IDP Defensive Line and QB Matchup Ratings for Week 3
Browns and Commanders among IDP DL Best Matchups. Justin Herbert and Kirk Cousins set for big fantasy production in MIN vs LAC game.
This week, I am incorporating a measure of the opposing quarterback’s sack tendency into my defensive line matchup rankings.
DL Matchup Rankings
One effect is to boost the matchups of defenses that face sack-prone quarterbacks with poor pocket presences. The Titans defensive line is at a disadvantage player vs. player against the Browns offensive line. The Browns rank No. 11 in pass blocking in PFF’s grading, despite two tough matchups, including the Steelers, and they rank higher in preseason talent evals. But Deshaun Watson has taken nine sacks (a sack rate of 11.5%) after taking a 10.5% sack rate in his first season as a Brown. The Titans defensive linemen are good starts in this favorable matchup.
I present the top-line statistics for the top-five matchups. The Browns defensive line also has a tremendous matchup against the Titans. Ryan Tannehill has been sacked eight times this season and has an even higher sack percentage (12.1%) than Deshaun Watson. Will this be the week Za’Darius Smith has a game?
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See also in this week’s article:
The Week 3 Power Rankings
The Full QB Matchup Rankings
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