The Defensive line, defensive end, and defensive tackle are two of the hardest positions to stream just because they are thinner than most. In this weekly article, I will cover the best streaming options based on their match-up.
I have been taking a look at the team’s offensive lines over the past few years to help me gauge weekly match-ups and stream the defensive line positions. There are not as many top tier or replacement options on the defensive line and if you miss out during draft time this may leave you in a hole on a weekly basis. I know it is only Week 2 and we’re judging an offensive line off of one game. It’s still a starting point when trying to stream. Here is the top IDP defensive lineman who may be available with the best offensive line match-ups.
Chase Winovich, New England Patriots
Week 1 Stats: 6 tackles (4 solos), 1 tackle for a loss, and a QB hit. (68% snap share)
Week 2 Match-up: Seattle Seahawks
Run Blocking Rank: 25th – Averaged 3.3 yards per carry with a 19% stuff rate
Pass Protection Rank: 23rd – Gave up 3 sacks at a rate of 8.1%
The Seahawks have routinely been a poor offensive line for a few years now and 2020 is no different. The Falcons defense allowed a paltry 3.3 YPC and gave up 3 sacks to a team that ranked 31st in the NFL in 2019.
Chase Winovich was a player that many were placing a breakout tag on after a productive rookie season in limited action. He showed up big in Week 1 against Miami who ranks 20th against the run and 10th in pass protection. Winovich had 6 total tackles and showed a propensity to set the edge against the run. However, he consistently got into the backfield. Winovich proved capable of getting more usage, as he tied John Simon for most snaps (42) of any IDP defensive lineman on the defense.
The Seahawks are likely to try and come out and run the ball again, as they routinely do, and Winovich will do his best to prevent anything from getting outside. I expect his pressure rate to go up as well against the lowly Seahawks line.
Benson Mayowa – Seattle Seahawks
Week 1 Stats: 1 solo tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, 1 pass defended, 1 sack, and 1 QB hit. (90% snap share)
Week 2 Match-up: New England Patriots
Run Blocking Rank: 4th – Averaged 5.04 yards per carry with an 8% stuff rate
Pass Protection Rank: 28th- Gave up 2 sacks at a rate of 10.2%
The Patriots are one of the best run-blocking teams in the NFL after week one, however, that’s not why you are playing Benson Mayowa. Mayowa played on 90% of the Seahawks defensive snaps and proved to be a solid pass-rushing presence, something the Seahawks are in desperate need of after they failed to re-sign Jadeveon Clowney.
The Patriots were the 28th ranked in pass protection – giving up a sack on 10.2% of the team’s plays. The Patriots have a new look offense this year with Cam Newton at the helm – he’s able to use his legs to scramble and extend plays, as a result, he takes a lot of sacks. Mayowa’s is in a good spot to come up with his second sack of the season, making him a solid IDP defensive lineman play.
Michael Brockers – Los Angeles Rams
Week 1 Stats: 2 solo tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, 1 sack, and 1 QB hit.
Week 2 Match-up: Philadelphia Eagles
Run Blocking Rank: 26th – Averaged 3.06 yards per carry with a 13% stuff rate
Pass Protection Rank: Ranked 31st – Gave up 8 sacks at a rate of 16.2%
The Eagles lost Jason Peters again and the offensive line was in fact, offensive. They allowed double the amount of sacks as compared to the next team – eight sacks in Week 1. Carson Wentz was constantly under fire and it doesn’t look to be getting any better against the Rams.
Brockers played the second-most snaps of any IDP defensive lineman on the Rams only behind Aaron Donald with 74% of snaps. Brockers is listed as both defensive end or defensive tackle depending on which platform you play on. He also plays alongside Aaron Donald, who garners a lot of attention from the opposing offensive line. Leonard Floyd and Samson Ebukam also provided solid pressure off the edge. Brockers has a cake matchup against what seems to be a routinely over-matched offensive line.
Christian Wilkins – Miami Dolphins
Week 1 Stats: 6 tackles (5 solos), 2 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, 2 passes defended and a QB hit. (67% snap share)
Week 2 Match-up: Buffalo Bills
Run Blocking Rank: 31st – Averaged 2.04 yards per carry with a 39% stuff rate.
Pass Protection Rank: Ranked 17th – Gave up 3 sacks at a rate of 6.8%
Christian Wilkins was one of my priority waiver wire adds at the defensive tackle position this week. Wilkins was expected to ball out his rookie season, in contrast, he was average – but he was a rookie. Facing Cam Newton and the Patriots, he dominated. He displayed active hands with 2 passes defended, was a gap filler coming up with 6 tackles, and was in the backfield often with 2 tackles for a loss. Wilkins also contributed a sack and QB hit.
The Bills run blocking was abysmal and nonexistent as the Giants were the only team that ranked worse Week 1. They were particularly poor at blocking up the middle ceding a run stuff on 39% of their attempts – a place where Wilkins will swallow them up.
D.J. Jones – San Francisco 49ers
Week 1 Stats: 1 solo tackle, 1 tackle for a loss, 1 sack, 1 pass defended and a QB hit. (48% snap share)
Week 2 Match-up: New York Jets
Run Blocking Rank: 21st – Averaged 3.56 yards per carry with a 14% stuff rate.
Pass Protection Rank: 25th – Gave up 3 sacks at a rate of 8.4%
D.J. Jones has always productive in limited time – he’s just battled injuries throughout his career. He finds himself healthy and plugged into the center of a stacked defensive line. This line includes the likes of Dee Ford, Nick Bosa, Arik Armstead, and Javon Kinlaw. Jones is the big man in the middle at 6’0 and 320lbs, plugs the middle of the line.
The Jets lost Le’veon Bell to injury in week one and Frank Gore is likely to get the lion’s share of carries until he returns. This means that the Jets will likely be more of a power running team running more up the gut. This bodes well for Jones who will clog the center lanes and inrack up tackles.
Taven Bryan – Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 1 Stats: N/A
Week 2 Match-up: Tennessee Titans
Run Blocking Rank: 11th – Averaged 3.74 yards per carry with a stuff rate of 13%
Pass Protection Rank: 5th – Gave up 1 sack at a rate of 2.8%
Looking at the match-up, it looks unfavorable. The Titans have one of the better offensive lines in the NFL and run a lot of plays. They ran the second-most plays in Week 1 (78). Although Taven Bryan didn’t record a stat, however, he played 77% of the snaps.
Bryan is a former 1st round pick who has yet to receive consistent playing time. He was productive limited snaps in 2019, however, he should see more playing time this season. This is his year to start and with the Titans running the ball so much, Bryan has a good chance to at least rack up some tackles. This makes him a good sleeper IDP defensive lineman.
This is a weekly article I will be writing to help those in need of weekly IDP defensive lineman help. Streaming IDP defensive lineman is one of the toughest positions to stream and I am here to help. Each week we will look at offensive line match-ups and find the best weekly plays.