The odds of this guy being the week one IDP MVP were lower than successfully digesting Chipotle, yet here we are.
Week one is officially in the books and we have answers to many of the questions we had all offseason. Frank Clark (DE) and Chris Jones (DT) got off to scorching hot starts Thursday night and the Chiefs offense looked even better than last year, but we already knew that was likely. The answers we got Sunday were far more relevant. It was Neville Hewitt (LB) for the Jets as the early reduced price LB option with the injuries to Williamson and Cashman. Tremaine Edmunds (LB) and Matt Milano (LB) both got hurt for the Bills so we’ll make sure and look at who took over for them and options for next week if those injuries are anything more than minor. There were some surprising producers in the Dolphins/Patriots matchup but I have a feeling some of them are just a flash in the pan. The Washington defensive line was as good as advertised and possibly even better.
The top rookie linebackers, Queen, Simmons and Murray all played and produced, some more than others, while Willie Gay (LB) barely saw any playing time or production, we’ll look at all of that. Old faces in new places did what we expected, Joe Schobert (LB) and DeForest Buckner (DT). Despite an ideal game script both Cory Littleton (LB) and Nick Kwiatkowski (LB) didn’t perform to their respective projections, we’ll investigate why that happened by looking at playing time, roles, time of possession and their teammates production. The Seahawks/Falcons game was as good as advertised for fantasy, DFS and IDP production, but how did Foye Oluokun (LB) perform and what was up with KJ Wright (LB) this week? Jerome Baker (LB) will obviously be a hot waiver wire add in many leagues, but should he be or was this just an ideal game script? We’ll look into that as well. There’s a lot to unpack this opening week and we’ll need to look at everything as we begin our adjustment to this newest NFL season and it’s individual quirks.
I’ve already seen some gloom and doom on the timeline with huge misses and dreadful performances from many guys we all thought to be “locks”. If there’s one thing I say every season it’s that it’s never over until the fat lady sings, and we’re still sixteen weeks away from her even warming up those vocal cords. I started one league 0-7 last season then traded Davante Adams (WR) for Josh Jacobs (RB) and Jarvis Landry (WR), after that trade I ran the table and snuck into playoffs as the lowest seed and last guy to make it in. From there my team went on an epic run and delivered a squad that most people thought was dead on arrival to the title game where I did not win but did walk home with $300 and a trophy after clawing back into things with what most thought was a “loser” of a team. I don’t say this to toot my own horn but to give a real world example of how this all works. It’s never over until it’s over. As long as you get into playoffs anything is possible. Especially this season.
So what if you took it on the chin this week? Get back up and adjust, keep scratching and clawing all season. We learned a lot of important information this week. We’ll use that information to put in some solid waiver claims and plug some holes from the injury grim reaper. This happens every year, over reaction from week one is a natural. Yes we got some things wrong. Did I miss on Jerome Baker (LB)? You bet I did. I had four different depth charts telling me four different things and he was only starting in one of them at the time of my start/sit article last week. And he’s not the only one, I missed on a ton of things week one, I also got a ton right as well. The natural progression of each season is you learn more as it continues, we know exponentially more this week than we did last week and we’ll have a far clearer picture of things the more time passes. With each week we gather more information, snap counts, roles, IDP production trends, offensive trends and efficiency (which effects IDP) etc. As the season continues we will get locked in and by the time the playoffs role around we’ll be confident in what we have and what decisions to make. This is the way.
Pep talk over. Now let’s get into it and get some answers to the burning questions we’ve had all off season.
Chris Jones (DT) got off to a hot start this season
Texans @ Chiefs
Flash in the pan: John Reid (CB) and Jacob Martin (OLB) played 46% and 26% of snaps respectively, not nearly enough for any kind of consistency. There are far better corners to stream and Martin would’ve had just one solo tackle without the sack and the stack from it. Pass on both.
Possible waiver adds: Justin Reid (S) and Eric Murray (S) played 100% and 97% of snaps respectively and both had nice safety two type games this week, not a bad option at all in medium to deep leagues if you need safety help. Bradley Roby (CB) played 100% of snaps and is a terrific corner to stream in ideal matchups like this one was.
Misc notes: Whitney Mercilus (OLB) played 90% of snaps but didn’t get the sack or splash play that he has to have to be IDP relevant, he’s a big play only producer and if you’re going to take that risk in your lineup I’d much rather it be someone like TJ Watt (OLB) or Chandler Jones (OLB). Benardrick McKinney (LB) played 81% of snaps this week and had a nice LB two or three type game depending on league size. If I recall correctly he was playing more than that last season, just something to monitor. JJ Watt (DE) played 91% of snaps but just couldn’t land a sack, as long as he’s healthy continue to plug him in, he’ll have those DE1 days soon enough.
Kansas City Chiefs
Flash in the pan: Dorian O’Daniel (LB) only played 8% of snaps this week but had four combined tackles and a sack, that is the definition of flash in the pan, pass. Anthony Hitchens (LB) had seven combined tackles but only played 44% of snaps, we got away with it this week but that’s not a great sign going forward, I’d find another option.
Possible waiver adds: Tanoh Kpassagnon (DE) didn’t do much in the box score but did play 83% of snaps, a healthy amount for a defensive end on any team. He made some splashes last season and could be a nice bye week or short term injury replacement option if this is what his playing time looks like weekly going forward. Daniel Sorensen (S) only had two combined tackles but played 97% of snaps, in deeper leagues he might be someone to look at, the playing time is there and the production was there last season in a few games.
Misc notes: Willie Gay (LB) only played special teams snaps this week, as first speculated by our own @Lanny1925 it would appear many coaches are taking their time playing rookies without preseason or a “real” training camp. He will very likely be an excellent IDP producer for them at some point this season, just not now. Stay clear until we see some real snaps from him. Daniel Sorensen (S) was the other full time starting safety along with the honey badger, Juan Thornhill (S) only played 64% of snaps this week, I would hold off on him as well until we see more playing time. The entire linebacker corps was a circus, Ben Niemann (LB) led the way with only 61% of snaps this week, I want no part of that unit until Willie Gay (LB) comes of age. Chavarious Ward (CB) got injured and that’s why his snaps were so low, he’s likely the only corner streamer I’d consider on this team and until we know the extent of the injury I’m looking elsewhere for streaming corner options.
Jones & Oluokun met expectations this week
Seahawks @ Falcons
Flash in the pan: Lano Hill (S) only played 37% of snaps this week, not enough for any kind of consistency, so we can ignore his five solo tackles and one tackle for loss.
Possible waiver adds: Quandre Diggs (S/CB) is a “hidden safety” in some leagues where he’s designated a corner, he was listed as a free safety on nflgsis.com but I’m sure he’s lining up all over the place. The bottom line is he will play some safety snaps which makes him more consistent than a cornerback and he played 97% of snaps so the playing time is there, especially if you can plug him in as a corner. He only had four combined tackles but also two passes defended and a pick. He’s never going to have a great tackle floor but in deeper big play leagues he could be an option. Marquis Blair (S) played 70% of passes and had seven combined tackles, there are probably better safety waiver wire adds this week but once again in deeper leagues this isn’t a terrible idea. Benson Mayowa (DE) played 90% of snaps and had a sack, solo tackle, tackle for loss, pass defended and QB hit. The stat line was decent, the playing time was solid, not a bad idea if you need defensive end help in deeper leagues.
