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IDP Tackle Log/ Game Review: Week 8

Written by: Bill Cervi (@wcervi)

There are many factors that IDP managers must take into consideration when making weekly line up decisions. Some of the factors include possible game flow, the opposing team’s average number of offensive snaps, injuries, past performance, and defensive schemes to name a few. One often overlooked stat is the tendency of certain home team stat crews to award more solo tackles vs assisted tackles or vice versa. It may not be a huge factor for your weekly decisions, but when you have 2 players that are really difficult to choose between, knowing the tendency of the home stat crew could help with your final decision. Of course tackle numbers can be skewed by home teams playing favorable or unfavorable match ups, but by week 8 we are starting to see certain trends so we will track the home team stat crews for you here at DFW.

Week 8 Tackles

Stat Crew Solo Tackles Assists Total Tackles
Arizona Cardinals 102 14 116
Atlanta Falcons 96 0 96
Carolina Panthers 68 62 130
Cincinnati Bengals 74 74 148
Cleveland Browns 89 40 129
Dallas Cowboys 103 24 127
Denver Broncos 94 14 108
Jacksonville Jaguars 83 34 117
Kansas City Chiefs 99 14 113
New England Patriots 66 94 160
New Orleans Saints 86 41 127
New York Jets 101 55 156
Pittsburgh Steelers 102 36 138
Tampa Bay Bucs 100 23 123
Tennessee Titans 91 24 115

 

Lions 22 at Falcons 21   Stat crew: Average number of tackles awarded, semi solo heavy

Talk about a stat crew messing up IDP production… 96 solos and 0 assists, really?

The Lions found themselves trailing the Falcons by 21 points at halftime, but they were able to rally and score 22 points in the second half and come away with the win. Two of the Lion’s DEs had solid performances. DE Ezekiel Ansah played only 37 of the team’s 62 snaps but he still managed a decent stat line of  1 solo, 1 sack and 2 QB hits while DE Jason Jones played 39 snaps and rang up 3 solos, a sack, 1 TFL, 1 QB hit and 2 QB hurries.

Detroit WLB DeAndre Levy continues to produce at a high level this season. He recorded 7 solos and a TFL in this outing. MLB Tahir Whitehead played 56 of the team’s 62 snaps and put up solid numbers despite being robbed of a few assists by the stat crew. Whitehead had 5 solos and a TFL while most fantasy football fans were eating breakfast. I am sorry, 9 AM ET football games are not a positive development for fantasy and it looks like there will be 5 of them next year. Also, my condolences to the West coast fans that have to be ready to roll at 6 AM.

Both safeties for the Lions had quality statistical games. FS Glover Quinn recorded 8 solos and SS James Ihedigbo notched 7 solos and a TFL.

Rams 7 at Chiefs 34  Stat crew: Below average number of tackles awarded, solo heavy

He’s back! Rams DE Robert Quinn had his second productive game in a row as he recorded 5 solos, 2 sacks and 3 QB hurries. I am not usually a fan of 3-4 DE for fantasy purposes but Chief’s DE Allen Bailey is playing some pretty good football right now. In this game he had 3 solos, 1 assist, 1.5 sacks, and 1 QB hurry on only 31 snaps. That gives him 7 solos, 5 assists, 4 sacks, 4 TFL, 3 QB hits and 6 QB hurries on the season. If you are in a very deep league he may offer some value if you are in a bind during the bye weeks (he has a favorable match up this week).

Chief’s OLB Justin Houston continued his dominant contract year season as he rang up another 3 sacks in this game (5 solos and 3 TFL as well). Houston may not be a consistent tackler but he has recorded 10 sacks already and we are not even halfway through the year.

The Chief’s stud SS Eric Berry should be very close to returning this week. If he has been dropped make sure you grab him asap. Ram’s CB Lamarcus Joyner had a very nice statistical game despite the fact that he only played 37 of the team’s 69 snaps. Joyner had 9 solos, 1 assist, and 2 TFL in the game.

