Week 5 IDP – LB Rankings
Pat Angerer vs Chiefs –
You’ve got to love the Tampa-2 defensive scheme as the middle linebacker drops way back in coverage to play the pass, and at no time was that clearer than when watching Pat Angerer play against the Buccaneers. With Gary Brackett lost for the season, Angerer is primed for a huge year as the Colts defense relies on him to make plays. Thus far, Angerer has 50 tackles through four games and no less than eight tackles in any game this year.
In traditional style for the Tampa-2, Angerer isn’t a big guy, but he clearly has a nose for the football and while he doesn’t bring a lot of thump at the point of collision, he always seems to get his man down. In the long run, a guy like Angerer might lose favor because when he goes up against running backs like LeGarrette Blount, he will give ground and give up those key extra yards and that will lead to first down conversions or touchdowns around the goal line.
That said, the Colts will ride Angerer as the starting middle linebacker throughout this year, and he’s likely to keep the job for a few more years if he can display leadership from the position. All in all, he’s going to have a great IDP fantasy year as he will be tested in the running game, and opposing quarterbacks will throw the football underneath to pickup short gains, over the middle, as was the case this past week in Tampa Bay.
Look to Angerer as a LB-1 play weekly, as he stand in as the top linebacker on our week five rankings. Angerer likely won’t have the big play upside like Patrick Willis or even Sean Lee, but he has a great opportunity to lead the league in tackles.
Von Miller vs Chargers –
Last week I had Von Miller as a sit option because I felt the Broncos would fall behind early as they played on the road against the Packers. Shame on me as Miller posted two sacks against Aaron Rodgers, but then again, who would have thought the Packers would be throwing late into the fourth quarter, with a big lead?
Perhaps what I failed to notice was that Ryan Grant was down with an injury, and that would lead the Packers to throw more late in the game, thus giving Miller more chances to make big plays. Anyway, Miller should be a weekly starter at this point, and I have him as a LB-2 play against the Chargers.
Last Updated Oct. 5th
Week 5 Bye Weeks – Browns, Cowboys, Rams, Dolphins, Redskins, Ravens
|3||Desmond Bishop||@ Falcons|
|5||Rolando McClain||@ Texans|
|7||David Hawthorne||@ Giants|
|8||Mason Foster||@ 49ers|
|11||Rey Maualuga||@ Jaguars|
|12||Brian Urlacher||@ Lions|
|13||Jamar Chaney||@ Bills|
|18||Daryl Washington||@ Vikings|
|19||Derrick Johnson||@ Colts|
|20||Tamba Hali||@ Colts|
|22||Barrett Ruud||@ Steelers|
|24||Leroy Hill||@ Giants|
|26||Jonathan Vilma||@ Panthers|
|27||Clay Matthews||@ Falcons|
|28||Jovan Belcher||@ Colts|
|29||David Harris||@ Patriots|