NFL Single-Game Showdown: Divisional Round IDP Analysis

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Individual game slates are here just in time for the NFL playoffs. We’ll be working with the same $50,000 salary cap, but rather than team defenses, you’ll be selecting two individual defensive players on top of four offensive players. So no need to worry about yards and touchdowns allowed, it’s all about the production you get from your two individual defenders.

For more info and the full list of ways your defensive players accumulate DK points, click here.

The gist of what you’re looking for here are productive defenders — guys that make tackles and force turnovers. You get one point per tackle (a half point for an assisted tackle), five points per sack, six points per interception, three points for forcing or recovering a fumble (six points total if you do both), as well as a point and a half for defending a pass. Other big upside plays include 10 points for forcing a safety or blocking a kick, along with six points for any type of touchdown.

Here’s a focus on which defensive players you can key in on for the four divisional round games this weekend.

FALCONS DEFENSE

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Atlanta’s defense was really nothing special as a unit this season, but it had some individual standouts, which is all that matters. While the secondary was weaker, the defense was strong up front. You’ll notice a couple of names that pop below, though.

Tackle Leaders (solo/assist)

Deion Jones ($6,500) — 91/47
Keanu Neal ($5,100) — 83/33
De’Vondre Campbell ($4,800) — 61/31

Interception Leaders

Deion Jones ($6,500) — 3
Desmond Trufant ($3,900) — 2
Multiple players tied — 1

Fumble Leaders (forced/recovered)

Keanu Neal ($5,100) — 3/2
Adrian Clayborn ($2,900) — 2/2
Damontae Kazee ($2,000) — 3/0

Sack Leaders

Adrian Clayborn ($2,900) — 9.5 (6 in Week 10 vs. DAL)
Takkarist McKinley ($3,000) — 6
Vic Beasley ($4,400) — 5

Passes Defended Leaders

Robert Alford ($3,400) — 20
Desmond Trufant ($3,900) — 12
Deion Jones ($6,500) — 9

EAGLES DEFENSE

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Philadelphia ranked dead last in the NFL in tackles and wasn’t a whole lot better with sacks. However, the Eagles rank in the top five in essentially every statistic defending the pass, which gives you an idea of where to target.

Tackle Leaders (solo/assist)

Nigel Bradham ($4,900) — 61/27
Mychal Kendricks ($4,300) — 55/22
Malcolm Jenkins ($4,200) — 63/13

Interception Leaders

Patrick Robinson ($4,100) — 4
Rodney McLeod ($3,800) — 3
Jalen Mills ($4,000) —3 (with a TD)

Fumble Leaders (forced/recovered)

Chris Long ($2,400) — 4/0
Brandon Graham ($4,500) — 2/1 (with a TD)
Fletcher Cox ($3,700) — 1/2 (with a TD)
Derek Barnett ($3,700) — 1/2 (with a TD and two blocked kicks)

Sack Leaders

Brandon Graham ($4,500) — 9.5
Fletcher Cox ($3,700) — 5.5
Chris Long ($2,400) — 5

Passes Defended Leaders

Patrick Robinson ($4,100) — 18
Jalen Mills ($4,000) — 14
Rasul Douglas ($2,600) — 11


TITANS DEFENSE

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Tennessee ranked average defensively this year, but we know it gives up big plays in the passing game. That said, the Titans ranked fifth with 43 sacks, so you know they’ll be getting after Tom Brady. That could be a key to keeping this game closer than people think.

Tackle Leaders (solo/assist)

Wesley Woodyard ($5,700) — 84/40
Avery Williamson ($4,600) — 52/40
Kevin Byard ($5,000) — 62/25

Interception Leaders

Kevin Byard ($5,000) — 8
Four others tied — 1

Fumble Leaders (forced/recovered)

Adoree’ Jackson ($3,900) — 3/0
Brian Orakpo ($4,800) — 3/0
Wesley Woodyard ($5,700) — 0/2 (with a TD)

Sack Leaders

Derrick Morgan ($4,300) — 7.5
Brian Orakpo ($4,800) — 7
Jurrell Casey ($3,600) — 6

Passes Defended Leaders

Adoree’ Jackson ($3,900) — 17
Kevin Byard ($5,000) — 16
Logan Ryan ($3,500) — 11

PATRIOTS DEFENSE

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The Patriots are your classic bend-but-don’t-break defense — highlighted by their two leading tacklers playing safety. They rank relatively average across the board, looking for other teams to make mistakes while the offense carries them. The only numbers that stand out as a team are ranking 30th in forced fumbles with just nine and ranking seventh in sacks with 42. New England failed to register a D/ST TD all season, so that caps its ceiling a bit.

