2023 Week 17 IDP Help

Welcome to another exciting week of NFL action from the 2023 season, and my attempts to help you make crucial decisions for your IDP lineup for Week 17. As IDP enthusiasts gear up for the drama of Week 17, the play of the individual defensive player takes center stage. In this critical juncture, three standout players—Zach Sieler of the Miami Dolphins, EJ Speed of the Indianapolis Colts, and Taron Johnson of the Buffalo Bills—emerge as having a high potential for fantasy success.

Zach Sieler (DL, MIA)

Week 16 Stats: 5 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 PD.

Week 17 Projection: 4 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 TFL & 2 PDs

In the trenches, defensive lineman Zach Sieler of the Dolphins prepares to wage a battle of brute force as they face off against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 17. Sieler, a relentless force in the interior, has been cement for the Dolphins’ defensive, utilizing his strength and tenacity to disrupt opposing offenses. Facing the Baltimore Ravens in Week 17, Sieler is poised for another impactful outing. The Ravens’ offensive line has shown vulnerability against interior pressure, and Sieler’s ability to penetrate gaps and disrupt plays bodes well for fantasy production. Look for Sieler to exploit matchups, potentially adding to his sack total and providing fantasy managers with a solid point foundation.

EJ Speed (LB, IND)

Week 16 Stats: 12 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 PD

Week 17 Projection: 11 tackles, 1 FF, 1 INT

Linebacker EJ Speed gears up for a clash with the Raiders. Speed’s sideline-to-sideline speed and instinctive playmaking have been instrumental in the Colts’ defensive schemes. Speed’s Week 17 matchup against the Raiders positions him as a high-ceiling fantasy option. The Raiders offensive scheme often relies on lateral movement, playing into Speed’s strengths. Anticipate a continuation of his playmaking ability, with potential for interceptions or forced fumbles. Speed’s fantasy stock is on the rise, making him an asset for Week 17.  

Taron Johnson (DB, BUF)

Week 16 Stats: 7 tackles & 2 PDs

Week 17 Projection: 7 tackles & 2 PDs.

Johnson braces himself for a showdown against the New England Patriots as a key component of the Buffalo Bills’ defensive arsenal. Facing the Patriots in Week 17, his knack for disrupting passing lanes and making key tackles positions him as a reliable fantasy option. Johnson’s capacity for big plays, coupled with the Patriots’ offensive tendencies, suggests another strong fantasy outing, making him a player to watch closely in Week 17.

The data-driven projections suggest they’ll have their moments of IDP glory, whether it’s through interceptions, tackles, sacks, or forced fumbles. Keep a close eye on these players and may your Week 16 be filled with IDP stats! If you would like to see more of our rankings and projections you can check out our articles here. Or you can find us on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram.

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