Misc notes: Tre Flowers (CB) only played 13% of snaps in an absolutely ideal matchup against the pass happy Falcons this week. That’s not great for his outlook this season. Quinton Dunbar (CB) looks to have supplanted him playing 86% of snaps and having an exponentially nicer stat line. Flowers is a hold for the moment, but I’m not playing him until I see the old playing time and production, he may end up getting blasted out the airlock if we see another week or two of this. Shaq Griffin (CB) played 99% of snaps and had a nice stat line in a perfect matchup this week, him and Dunbar are our streamers going forward until I see otherwise. Jamal Adams (S) did well, Wagner (LB) did well but will have bigger games. KJ Wright (LB) only played 56% of snaps with three combined tackles, not ideal at all, however this game script did not favor him or Wagner with Atlanta getting behind early and having to throw the majority of this game. Both will do better in upcoming ground and pound matchups.
Flash in the pan: NA everyone who produced belonged at the top of the box score.
Possible waiver adds: Isaiah Oliver (CB) and AJ Terrell (CB) appear to be our corner streamers going forward, both played 100% of snaps and both put up nice stat lines in this ideal matchup. We’ll keep them in mind for future ideal matchups. Foye Oluokun (LB) played 74% of snaps and recorded six combined tackles, not bad if you need linebacker help in deeper leagues. Takkarist McKinley (DE) will likely be a hot waiver wire add this week for the point chasers of the world, he did play 69% of snaps which is nice but he sucks, don’t waste your FAB or waiver position on this guy, a clock is right etc etc you know what I mean.
Misc notes: Keanu Neal (S) only played 82% of snaps this week and was listed as the free safety, he still had a decent stat line so I’m not all that worried, they’re likely easing him back into things since he hasn’t made it past week one in it feels like forever. Damontae Kazee (S) was listed as the strong safety and played 100% of snaps but but had two less combined tackles than Keanu Neal (S). Kazee had a ton of opportunity last season when Neal was injured then and he didn’t do all that much with it, he might be worth a waiver add in deeper leagues but I remember him last year not being all that great I don’t expect much different this season. Deion Jones (LB) and Grady Jarrett (DT) both did what we expected them to do. Dante Fowler (DE) salvaged his day with half a sack and a handful of other stats plus played 79% of snaps this week.
Jets @ Bills
New York Jets
Produced as expected: Marcus Maye (S) Bradley McDougald (S) Neville Hewitt (LB)
Flash in the pan: Pierre Desir (CB) only played 40% of snaps this week so we can ignore his six combined tackles and half a tackle for loss, not enough playing time to be considered a good streaming option going forward.
Possible waiver adds: Brian Poole (CB) and Bless Austin (CB) both played nearly every snap and appear to be the corners to stream on this team going forward in ideal matchups. Obviously grab Maye or McDougald if you need safety help, they played 100% and 99% of snaps respectively. Neville Hewitt (LB) remains a nice waiver wire linebacker if he’s available, it’s a race between Avery Williamson (LB) and Blake Cashman (LB) to see who is healthy first and claims that other inside linebacker role and becomes a nice waiver option also. Harvey Langi (OLB) played 95% of snaps and had six combined tackles but isn’t someone I’m interested in because his tackle floor will likely be nonexistent, in much deeper leagues though the playing time was there and that’s something. UPDATE: Cashman is out for at least a few weeks, Williamson is the play if he’s healthy enough to play during that period of time.
Misc notes: Quinnen Williams (DE/DT) only played 57% of snaps and had a sub par stat line this week with three tackle assists and half a tackle for loss with one QB hit. His value is at defensive tackle, if he’s a defensive end in your league you can likely find something better this season, continue to plug him in as a defensive tackle two or preferably three in deeper leagues. Ashtyn Davis (S) didn’t play any defensive snaps, only special teams, this week so he’s still just a hold in dynasty for now. Blake Cashman (LB) got hurt real early into this game so we didn’t really get a chance to see what he looked like as that other inside linebacker, whichever one it is, him or Williamson I would be fine with plugging in as a linebacker three or four in deeper leagues or just stashing for injury replacement or bye weeks down the road.
Produced as expected: Jordan Poyer (S) Mario Addison (EDGE) Trent Murphy (DE) The Bills owned time of possession 42 minutes to 18 minutes this week, that’s absolutely mind blowing. The Jets weren’t able to run enough plays to produce anything resembling a normal amount of IDP points for the Bills, they’ll be fine when they play a real offense.
Flash in the pan: Tyler Dodson (LB) only played 30% of snaps this week and likely even that many due to the injuries to Milano and Edmunds, regardless that’s nowhere near enough playing time for any kind of consistency even if I did believe we’ll ever see this guy again, which I don’t.
Possible waiver adds: Mario Addison (EDGE) If he’s a DE in your league this isn’t a bad move, 62% of snaps and three combined tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss and a QB hit, especially considering the incredibly few number of plays the Jets ran makes this even more impressive. Solid option in deeper leagues if you need DE help, as an EDGE/OLB I’m probably all set though.
Misc notes: Both Tremaine Edmunds (LB) and Matt Milano (LB) got injured in this one, both injuries are being called “day to day” so they should be back shortly. This was not a great matchup for them prior to these injuries either, the Jets offense went three and out all day long and without being able to keep any drives going there were few offensive plays to score IDP points on for the Bills IDP corps this week, they should perform better as a unit when they play a real offense. Levi Wallace (CB) played 100% of snaps while Tre’Davious White (CB) only played 79% this week, part of that is likely due to the blowout nature of this game, there was no reason to play him a good portion of the fourth quarter, still something to monitor going forward. Jerry Hughes (DE) and Trent Murphy (DE) once again were the two defensive ends leading the way in playing time playing 68% and 45% of snaps respectively this week, the rookie AJ Epenesa (DE) was not active for the game so he remains a hold in dynasty. AJ Klein (LB) played 62% of snaps this week but I’m willing to bet part of that was Edmunds and Milano getting hurt about halfway through this game, he’ll likely revert to the Lorenzo Alexander (LB) role and playing time when those two are healthy and back in the lineup, I would pass on that.
Crisis averted for Tracy Walker shareholders
Bears @ Lions
Flash in the pan: Buster Skrine (CB) only played 72% of snaps this week so despite the decent numbers for a corner, four solo tackles and two passes defended, 14 points in most of my leagues, the lack of playing time cancels him from consideration as a streaming corner going forward. It’s so easy to find a corner who plays every snap why would you ever settle for one that doesn’t? Pass.
Possible waiver adds: Tashaun Gipson (S) & Jaylon Johnson (CB) are nice options here. Gipson won that other starting safety role over Deon Bush (S), for now at least, and played 100% of snaps recording seven combined tackles, not bad at all if you need safety help. Jaylon Johnson (CB) played 100% of snaps and will be the streamer we use going forward along with Kyle Fuller (CB) in ideal matchups.