Texans 30 at Titans 16    Stat crew: Average number of tackles awarded, balanced solo vs assist

It was another day at the office for Texan DE JJ Watt as he put up 3 solos, 2 sacks, 2 TFL, 1 FF, 1 PD, 2 QB hits and 5 QB hurries. Titan DE Jurrell Casey had another quality game as he recorded 5 solos, 2 QB hits and 4 QB hurries. Casey is on pace right now for a 60 combined tackle, 8 sack season and is looking like a solid DL#2 play at this point of the season.

I promise this will be the last week I write about Titan ILB Avery Williamson. Williamson played 77 of the team’s 84 snaps (third week in a row more reps than Woodyard) and recorded a team leading 8 solos, 2 assists, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 PD and 2 QB hurries. I doubt he is still available in your league at this point but if he is grab him now as he looks like a poor man’s Daryl Washington in Horton’s 3-4 scheme. It may not be more than a blurb on the radar but Texan ILB Mike Mohamed has put together a couple nice games in a row. Versus the Titans Mohamed registered 10 tackles (8 solos) and a QB hurry.

Titan FS Michael Griffin remains was at the center of trade rumors but that didn’t stop him from having a nice statistical game against the Texans. Griffin rang up 8 solos, 1 sack, 1 TFL and 1 QB hurry.

Vikings 19 at Bucs 13   Stat crew: Above average number of tackles awarded, balanced solo vs assist

The Vikings have really been getting some quality production from their entire defense lately and it all starts up front with the play of DE Everson Griffen. Against the Bucs, he recorded 4 solos, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 2 QB hits and 2 QB hurries. That gives Griffen 6 sacks in his last 4 games and he is on pace for a 50+ tackle, 15+ sack season. Another player who is blossoming under the guidance of HC Mike Zimmer is second year DT Shariff Floyd. Many hoped that he would take on the Geno Atkins role in Zimmer’s defense and Floyd sure did look like an Atkins clone last week. Floyd played 46 of the team’s 61 snaps and he had 7 solos, 1 assist, 1 sack, 1 TFL, and 1 QB hurry. If you are in a league that requires you to start a DT he is a player that I would target to acquire via trade.

Well last week I said that Vikings SLB Anthony Barr had my vote for Defensive Rookie of the Year and this week I think he may have convinced the rest of America. Barr played an outstanding game against the Bucs. He registered 8 solos, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 PD, 1 FF, 1 FR and 1 TD. If you missed the overtime period (very possible since it was only 1 play) Barr was initially beat on the play by fellow rookie Austin Sefarian Jenkins who reeled in a 11 yard catch, but Barr showed great speed and athleticism catching up to Jenkins, stripped the ball, recovered the fumble and then took it to the house to win the game in overtime. Minnesota’s WLB Chad Greenway had a pretty good statistical game (9 tackles, 6 solo), but he graded out poorly in all facets of the game. Tampa’s All Pro WLB Lavonte David also had a stand-out performance for his team. David racked up 14 tackles (9 solo) and 3 TFL.

Tampa FS Dashon Goldson made his return to the starting lineup after missing the last 3 games to an ankle injury. Goldson racked up 8 tackles (7 solo) in the game and there is a slight chance that he or Mark Barron are traded by this afternoon as the Eagles and Rams have been rumored to be interested in upgrading at safety.

Seahawks 13 at Panthers 9   Stat crew: Above average number of tackles awarded, assist heavy

Panther DE Charles Johnson had his 4th quality outing in a row as he registered 3 solos, 4 assists, and 2 QB hurries. Carolina’s rookie DE Kony Ealy registered the first sack of his NFL career last week and 2 solos (1 for loss) as well. He only played 22 of the team’s 63 snaps but his role should increase with production like that.

Both team’s LB corps were hurt by the assist happy Panther stat crew in this game. Carolina LBs Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly were both robbed of solos, but still managed to post 10 tackles (4 solo) and 7 tackles (4 solo) respectively. The Seahawks WLB Malcolm Smith only played 39 of the team’s 62 snaps, but he tallied a respectable 8 tackle (4 solo) stat line.

Ravens 24 at Bengals 27    Stat Crew: Above average number of tackles awarded, assist heavy

The Bengals stat crew was in full assist mode as they butchered several players performances in this game.

