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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 Khari Willis injured, it will likely be a tandem of Andrew Sendejo and George Odum for the foreseeable future. Odum will be the more valuable of the two for IDP, as he plays more often in the box.
We are learning that we cannot trust the Rams to keep the same linebacker usage from week to week. We thought that trading away Kenny Young would make Troy Reeder the full-time guy. Instead, it was Ernest Jones playing 89% of the snaps to Reeder’s 64%.
Linebacker Jarrad Davis returned this week for the Jets and was eased back into action at 68% playing time. Expect his time to increase and for him to become the full-time option next to C.J. Mosely.
Denver pass rusher Von Miller was traded to the Rams. While Miller’s production outlook will not change significantly, he is at least on a better team in terms of supporting talent.
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- Bears safety Eddie Jackson injured his hamstring.
- Broncos cornerback Bryce Callahan hurt his knee.
- Browns safety John Johnson III sustained a neck injury.
- Chargers cornerback Micheal Davis left the contest with a hamstring injury.
- The Colts lost defensive tackle Tyquan Lewis (knee) and safety Khari Willis (calf) while playing against the Titans.
- Cowboys defensive back Trevon Diggs sustained a sprained ankle.
- Vikings pass rusher Danielle Hunter left Sunday Night Football with a torn pectoral muscle and did not return. He will miss the rest of the season.
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Cincinnati Bengals Pass Rushers versus Cleveland Browns Offensive Line
Cleveland Browns Defensive Backs versus Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Line
The Bengals have been one of the better teams at generating sacks this year and as evidenced by Baker Mayfield’s broken shoulder, the Browns have been one of the worst teams in terms of allowing them. It is a recipe that should allow Trey Hendrickson, Sam Hubbard, and Larry Ogunjobi to have a good week in the stat column. On the other side of the matchup, the Browns can generate enough pressure to make Joe Burrow throw another interception or two. He has thrown nine on the year after the Jets game. Greg Newsome II, Greedy Williams, Grant Delpit, and Ronnie Harrison (assuming John Johnson III is out) make better-than-normal plays this week in the defensive back category.
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