Misc notes: Khalil Mack (OLB) continues his sub par streak from last season, he did play 86% of snaps and will have some massive games this season no doubt, he’s just not what he used to be. This is the problem with starting these edge rush linebackers in your linebacker slot, games like this. You likely had to spend a decent amount of IDP draft capital to obtain this guy and you got four combined tackles from him this week. You could’ve spent exponentially less on a guy like Foye Oluokun (LB) and gotten a better game than that. These OLB don’t have a tackle floor, and a consistent tackle floor means points every week. Consistency is key. Deon Bush (S) was hyped all offseason and lost the other starting safety role to Tashaun Gipson (S) who had a nice game, I was never on that bandwagon but a lot of IDP Twitter was unfortunately.
Flash in the pan: Jahlani Tavai (LB) had a decent stat line and played 78% of snaps but we still didn’t see what this will actually look like because Jamie Collins (LB) got tossed out of the game early, I would bet Tavai sees fewer snaps with Collins playing his normal amount of snaps so keep that in mind. And even with the decent playing time he only put up four combined tackles that’s it. Pass for now.
Possible waiver adds: If any of these three safeties are available I’d consider them. Harmon played the most, 100%, with Walker clocking in at 83% and Harris at 80%. In deeper leagues any of these three would be a nice option, very likely no one shitcanned Tracy Walker (S) even with the training camp second team scare that washed over IDP Twitter like bubble guts after Taco Bell.
Misc notes: The Tracy Walker (S) scare looks to be officially over. Although he only played 83% of snaps while Duron Harmon (S) played all of them he was still able to put up a monster stat line. Will Harris (S) also played quite a bit, 80% of snaps as the Lions rolled out many three safety sets this week. Patricia is clearly an idiot for more than just this but I’m less worried this week after seeing him put up all this work and play the majority of the game. Still, I’ll keep an eye on it. Jamie Collins (LB) should be fine, he got tossed early for head butting a Ref cause he’s an idiot.
Jarrad Davis (LB) only played 54% of snaps even with Collins ejected from the game, that’s not good at all if you own him and were counting on him, that was probably the best situation for him to see elevated playing time and he didn’t, it would appear the Lions coaching staff is catching on to what most of us know already, he stinks. Romeo Okwara (DE) and Julian Okwara (DE) played 45% and 11% of snaps respectively, not enough for any kind of consistency so both are holds for now. Neither defensive tackle, Williams or Shelton, put up numbers but both played around 60% of snaps and we’ve seen production from that defensive tackle position(s) in the past so we’ll keep an eye on it. Also no one really stood out for streaming corners this week, it was a god awful matchup against the Bears “passing attack” though. Oruwariye (CB) and Trufant (CB) led the way in snaps with 100% and 74% respectively, Oruwariye (CB) will be the streamer going forward if and when they have an ideal matchup.
Christian Kirksey, as advertised.
Packers @ Bears
Green Bay Packers
Flash in the pan: Krys Barnes (LB) only played 29% of snaps, not nearly enough to maintain consistency, nice stat line but not sustainable, pass.
Possible waiver adds: NA
Misc notes: Kenny Clark (DT) only played 29% of snaps due to injury, hopefully it’s nothing major, he remains an end of tier one defensive tackle when healthy and active. The Packers owned time of possession 42 minutes to 18 minutes which is ridiculous. The Vikings weren’t able to run enough offensive plays for anything like normal production for this Packers IDP corps. It’s actually amazing the Vikings scored as much as they did, the Packers IDP corps will have bigger days to come. Preston Smith (EDGE) didn’t have a sack or splash play but still played 83% of snaps and will have big games this season.
Same deal with Smith, either one, there will be games where they give you nothing because they are sack or splash play dependent for the majority of their IDP points, that means no floor but a high ceiling, not my cup of tea but to each their own. Adrian Amos (S) played 100% of snaps and could be helpful down the line, I think his two combined tackles had more to do with the Vikings offense not being on the field all that much and less to do with his role or talent level. Obviously King (CB) and Alexander (CB) will continue to be the corners we stream going forward, they are both excellent even in a sub par matchup.
Flash in the pan: Holton Hill (CB) and Mike Hughes (CB) both had nice stat lines but only played 76% and 74% of snaps respectively, if it’s not 100% they generally don’t stream at corner for me. I’ll pass.
Possible waiver adds: Ifeadi Odenigbo (DE) played 77% of snaps this week helping to fill in for Danielle Hunter (DE) who is on IR for at least another two games, he didn’t record a sack or any stat at all but then again neither did anyone else on this defense (record a sack) despite being on the field for 42 minutes. He has value for at least two more games if you need defensive end help, especially in deeper leagues. He was incredibly efficient last season so I’m comfortable giving him two more shots minimum until Hunter comes back from IR.
Misc notes: Yannick Ngakoue (DE) was nowhere to be seen this week and only played 56% of snaps while Ifeadi Odenigbo (DE) played 77%, the most for any defensive lineman for the Vikings. Neither defensive end put up anything of note in the box score. Ngakoue just got here, he’s still got a lot to learn but pass rush is pass rush, it’s not reinventing the wheel, we should’ve gotten more than one QB hit, still I’m not worried yet he should be fine. Odenigbo (DE) will continue to have value as long as Danielle Hunter (DE) remains on IR, another two games at least.
Harrison Smith (S) played 100% of snaps and just had a down game, he still got you four solo tackles so it wasn’t a total wash, he’ll be fine as well. None of the corners played 100% of snaps so I’m going to be hard pressed to recommend any of them as streamers unless it’s an absolutely ideal matchup, I’m sure part of that was game script, Green Bay didn’t need to throw a whole lot in this one but still it’s too early to recommend any of these guys as corner streams when there are many far better options out there.
The only Patriots IDP worth trusting, Gilmore delivers once again.
Dolphins @ Patriots
Flash in the pan: Brandon Jones (S) only played 53% of snaps so his massive stat line was more about this ideal matchup and less about role and playing time, I’ll pass unless we see more playing time and therefore more chance at consistency going forward. Kyle Van Noy (LB) only played 64% of snaps so it looks like he’ll be very much big play dependent for his points this season, keep that in mind. Eric Rowe (CB/S) only played 84% of snaps this week which isn’t enough for me to really be interested in streaming corner going forward, part of that was game script definitely but so far Byron Jones (CB) is the only corner I’m interested in here and ironically he had the worst stat line of the group this week. Still, Rowe is technically a “hidden safety” on some sites so there’s some value there, we’ll see what he does the next few weeks before calling it for good.
Possible waiver adds: Jerome Baker (LB) played 95% of snaps, the most of any linebacker for the Dolphins and put up a monster stat line. I would advise caution though, I watched him play all last season and “underwhelming” is the word that comes to mind, this might have just been an ideal game script with the Patriots running for over 200 yards and tons of easy run stopping tackles, I hope you didn’t blow your entire FAB budget on this guy, there will be many many waiver wire linebackers this season and I highly doubt Jerome Baker (LB) is going to be the best of them all when it’s all said and done.
