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Years ago, when Deone Bucannon introduced himself as a “money linebacker” on Sunday Night Football, the audience had a good laugh. The term was a reference to his defensive responsibilities but conjured images in viewers' minds of the huge game checks that Bucannon was earning at that time. Memes popped up in the following days of Bucannon on top of piles of money and gold coins. Hopefully, following the guidance given in this column will have your rosters overflowing with a wealth of IDP riches. We will primarily focus on edge rushers but will also hit some of the other players and situations that will likely impact teams in big play leagues. We will cover risers and fallers in the format, injury situations about which fantasy general managers need to know, and upcoming matchups to target.
Note: The defensive player injuries covered in this column are not an exhaustive list but an attempt to cover the situations most likely to impact big play IDP squads. For more extensive coverage of injury situations, see Jene Bramel’s latest Injury Rounds column.
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With DeShon Elliot done for the season, it appears Brandon Stephens will take his place. There may be some fantasy value there, especially in deeper leagues.
At this point in the season, we can now confirm that starting a Rams linebacker is a roll of the dice. â€‹â€‹This week, it was Troy Reeder out-snapping Ernest Jones. Both really should be serving in only emergency or bye-week fill-in roles on your rosters.
Like the Rams, the Kansas City linebacker situation is also a mess for fantasy purposes. Four linebackers played 40% or more of the snaps, but none played over 65%.
David Long Jr has been sensational for IDP rosters, but his injury puts a big question mark on who will take his place in the lineup as the other full-time linebacker. Will the team roll with the disappointing Rashaan Evans or will they see what they have in Monty Rice? Snap counts from week nine will not be helpful in answering this question because Long was injured very late in the contest.
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Bengals linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither injured his left foot.
Bills safety Taron Johnson exited with a concussion.
Broncos cornerback Patrick Surtain II sustained a knee injury.
Browns' corner Greedy Williams left the game against the Bengals with a shoulder injury.
Eagles cornerback Darius Slay aggravated a hamstring injury that had bothered him earlier in the year.
Titans linebacker David Long Jr injured his ankle.
Packers defensive lineman Kenny Clark was ruled out with a back injury.
Panthers' pass rusher Brian Burns exited Sunday’s contest with an ankle injury.
Ravens safety DeShon Elliot’s season is likely over after sustaining a torn bicep.
Saints defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson injured his foot.
Vikings cornerback Bashaud Breeland had a groin injury.
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Arizona Cardinals Pass Rushers versus Carolina Panthers Offensive Line
Cardinals Defensive Backs versus Sam Darnold
The loss of center Matt Paradis will sting a unit that has not been great anyway. It is unbelievably bad timing to go up against the Cardinals, who have been among the NFL’s best in pass rush this year, even without J.J. Watt. Expect Markus Golden and Chandler Jones to add a few more sacks to their yearly totals in this contest. As long as Sam Darnold is the starter, we can count on one or two interceptions in this contest. Bryon Murphy, Marco Wilson, Budda Baker, or Jalen Thompson are all possible benefactors.
Las Vegas Raiders Defensive Backs versus Patrick Mahomes II
Patrick Mahomes II has tossed 10 interceptions on the year. Though he avoided it in the last contest, the Raiders have enough pass rush to hurry Mahomes and force one here. Casey Hayward, Brandon Facyson (if Trayvon Mullen does not play), Jonathan Abram, and Trevon Moehrig are the most likely to come down with one.
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