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Week 14 IDP Free Agent Focus

By Matt Schauf 12:12am EST 12/4/17


Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson, DEs, Jets

Despite missing the 1st quarter as punishment for a team-rules violation, Wilkerson supplied 6 tackles and a half-sack in Sunday's win over the Chiefs. More importantly, though, he and Williams get to face the Broncos next Sunday. Denver has allowed 3+ sacks to 10 of 12 opponents so far, including the Dolphins on Sunday.

Williams might make you uneasy as a Week 14 starter. But hidden behind his mere 2 assists and half-sack against Kansas City were 4 QB hits. It was the 2nd time in 3 games that Williams reached 4 and his 6th straight game with 2+. He'll carry multiple-sack potential against the Broncos.

Unfortunately, negative sack matchups with the Saints and Chargers sit beyond that.

Sean Lee, OLB, Cowboys

Dallas hopes to get its defensive leader back for Sunday’s visit to Giants Stadium. Lee probably remained on rosters in deeper IDP leagues, but he also likely got dropped in places where burning a roster spot for 3 weeks on an injured LB makes less sense.

At full health, he’s an option in IDP leagues of any size. Lee tallied 8 tackles (7 solo) against the Giants back in Week 1.


Von Miller, OLB, Broncos

Miller supplied just a half-sack against the Dolphins on Sunday, but that marked 1 of 3 QB hits. Miller hadn’t surpassed 2 in that category since Week 2 and hadn’t reached 2 since Week 7. Miller has also collected 6 tackles in consecutive outings. That’s tied for his 2nd-highest game total this season.

Matchups with the Jets and Colts the next 2 weeks present big sack upside. The Jets held a struggling K.C. defense sack-less Sunday but entered the contest allowing 3.2 per game. The Colts, meanwhile, have allowed more sacks than any other team in the league.


Paul Posluszny, LB, Jaguars

This one’s contingent on the status of weak-side starter Telvin Smith. If Smith is trending toward a Week 14 return, then leave Poz and his big Week 13 numbers on waivers for another sucker. But if your waivers run Wednesday night (or later) and we see Smith still sidelined when practice starts back up Wednesday, then this veteran will be worth a stash.

Posluszny racked up 14 tackles (10 solo) and 1.5 sacks in fill-in duty against the Colts on Sunday.


Clay Matthews, OLB, Packers

Despite entering Sunday questionable, Matthews delivered his biggest stat line of the year in the OT win over the Buccaneers. The edge man racked up 7 tackles (6 solo) and 2.5 sacks. That gives him sacks in 2 straight games and QB hits in each of the past 4. He has tallied tackles for loss in 3 consecutive outings and 4 of his past 5.

Next comes a matchup with Cleveland, which has allowed 3+ sacks to 5 straight opponents. That included 4, 5 and 4 in the 3 weeks before Sunday’s visit to the Chargers.


Patrick Chung and Jonathan Jones, DBs, Patriots

Each of these guys notched 9 solo tackles when they met the Dolphins just recently (Week 12). For Chung, it marked the 3rd straight starter-level fantasy week before a quiet, 4-tackle day at Buffalo on Sunday.

Jones has been a tougher bet for playing time, but the slot corner should see plenty of snaps and targets in coverage against Miami and leading slot wideout Jarvis Landry.

Overall, the Dolphins entered Week 13 providing the 2nd-most points in the league to DBs.

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