Shaq Lawson (DE) played a whopping 94% of snaps this week! He may have only had a handful of tackles but the opportunity is there, definitely a solid option if you need defensive end help. Bobby McCain (S) played 91% of snaps and had five combined tackles and a pass defended, not bad at all if you need safety help in deeper leagues. Christian Wilkins (DT) played 67% of snaps and had a massive game with six combined tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss, two passes defended and one QB hit, with Kenny Clark (DT) going down this week this could be exactly what you want for defensive tackle help in any size league.
Misc notes: Byron Jones (CB) had a crappy game in the box score but played 97% of snaps, the most of any Dolphins IDP this week, he’ll be fine in matchups against a quarterback that can actually throw the ball, that was not Cam Newton (QB). Elandon Roberts (LB) and Kamu Grugier Hill (LB) played 62% and 28% of snaps respectively so not much going on there, and honestly I’m hesitant to even go nuts pursuing Jerome Baker (LB) so I’m really not interested in these guys. The Dolphins IDP situation in general changed a ton week to week last year and I don’t think much has changed, I think we’ll see a lot of chaos this season and very few reliable weekly IDP options from this group, however if they exist we will find them. Let’s just make sure we don’t end up chasing last weeks points like I feel like we all may end up doing with Jerome Baker (LB).
New England Patriots
Flash in the pan: Adrian Phillips (S) only played 69% of snaps this week, nice, but some of them were as a linebacker so the easy run stopping tackles could be part of his floor. This could be enough playing time for him to remain relevant and consistent all season but I’ve been staring at these box scores and snap counts for years and the Patriots do nothing the same twice. I would just be cautious that’s all, I’m currently holding zero shares of Phillips in 40 plus leagues, take that how you will.
Possible waiver adds: Chase Winovich (DE) played 68% of snaps this week and had seriously good production. With the departure of Michael Bennett (DE), Trey Flowers (DE) and the draft capital invested in Winovich I would call it likely he’ll be an instrumental part of that defense for some time to come. Not a bad idea at all if he’s available and you need defensive end help in medium to deeper leagues.
Misc notes: Kyle Dugger (S) only played 18% of snaps this week, he was hyped all offseason on IDP Twitter but the time has not arrived yet, he’s still just a hold for now. Ja’Whaun Bentley (LB) played the most of any Patriots linebacker with 82% of snaps and had five combined tackles which isn’t terrible for a linebacker three or four in deeper leagues, there is a clear cutoff in playing time with Shilique Calhoun (LB) having the next most playing time with only 53% of snaps played this week, Bentley is the main option at linebacker and the most likely to be involved most of the game for most of the season.
Stephon Gilmore (CB) remains an excellent streaming corner option playing 95% of snaps in a not ideal matchup and recording five combined tackles, one pass defended and one interception on the day, he’s one of the few corners in the league that will produce even in bad matchups like this was, he’ll continue to make consistent appearances on my streaming corners article for as long as he’s healthy and playing the majority of snaps each week since the talent is clearly there.
Chase Young and the Washington defensive line terrorized Wentz all day long
Eagles @ Football Team
Flash in the pan: Vinny Curry (DE) only played 31% of snaps this week and hasn’t played much more than that in quite some time now, his three combined tackles and half sack, half tackle for loss are a flash in the pan, avoid. (Injury played a part in the limited snaps)
Possible waiver adds: Nathan Gerry (LB), Rodney McLeod (S) and Duke Riley (LB) are available in different combinations of availability depending on the league, the linebacker and safety situation was a giant mess going into week one and any of these three would be worth an add going forward. Josh Sweat (DE) played 70% of snaps and had a nice stat line but may see a dip in playing time when Derek Barnett (DE) returns from injury so keep that in mind, he’s a decent option while Barnett is injured and out though.
Misc notes: Darius Slay (CB) and Fletcher Cox (DT) both had crappy days at the office but both played plenty and will have better days to come. The Eagles linebackers corps was a massive question before the season, Nathan Gerry (LB) played 99% of the snaps and had a nice game in the box score and is the linebacker to own here. Besides him Duke Riley (LB) played the next most with 81% of snaps played and also a nice stat line, after that it falls off a cliff. TJ Edwards (LB) and Genard Avery (LB) played 29% of snaps each and didn’t accomplish much, neither is worth pursuing. Rodney McLeod (S) played 100% of snaps and had nice production this week and is the only safety worth playing at this point.
Jalen Mills (CB), Avonte Maddox (CB) and Darius Slay (CB) all played around 90% of snaps this week and will all be in contention for streaming corner going forward in ideal matchups. Malik Jackson (DT) stepped into Javon Hargrave (DT) shoes while he was injured and out and played 79% of snaps but didn’t put up much for a stat line, that will likely change when Hargrave is healthy, I fully expect him to be the other starting defensive tackle and to be very productive especially when that entire defensive line is healthy, keep an eye out for Hargrave in DT specific leagues in the next couple weeks if you need help in that department.
Washington Football Team
Flash in the pan: NA
Possible waiver adds: Troy Apke (S) played 100% of snaps and recorded eight combined tackles on the day, more than Landon Collins (S) who was drafted exponentially higher than Apke literally any league where IDP is being played. Solid waiver wire safety option if you need help there. Any of this defensive line is worth looking at, Ioannidis, Sweat, even Kerrigan although I personally would not do that unless he’s somehow designated a defensive end or defensive line in your league.
Jon Bostic (LB) may even be available in your league, just be careful with that one there are at least two other linebackers (Thomas Davis and Reuben Foster) who were inactive this week and are most definitely better and more talented than Bostic so his job and production could be temporary at best. I’ve never been a Ryan Kerrigan (EDGE) fan but if your league is big play this is just as good a gamble as any.
Misc notes: Jimmy Moreland (CB) and Ronald Darby (CB) both played 100% of snaps and will be our options to stream corner from this team going forward in any ideal matchups they find themselves in this season, like maybe twice against Dallas. Cole Holcomb (LB) and Daron Payne (DT) were noticeably the only two well known members of the Washington IDP corps to crap the bed this week. Holcomb played zero defensive snaps, he was only in on special teams. That’s pretty freaking significant, abandon ship.
Kevin Pierre Louis (LB) instead played 99% of snaps but only recorded four combined tackles, with Thomas Davis (LB) and Reuben Foster (LB) both inactive this week there is still much to be revealed about this Washington linebackers unit, for now it would appear that Jon Bostic (LB) is the only safe play unless you’re comfortable starting an edge rush OLB in your regular linebacker slot. Daron Payne (DT) played 76% of snaps and had two tackle assists, half a sack, half a tackle for loss and one QB hit on the day so it wasn’t a total loss, he’ll very likely have some nice days to come this season. That entire defensive line is beyond dangerous.
Shaq Thompson put in work this week
Raiders @ Panthers
Las Vegas Raiders
Flash in the pan: Damon Arnette (CB) only played 72% of snaps, not enough for any kind of consistency especially at cornerback. Mullen appears to be the only solid streamer at the moment for corner. Nick Kwiatkowski (LB) only played 33% of snaps due to injury, this could be why Morrow got more playing time than expected so if you do pursue Morrow maybe do so just as depth in case this injury is severe and Kwiatkowski is out for longer than expected.
