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.
INDIANAPOLIS @ NEW ENGLAND
S Devin McCourty, NE (11 solos, 3 asst, 1 FF, 1 FR, 1 PD)
S Patrick Chung, NE (3 solos, 8 asst, .5 sack, 1 QH, 1 INT, 1 PD)
Both Patriots safeties led the way for the Patriots this week as Andrew Luck generated 38 completions on 59 pass attempts. As long as the Patriots offense can start putting up points like as did here, the pass attempts this defense faces should certainly improve and that will create more opportunities for both safeties. Both players have been disappointing to start the year and may be available on waiver wires in most leagues, but McCourty, in particular, is a proven fantasy performer who is coming off an 80-solo season.
DE John Simon, NE (1 solo)
Simon had a great debut for the Patriots a week ago and seemed poised for another big outing here against the team that cut him prior to week 1. Unfortunately, he only lasted 5 snaps (6%) before leaving the game with a shoulder injury that leaves his status for next week in doubt.
DT Denico Autry, IND (1 solo, 2 asst, 1 TFL)
Autry lasted just 28 snaps (41%) before leaving the game with a hamstring injury. He was coming off a huge 9-tackle, 2-sack outing a week earlier and was on his way to another productive start.
LB Anthony Walker, IND (1 solo, 2 asst)
Walker was coming on strong the past couple games but he only lasted 14 snaps (20%) this week before leaving the game with a concussion. That’s always a concern, but especially so for a middle linebacker whose primary responsibility is stopping the run. The Colts were already short-handed in this game without Darius Leonard so they had to rely heavily on Zaire Franklin (1 solo, 10 asst) and Najee Goode (4 solos, 4 asst, 1 INT).
S Clayton Geathers, IND (3 asst)
Geathers has been very productive with 29 solo stops through the first 4 games but he was limited to just 20 snaps (29%) this week. He originally left the game to be evaluated for a concussion, which he was cleared from but was then held out with a neck injury. There is reason for concern here as a serious neck injury is what forced him to miss significant time in the past two seasons. Backup safety Matthias Farley also left the game early with a hamstring injury this week.
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