IDP Matchups & Sleepers: Week 8
Each week, I'm going to go through our IDP rankings and look at some of the top matchups and sleeper picks for the week at each position. My IDP brother-in-arms, Ross Miles, will have your IDP waiver wire covered. If you have specific questions pertaining to your lineup, you can always refer to the ranks or hit me up on Twitter @Mike_Woellert.
Now, let's see what Week 8 has in store for us. If you can believe, we're at the half-way point of the NFL season.
Fred Warner, ILB, San Francisco 49ers vs. Carolina Panthers
Kwon Alexander is always a solid start, but I also like Warner in this matchup against the Panthers. Warner's tackle rate is hovering right above 10%, but I think he has upside to give that an uptick. Up until his Week 7 stinker, he had produced six or more tackles in four of five games. The Panthers have allowed the sixth-most points to the LB position and are yielding 25 total tackles and two sacks per game to the LB position. I think both Warner and Alexander are very busy this week.
Jordan Hicks, ILB, Arizona Cardinals vs. New Orleans Saints
Hicks has already hit the 70 tackle mark through seven weeks of the season - resulting in a 14.4% tackle rate. Hicks has been all over the field and, most important, he's healthy. The Saints have been a favorable matchup for linebacker this season. Hicks should be busy with Latavius Murray or Alvin Kamara this week. The Saints have allowed the fourth-most points to the LB position while allowing 16 solo tackles per game.
CJ Mosley, ILB, New York Jets vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
It was good to see Mosley back on the field - it's always good to have good players playing football. Mosley was eased back in the lineup against New England, but resumed his playcalling duties. He has a favorable matchup this week against the Jaguars, as he should see plenty of Leonard Fournette. The Jaguars are allowing the eighth-most points to the LB position, while yielding 15 total tackles to ILBs.
Joe Schobert, ILB, Cleveland Browns vs. New England Patriots
I really like Schobert's matchup against the Pats this weekend. Leading up to the bye week, he had three-straight games of eight or more tackles - including two straight of 11 or more. He's been a consistent tackler all season and should find himself with plenty of tackle opportunities this week - covering James White and Sony Michel. New England's offense is allowing the second-most points to opposing LBs, while yielding 14 tackles per game to ILBs.
De'Vondre Campbell, OLB, Atlanta Falcons vs. Seattle Seahawks
Campbell has recorded 42 tackles over the last four weeks and is appearing in over 90% of the snaps alongside Deion Jones. He's been one of the IDP surprises, as he's recorded 63 tackles this season. I like his matchup with Seattle this week. The 'Hawks are a top-10 team in points allowed to LBs, while also allowing nine total tackles to the OLB position specifically.
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