Possible waiver adds: Nicholas Morrow (LB) played 69% of snaps, nice, and had five combined tackles on the day, not a bad option in those stupid deep MFL leagues some of us degenerates are in. Erik Harris (S) was in fact the other starting safety and played 97% of snaps, solid option if you need safety help in deeper leagues. Only add if the Kwiatkowski (LB) injury looks significant though, odds are when he comes back Morrow will be the first person to lose snaps due to it.
Misc notes: Cory Littleton (LB) and Maxx Crosby (DE) both had down games this week but played 100% and 76% of snaps respectively and should both be fine. Lamarcus Joyner (S) played 90% of snaps and is listed as a corner in some leagues, as to where he actually lined up I have no idea but the playing time is there and if he’s part of three safety sets like they did a ton last year that generally leads to more consistency than being just a corner. If he’s listed as a corner in your league this might be one of those cheat code safeties we all like, we’ll keep an eye on it going forward and time will tell if this is viable or not.
Clelin Ferrell (DE) played 78% of snaps which was more than Crosby surprisingly, he only had two tackle assists but the playing time is there and that’s the first step to production, decent news if you own him in dynasty and have been monitoring his situation. Raekwon McMillan (LB) only played 9% of snaps so no danger of him supplanting Kwiatkowski or Morrow as the other IDP relevant linebacker on this team any time soon.
Possible waiver adds: Jeremy Chinn (S) obviously if he’s available, 100% of snaps and eight combined tackles. Tre Boston (S) also played 100% of snaps and had six combined tackles and has always been a nice option in deeper leagues if you need safety help. There was a lot of concern about Tahir Whitehead (LB) coming out on passing downs and not playing a whole bunch but he played 90% of snaps this week and had six combined tackles so he remains a decent linebacker three or four going forward, buyer beware though he’s not actually good so he could lose his job at any point. Derrick Brown (DT) played 68% of snaps and had a decent stat line with three combined tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass defended this week, the playing time is there if you need defensive tackle help in much deeper leagues.
Misc notes: Donte Jackson (CB) only played 17% of snaps before leaving with an ankle injury, we’ll have to keep an eye on this because when healthy and playing his normal 100% of snaps he is an excellent streaming IDP corner. Jeremy Chinn (S) was not even listed as a starter on the teams depth chart prior to week one but ended up playing 100% of snaps and lined up all over the place recording eight combined tackles on the day, he appears to be locked and loaded, I definitely got this one wrong erring on the side of caution in general with rookies this week with no preseason, I should’ve known better.
Anyways, he’s good to go. Justin Burris (CB) and Troy Pride (CB) played the majority of CB snaps this week but one of them will likely see a dip in playing time and therefore likely production as well when Donte Jackson (CB) returns from injury, my guess is Burris and Jackson end up being our corners to stream from for this defense this season. Yetur Gross Matos (DE) only played 25% of snaps this week so he remains a hold in dynasty only at this point. Everything else looked like business as usual.
Look who decided to play football
Colts @ Jaguars
Flash in the pan: Glover Stewart (DT) only played 60% of snaps and was the nose tackle, a traditionally non IDP relevant position so I wouldn’t count on these type of stats every week, buyer beware.
Possible waiver adds: Denico Autry (DT) played a surprising 76% of snaps and had a very productive day, he’s always been a decent defensive tackle two or three in medium to deeper leagues. Not a bad option at all if you need defensive tackle help.
Misc notes: Bobby Okereke (LB) only played 38% of snaps so he’s still just a hold in dynasty. Kenny Moore (CB) only played 76% of snaps this week and was the third cornerback behind Rock Ya Sin (CB) and Xavier Rhodes (CB) so let’s keep that in mind going forward, Ya Sin is locked and loaded as a corner streamer, besides that it’s still up in the air. Everything else pretty much looked like we thought it would this week so no need to panic here. Darius Leonard (LB) played 100% of snaps so that looks good as usual as well.
Flash in the pan: CJ Henderson (CB) only played 84% of snaps this week and was the third corner in terms of playing time, while he did well this week it’s so easy to find a guy who plays those extra 16% of snaps at corner why would you ever settle for anything less, that could be the difference between an extra tackle or pass defended and that could be the difference in winning or losing.
Possible waiver adds: Josh Jones (S) appears to be the guy to take over for Ronnie Harrison (S) going forward, he played 97% of snaps this week and had a ton of production, great option if you need safety help. Jarrod Wilson (S) played 85% of snaps and only had three combined tackles but in much deeper leagues the playing time is there at least if you need a bye week or short term injury replacement, we’re talking 53 man MFL roster deep here. UPDATE: Jarrod Wilson (S) was injured towards the end of the game and has landed on IR, disregard as a waiver wire safety for now.
Misc notes: Josh Allen (DE) and K’Lavon Chaisson (DE/LB) both played 62% of snaps this week and neither did much of note, Allen will be fine we know what he’s capable of and it was good to see the rookie Chaison get some solid playing time this week, I have high hopes for him as well. Both will have better days ahead. Tre Herndon (CB) and DJ Hayden (CB) appear to be our corners to stream going forward. Andrew Wingard (S) only played 18% of snaps this week so he appears to be the odd man out after many predicted he would be the one to replace Ronnie Harrison (S) at his safety slot after he was traded.
UPDATE he once again may be relevant with the injury to Jarod Wilson (S), if you have the room to add him and sit him this week and see how it plays out it’s not a bad idea in deeper leagues. None of the defensive tackles here made a splash in terms of production, there was enough playing time from Tavon Bryan (DT) but he recorded zero stats of any kind even with that 77% snap share this week. Besides the flops from Josh Allen (DE) and Chaison (DE) everything else looked business as usual here.
Watch out now! The Ravens might have an IDP relevant ILB once more…
Browns @ Ravens
Flash in the pan: Tavierre Thomas (CB) only played 47% of snaps and got a lucky sack, definitely not worth a waiver wire add for many reasons including lack of playing time and unreliable means of production. Adrian Clayborn (DE) only played 54% of snaps and will be an afterthought for IDP production this season, don’t chase week one points with this guy.
Possible waiver adds: Either linebacker, Goodson or Takitaki would make a nice waiver wire linebacker, they played 83% and 92% of snaps respectively and both had nice stat lines of nine combined tackles and seven combined tackles. Karl Joseph (S) played 100% of snaps but only recorded five combined tackles while Andrew Sendejo (S) also played 100% of snaps with four solo tackles, so neither one lit up the box score but the playing time was there for both if you need safety help, I’m sure there will be better days for production for both this season.
