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We are two weeks into the season, and there are eight teams who are giving up four or more sacks per game. These are the offensive lines that you need to attack. For Week 2, our Edge streamers were Dennis Gardeck and Randy Gregory. Both of these were hits. Gardeck had four tackles and a sack, while Gregory had three tackles, a sack, and a pass defended. The IDL streamers were Vita Vea and Jalen Carter. Carte was a bit of a disappointment with only two tackles, but Vea was a huge hit. Vea had two tackles and one and a half sacks.
We even hit on one of our sleepers as well. Charles Harris was a dud at Edge with just two tackles, but Shelby Harris hit with four total tackles, half of a sack, and a pass defended. Here are the top IDL and Edge streaming matchups for Week 3.
IDL and Edge Streaming Matchups
Edge, Preston Smith, Green Bay Packers
Matchup: New Orleans Saints - Ranked 4th in Matt Bitonti's Offensive Line Rankings
This may seem like a poor matchup, especially with Matt's rankings, but there are some underlying reasons to be excited. Number one, as good as the offensive line is, their ability in pass protection has been suspect. They have allowed Derek Carr to be sacked eight times in the first two games. To make matters worse, the Saints running back corps is beaten, battered, and injured...already. The Saints may be forced into a pass-heavy game script.
I know Smith does not have a sack yet this season, but he has been aggressive in the backfield. He has six pressures in the first two games and should hit home soon. Add the fact that he has been active in run defense with eight tackles on the season, and he becomes an intriguing streaming option for Week 3.
Edge, Mike Danna, Kansas City Chiefs
Matchup: Chicago Bears - Ranked 26th in Matt Bitonti's Offensive Line Rankings
George Karlaftis has been a stud for the Chiefs this season, and Chris Jones was a highlight reel in Week 2. All of this has overshadowed how great Danna has been. Danna has eight total tackles, one and a half sacks, and a pass defended on the season so far. The Chiefs take on the Bears, a team seemingly in shambles offensively. They have given up 10 sacks in two games, and Justin Fields's decision-making, or lack thereof, has been problematic.
With most of the attention on the line going to Karlaftis and Jones, Danna has the opportunity to attack one-on-one matchups. Danna should have a strong Week 3 showing.
IDL, Arik Armstead, San Francisco 49ers
Matchup: New York Giants - Ranked 14th in Matt Bitonti's Offensive Line Rankings
Armstead has been a quiet producer in 2023. I know he put up a goose egg in Week 1, but he did apply five total pressures. In Week 2, he provided four total tackles. Hopefully, in Week 3, his pressures and run defense will be on full display at the same time. He takes on a Giants offensive line that has given up the second most sacks in the league (10), and the game script should force the Giants to play from behind and pass-heavy. Armstead could have a nice week collapsing the pocket on Daniel Jones, who has proven to have a less-than-stellar pocket presence.
IDL, Ed Oliver, Buffalo Bills
Matchup: Washington Commanders - Ranked 27th in Matt Bitonti's Offensive Line Rankings
Oliver is having a strong start to his 2023 campaign. He has eight total tackles and half of a sack, plus eight total pressures. The talent and potential have always been there for Oliver. His injury history and underwhelming outputs have put a sour taste in some mouths, but he still holds good streaming value for weeks with strong matchups. Oliver squares off with the Commanders in Week 3, who have given up 10 sacks already this season. Oliver should be able to apply great pressure this week.
IDL and Edge Sleeper Matchups
Edge, K'Lavon Chaisson, Jacksonville Jaguars
Matchup: Houston Texans - Ranked 25th in Matt Bitonti's Offensive Line Rankings
Chaisson has been a bitter disappointment since he was drafted. He routinely was outplayed by Dawuane Smoot, the player he was supposed to replace. His 2023 play has not been much different, but he is in the pass-rush rotation. Chaisson had a sack and two pressures in Week 2 and has a terrific matchup in Week 3. Josh Allen, the team's premier pass rusher is questionable. If he is unable to go, Chaisson should see a bump in snap share. if not, he should still get ample opportunity.
His Week 3 matchup has him taking on rookie C.J. Stroud and the Texans. The Texans have given up the most sacks in the league so far, with 11. That stat alone makes any pass rusher in the Jaguars rotation worthy of a deep look.
IDL, Dalvin Tomlinson, Cleveland Browns
Matchup: Tennessee Titans - Ranked 32nd in Matt Bitonti's Offensive Line Rankings
Tomlinson has at least 39 tackles and two and a half sacks in each of his NFL seasons since 2019. He has been one of the better interior pass rushers in the NFL, averaging a pass rush grade of 74.48 since 2020. Tomlinson has seen a heavy snap share with Cleveland, having played 64% of the team's snaps. He takes on the run-heavy Tennessee Titans in Week 3.
Derrick Henry will look to pound the middle, giving Tomlinson ample tackle opportunity. The Titans have also allowed eight sacks on the season, giving Tomlinson some good pass-rushing upside.
Overall, we have been quite successful in streaming our defensive linemen for 2023. There are plenty of teams with incredibly leaky offensive lines and shaky quarterback play. Keep tuning in to find the best streaming matchups, as well as sleepers. Thanks for reading, and good luck.
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