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Man Coverage: IDP Start/Sit Week 12

@Glosser13 brings you an action packed week 12 with his start/sit recommendations including all the Thanksgiving day games.

Welcome back IDP Nerds. The time has already come for a three-game Thanksgiving holiday slate of football. Last week was a successful week with 66% accuracy bringing the season to 63.64%. Before we get into this week’s column, I want to thank you all for being supporters of the Dynasty Nerds brand and all of our content creators. We wish you all the best and safest holidays with your families.

Here is our squad and the position groups they will be covering to help you each week. Follow us, friend us, tweet us. We look forward to hearing from you!

QB: Jason Snyder (@Spydes78)

RB: Gage Bridgford (@gbridgfordnfl)

WR: Tristan Cook (@tristancook_)

TE: Jake Oliver (@DarthDbacks)

FLEX: Ethan Wyatt (@DynastyWildcat)

IDP: Jon Glosser (@Glosser13)

Now let’s see what Week 12 has in store for us.

Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions

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Charles Harris DL Detroit Lions 

Charles Harris is weeks removed from his four-game sack streak during the first month of the season. The Lions’ pass rusher has shown consistent tackle numbers, averaging 5.2 tackles per game over his last five games. Although he hasn’t been able to register a sack since Week 5, he draws a good matchup this week against the Chicago Bears. The Bears are allowing a league-worst 36 sacks on the season; this is a good chance for Harris to record his second double-digit week in three games.

Las Vegas Raiders @ Dallas Cowboys

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Brandon Facyson DB Las Vegas Raiders 

Hopefully, IDP managers got the message after last week, Brandon Facyson is one of the most dependable defensive backs over the past month. The Las Vegas DB has averaged 17.2 fantasy points per game over his last five games. He’s still only rostered in less than 5% of leagues across the sleeper platform. Brandon Facyson will match up against the Dallas Cowboys offense, who allowed two interceptions and six passes defended to starting cornerbacks in Week 11.

Buffalo Bills @ New Orleans Saints

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Gregory Rousseau DL Buffalo Bills 

Credit: billswire.usatoday.com

This season, the former Miami Hurricane has been inconsistent for IDP managers, which is expected from a rookie. Rousseau is coming off his most snaps since Week 2 and his best career game in tackles (7). The Buffalo Bills lead the NFL in pressure percentage at 30.5% despite only having 19 sacks on the season. The New Orleans Saints offensive line has allowed the fifth-fewest sacks in the league (17) and will be a tough matchup for the Bills defenders looking to get after their QB. Rousseau hasn’t had a sack since Week 5, and it’s unlikely that changes in Week 12.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals

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Alex Highsmith LB, DL Pittsburgh Steelers 

Alex Highsmith has been one of the hottest IDPs in fantasy football over the past five weeks. He has recorded three games of 23 fantasy points or more during that span, including posting a career-high 11 tackles in Week 10. The Steelers pass rusher has posted 17 tackles and 1.5 sacks in his last eight quarters of football. The potential return of defensive player of the year candidate T.J. Watt will surely affect his tackle numbers. Highsmith has been all over the field playing 130 defensive snaps in his past two games. Highsmith should continue to reward IDP managers heading into a divisional matchup with the Bengals.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Indianapolis Colts

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Bobby Okereke LB Indianapolis Colts 

This late in the season, IDP managers should know that Bobby Okereke is a plug-and-play starter. On the off chance they don’t know that, I’ll tell you this week should be one of his best performances. Okereke is closing in on 100 tackles through 12 games and is on the verge of becoming an IDP superstar. The Colts will face off against the high-powered Tampa Bay offense, which leads the NFL in touchdowns scored (39) and ranks second in time of possession. This season, the Colts LB has recorded double-digit fantasy points in all but one game. He should have another solid opportunity to help dynasty owners win their matchup this week.

Carolina Panthers @ Miami Dolphins

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Emmanuel Ogbah DL Miami Dolphins 

The Miami Dolphins defense has been much improved as of late, getting contributions from some of their younger players. Emmanuel Ogbah had a career-best year in 2020 in sacks (9) and forced fumbles (3) but has struggled to produce for dynasty managers this season. Ogbah finished with 32 points in Week 9 against the Houston Texans. That game accounted for 25% of his season-long production so far. The former Oklahoma State Cowboy is averaging just over 2 tackles per game this season and has only five sacks on the season. There will be better options to have in your starting lineup this week.

Tennessee Titans @ New England Patriots

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Kyle Dugger DB New England Patriots 

Kyle Dugger is a key piece to a very strong defensive unit for the New England Patriots. The former Lenoir-Rhyne defensive back is excelling in the Patriots defensive system and is on the fast track to potentially be a DB1 by the end of the 2021 season. Dugger already has career highs in tackles (65) and interceptions (3) in just his second year. The New England safety averages 0.33 fantasy points per snap and is in line for another big week against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans have allowed double-digit fantasy points to DBs in each of the past three games.

Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants

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Azeez Ojulari DL New York Giants 

Credit: giantswire.usatoday.com

The second rookie pass rusher who comes in on the sit list this week, Azeez Ojulari, has been a pleasant surprise for dynasty managers recording 5.5 sacks in his first 11 games. The former Georgia Bulldog has recorded just one double-digit performance in his last seven games. His tackle numbers aren’t good enough to justify him being a start unless it’s a plus matchup. There will be better matchups ahead for the Giants rookie, but I wouldn’t advise starting him until he proves he can be a bit more consistent.

Atlanta Falcons @ Jacksonville Jaguars

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Erik Harris DB Atlanta Falcons 

Erik Harris has been a veteran presence and a bright spot in a very inconsistent secondary for the Atlanta Falcons. Harris has recorded at least 10 fantasy points or more in every game he’s played this season. IDP managers who acquired him on the waiver wire have continued to be rewarded. Harris is averaging 6.4 tackles since the teams’ bye in Week 6. Harris will continue to produce as long as he sees the majority of snaps. He’s averaging 64.4 snaps per game.

New York Jets @ Houston Texans

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Zach Cunningham LB Houston Texans 

It appears that Zach Cunningham is back to playing like one of the best IDPs in the game again. Over the past two weeks, he’s recorded 36 fantasy points on 19 tackles and one forced fumble. Cunningham seemed to have fallen out of favor with the Texans coaching staff and was relegated to a reserve role. The injury to veteran LB Christian Kirksey has allowed Cunningham to see a spike in snaps again, and with that has come production. Cunningham has played at least 75 snaps in each of the past two weeks. IDP managers can feel good about putting Zach Cunningham in their lineups again for the foreseeable future.

Los Angeles Chargers @ Denver Broncos

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Kenneth Murray LB Los Angeles Chargers 

Kenneth Murray’s return from injury is off to a slow start. The former 2020 1st round pick just can’t seem to find his role in the Chargers defense. The former Oklahoma Sooner only played 15 snaps last week, failing to record a single tackle. The week prior, he played 58 snaps while only making four stops. Unfortunately, dynasty managers can’t trust Murray. He needs to be on your bench until we see some of the production he showed early in the season. The last thing dynasty managers need this late in the season when every game becomes more important than the week before is an LB who will get them a zero.

Los Angeles Rams @ Green Bay Packers

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Von Miller LB, DL Los Angeles Rams 

Let’s call this one a hunch, Von Miller will have his most impactful game as a Los Angeles Ram in Week 12. Miller played 45 snaps, recording three tackles in his team debut before the bye in a bad loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Miller and the talented Rams defensive front has had a week to think about back-to-back losses despite being a big favorite. The Green Bay Packers will be playing their third-string offensive tackle in this matchup. The Rams defense ranks sixth in the NFL in sacks. They will look to get after Aaron Rodgers in a potential preview of an NFC Championship matchup.

Minnesota Vikings @ San Francisco 49ers 

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D.J. Wonnum DL Minnesota Vikings 

One of the true disappointments this season has been second-year pass rusher D.J. Wonnum. A year ago, the South Carolina product gained valuable experience with Danielle Hunter missing time. This season, the same thing has happened, but the results have been less than ideal. Wonnum is averaging 49.2 snaps per game this season. He’s averaging 0.08 fantasy points per snap and has been a waste of a start and even a wasted roster spot for some. This is a bad matchup with the 49ers, who have allowed the 10th fewest sacks (19) on the season.

Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens

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Ronnie Harrison DB Cleveland Browns 

Credit: bleacherreport.com

This one doesn’t feel right but predicting who will have the biggest week on the 2021 Cleveland Browns defense has been challenging. Ronnie Harrison has a 73.3 run defense grade, the best among the Cleveland defensive backs this season. In a matchup with the division lead on the line, Harrison needs to step up against the Ravens, who rank in the top 10 in rush attempts this season. The former Alabama safety brings a physicality the Browns defense needs in this matchup. He’s collected six tackles in each of his last two games. He’s averaging 0.18 fantasy points per snap this season, and as long as he can continue to stay on the field, IDP managers should feel good about his potential to score fantasy points.

Seattle Seahawks @ Washington Football Team 

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Jordyn Brooks LB Seattle Seahawks 

If you still doubted Jordyn Brooks and his potential for fantasy production going into this season, you missed out big time. Brooks currently ranks 6th in the NFL in tackles and LB14 in IDP fantasy football. The former Texas Tech LB averages 9.8 tackles per game and gives his IDP managers such a safe floor for production. The Seahawks’ future at LB from a fantasy football perspective is safe with Brooks even after Bobby Wagner moves on. The Seattle LB duo both rank in the top 6 in tackles in the NFL and will look to continue their stellar play against Washington in Week 12.

The Wrap-up

Thank you as always for stopping by to check out this week’s column. Keep pushing to improve those dynasty rosters to be as dangerous as possible once the fantasy playoffs start. I’ve proven in the past how effective a dynasty team can be by having a stacked defense, currently having an 11-0 team this season while starting Jared Goff and Ryan Tannehill weekly in a Superflex league. I encourage dynasty owners not to ignore IDP as long as the scoring justifies it. Trust me. You will find yourself at the top of most leagues with a balanced roster. Good luck this week, nerds, and enjoy the holiday with your families.

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