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Let's 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!
Derrick Barnes (DET): The Lions cut bait with veteran journeyman Jamie Collins Sr, paving the way for the rookie from Purdue to get more snaps. He had a decent line in just 31% of the snaps on Sunday, putting up 5 solos. Jalen Reeves-Maybin is in line for more snaps too, but he’s been fairly unimpressive when given a shot. Barnes’ upside is much higher.
Blake Lynch (MIN): Nick Vigil has been gobbling up tackles in Anthony Barr’s absence, and Chazz Surratt was a name to watch in the preseason after being highly touted coming out of North Carolina, but it was fellow youngster Blake Lynch who burst onto the scene Week 4, tallying 7 solos and a pass breakup in just 46% of the snaps. Keep an eye on Lynch moving forward, especially if he eats into Vigil’s stats once Barr is healthy.
Malcolm Smith (CLE): We’ll add Smith here just for those teams looking to bolster their "now" lineup. Smith’s up there age-wise but has always produced consistent numbers when given consistent snaps. After just 17 defensive snaps in Week 1, he’s led the Brown linebackers in snaps. Rookie Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah’s numbers are on the rise, but Smith should give you enough to keep him on your bench as a bye-week filler.
Chauncey Golston (DE – DAL): Golston has fantastic size (6’5”, 270 lbs.) and fits the Cowboy defensive scheme quite well. He’s averaged 3 solos each of the past two contests and chipped in with a half-sack against the Panthers last week. With Demarcus Lawrence shelved for the foreseeable future, let’s see what Golston’s got.
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