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.
Philadelphia @ N.Y. Giants
LB Nigel Bradham, PHI (6 solos, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH, 1 PD)
Bradham’s playing time has increased over the past two games to the point that he is now basically an every-down player. He was on the field for 97% of the defensive snaps the past two weeks and has collected 11 solos, 2 assists, plus a sack and fumble recovery in those games. He’s a solid LB3 option in most scoring systems.
LB Olivier Vernon, NYG (2 solos, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 2 QH)
Vernon returned to the lineup this week and was healthy enough to play 54 snaps (76%). He gave Jason Peters some trouble and should upgrade the Giants pass rush significantly going forward. Unfortunately, his fantasy value obviously is weakened by the move to outside linebacker this year but he could still have some value in deeper leagues that place more value on sacks and big plays. Connor Barwin has done very little this year and saw his playing time reduced to just 11 snaps this week.
DE Brandon Graham, PHI (1 solo, 1 asst)
After seeing a bump in playing time to 84% of the defensive snaps a week ago, Graham was back to just 60% of the defensive snaps this week. Derek Barnett returned to action and saw 31 snaps (48%), but the biggest surprise was seeing Chris Long get 47 snaps against the Giants compared to just 39 for Graham.
LB Ray-Ray Armstrong, NYG (1 asst)
Armstrong picked up an assisted tackle on special teams but lasted just 2 defensive snaps before leaving the game with a concussion. B.J. Goodson responded with his most productive game of the year and Nathan Stupar also filled in at times.
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