As we kick off the 2021 season, we take a quick look at a few linebackers, defensive linemen, and defensive backs who are either good grab-and-stash types or those that you should target in trades. Hope you enjoy the article and it opens your eyes to some of the gems that can be found on your leagues' waiver wires!
Nick Vigil (MIN): Eric Wilson is gone, and for the time being Anthony Barr is shelved, too. Even with Barr back, there are some tackles to be had for the Vikings’ defense. Vigil has shown that he can make tackles in volume, and he’s just 28 so if you’re looking for a high-floor LB3 in deeper leagues, Vigil is a good addition.
Justin Hollins (LAR): The 25-year old from Oregon had a breakout performance against the Bears last week, and there will be opportunities for him moving forward. He may not get two sacks per game, but the fact he had six solos and two helpers is promising.
DelShawn Phillips (NYJ): The undrafted third-year pro from Illinois had a whopping nine assisted tackles on Sunday, an indication he may be around the ball quite a bit, especially if he’s getting 89% of the snaps as he did against the Panthers. Aside from C.J. Mosely, there’s not much competition at linebacker for the Jets, so Phillips is a nice speculative add that could turn into something.
Larry Ogunjobi (DT – CIN): Ogunjobi may only be available in smaller leagues, but if he is, and you are in a league that starts defensive tackles, he’s a must-have. He will be a force in the middle for the Bengal defense. It looks like he’s trimmed down and added some speed since last year. He’s a good play this week against the Bears and has a string of solid matchups coming up too. Always been a fan of his, and the move south to Cincy won’t hurt his value.
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