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This article immediately highlights defensive players whose production was significantly better or worse than normally expected for the prior week of games. Note there is sometimes limited information available when this article is written, but I will try to give everyone an early look at players who are moving up or down in value among IDP circles. When warranted, I'll also call out some players under No Change to explain why the stat lines may be misleading. It isn’t easy to give waiver advice for IDPs since there is such a wide variety of lineups and scoring systems, but hopefully, the information provided can help inform your waiver, trade, and upcoming lineup decisions. If you have any questions about specific players or situations, please email me or reach out via Twitter.
LA RAMS @ SEATTLE
LB Jordyn Brooks, SEA (5 solos, 6 asst, 1 TFL)
After playing just 67% of the snaps over the prior two games, Brooks saw his playing time increase to a season-high 91% this week. He took full advantage of the opportunity and was credited with a game-high 11 tackles on 61 snaps while Bobby Wagner only managed 4 on his 67 snaps.
LB Kenny Young, LAR (4 asst)
Young has been remarkably productive this year but he saw a dip in playing time this week that could be cause for some concern going forward. He wound up playing only 65% of the defensive snaps while Troy Reeder played 78%. This may have just been a matchup-driven decision, but Young’s hold on the full-time role may also be slipping.
NY JETS @ ATLANTA
LB Quincy Williams, NYJ (5 solos, 3 asst, 1 QH, 2 FF)
The former Jaguars player has quickly emerged as one of the most productive linebackers in the league. Playing behind his brother, he has been credited with 20 solo tackles, 6 assists, 3 forced fumbles, and a sack over the last 3 games.
CB Bryce Hall, NYJ (6 solos, 1 asst, 2 PD)
CB Brandin Echols, NYJ (7 solos, 2 asst, 1 PD)
The Jets have one of the weaker pairs of starting corners in the league but that can be a strength for fantasy purposes. Hall is the standout and now has 5 passes defensed over the past two games along with strong tackle numbers. The rookie Echols was a sixth-round pick and should continue to be tested by opposing quarterbacks each week.
LB Dante Fowler Jr, ATL (1 solo)
Fowler has played well for Atlanta this year and collected 2 sacks in the last 3 games, but he also saw a surprising drop in playing time this week. After playing over 70% of the defensive snaps in the first four games combined, he was only out there for 45% of the snaps this week. Rookie Adetokunbo Ogundeji was the biggest beneficiary as he saw his workload jump from 24% to 54% and also added his first sack.
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