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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.
BALTIMORE @ MIAMI
LB Andrew Van Ginkel, MIA (3 solos, 2 asst, .5 sacks, 2 QH, 1 PD)
Van Ginkel often gets overlooked in the Miami defense among their edge rushers but he is starting to stand out. He picked up a sack last week and put together another strong game this week, which came on a season-high 67 snaps (92%).
CB Byron Jones, MIA (7 solos, 2 asst)
Despite being one of the better shutdown corners in the league, Jones has had limited fantasy value in recent years due to his low tackle output. That seems to be changing of late though as he led the Dolphins with 9 tackles this week and now has 16 solos with 5 assists over the past 3 games.
LB Patrick Queen, BAL (4 solos, 1 asst, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH, 1 FF)
Queen had a productive outing thanks to a strip-sack but his workload remained low, which will make it difficult to rely on him going forward. Josh Bynes led the Ravens inside linebackers with 51 snaps (74%) while Queen played just 36 snaps (52%).
ATLANTA @ DALLAS
DE Dorance Armstrong, DAL (3 solos, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 3 QH)
Randy Gregory went on IR last week with a calf injury suffered in practice, which will keep him out of at least 3 games. The player who appears set to benefit the most is Armstrong, as his playing time jumped from 41% last week to 70% this week while also adding a sack and 3 quarterback hits.
LB Foye Oluokun, ATL (6 solos, 8 asst)
While there may have been some concerns about Oluokun in the past given the limited sample size of games, he is proving to be one of the most reliable and consistent fantasy IDPs in the league. This game was very lopsided but he led the way with 14 combined tackles while his fellow linebacker Deion Jones was only credited with 5 despite playing 3 more snaps.
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