Once is a fluke but twice is a trend. When Gerald Hodges stepped in at middle linebacker and had a strong box score in Week 12 it was eye-catching. When he played every down and racked up 12 solo stops in Week 13 Hodges leaped to the top of the waiver add list. We know this guy is not going to be a long-term answer for anyone but he is likely to finish the season as a three-down middle linebacker on a struggling team.
Matchups with the Lions this week and the Rams in Week 16 make Hodges an even more attractive addition. Detroit is likely to have LeGarrette Blount as the lead dog for their running game which is a dream matchup for any linebacker. In fact, it is even enough to make Haason Reddick a strong LB3 consideration this week for many managers.
Budda Baker started last week but was banged up just before halftime. He returned for the third quarter and ended up playing 89% of the snaps. He has been dealing with a sore knee for a couple weeks so keep an eye on his practice participation this week. Both he and Antoine Bethea could be in line for big numbers if the Lions are able to establish the run.
Deion Jones returned to action in a big way. He was limited to less than 80% of the snaps against Baltimore but still managed huge numbers at 13-2-1. Jones came through healthy and should return to his normal every play role against the Packers. Green Bay is not as stellar a matchup as the Ravens at this point but Jones should still have another big game.
With the return of Jones, Foyesade Oliokun went back to a part-time role. He still put up good numbers going 6-3-0 on 64% of the snaps, but it might be a big mistake to count on a repeat of that production this week. Most teams play a nickel base defense against the Packers which could spell a marginal role for Oliokun.
De’Vondre Campbell played 86% of the time going 5-1-0 versus Baltimore and is still seeing most of the subpackage action.
One Falcon to sit this week is Damontae Kazee. His tackle numbers have been marginal since moving the free safety, with big plays (six picks) keeping him fantasy relevant. Aaron Rodgers has not thrown an interception since Week 2.
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