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.
DENVER @ ARIZONA
LB Todd Davis, DEN (6 solos, 4 asst, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 2 PD, 1 TD)
Davis doesn’t appear to stand out much when he plays but he’s been remarkably consistent all year. Although he doesn’t play a full-time role, he’s averaged around 75% of the defensive snaps each week and has been much more productive than fellow inside linebacker Brandon Marshall. While his numbers this week were helped by the fact he returned his first career interception for a touchdown, Davis is averaging 5 solos and 2 assists per game.
DT Corey Peters, ARI (0 tackles)
After a week that saw him register 2 sacks, Peters was a no-show this week. He was shut out completely on the stat sheet despite playing 44 snaps (75%).
S Darian Stewart, DEN (1 solo)
Stewart only lasted 7 snaps before leaving the game with a neck injury. Apparently, this was the third stinger he has in his past three games, which may warrant him taking some time off to try and fully recover. Will Parks filled in for him and finished with 4 tackles on 60 snaps.
TENNESSEE @ L.A. CHARGERS (in London)
LB Denzel Perryman, LAC (6 solos, 2 asst, 1 INT, 1 PD)
Perryman is not quite an every-down linebacker for the Chargers but he saw 82% of the snaps this week and has been right around that level in most games. While his numbers have been somewhat assist-heavy, he is averaging 7 combined tackles per game and has been trending up of late. Coverage isn’t a strength of his, but he did come up with an interception in the red zone this week on a deflected pass.
LB Rashaan Evans, TEN (1 solo)
Evans is one of the only highly drafted rookie linebackers who has been a disappointment thus far. The Titans drafted him in the first round but he’s been outplayed by last year’s cover specialist Jayon Brown. Evans received more playing time the past few weeks with Wesley Woodyard out of the lineup but things didn’t go all that well for him. This week, he started alongside Woodyard but only played 18 snaps compared to 32 for Brown, who led the team with 7 tackles plus a sack. Seems apparent the Titans best lineup at this point includes Woodyard and Brown with Evans potentially limited to obvious running situations.
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