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Week 17 IDP Free Agent Focus

By Matt Schauf 9:12pm EST 12/23/18


Romeo Okwara, DE, Lions

Okwara had a mostly quiet game in Sunday’s loss to the Vikings but did register a sack in the 1st game since DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) landed on IR -- and his 2nd among the past 3 games.

Week 17 will take him and the Lions to Green Bay to face a Packers offense that has allowed 4+ sacks to 5 of the past 6 opponents. That included 4 (by 4 different players) to a weak Jets’ pass rush on Sunday.


Zach Cunningham, LB, Texans

Cunningham’s recent dip in playing time made him difficult to trust in IDP lineups for Sunday’s visit to Philadelphia. But Cunningham racked up 12 tackles in the contest, his 2nd largest total of the year (and also forced a fumble).

That doesn’t make Cunningham safe for Week 17, but he gets a Jacksonville offense that entered Week 16 allowing the 2nd most fantasy points to LBs. Cunningham tallied 10 tackles (8 solo) in his 1st clash with the Jags.


Raekwon McMillan, LB, Dolphins

When McMillan last faced Buffalo, he tallied a solid 8 tackles, including 6 solos. That marked 1 of 5 games among the past 6 in which he reached 7 total tackles and 5 solos. Sunday brought a season-high 10 tackles (including 7 solos and 1 for loss) in the loss to Jacksonville.

Week 17 means a rematch with the Bills, who entered Week 16 allowing the league’s most LB fantasy points.


Lorenzo Alexander, LB, Bills

Alexander saw full playing time again Sunday and delivered huge numbers: a game-high 14 tackles and an impressive INT against the Patriots.

Next comes Miami, which hasn’t been a favorable scoring matchup for LBs. But Alexander can score across categories, including tackles, pass-rushing and coverage.


Adrian Phillips, S, Chargers

Phillips has climbed into fantasy-starter territory in recent weeks, delivering 9+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 games.

The finale finds him traveling to Denver to face a Broncos offense that has supplied a top-6 scoring matchup to DBs on the year. Phillips collected a decent 6 tackles (5 solo) in the 1st meeting in Week 11 and has seen his playing time grow since then.

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