Speaking of DT Geno Atkins he had his best statistical performance of the year against the Ravens as he rang up 3 solos, 1 assist, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 FF, and 3 QB hurries. Atkins has played better than his numbers indicate to date as PFF credits him with 16 QB hurries on the season. He should be nearing full strength and we should see those hurries turn into sacks in the coming weeks. The Ravens had an exceptional game from DE Haloti Ngata as he posted 8 tackles (5 solo), 1 sack, 1 FF, 1 QB hit and 1 QB hurry. I do not recommend running out and grabbing Ngata I just wanted to credit his performance.

The Ravens rookie ILB C.J. Mosley continues to give Anthony Barr a run for the Defensive rookie of the year award. Mosley recorded 8 solos, 5 assists, 1 PD, 1 INT and 2 QB hurries. The other ILB for the Ravens Daryl Smith may have had one of the weirdest stat lines of the year when he was credited with 3 solos, 10 assists, 1 TFL, 1 FF, and 1 FR. Bengal WLB Vontaze Burfict managed to finish the game despite leaving mid-way through the game with a knee injury. His stat line was not the best (1 solo, 6 assists) but it was nice to see him actually finish a game. Sadly Burfict had his knee scoped this week and is expected to miss 2 weeks of action. Cincinnati’s SLB Emmanuel Lamur returned to the lineup last week after missing a game with a shoulder injury. Lamur recorded 2 solos, 3 assist, 1 INT and 1 PD on the afternoon.

Dolphins 19 at Jaguars 13    Stat Crew: Below average number of tackles awarded, semi-solo heavy

Dolphin DEs Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon were both very active in this game. Wake registered 5 solos, 1 sack, 1 TFL and 3 QB hurries while Vernon was credited with 5 tackles (3 solo), 1 TFL, 1 QB hit and 1 QB hurry. The Jags third year DT Ryan Davis added 2 sacks and 2 TFL to his 2014 stats. He is still playing less than 50% of the team’s snaps right now so he is not a reliable fantasy option yet, but he has now recorded 5 sacks, 2 QB hits and 7 QB hurries in only 133 snaps and he should continue to see added reps while DE Andre Branch misses time.

The Jags LB J.T. Thomas played all 61 of the team’s snaps last week and he had a solid 3 solo, 3 assist, 1 PD and 1 INT performance. It was LB Telvin Smith  played 40 of the team’s 61 snaps, but he had an average game totaling 5 tackles (2 solo) and a PD on the afternoon. Smith should not be on your leagues waiver wire. If he is correct that immediately as his role is sure to grow with the Jags in the coming weeks.

Jags S Johnathan Cyprien had a slow start to the season, but he has been on fire the last 4 weeks. In this game he registered a whopping 10 solos which gives him 35 solos, 3 assists and a PD over the last 4 weeks. Now all he needs to do is add some big plays which he is very capable of doing. While we are on the topic of safeties on a roll the Dolphin’s FS Reshad Jones has to be near the top of that discussion. Jones had another excellent game recoding 6 solos, 2 assists, 1 sack, 1 TFL and 1 QB hurry.

Bears 23 at Patriots 51   Stat Crew: Above average number of tackles awarded, assist heavy

The assist happy stat crew in New England sure made a mess out of this game as they awarded 66 solos and 94 assists!

Chicago’s DE Lamar Houston (3 solo, 1 assist, 1 sack, 2 TFL) recorded his first sack of the year in this game, but sadly it will be his last as he tore his ACL celebrating a sack when his team trailed by more than 20 points. Classic! DE Willie Young should see an increase in reps and fantasy relevance as a result of Houston’s injury. Patriot rookie DE Dominique Easley saw his most extensive action of the season. He played 42 of the team’s 70 snaps (at DE Chris Jones’ expense) and recorded 3 assists, a half sack, 2 QB hurries and a QB hit. I would not look to acquire Easley at this point, just keep an eye on his development.

