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.
N.Y. JETS @ CLEVELAND
CB Terrance Mitchell, CLE (4 solos, 1 asst, 1 INT, 1 PD)
The Browns rebuilt their secondary this offseason and the drafting of Denzel Ward 4th overall got most of the attention, but Mitchell has been a pleasant surprise. He started 9 games for the Chiefs last year but didn’t really stand out. Through 3 games this year, however, he’s been credited with 15 solo stops plus an interception and 2 forced fumbles. Given that Ward has shutdown potential, it’s reasonable to expect that Mitchell will continue to be heavily targeted despite playing across from a rookie corner.
S Doug Middleton, NYJ (10 solos, 1 asst, 1 PD)
Middleton has been filling in at free safety for the injured Marcus Maye, who could be very close to returning. Therefore, it’s probably best not to get too excited about Middleton even though he posted 10 solo tackles in this game.
CB Buster Skrine, NYJ (1 solo, 1 asst, .5 sack, 1 QH)
Skrine has been a productive corner during most of his career and had a strong start to the season with 13 solos in the first two games. He was looking good again this week after he picked up a half sack early on as the Jets have been using him more often as a blitzer, but he only lasted 15 snaps before leaving with a knee injury. Parry Nickerson saw 42 snaps (55%) in relief.
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