Misc notes: Greedy Williams (CB) was inactive for this week’s game. Denzel Ward (CB) played 100% of snaps but was in a terrible matchup against a Ravens team that doesn’t throw a ton and when they do it’s usually to the tight end, he’ll be fine in a more ideal matchup. Myles Garrett (DE) and Olivier Vernon (DE) played 81% and 71% of snaps respectively and will have better days as well, Lamar Jackson (QB) is not the easiest man to sack in general plus the Ravens didn’t need to throw a whole lot this week and also this game was over by the third quarter and RG III got some time at quarterback this was such a massive blowout, all factors that hurt either defensive ends chances at production this week.
They’ll be fine. Sheldon Richardson (DT) actually played more than Ogunjobi (DT), 61% of snaps to 54% of snaps, but didn’t record any stats this week. This is the nature of defensive tackle, very hit or miss, even guys like Aaron Donald (DT) and DeForest Buckner (DT) will have stinkers this year and every year. Richardson remains a decent defensive tackle two or three in medium to deep leagues and will bounce back. Ronnie Harrison (S) only played 3% of snaps this week, that likely has a lot to do with learning the defense and just arriving to this team days before this game. Sendejo and Joseph are both not very god-like in their talent level or production, definitely don’t drop Harrison if you have the space to keep him, I’m sure he’ll be involved and likely even a starter at some point this season. They didn’t trade for him just for the sake of trading.
Produced as expected: Patrick Queen (LB) Chuck Clark (S) Marlon Humphrey (CB) Marcus Peters (CB) Matt Judon (EDGE) Calais Campbell (DE) *In my leagues anyways where pass defended is worth a lot because it should be*
Flash in the pan: LJ Fort (LB) Jihad Ward (DT) played 32% and 42% of snaps respectively, not nearly enough for any consistency especially at linebacker and for defensive tackle that’s also borderline not enough snaps either. Maybe Ward could be useful in a seriously deep league but I’d like to see consistent-ish production for a bit before pulling that trigger.
Possible waiver adds: Deshon Elliott (S) took over at the other starting safety slot when Earl “city of brotherly love” Thomas (S) was shown the door awhile ago, he played 99% of snaps and had five combined tackles on the day, not bad at all if you need a safety two or three in deeper leagues.
Misc notes: Patrick Queen (LB) saw 74% of snaps this week which was the most for any Ravens linebacker, an excellent sign for the rookie with the solid draft capital. Derek Wolfe (DE) didn’t light up the scoreboard but did play more than Calais Campbell (DE) 71% of snaps to 62%, he’s always been a nice bye week guy or short term injury replacement and even playable as a defensive end three or four in stupid deep leagues.
Matt Judon (EDGE) only played 59% of snaps this week which is interesting, I remember him playing more than that last season but also last season they didn’t have added pass rush help in the form of Campbell and Wolfe like they do now, they may not need Judon to carry everything like he always has. Like I said in my start/sit, the rich get richer. Marlon Humphrey (CB) and Marcus Peters (CB) were both expected to produce in this ideal matchup and both did so and continue to be excellent streaming corner options going forward. Business as usual for the Ravens just splitting butt cheeks like firewood.
The next waiver wire darling?
Chargers @ Bengals
Los Angeles Chargers
Flash in the pan: Uchenna Nwosu (LB) only played 24% of snaps this week which isn’t remotely near enough for any kind of consistency plus the majority of his IDP points came on a sack which is also something naturally spotty and inconsistent, pass. Jerry Tillery (DT) only played 41% of snaps and hasn’t proven that he deserves a ton of playing time yet, he’s still just a hold in dynasty for me, do what you will though it’s your team.
Possible waiver adds: Nick Vigil (LB) only had five combined tackles this week but played 85% of snaps and should be locked into that much playing time for the foreseeable future with Drue Tranquil (LB) injured and out with a broken ankle. Linval Joseph (DT) played 62% of snaps this week and has always been a solid IDP defensive tackle, he’ll be a good option if you need help in that department in deeper leagues.
Misc notes: Casey Heyward (CB) and Chris Harris (CB) both played 100% of snaps and both had solid games in a less than ideal matchup, they will be our streamers going forward in better matchups. The rookie Kenneth Murray (LB) saw 91% of snaps in his debut which is a terrific sign for his production and role this season. Green light him he’s ready to rock. Joey Bosa (DE) was clapping cheeks as usual and Melvin Ingram (DE), two solo tackles, one interception and a pass defended while playing 79% of snaps was also fine, the production will come and it was solid anyways if your league scores interceptions like they should. Reyshawn Jenkins (S) played 100% of snaps but only had two solo tackles on the day which is a continuation of last years excellent playing time and shitty results.
I have zero interest here, the playing time is there and has been for basically all of last season plus week one this year but he’s still yet to do anything with it, I’m all set. Nasir Adderley (S) was listed as the other starting safety but only played 40% of snaps and didn’t do much with them at all, Desmond King (CB/S) played the other 60% according to nflgsis.com at safety, so while on the one hand he’s a hidden corner which is nice on the other he’s still only playing 60% of snaps so I’m all set with that, I’ll pass on both.
Flash in the pan: NA, all the right names at the top of the box score tonight
Possible waiver adds: Josh Bynes (LB) and Germaine Pratt (LB) are both likely available and played 72% and 73% of snaps respectively this week, not as many as ideal but still plenty for decent linebacker three production especially in deeper leagues. They both had excellent stat lines this week and the Bengals offense doesn’t look to be real great again this year so the defense should be on the field plenty which could help offset some of the lost playing time from the not ideal snap percentages. So yes, I’m interested in both.
Misc notes: The corners going forward for Cincy appear to be William Jackson (CB) and Darius Phillips (CB), both played nearly every snap and Jackson had a nice stat line this week, we’ll plug them in if the matchup looks good down the line. Carlos Dunlap (DE) had a down game with only three combined tackles and a QB hit but ended up playing 70% of snaps which is plenty, he’ll be fine. Defensive end is only just a little less spotty than defensive tackle, both are not every week positions like linebacker or safety so if you’re new to this welcome to IDP, this is normal, he’ll be fine. Carl Lawson (DE) saw 58% of snaps this week which is more than usual however Geno Atkins (DT) was inactive this week and that could factor into this a tiny bit or maybe it didn’t, regardless I’d like to see at least this much playing time at least a couple more times then I’ll be OK green lighting him for waivers.
Jack Rabbit with a perfect streaming corner day
Buccaneers @ Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Flash in the pan: Jamal Dean (CB) and William Gholston (DE) played 51% and 50% of snaps respectively this week, not nearly enough for any interest for a corner and a decent amount for a defensive end however I’m still not sold yet, I’d much rather have JPP or Suh or even Vita Vea (DT) from this defensive line, this guy is the fourth option and that’s not great, we’ll keep an eye on it though.
Possible waiver adds: Jordan Whitehead (S) and Antoine Winfield (S) are both excellent safety options if available in your league. Whitehead played 91% of snaps and had six combined tackles and a tackle for loss while Winfield played 100% of snaps and recorded six combined tackles, one pass defended and one QB hit on the day. Both would make solid waiver wire safety options, especially Winfield who we’ve all been drooling over on IDP Twitter for months now.
