked as the #3 LB but played just 38%, setting his season low for a 2nd straight week.
Muma, on the other hand, played every snap alongside Foye Oluokun. And he impressed coaches.
“I think Chad did enough in that game to give him another opportunity,” HC Doug Pederson said Friday. “Still making sure that Devin’s ready and prepared and still having that rotation available if need be.”
DC Mike Caldwell added that Muma “helped Foye out a bunch.” That makes Lloyd cuttable in most redraft IDP formats, because it sounds like Muma will need to get hurt or faceplant to get Lloyd back into the lineup this year.
Muma currently sits in LB4 territory in our Week 13 IDP rankings. He supplied decent tackle numbers last week – 9 tackles, but just 4 solos – but gets a Lions offense that has been a surprisingly poor matchup for LB scoring this season.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see him score as a LB3 the rest of the way, though.
Notes Around the League:
- Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah has jumped back to the lead in the Browns’ LB corps, reaching 95% playing time in 2 straight games. It looks like Cleveland quickly realized that veteran LB Deion Jones is more name than substance at this point. After he started weeks 8 and 10, Jones dropped to 12% and 29% playing time the past 2 weeks. Sione Takitaki remains the #2 LB, but he dipped to 72% snap share last week after 3 straight games of 85%+.
- Texans LBs coach Miles Smith said Thursday that the team is already looking to build defensive schemes around rookie LB Christian Harris. “At this point, he is in there every single play,” Smith said. “We’re starting to design things that are based on his skillset. He’s fully integrated in our defense. We’re excited for the future.”
- Broncos EDGE Baron Browning probably isn’t going to make a big impact on on IDP lineups the rest of this season. He has just 1 QB hit this year outside of a monster game (1.5 sacks, 6 hits) against the Colts. But his switch from off-ball LB to EDGE has clearly gone well. Browning has started 4 straight appearances, dating back to before the Bradley Chubb trade. He has played 64% of snaps or more in each of the past 3 games he has not left early with injury. Stash Browning in dynasty IDP leagues where possible.
- Ravens S Marcus Williams isn’t quite ready to return this week from the wrist injury that has sidelined him since Week 4. That will mean another start for S Geno Stone, who has played all but 1 snap for the Baltimore defense over the past 5 games. Stone opened his starting run with 3 straight games of 6+ solo tackles but has fallen off since. He has just 7 total tackles (6 solo) over the past 3 contests. This week’s opponent, Denver, arrives as the 5th most friendly scoring matchup for DBs, though.
- Elsewhere on the Baltimore defense, EDGE Justin Houston has seen his playing time decrease the past 2 weeks. Really, though, it was a return to the snap shares from before his big Week 9. In that Monday night beatdown at New Orleans, Houston played 65% of the snaps and racked up a season-high 2.5 sacks and an INT. That game marked the 3rd time this season he reached 60%, but the previous 2 came back in weeks 1 and 2. Otherwise, Houston has been under 45% in the rest of his 5 appearances. It’s clear that Baltimore would prefer to keep the veteran down in that range – especially with a deeper depth chart than it had to open the season. (Jason Pierre-Paul signed ahead of Week 4; Tyus Bowser returned from injury for Week 9.) Houston has had a pair of 2-sack games on less than 40% playing time this year – Week 7 vs. Cleveland and Week 8 at Tampa Bay – but is a boom/bust play and not an IDP option outside of sack/pressure-heavy scoring formats.
- A 2-tackle outing for Texans S Jonathan Owens last week might have you wondering why you can’t just trust him to stay on the field. But his playing time has actually steadied after the Week 8 contest that saw him yanked early. Owens’ snap share has landed in the 76% to 86% range in each of the 4 games since. Blame last week’s tackle dip on a Miami offense that handed it to a RB just 19 times. Owens has lived on run tackles this season, leading the Texans in both solos (36) and assists (25) on run plays. He should like this week’s matchup with Cleveland.