Patriot’s ILB Don’t’a Hightower played all 70 of the Patriot’s snaps again this week and had a productive fantasy performance posting 4 solos, 6 assists, and a half sack. Hightower should remain an every down LB for the Pats and he should be a safe LB#3 with weekly upside for your fantasy team. ILB Jaime Collins also had a nice statistical game, despite playing only 53 snaps (6 solos and 5 assists). The Chicago LB corps continues to struggle due to injuries and this week’s starters sure were not helped by the stat crew. LB D.J. Williams was absolutely mugged as his official stat line was 2 solos and 8 assists when it should have been 6 solos and 4 assists (PFF). WLB Christian Jones played all 75 snaps for the Bears (not Khaseem Greene/ 0 snaps) and put up a 2 solo 8 assist and 1 PD stat line. Jones’ role may diminish some when Briggs and Bostic return to action, but If you are in a deeper dynasty league, Jones is an interesting “stash player” that may pay off as the season progresses.

Bear’s stand out rookie CB Kyle Fuller re-injured his hip in this game, Be sure to read Sean Kirby’s IDP injury report this Saturday for the latest information on his availability.

Bills 43 at Jets 23    Stat Crew: Above average number of tackles awarded, assist heavy

This game was a gold mine for IDP production (except for Buffalo DE Jerry Hughes, thanks for the bagel on 52 snaps). I will only touch on a few, but there were 15+ players that recorded double digit fantasy points even with the most conservative of scoring formats

Jet’s DE Sheldon Richardson had a monster game notching 5 solos, 4 assists, .5 sack, 2 TFL, and a QB hit.

Both Jets ILBs had big games. ILB David Harris tallied 8 solos and 2 assists while ILB Demario Davis recorded 4 solos, 4 assists, 1 TFL, and 1 PD. OLB Quintin Coples had his best outing of the 2014 season recording 5 solos, 2 assists, 1.5 sacks, 1 TFL, and 2 QB hits. Buffalo LB Preston Brown played every snap in this game and he has now played every snap in 3 of his last 4 games. Brown racked up 8 solos, 1 assist, 1 INT and 1 PD. He should be a safe LB #3 with weekly upside for the remainder of the season. LB Nigel Braham also had a very solid game for the Bills and his owners in IDP leagues. Bradham played 80 of the team’s 85 snaps and put up a 10 solo, 1 assist, 1 FF, 1 PD, and 1 QB hit stat line.

Eagles 20 at Cardinals 24   Stat Crew: Below average number of tackles awarded, solo heavy

Another trade deadline passes and LB Brandon Graham remains trapped in Philly …THE HORROR!

Eagle LB Mychal Kendricks returned to action in this game, but he only played 23 of the team’s 73 snaps and recorded 2 solos. Kendricks should be close to returning to and every down role this week and he has a fantastic match up vs Houston..

The Cardinals had 4 safeties that played at least 75 of the team’s 94 snaps in this game. When you consider the match up vs the Eagles and the sub-par talent of their LB corps it is easy to see why. SS Tony Jefferson played the fewest snaps (75), but had the biggest statistical day notching 11 solos, 1 assist, 1 PD, and a QB hit. Jefferson’s role seems to vary the most week to week with his value and playing time rising when they play strong offenses. FS Rashad Johnson played all 94 snaps and had 10 solos, 1 assist and 4 PD. Johnson remains the safest safety play for the Cardinals. SS Tyrann Mathieu played his highest snap total of the year (78) on his way to picking up 4 solos and a PD. Rookie SS Deone Bucannon played 78 snaps as well and recorded 4 solos, 4 assists, 1 PD and a QB hit.

Raiders 13 at Browns 23   Stat Crew: Above average number of tackles awarded, assist heavy

Oakland ILB Sio Moore has played very well this year and his game against the Browns was no different. Moore played all 60 snaps for the Raiders and racked up 8 solos, 1 assist, and 2 TFL. ILB Miles Burris also played all 60 snaps but he did not grade out as highly as Moore nor did he match his production (9 tackles, 7 solo). Brown’s OLB Paul Kruger went off in this game. He played 67 of the team’s 86 snaps and he recorded 4 solos, 1 assist, 3 sacks, 3 TFL, 1 PD, 1 FF, and 2 QB hits. Kruger has an impressive 6 sacks in his last 7 games but his game lacks consistency and his tackle numbers are below par.

