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Reading the Defense: Week 12

A weekly look at IDP trends with a mix of metrics, film study, and matchup strategy

POSITIONAL TIERS

These tiers will not be as extensive as my offseason tiers. During the season, I put players into three categories: Matchup Independent Starters, Matchup Dependent Plays, and Priority Watch List. Dynasty league owners should have an additional category: Stashes you must keep on your roster. In deeper leagues, the matchup dependent list will obviously need to be longer.

This week: Defensive Line

DEFENSIVE LINE TIERS

Matchup Independent Every-Week Starters
Khalil Mack, Jason Pierre-Paul, Everson Griffen, Carlos Dunlap, Danielle Hunter, Leonard Williams, Cameron Jordan, Olivier Vernon, Muhammad Wilkerson, Brandon Graham, Calais Campbell, Trey Flowers, Rob Ninkovich, Sheldon Richardson, Adrian Clayborn, Demarcus Lawrence

Rosterable Matchup Dependent Plays
Timmy Jernigan, Kyle Williams, Derek Wolfe, Robert Ayers, Jurrell Casey, DeForest Buckner, Chris Baker

Big Play Matchup Plays
Cliff Avril, Frank Clark, Cameron Wake, Joey Bosa, Robert Quinn, Ezekiel Ansah, Brian Robison, Yannick Ngakoue

Dynasty Hold
J.J. Watt (IR), Jadeveon Clowney (2017 DL?), Jabaal Sheard, Dante Fowler, Cameron Heyward, Noah Spence

Dynasty Watch List
Vinny Curry, Hau'oli Kikaha, Henry Anderson, Randy Gregory, Carl Nassib, Mario Edwards, Will Clarke

Defensive Tackles to Roster
Aaron Donald, Marcell Dareus, Kerry Hyder, Linval Joseph, Ndamukong Suh, Damon Harrison, Gerald McCoy, Geno Atkins, Fletcher Cox, Michael Bennett (inj), Grady Jackson, Sheldon Rankins, Malik Jackson

 


EVERY-DOWN LINEBACKER PROJECTIONS 

Additions to the every-down column in BOLD. Injury situations to monitor this week in italics.

TEAM
EVERY-DOWN LB
75-100% SNAPS
INJ | SUSP
NOTES
ARIZONA
Chandler Jones : Markus Golden : Kevin Minter    
ATLANTA
none Sean Weatherspoon (IR)  
BALTIMORE
Zachary Orr : C.J. Mosley
 
 
 
BUFFALO
   
CAROLINA
  Luke Kuechly Klein or Mayo may start for Kuechly
CHICAGO
Danny Trevathan : Nick Kwiatkowski
 
Jerrell Freeman (susp), Leonard Floyd   
CINCINNATI
Vinny Rey : Karlos Dansby   
CLEVELAND
Chris Kirksey : Jamie Collins
   
DALLAS
   
 
DENVER
none
Brandon Marshall  
DETROIT
  DeAndre Levy  
GREEN BAY
Joe Thomas
Blake Martinez, Jake Ryan
 
HOUSTON
Brian Cushing
 
INDIANAPOLIS
D'Qwell Jackson Trent Cole (IR)  
JACKSONVILLE
     
KANSAS CITY
 
 
LOS ANGELES
     
MIAMI
 
 
MINNESOTA
     
NEW ENGLAND
none
Dont'a Hightower    
NEW ORLEANS
Dannell Ellerbe
 
 
NEW YORK GIANTS
none    
NEW YORK JETS
Julian Stanford Erin Henderson (NFI)
Lee expected to return
OAKLAND
Perry Riley, Ben Heeney (IR)  
PHILADELPHIA
   
 
PITTSBURGH
     
SAN DIEGO
Korey Toomer : Melvin Ingram
Jatavis Brown, Manti Te'o (IR) Perryman likely to return, Brown out 
SAN FRANCISCO
Ahmad Brooks : Gerald Hodges NaVorro Bowman (IR)   
SEATTLE
     
TAMPA BAY
     
TENNESSEE
none
   
WASHINGTON
   

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