Misc notes: Shaq Barrett (EDGE) and N’Damakong Suh (DT) both had sub par games this week. They played 88% and 82% of snaps respectively so no issue there, this is more just a nature of the beast thing. EDGE guys are sack or big play dependent for their points, without a solid tackle floor their production will always be spotty and inconsistent at best, so you either learn to live with weeks like this or move on and find another option but this is reality with these guys. Suh remains a nice defensive tackle two or three and will have nice weeks this season, just not this week. Remain calm.
Vita Vea (DT) played 84% of snaps this week but only recorded one tackle assist, nose tackle isn’t traditionally very IDP relevant but he’s a talented guy that IDP Twitter has fawned over for dynasty purposes so I believe there will be good weeks to come, I would still only consider playing him in the deepest of leagues though. Sean Murphy Bunting (CB) and Carlton Davis (CB) will be our corners to stream going forward in ideal matchups.
New Orleans Saints
Flash in the pan: Trey Hendrickson (DE) had a really nice game but only played 56% of snaps and will likely play less when Marcus Davenport (DE) returns from injury so buyer beware. Carl Granderson (DE) only played 33% of snaps this week and was also likely involved that much to help cover up the missing production from Davenport, not enough playing time for anything resembling consistency unless he ends up having Ifeadi Odenigbo (DE) 2019 type efficiency, which he won’t, pass.
Possible waiver adds: CJ Gardner Johnson (S) is back involved again this year playing in those three safety sets, he logged 87% of snaps this week and recorded ten combined tackles and one pass defended which are obviously excellent numbers. I’ve seen this movie before though, he burst onto the scene last season and his playing time and production fluctuated wildly most of the season so I’ll pass personally, however if you need safety help in deeper leagues this may be a nice option for you.
Misc notes: Sheldon Rankins (DT) played 61% of snaps this week but only had two QB hits on the day, not ideal. It’s still early in the season though so I’m willing to continue to give him a chance, he was hobbled by injury last season so I want to see more before moving on from him for good. Marcus Williams (S) played 100% of snaps this week and only put up one tackle assist and one pass defended, not ideal at all. I’ve never been much of a fan but I know more than a few believers, it’s too early to pull the plug but if we continue to see this it may end up being a situation where he needs replacing in your lineups. Marshon Lattimore (CB) and Janoris Jenkins (CB) will be our corners we stream with going forward in ideal matchups.
Emmanuel Moseley, perfect streaming corner.
Cardinals @ 49ers
Flash in the pan: Chris Banjo (S) played 94% of snaps and recorded six combined tackles on the day, not bad at all, could be a decent waiver wire safety, right? Wrong. Jalen Thompson (S) had an ankle injury and left early clearing the way for Chris Banjo (S) who will be once more IDP irrelevant when he returns, buyer beware. Angelo Blackson (DE) and Zach Allen (DE) played 37% and 50% of snaps respectively, not enough for any kind of consistency, so we can probably ignore their production this week I doubt it will be a consistent thing.
Possible waiver adds: If De’Vondre Campbell (LB) is somehow available in your league that would be a rock solid waiver wire linebacker. 100% of snaps and a nice stat line.
Misc notes: Isaiah Simmons (LB) only played 29% of snaps this week and looked like steaming hot crap (on Odell Beckhams chest). He had a terrible PFF grade and got smoked by Raheem Mostert (RB) to the house. He’ll be a fine IDP linebacker one of these days, it’s just not today. Hold in dynasty, pull from lineups, for now. Byron Murphy (CB) and Patrick Peterson (CB) will be our streaming corners going forward as predicted. Dre Kirkpatrick (CB) only played 32% of snaps and will be departing our recommended streaming corners list going forward, that one’s on me, I’ve always liked Kirkpatrick from his days in Cincy where he was an excellent IDP corner, streaming or not.
We’ll adjust and keep it moving. Jordan Phillips (DT) only played 50% of snaps this week and recorded zero stats which is not great, he’s coming off a career season in Buffalo and got big money to come to Arizona, I would still hold him if he’s designated a defensive tackle in your league but for now don’t start him. Devon Kennard (EDGE) was signed to be the other OLB pass rusher from what I’ve read and played 55% of snaps this week but didn’t land any sacks or splash plays, the tackle floor will never be there for this guy and I can think of five guys immediately I would rather trust if I were forced to play an EDGE guy in my lineup so I’m still not interested.
San Francisco 49ers
Flash in the pan: Dre Greenlaw (LB) had a nice game in the box score but only played 43% of snaps this week, hold him though he will have exponentially more value when Kwon Alexander (LB) shatters into a million pieces at some point this season. Kerry Hyder (DE) only played 40% of snaps and isn’t named Bosa, Ford or Armstead so I’m not interested. Same deal with DJ Jones (DT) who played 48% this week.
Possible waiver adds: Dee Ford (DE) played 56% of snaps this week and recorded three combined tackles and half a tackle for loss, not great but not terrible either, a lot of guys here have written about him in the offseason and believe in his talent and opportunity so because of that I do as well. Joey the Tooth and IDP Dude know their shit, I trust their judgement, add Dee Ford (DE) in deeper leagues for defensive end help.
Misc notes: Arik Armstead (DT) and Javon Kinlaw (DT) both had down weeks but played 63% and 48% of snaps respectively this week. Armstead, especially in leagues where he’s designated a defensive tackle, will be fine. Kinlaw is still just a dynasty hold for me at this exact moment in time but may end up being the next DeForest Buckner (DT) if 49ers Twitter is correct, we shall see, hold but don’t start is my suggestion for him. Richard Sherman (CB) and Emmanuel Moseley (CB) will be our streaming corners going forward and both had excellent days in an ideal matchup. Also just in general about this defense, last season they would have steam rolled the Cardinals. But this isn’t last season.
The Cardinals spent their time since the super bowl getting better, adding defensive and offensive pieces while the 49ers have spent their time getting worse, dumping Buckner and losing players to injury before the season even started. Those of you that spent actual draft capital on this defense as a DS/T in leagues are probably going to feel bad about it this season, just a heads up. I bet the Cardinals straight to win this game, nevermind getting seven points, this one was written all over the wall. The 49ers won’t be going to any super bowls this season. UPDATE Richard Sherman (CB) has gone to IR so obviously pass on streaming him any time soon.
No slow start this season
Cowboys @ Rams
Flash in the pan: NA, all the names at the top of the box score make sense this week.
Possible waiver adds: Aldon Smith (DE) & Joe Thomas (LB) played 74% and 68% of snaps respectively, Smith had a monster game and will be a hugely popular waiver wire add this week as people chase those week one points and pray they happen again, they very likely won’t but he’ll have good games this season it looks like. He did have excellent playing time and production so I’m all about adding him if you need defensive end help. Joe Thomas (LB) will take over for LVE for the next month or two it looks like, if they end up going with someone else down the road here I will note that in this article and on the podcast. Thomas had five combined tackles and a QB hit and should play even more next week is my guess, not a bad idea at all if you need linebacker help in deeper leagues.
