Last week was a great week for streaming the defensive line positions. Some of the matchups were too good not to take full advantage of...cough...the Colts...cough. For edge streamers, we dropped the names D.J. Wonnum and Denico Autry. Wonnum played the Bears' non-existent offensive line and dropped a two-tackle and half-of-a-sack stat line. That did not tell the whole story. His Week 5 performance was close to being epic. Wonnum was just a step behind. He created five pressures on Justin Fields. Just two more steps and Wonnum could have had a huge week. Autry has been on fire and was playing the Commanders, whose offensive line is like swiss cheese. He finished with four tackles, one for a loss, and a sack. He is becoming a weekly stud at age 32.
At the IDL position, the stat lines say we missed, though we were close to having some blow-up games. Jarran Reed played the Giants, whose offensive line has not been great as a whole. Though Reed only had three tackles with one for a loss, he did generate three pressures and had a pass-rush grade of 80.1 per Pro Football Focus. The stat line was very close to blowing up for Reed. Roy Robertson-Harris was a miss, and a hard one. He graded out poorly across the board, having one of his worst games of this season to date.
The sleepers were a smash hit for the second week in a row. It was time to pick on the Colts, and likely will be for the foreseeable future. Both sleepers were Broncos. The edge sleeper was Baron Browning. He stepped into Randy Gregory's role seamlessly racking up five tackles, two for a loss, one and a half sacks, and an unbelievable 10 pressures in route to an elite 92.3 pass-rush grade. His teammate D.J. Jones was the IDL sleeper and was just as successful. He finished with five tackles, one for a loss, a sack, and three pressures. Here are the top IDL and Edge streamers to play based off of matchup for Week 6.
Week 5 IDL and Edge Streaming Options
Edge Travon Walker, Jacksonville JAguars
Travon Walker's career got off to a fast start when he blew up during Week 1. Unfortunately, since then, he has been quite pedestrian. He has not been a terrible player in jeopardy of losing playing time, he just has not shown up much in box scores. The only thing that will jeopardize his playing time is if he does more bonehead plays like this once the whistle is blown.
Either way, Walker is an athletic freak of nature and has shown some inside-out talent. He has averaged 3.5 tackles per game this season, with 10 coming in the past two games. His volume, matched with his potential and matchup, is what makes him such a great streaming option for Week 6. He has seen the field for 85% of the team's defensive snaps this season and will line up against the Colts' disastrous offensive line. The Colts are tied for the league-worst, allowing 21 sacks in 2022 so far. To make matters worse, they have given up 19 in the past three games. Walker has the opportunity to erupt in Week 6.
Edge Leonard Floyd, Los Angeles Rams
Leonard Floyd is due for a big game. He has not accounted for a single sack all season and has been wildly inconsistent creating pressure. Floyd created eight pressures during Weeks 2 and 3, but only a single pressure in Weeks 1, 4, and 5 combined. Needless to say, Floyd has been a less-than-desirable player to have on your roster in 2022. There is upside, though. He has 20 sacks over his past two seasons and gets a pretty cake matchup against a struggling Panthers team.
The Panthers have given up the 7th most sacks so far in 2022 with 15. They will also have a new signal caller, P.J. Walker, under center. Not only will they have a new starting quarterback, but Coach Matt Rhule was let go after last week's lashing from the 49ers. Walker has played nine snaps so far this season and was sacked on two of them. Week 6 is as good a matchup to bounce back with for Floyd as any. It is time to jump-start his 2022 season.
IDL Sebastian Joseph-Day, Los Angeles Chargers
Sebastian Joseph-Day is off to a steady and solid start in his first season with the Chargers. He has shown a strong floor as an interior defender averaging five tackles per game over his last four games. He has even shown signs of life as a pass rusher this season, something he has lacked during his career to date. In Week 4 alone, he had five pressures. Watch here as he forces Davis Mills to get rid of the football far quicker than he was hoping to.
The Chargers did a stellar job of getting interior pressure against the Texans. Of their 23 pressures, 17 came from inside.— Gavino Borquez (@GavinoBorquez) October 3, 2022
Sebastian Joseph-Day and Morgan Fox led the team, each with five pressures. pic.twitter.com/jcBe3Seagm
Joseph-Day has seen a healthy snap-share this season, finding himself on the field for 66.2% of the Chargers' defensive snaps. He gets to take on the Broncos, who have just underachieved all across the board this season. They have given up the 6th most sacks in the league with 16 and have been unable to get anything going on offense. Joseph-Day has a solid floor to start against the Broncos and has some potential pass-rush upside to boot.
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