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It was another tough week for streaming in Week 7. Deatrich Wise seemed like a sure-fire streaming option against the Bears offensive line. The Patriots did come up with four sacks and four forced fumbles, so the matchup was good. Wise , unfortunately, did not get in on the action. He finished with just three tackles, one solo. Chandler Jones was the other streaming Edge defender, and he was so close to being a hit. Jones put up two tackles and half of a sack while creating three pressures...so close to a hit. The Edge sleeper of the week was Arnold Ebiketie of the Falcons. He did not drop any numbers in the box score, though he did create two pressures and had a QB hit. Still, it was a swing and a miss.
At the IDL position, we had a great call with the Buccaneers big man Vita Vea. Vea was one of the only impressive-looking Bucs in Week 7, compiling five tackles (two solos), one for a loss, and a sack. Jarran Reed was the other call, the second time he was used in this article series, and oddly enough, he finished with the exact same stat line as the first time. Reed tacked on three tackles (two solos) and a tackle for a loss on Sunday while creating two pressures. The IDL sleeper of the week did just that...he was asleep. Teair Tart did not accrue any stats, though he was almost a hit, creating three pressures and earning a pass-rush grade of 68.9 per PFF. Here are some awesome Week 8 IDL and Edge streaming options.
Week 8 IDL and Edge Streaming Options
Edge Samson Ebukam, San Francisco 49ers
This is another player who is showing up as an Edge streamer for the second time. Ebukam has had a solid 2022 season and is actually on pace to break his career high in pressures (45). He has been a consistent contributor for the 49ers since coming over from the Rams. The 49ers have a great pass-rush group consisting of Nick Bosa, Drake Jackson, Charles Omenihu, and Ebukam himself. The unit stays fresh and consistently creates pressure. Ebukam has also taken on a leadership role with the team. You can see him here coaching up the rookie pass rusher.
Ebukam has played on 76 % of the team's snaps over the past three weeks, including 73% last week with Bosa back. He gets to challenge his former team, the Rams, this weekend. The Rams have given up 22 sacks over their first six games this season. They are desperately missing Andrew Whitworth on the offensive line. Ebukam is in line for a strong performance.
Edge Dante Fowler, Dallas Cowboys
Yes, this is the same Dante Fowler who disappeared after one terrific season with the Rams. It looks like the Cowboys have figured out how to use him, though. Fowler should not be a team's premier pass rusher, but part of a rotation, and part of an excellent rotation he is. Fowler joins Micah Parsons, Dorance Armstrong, Sam Williams, and Demarcus Lawrence. With Fowler not the second- or even third-best pass-rushing option on the team, he sees little attention from offensive lines. As a result, his pass-rush grade is at a career-high 74.5 per PFF. He only has a 30% snap share, though 70% of those snaps are pass-rush snaps. Needless to say, He has one job: rush the passer. Fowler has always been an explosive athlete, which you can see here.
He has a terrific matchup against the Bears. They have allowed the most sacks in the league so far, with 27. Though Fowler has a low snap share, he has still created 14 pressures. If you need a dart throw hit, Fowler has a good chance of hitting home.
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