Tackle Leaders (solo/assist)

Devin McCourty ($4,200) — 80/17
Patrick Chung ($3,800) — 71/13
Kyle Van Noy ($4,700) — 58/15

Interception Leaders

Duron Harmon ($3,000) — 4
Stephon Gilmore ($3,700) — 2
Malcolm Butler ($3,400) — 2

Fumble Leaders (forced/recovered)

Malcolm Butler ($3,400) — 3/0
Trey Flowers ($4,500) — 2/0
Patrick Chung ($3,800) — 0/2

Sack Leaders

Trey Flowers ($4,500) — 6.5
Kyle Van Noy ($4,700) — 5.5
Deatrich Wise ($2,500) — 5

Passes Defended Leaders

Malcolm Butler ($3,400) — 12
Stephon Gilmore ($3,700) — 9
Patrick Chung ($3,800) — 9


JAGUARS DEFENSE

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The Jaguars boasted the league’s top defense in the regular season, highlighted by picking Ben Roethlisberger off five times (two for touchdowns) in a 30-9 victory in Pittsburgh back in Week 5. It’d be shocking to see anything like that again, but Sacksonville isn’t going to lay down and give the Steelers anything. Keep in mind this defense racked up seven touchdowns this year.

Tackle Leaders (solo/assist)

Telvin Smith ($6,400) — 76/26
Myles Jack ($4,500) — 66/24
Barry Church ($3,800) — 58/16

Interception Leaders

A.J. Bouye ($4,000) — 6
Jalen Ramsey ($4,700) — 4
Tashaun Gipson ($3,400) — 4
Barry Church ($3,800) — 4 (with a TD)

Fumble Leaders (forced/recovered)

Yannick Ngakoue ($4,200) — 6/2 (with a TD)
Dante Fowler ($3,600) — 2/2 (with a TD)
Calais Campbell ($5,700) — 3/1 (with a TD)

Sack Leaders

Calais Campbell ($5,700) — 14.5
Yannick Ngakoue ($4,200) — 12
Malik Jackson ($3,700) — 8
Dante Fowler ($3,600) — 8

Passes Defended Leaders

A.J. Bouye ($4,000) — 18
Jalen Ramsey ($4,700) — 17
Barry Church ($3,800) — 8

STEELERS DEFENSE

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Interestingly enough, Pittsburgh ranked last in the NFL in tackles yet led the league with 56 sacks. Needless to say there should be a lot of pressure in this game with 111 combined sacks between the teams. The Steelers will face a bad Jacksonville offense, which should give them a boost. However, they also lack big-play ability, as they failed to reach the end zone during the season.

Ryan Shazier (the team’s second-leading tackler) will be excluded from the stats below after suffering a season-ending injury

Tackle Leaders (solo/assist)

Sean Davis ($4,100) — 71/21
Vince Williams ($4,900) — 69/20
Mike Hilton ($4,300) — 48/16

Interception Leaders

Sean Davis ($4,100) — 3
Mike Hilton ($4,300) — 2
Multiple tied — 1

Fumble Leaders (forced/recovered)

Cameron Heyward ($4,800) — 2/1
Artie Burns ($3,000) — 0/2
William Gay ($2,200) — 2/0

Sack Leaders

Cameron Heyward ($4,800) — 12
Vince Williams ($4,900) — 8
T.J. Watt ($4,600) — 7

Passes Defended Leaders

Artie Burns ($3,000) — 13
T.J. Watt ($4,600) — 8
Sean Davis ($4,100) — 8


SAINTS DEFENSE

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New Orleans’ defense was one of the biggest surprises of the season, and its strength was in the secondary and forcing turnovers in general.

Tackle Leaders (Solo/Assist)

Vonn Bell ($5,000) — 62/21
Craig Robertson ($4,500) — 53/27
Marcus Williams ($4,100) — 59/14

Interception Leaders

Marshon Lattimore ($4,600) — 5 (with one TD)
Marcus Williams ($4,100) — 4
Kenny Vaccaro (OUT) — 3

Fumble Leaders (Forced/Recovered)

Craig Robertson ($4,500) — 1/2
Chris Banjo ($2,000) — 2/1
5 players tied with 2 forced fumbles

Sack Leaders

Cameron Jordan ($5,800) — 13
Vonn Bell ($5,000) — 4.5
Alex Okafor (OUT) — 4.5

Passes Defended Leaders

Marshon Lattimore ($4,600) — 18
Ken Crawley ($3,800) — 17
Cameron Jordan ($5,800) — 11

VIKINGS DEFENSE

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Minnesota had a pretty average defense statistically, but the final product came out far more polished. The lack of major stats that jump out at you also could mean a lack of individual players to target, but I think there are some underpriced guys that produce on this list.

Everson Griffen got 10 of his sacks in the first eight games prior to a foot injury

Tackle Leaders (Solo/Assist)

Eric Kendricks ($5,500)— 67/46
Andrew Sendejo ($4,200) — 54/26
Harrison Smith ($4,900) — 61/17

Interception Leaders

Harrison Smith ($4,900) — 5
Andrew Sendejo ($4,200) — 2
Trae Waynes ($3,400) — 2
Xavier Rhodes ($3,600)— 2

Fumble Leaders (Forced/Recovered)

Everson Griffen ($4,700)— 3/0
Anthony Harris ($2,000) — 1/2
Multiple players — 2/0

Sack Leaders

Everson Griffen ($4,700) — 13
Danielle Hunter ($4,000) — 7
Brian Robison ($2,600) — 4

Passes Defended Leaders

Harrison Smith ($4,900) — 12
Trae Waynes ($3,400) — 11
Xavier Rhodes ($3,600) — 10

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