Oakland FS Charles Woodson continues to defy the odds and does not look like a 38 year old safety. He put up another 6 tackles (4 solo) and a PD in this game.

Colts 34 at Steelers 51   Stat Crew: Above average number of tackles awarded, semi-assist heavy

In a game with 85 points its safe to say that there were some solid IDP numbers posted in this game. Colts DE Corey Redding has been playing very well lately and despite missing some reps (62/84 snaps) with an injury he still recorded 6 tackles (4 solo) and 5 QB hurries.

Both of the Colts starting ILBs had big games against the Steelers. D’Qwell Jackson had 13 tackles (8 solo) and 2 QB hurries while Jerrell Freeman put up 9 tackles (5 solo) and a PD. The Steeler’s promising rookie LB Ryan Shazier returned to action but his snap count was limited to just 30 of the team’s 67 snaps. He still managed to post 4 tackles (2 solo), 1 PD, and a QB hit however. Shazier should be able to play a higher percentage of snaps this week but owners need to lower expectations until we see him return to pre-injury form. A player to watch in deep dynasty leagues is Steeler ILB Vince Williams. He played 36 snaps against the Colts and recorded 7 tackles (6 solo) and 3 QB hurries.

Packers 23 at Saints 44  Stat Crew: Average number of tackles awarded, balanced solo vs assist

I had to triple check the game book to confirm that I saw some fantasy production from Saint’s DE Cameron Jordan, but he did make a cameo this week. He has been killing his owners lately, but he put up a respectable 3 tackles (2 solo), 2 sacks and 5 QB hurries. Actually PFF has credited Jordan with 20 QB hurries this year so while he may not be showing up in the box score he is still getting to the QB so the numbers should follow.

New Orleans SS Kenny Vaccaro has played every snap for the Saints this season, but he has not been scoring as many points as his owners have been expecting. Against the Packers Vaccaro played better and was credited with 10 tackles (8 solo). He is still taking some bad angles to the play as evidenced by his 12 missed tackles this year but do not give up on Vaccaro. Packer’s S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix played 67 of the team’s 69 snaps and he continues to impress. On the evening he posted 8 tackles (5 solo).

Chargers 21 at Broncos 35   Stat crew: Below average number of tackles awarded, solo heavy

San Diego DE Corey Liuget played another solid game and even though he did not record a sack he still put up 4 solos, 1 QB hit and 1 QB hurry. DE Demarcus Ware celebrated Halloween early as he did his best ghost impression posting a bagel for his owners.

Bronco WLB Brandon M. Marshall played all 63 snaps on the evening and he led the team in tackles. Marshall was credited with 8 solos, 2 assists, 2 TFL, 1 PD, and 1 QB hit. He is a weekly starter for your team from here on out. SLB Von Miller recorded another sack (2 solos, 1 sack and 2 TFL), but his tackle numbers are just not consistent enough for use in tackle heavy IDP leagues. Denver MLB Nate Irving played 50 of the team’s 62 snaps and tallied 6 solos, 1 assist, 1 TFL, and 1 QB hit.

Chargers FS Eric Weddle continued his excellent 2014 campaign and he took full advantage of his great match up as well. Weddle recorded 9 solos, 2 assists and a forced fumble. Weddle also has another excellent match up this week so make sure he is in your starting line up.

Redskins 20 at Cowboys 17   Stat Crew: Average number of tackles awarded, balanced solo vs assist

It is a shame that Cowboy DT Henry Melton does not play more snaps (45% season to date) as he has been very productive when he is on the field. Against the Redskins he was credited with 3 solos, 2 sacks, 3 TFL and 2 QB hits.

