2013 Fantasy Football Week Three Dark Horse: Terrell Suggs

By Dustin Manko
Terrell Suggs
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Is it fair to call Terrell Suggs a dark horse IDP candidate for week three in fantasy football? Suggs is one of the few players left on the Baltimore Ravens defense from their Super Bowl campaign. He has top tier talent, but is only owned in 19 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Currently Suggs ranks 20th in linebacker scoring with only 12 total tackles and two sacks. These are not the numbers that Suggs is accustomed to. After a pair of surgeries in the last 18 months, some are beginning to question if he is even still the same player.

If you are looking for an IDP sleeper this weekend, Suggs could be a sneaky choice. The Ravens have something to prove as their Super Bowl defense has not started off well. After getting embarrassed by Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on the opening night of the season, the Ravens squeaked out a 14-6 victory over the lowly Cleveland Browns last week. They have not looked crisp so far. They have not played up to their standards, despite being tied for third in the league in sacks. Sooner or later this defense will come around.

This weekend the Ravens host the Houston Texans, another team that has its own Super Bowl aspirations, and some are pegging the Texans as a team that could challenge for AFC supremacy. The Ravens are aware that this game is a type of measuring stick.

So why is Suggs a good candidate for a breakout game this week? Besides the motivation to avoid falling to 1-2 and losing to another AFC favorite, the matchup is very appealing for Suggs.

News from Houston broke Saturday that left tackle Duane Brown is suffering from turf toe and will be scratched from the week three lineup. For those unfamiliar, Brown is one of the top tackles in the league, if not the best outright. In his place Ryan Harris will get the start. Harris is a third round pick now in his sixth season and has played 63 of a possible 96 games, starting 36 of them, including two last season.

Suggs will most likely go against Harris for the majority of the game.

Harris typically plays the right tackle position, so his move to the left could complicate things as the left side and right side use different footwork and hand techniques. Pro Football Focus has given Harris better reviews in pass protection than he received in the running game, and despite Matt Schaub’s high number of passing attempts, Houston is still a run first team.

Even though Andre Johnson has been cleared to play this weekend, he might not be at full capacity following his week two concussion. Houston has one of the best running back tandems in the NFL with Arian Foster and Ben Tate, and relies on the running game to open up the passing attack. That could bode well for Suggs in a matchup against Harris who is not a regular starter and not playing his natural side.

With Suggs looking to lead the Ravens defense in what could be a statement game, the best defensive player for Baltimore should, and needs to, be at his best. In addition, the Texans simply cannot just double cover Suggs as the Ravens have a plethora of playmakers on defense like Elvis Dumervil, Haloti Ngata, Chris Canty or Arthur Jones. If they do, one of those other threats will make Houston pay. Those six defensive players combine for nearly 200 career sacks.

The danger will be coming for Houston from every direction, and Suggs is the needle point of the Ravens defensive compass.

As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.

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