IDP Analysis: More Tackles for Kendricks

IDP Analysis: More Tackles for Kendricks

This article is part of our IDP Analysis series.

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Eric Kendricks, MLB, MIN

Kendricks has been a great linebacker his whole NFL career, to the point that it even harmed his IDP utility. Worse linebackers than Kendricks would have given up more receptions in coverage, and would have allowed running backs to gain more yardage and first downs, both outcomes resulting in further snaps and tackle opportunities to boost IDP production. But Kendricks is more so the sort to stop you short of the first down, bringing out the punt team where lesser linebackers would stay on the field and gain subsequent tackle opportunities. Unfortunately for Kendricks' real-life prospects, the defense around him has deteriorated in 2020 to the point that teams are making those first-down plays despite Kendricks' presence. This is good for Kendricks' IDP prospects, however, because it's forcing him to make more tackles than ever. With 151 snaps through two games, Kendricks is up to 23 tackles (18 solo), eclipsing double-digit tackles in both of those games. After spending the past five years as a better real-life player than IDP one, Kendricks' fantasy value might finally catch up to his real-life value in 2020.

Micah Kiser, ILB, LAR

It's been known all offseason that Kiser would start at inside linebacker for the Rams this year, but through two games it's probably safe to say he's been more productive than expected for his IDP investors. After posting seven tackles on 72 snaps in Week 1, Kiser went nuts with 16 tackles and a forced

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