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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.
GREEN BAY @ ARIZONA
DE Zach Allen, ARI (2 solos, 4 asst, 1 sack, 1 QH)
Allen got off to a slow start this year and missed the prior two games due to Covid, but he’s trending upwards. With another solid outing this week, he’s now posted 5 solos, 5 assists, and 2 sacks in his last two games played. With J.J. Watt now out for the year, he should also see a heavier workload going forward as he played a season-high 78% of the snaps this week.
CB Rasul Douglas, GB (9 solos, 1 INT, 2 PD)
Douglas was recently signed off the Cardinals practice squad to provide depth while the Packers were missing Jaire Alexander and Kevin King with injuries. After playing 80+% of the snaps the past two weeks, he played the entire game this week and finished with a team-high 9 solo stops as well as the game-saving interception. He could lose his spot if the other players get healthy
DT Kenny Clark, GB (2 asst)
Clark earned an upgrade following a 2-sack game in week 6 but he’s been nearly invisible on the box scores since then. He played a remarkable 90% of the defensive snaps this week but finished with just 2 assists. When combined with him getting shut out on 60 snaps last week, it’s a concerning trend for fantasy teams that rely on him.
LB Zaven Collins, ARI (0 tackles)
The rookie had played more than 50% of the snaps in two of the past three games but he was limited to just 4% of the snaps this week. He left the game early with a shoulder injury and was replaced by Tanner Vallejo, who collected 2 solo stops on 29 snaps (40%).
CAROLINA @ ATLANTA
LB Shaq Thompson, CAR (8 solos, 2 asst, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 1 PD)
Thompson returned to the lineup this week after sitting out the prior 3 games with a foot injury. He didn’t handle a full workload (66%) but made a big impact with 10 tackles plus an interception on just 35 snaps. Jermaine Carter was less impactful and only collected 6 tackles despite playing 14 more snaps.
S Erik Harris, ATL (5 solos, 2 asst, 2 PD)
Most of the production in Atlanta goes to their top-2 linebackers but Harris has still managed to be remarkably consistent. He missed one game but has collected 35 combined tackles with 27 solo stops in the other 6 games. There haven’t been any big plays but he does have 7 passes defensed, which is a positive sign and indicates he’s been around the ball quite often.
S Sean Chandler, CAR (0 tackles)
Chandler has been quite productive while filling in for Juston Burris and came into the week with 18 combined tackles over his past two games. He was shut out this week, however, on 47 snaps and it appears that Burris could return to the lineup next week after practicing with the team last week
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