Week 8 IDP Release Thread Report


Welcome to the IDP Whistleblower Report. I was told to dig a little deeper ahead of this Week 8 edition. I play in a Dynasty IDP league with 12 teams and 53 players, so I like to think I know a thing or two about more formats. deep. Sometimes I remember the depth of certain alignments and there really isn’t any proper advice for them – that’s the point, though. Deepen, know and understand the player pool beyond the fantastic status quo. I will provide a few more choices for each post and please note that the “plus” sections will include players that I believe do not belong to enough leagues. So it will be a mixture of weak property and deeper gems.


Defensive linemen

BY Jonathan Greenard, Houston Texans

As mentioned in last week’s IDP Whistleblower Report, Greenard is on a roll. He had another great game with three solo tackles, one assist and two sacks. After missing the first two games of the year, the second-year defensive end has at least one sack in four straight games and four sacks in his last two games. This statistical rhythm cannot last but it is worth adding in any format.

FROM DeMarcus Lawrence, Dallas Cowboys

A report came out about a week ago that Lawrence was not particularly close to returning from an injury that had forced him out since week 1. So his return schedule puts him back for week 10, maybe week 11. If you have the roster room and it’s available, you need to tear it up ASAP! Lawrence can produce in support of the run and with his pass rush. He’s a disruptive DE1 even on his days off. In the meantime, if Lawrence isn’t available, consider adding Randy Gregory. The former Nebraska star has four sacks in his last three.

DE Al-Quadin Muhammad, Indianapolis Colts

Slowly but surely, we are succeeding. In seven games, Muhammad has 14 solo tackles, eight assists and three sacks. His snapshot count and usage could be higher, but the Colts seem to be content to just rotate. Its potential is limited due to this rotation, so I can only give it a high DE3.

DT Larry Ogunjobi, Cincinnati Bengals

A household name in the IDP community, Ogunjobi had a remarkable Week 7 with three solo tackles, one assist and 1.5 sacks. After a handful of productive T1D seasons, Ogunjobi has seen a slight decline in 2020 but looks set to get back on track. I love the way the Bengals’ defensive front crushes the pocket. He plays about two-thirds of Cincy’s defensive snaps; I would like to see this number appear a bit before I can put it back in the DT1 conversation. For now, it’s a top-of-the-range T2DM.

More from DT: Derrick Brown (CAR), Linval Joseph (LAC), Dexter Lawrence (NYG), Quinton Jefferson (LVR), Bilal Nichols (CHI)

More from: Randy Gregory (DAL), Emmanuel Ogbah (MIA), Charles Harris (DET), Calais Campbell (BAL), Kingsley Keke (GB), Tanoh Kpassagnon (NO), Jaelan Phillips (MIA)


Markus Golden, Arizona Cardinals

Golden has been good for a long time. The problem is, he breaks those good stretches with long droughts of mediocrity. With Chandler Jones out in each of the Cardinals’ last two games, Golden stepped up with two sacks in each of those games. He also has four forced fumbles, so this season is really shaping up. I hate to rely on producing sacks as a linebacker because I’m an old school guy with a heavy scoring system. But when Golden plays like that, he’s an addition in all formats.

Azeez Al-Shaair, San Francisco 49ers

The Niners continue to find productive inside linebackers and Al-Shaair has been a very good replacement for Dr. Greenlaw. Is Al-Shaair as good as Greenlaw? No, I don’t think it’s even very close. That said, he’s been in the mix a ton and produced an incredible 23 assist tackles to go along with 20 solos. If your scoring system assigns something appreciable to assists, the AAS is probably already on your radar or maybe even on your list. A reliable LB4 until Greenlaw returns, which is still at best in a few weeks.

Alex Anzalone, Detroit Lions

You’d think a guy playing almost 100% of Lions’ defensive snaps and producing effectively as LB3 would have a higher property. Still, Anzalone hasn’t quite moved the needle this year for the winless Lions. With seven or more total tackles in four of Detroit’s seven games, I think you could do a lot worse.

More from LB: Damien Wilson (JAC), Justin Strnad (DEN), Kamu Grugier-Hill (HOU), Robert Quinn (CHI), Alec Ogletree (CHI), Anthony Hitchens (KC)

More low property LBs: Anthony Walker (CLE), David Long (TEN), Quincy Williams (NYJ), Kyzir White (LAC), Nick Bolton (KC), Ja’Whaun Bentley (NE)

Deeper LBs: Andrew Van Ginkel (MIA), Rashan Gary (GB), Jalen Reeves-Maybin (DET), Alex Highsmith (PIT), Akeem Davis-Gaither (CIN)

Defensive backs

S Andrew Wingard, Jacksonville Jaguars

Wingard and the Jaguars are enjoying a Week 7 break, but both will be set to face the Seahawks in Week 8. The undrafted Wyoming product has played 100% of Jacksonville’s defensive snaps in the last four games. He’s made at least five tackles in every game with a hint of big play production.

S Lonnie Johnson, Houston Texans

With three interceptions in his last four games, Johnson has really won in his third year. He’s flirted with the relevance of fantasy during the final weeks of 2020 and the longevity of maintaining that role depends on his ability to outdo 2020 incumbent Eric Murray. This job seems to wobble frequently, so it can be useful to monitor stability if you’re in a more shallow league.

S Ashtyn Davis, New York Jets

In his first heavy workload of the season, Davis put on a monster game with 10 solo tackles and an assist. The Jets’ secondary, like the rest of the squad, is a mess as injuries and unreliable play leave the entire squad on the move. Davis’s athleticism is excellent and I liked what I saw of him, but that’s not what will keep him on the pitch. It’s giving up big games, playing out of position, taking bad angles, etc. – things we might not see on camera during the game – that could push Davis out of the starting lineup. Anyway, I’m intrigued and you know the Jets’ defense is on the pitch a ton.

More CB: Amani Oruwariye (DET), Brandon Facyson (LVR), James Pierre (PIT), Brandin Echols (NYJ), Chidobe Awuzie (CIN)

More SS: Amani Hooker (TEN), Kareem Jackson (DEN), Rayshawn Jenkins (JAC), Jimmie Ward (SF), Bobby McCain (WAS), Sean Chandler (CAR), Khari Willis (IND)

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