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Week 8 provided some solid streaming options for the IDL and Edge positions. The two options we went with to stream at Edge were Samson Ebukam and Dante Fowler. Ebukam had a basic week providing three total tackles (two solos) and two pressures. He was getting after the quarterback, though did not hit home. Fowler, on the other hand, was the best-looking pass rusher on the Cowboys last Sunday. He finished with five solo tackles, two for a loss, a sack, a pass defended, and four pressures. The sleeper at Edge was Joseph Ossai, but unfortunately, what made him such a great option, Trey Hendrickson's injury, changed late in the week. Hendrickson was believed to be unavailable, only to come off the injury report late in the week. As a result, Ossai only produced three total tackles, with one being solo.
At the IDL position, the streaming options we went with were Shelby Harris and Grover Stewart. Harris had a solid day and continued his strong play with four tackles (two solos) and two pressures. Grover Stewart continues to be one of the top tackle-producing IDL and dropped a seven-tackle (six solos), a tackle for a loss, and a pass defended stat line. Davon Hamilton was the call at IDL for a sleeper. He showed his solid tackle floor, accumulating four tackles (3 solos). Here are the top options for Week 9.
Week 9 IDL and Edge Streaming Options
Edge Carlos Dunlap, Kansas City Chiefs
Carlos Dunlap finds himself in a very nice position for IDP production for Week 9. Last week he played his highest snap percentage all season (58%), with Frank Clark missing the game due to suspension. Clark’s bonehead demeanor has him out for Week 9 as well. Expect a similar snap share for Dunlap. The old man has still been one of the better pass-rushing options for the Chiefs this season at age 33.
Dunlap has always had a propensity for getting his mitts on the ball as a defensive end, with 71 career passes defended, including one in each of the past two weeks. He has also been an efficient tackler for his career and a solid edge setter. The Chiefs will need this going up against Derek Henry and the Titans. Dunlap has a volume role with a high tackle floor for an edge with potential pass-rush upside in Week 9.
Edge Josh Paschal, Detroit Lions
Since Paschal has become healthy, he has commanded a Lion's share of snaps - see what I did there? In his first two career games, Paschal has earned an astounding 90% snap share. Veteran Charles Harris has been injured, but the Lions are also pushing their youngsters into action. Paschal has responded with three pressures in his first two games while also earning a 74.5 tackle grade pee PFF. He showed great strength and block-shedding in his run defense, as you can see here.
DET played a lot of 4-3 Nickel Personnel on 1st Down and/or overloaded formations with Jeff Okudah as the SAM LB. He had a hell of a day in run support with 15 Total Tackles (12 Solo). Promising wrinkle from DC Glenn. Rookie Josh Paschal also dismantled the TEs early and often. pic.twitter.com/qbbJn4xW5l— Al Karsten (@bigalfredosauce) October 24, 2022
Paschal takes on the Packers in Week 9. With the lack of offensive talent at wideout, and the front office's inability to add any skill at the deadline, Rodgers and company sound a bit shaken. Gregory Rousseau just dropped four tackles, two pressures, and a sack on the Packers in Week 8. Paschal is not Rousseau, but Rodgers' trust, or lack thereof, leaves him holding the ball too long. It also has the Packers focus more on the run game. Two factors Paschal can exploit and look to drop the best stat line of his young rookie season.
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