This article attempts to immediately highlight defensive players whose production was significantly better or worse than normally expected for the prior week of games. Note there is sometimes limited information available when this article is written, but I will try to give everyone an early look at players who are moving up or down in value among IDP circles. When warranted, I'll also call out some players under No Change that tries to explain why the stat lines may be misleading. It’s difficult to give waiver advice for IDPs since there is such a wide variety of lineups and scoring systems, but hopefully, the information provided can help inform your waiver, trade, and upcoming lineup decisions. If you have any questions about specific players or situations, feel free to email me or reach out via twitter.
ATLANTA @ PHILADELPHIA
LB Jordan Hicks, PHI (5 solos, 2 asst, 1.5 sacks, 1 TFL, 2 QH, 1 PD)
Hicks played all 70 defensive snaps in his first game since returning from a torn Achilles injury. Fellow 3-down linebacker Nigel Bradham sat out due to a suspension but Hicks picked up the slack as he led the team in tackles and made life difficult for Matt Ryan with 1.5 sacks. Definitely an encouraging sign for the young middle linebacker.
S Keanu Neal, ATL (1 solo, 1 asst)
Only lasted 37 snaps (51%) before leaving the season opener with a torn ACL that will end his season. This is a huge loss for the Falcons defense and fantasy owners alike as Neal was one of a small group of elite fantasy safeties
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