The Cowboys LB corps suffered yet another season ending injury when LB Justin Durant tore a bicep tendon. He was playing very well in the game and despite playing only 47 of the team’s 70 snaps he led the Cowboys in tackling (8 solos, 2 assists and 2 TFL). Many assume that LB Anthony Hitchens will be the benefactor from Durant’s injury and that should prove to be true, but it was LB Kyle Wilber who replaced Durant in the lineup on Monday night. MLB Rolando McClain managed to play 66 of the teams 70 snaps despite the fact that he was not 100% (groin injury). He recorded 7 tackles (5 solo), 1 TFL, 1 QB hit, and 2 QB hurries. Redskin ILB Keenan Robinson continues to play at a very high level this season. Against the Cowboys he notched 6 solos, 4 assists, 1 sack, 1 TFL and a QB hit.

Redskin’s SS Brandon Meriweather had a big game against the Cowboys. He was credited with 7 solos, 2 sacks, 2 TFL, 2 FF and 1 FR. He has been posting some solid fantasy numbers since returning from his 2 week suspension to start the year and he is ranked among the top 10 DBs in almost every format when you consider his average points per game.

Total number of tackles for all 32 teams through Week 8

Stat Crew Games Solo Tackles Assists Total Tackles 2014 and Historical Trend for the Stat Crew
Arizona Cardinals 4 381 53 434 Below average number of tackles awarded, solo heavy
Atlanta Falcons 4 364 83 427 Average number of tackles awarded, semi solo heavy.
Baltimore Ravens 4 305 232 537 Above average number of tackles awarded, assist heavy.
Buffalo Bills 4 425 203 628 Above average number of tackles awarded, Assist heavy.
Carolina Panthers 4 284 232 516 Above average number of tackles awarded, assist heavy.
Chicago Bears 3 279 62 341 Average number of tackles awarded, solo heavy.
Cincinnati Bengals 4 342 210 552 Above average number of tackles awarded, assist heavy.
Cleveland Browns 4 329 196 525 Above average number of tackles awarded, assist heavy.
Dallas Cowboys 5 461 141 602 Average # of tackles awarded, balanced solo vs assist.
Denver Broncos 5 457 67 524 Below average number of tackles awarded, solo heavy.
Detroit Lions 4 359 104 463 Average # of tackles awarded, balanced assist vs solo.
Green Bay Packers 3 275 114 389 Above avg. # of tackles awarded, balanced assist vs solo.
Houston Texans 3 272 112 384 Average # of tackles awarded, balanced assist vs. solo.
Indianapolis Colts 4 345 176 521 Above average number of tackles awarded, assist heavy.
Jacksonville Jaguars 4 356 98 454 Below avg. number of tackles awarded, semi-solo heavy.
Kansas City Chiefs 3 300 32 332 Below average number of tackles awarded, solo heavy.
Miami Dolphins 3 320 64 384 Average number of tackles awarded, solo heavy.
Minnesota Vikings 3 259 106 365 Average number of tackles awarded, semi-assist heavy.
New England Patriots 4 290 270 560 Above average number of tackles awarded, assist heavy.
New Orleans Saints 3 263 108 371 Average # of tackles awarded, balanced solo vs assist.
New York Giants 3 337 135 472 Above average # of tackles awarded, semi assist heavy
New York Jets 5 438 320 758 Above average number of tackles awarded, assist heavy.
Oakland Raiders 4 373 69 442 Below average number of tackles awarded, solo heavy.
Philadelphia Eagles 4 413 67 480 Average number of tackles awarded, solo heavy.
Pittsburgh Steelers 4 389 141 530 Above average # of tackles awarded, semi-assist heavy.
Saint Louis Rams 4 403 71 474 Average number of tackles awarded, solo heavy.
San Diego Chargers 4 413 113 526 Above average # of tackles awarded, semi- solo heavy.
San Francisco 49ers 3 278 62 340 Below average number of tackles awarded, solo heavy.
Seattle Seahawks 3 232 181 413 High number of tackles awarded, assist heavy.
Tampa Bay Bucs 4 412 99 511 Above avg. # of tackles awarded, balanced solo vs assist.
Tennessee Titans 4 375 100 475 Average # of tackles awarded, balanced solo vs assist.
Washington Redskins 4 306 241 547 Above average number of tackles awarded, assist heavy.