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Let's take a quick look at a few linebackers, defensive linemen, and defensive backs who are either good grab-and-stash types or those you should target in trades. Hope you enjoy the article and it opens your eyes to some of the gems that can be found on your leagues' waiver wires!
Kwon Alexander (PIT): The oft-traveled Alexander has landed in Pittsburgh, and while both Elandon Roberts and Cole Holcomb are tackle-gobblers, Alexander has some upside on this defense. He outsnapped Roberts 47-29 and has more big-play potential than Roberts. Alexander is a bit long-in-the-tooth at 29 years old but might have a year or two of decent production in him. Consider him an add in most dynasty formats where you’re looking to compete now.
Leo Chenal (KCC): Yes, Nick Bolton is elite. Yes, Willie Gay Jr is there. Yes, Drue Tranquill was brought in to compete for snaps. But Chenal is a guy that the Chiefs really like and will try to get on the field. He out-snapped Tranquill 28-13, and while some of that may be game-script-bound, it stands to reason that the defensive coaches will give Chenal more action if he can excel in pass coverage. He’s just 22 years old, so there’s plenty of tread on the tires. He's worth adding and stashing if you have room on your taxi squad.
Krys Barnes (ARI): Kyzir White is definitely the linebacker to own on the Cardinals, but there should be plenty of opportunities on this defense for tackles at the linebacker level. Josh Woods is considered the starter alongside White in the middle of the linebackers but is just a guy, while Barnes has flashed some upside during his time with the Packers. Woods was unimpressive in his debut for the Birds, so perhaps Barnes will start to see more snaps. It's a situation worth monitoring since this defense will be on the field a lot this season.
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