Misc notes: Leighton Vander Esch (LB) was injured and will be out 6-8 weeks, kill me. Anthony Brown (CB) ended up being a nice corner stream along with Chidobe Awuzie (CB) and Trevon Diggs (CB). Awuzie did see a dip in playing time this week but I don’t think it was anything serious, if it happens again this week I’ll ring the alarm bells, he’s been their best young corner for some time now. Everson Griffen (DE) and DeMarcus Walker (DE) weren’t able to land any splash plays or sacks this week but should be fine, they played 58% and 63% of snaps respectively and the Rams didn’t have to throw a whole lot this game as their running game sliced up the Cowboys defense all game long.
Trysten Hill (DT) looks to be the early winner in the vacuum left from the Gerald McCoy (DT) injury, he played 53% of snaps this week and recorded four combined tackles on the day, still just a dynasty hold for now unless we’re talking a stupid deep league. Business as usual for the Cowboys, one game in and it’s already panic time.
Los Angeles Rams
Produced as expected: Micah Kiser (LB) Jalen Ramsey (CB) Troy Hill (CB) John Johnson (S) *Not great but salvageable, and he played 100% of snaps, he’ll be fine* Leonard Floyd (EDGE) Aaron Donald (DT) Michael Brockers (DE)
Flash in the pan: Kenny Young (LB) only played 53% of snaps this week, not nearly enough for any kind of consistency, pass.
Possible waiver adds: Micah Kiser (LB) played 100% of snaps and had plenty of production as well, he’s an excellent option if available in your league for linebacker help. Michael Brockers (DE) and Leonard Floyd (OLB/EDGE) remain solid options as well in those departments and always have been.
Misc notes: Taylor Rapp (S) was missing in action playing only 21% of snaps this week and doing very little in the box score, Jordan Fuller (S) played instead and led the entire Rams defense on the box score, does that mean you should shitcan your Rapp shares for Jordan Fuller (S) shares? No, not at all. Let’s wait and see what happens here, none of it makes sense. Rapp is a hold and do not start currently, fuller could be a speculative add if you need safety help but it could end up being the kind of safety help that vanishes without explanation when you go to start it in your lineup. Samson Ebukam (OLB) is probably going to be big play dependent for his points like usual so keep that in mind if you look at those 74% of snaps and are thinking of pulling the trigger in your linebacker slot, I wouldn’t. Business as usual here too, winning and Aaron Donald (DT) clapping cheeks.
Devin Bush looks to avoid the sophomore slump this season
Steelers @ Giants
Flash in the pan: Vince Williams (LB) only played 59% of snaps and is massively inconsistent and generally unreliable, avoid at all costs, always. Tyson Alualu (DE) only played 47% of snaps and will likely not be this productive again any time soon, pass.
Possible waiver adds: NA, this defense is pretty well picked over and I’m sure people will add Vince Williams (LB) anyways and regret it fairly shortly after when they see what they’ve really purchased with their FAB or waiver wire position.
Misc notes: Minkah Fitzpatrick (S) did what he always does, vanish when you need IDP points. He did play 100% of snaps but is entirely dependent on ridiculous splash plays for all his points, zero tackle floor, zero consistency, absolutely unreliable. I will never be on that train. Terrell Edmunds (S) is the story here this week, wow man, huge step forward. He could end up strolling into that safety tier one discussion if he can continue to produce like this going forward. This defense features plenty of producers and even Devin Bush (LB) was back up to 100% of snaps once more, things are looking good in Pittsburgh on both sides of the ball.
New York Giants
Flash in the pan: NA, all the right names or names that make sense in retrospect at the top of the box score.
Possible waiver adds: Lorenzo Carter (LB) played 98% of snaps this week and recorded seven combined tackles and one QB hit, not bad at all, good option if you need linebacker help. Dexter Lawrence (DE) is owned in all dynasty leagues but could help some in redraft if the league is deeper, especially if he’s listed as a defensive tackle which I swear I’ve seen in some leagues. He only played 47% of snaps this week but has played more in prior seasons, the talent was there in college it looks like maybe we’ll see a leap forward this season.
Misc notes: Corey Ballentine (CB) and James Bradberry (CB) are the steaming corners currently, however Logan Ryan (CB) just got here and will get more than the 59% of snaps he saw this week soon enough, eventually it will be him and Bradberry as the corners to play for this defense. Dalvin Tomlinson (DT) and Jabrill Peppers (S) both had down weeks this week, they played 50% and 98% of snaps respectively, Tomlinson is still just a dynasty hold unless in a super deep league but Peppers was supposed to be a locked and loaded top ten IDP safety and was nowhere to be seen week one.
I’m sure he’ll recover and I’m a believer as well, I’ve got shares everywhere, it’s just disappointing to see him start slow after that super fast start last season. Markus Golden (DE) only played 34% of snaps this week which is not ideal at all, he was a crucial part of that Giants pass rush last season so the dip in snaps isn’t great at all. Maybe he got hurt? I don’t remember seeing that, regardless we’ll keep an eye on it, if we see it again next week I’ll ring the alarm bells. Blake Martinez (LB) is still a top five IDP linebacker no matter what team he’s on, absolute stud.
Jayon Brown, one part of the “Brown Note” in Tennessee
Titans @ Broncos
Flash in the pan: Will Compton (LB) only produced because Rashaan Evans (LB) got ejected for stupidity. Pass.
Possible waiver adds: Jeffrey Simmons (DT) isn’t known in every league as of yet, good option to get in on the ground floor in medium to deeper leagues if you need defensive tackle help. 76% of snaps, four combined tackles, not terrible at all for a defensive tackle two or three in deeper leagues.
Misc notes: Rashaan Evans (LB) got ejected for being an idiot and punching a dude and Will Compton (LB) came in for him in substitution, obviously Compton will be back to irrelevant when Evans comes back into the lineup next week assuming he isn’t suspended, I’ve seen dumber shit. Jadeveon Clowney (EDGE) didn’t do much his first game here but played 80% of snaps this week and should be fine going forward. Malcolm Butler (CB) was the only corner to receive significant playing time this week, I’m holding off on streaming any of these guys until Adoree Jackson (CB) returns and we see what this secondary really looks like with everyone healthy and playing, at that point Jackson will very likely be an excellent streaming corner going forward.
Flash in the pan: NA, all the right names or names that make sense at the top of the box score.
Possible waiver adds: Josey Jewell (LB) was confirmed as the other ILB, he played 100% of snaps, solid option if you need tackle floor linebacker help. Jeremiah Attaochu (EDGE) was the Von Miller (EDGE) replacement and had a sack this week, he played 74% of snaps and will be sack or big play dependent for his points but if that’s your thing knock yourself out.
Misc notes: Josey Jewell (LB) saw 100% of snaps along with AJ Johnson (LB), it would appear those are the two inside linebackers the Broncos are going with this season. Bradley Chubb (EDGE) played 73% of snaps but was coming off injury and “on a pitch count”, he should be fine especially once he’s back to 100%. Bryce Callahan (CB) and Kareem Jackson (CB) appear to be our streaming corners from Denver going forward. AJ Bouye (CB) was injured early in this one and left before having much impact, the streaming corners mentioned about may change somewhat when and if he returns from whatever that injury was. Justin Simmons (S) was reliable and gave us a nice game as usual.
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