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.
Green Bay @ Seattle
DE Rasheem Green, SEA (1 solo, 1 asst, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH)
The rookie pass rusher missed a lot of time with an injury this year but saw his most extensive work since Week 3 and picked up his first career sack. He was on the field for 20 snaps (41%) while filling in for Dion Jordan, who was inactive due to a knee injury. Green was a 3rd round pick this year and figures to see more work as a pass rush specialist now that he’s getting healthy.
LB Kyler Fackrell, GB (5 solos, 1 asst, 3 sacks, 4 TFL, 4 QH)
Fackrell has mostly been a part-time player over his first two seasons but he is playing a bigger role and clearly taking advantage. He was dominant on Thursday night as he recorded all three sacks for the Packers. With Nick Perry injured, Fackrell has seen his playing time spike to 71% and 83% of snaps the past two games and he has 9 solos and 4 sacks in the same time period.
LB Austin Calitro, SEA (1 solo, 4 asst, .5 sack, 1 QH)
Calitro filled in for the injured K.J. Wright and posted solid numbers while playing 43 snaps (88%). Seattle spent much of the game in their nickel package, so it appears Calitro is working ahead of Barkevious Mingo in clear passing situations and will benefit if Wright misses more time.
DE Dion Jordan, SEA (DNP)
Jordan just had his best game of the year against the Rams in Week 10 and looked like he was ready to start contributing, but he was a surprise inactive. Seems like he may have aggravated his previous knee injury in practice or perhaps the short week was to blame.
DALLAS @ ATLANTA
DE Demarcus Lawrence, DAL (3 solos, 2 asst, 1.5 sacks, 1 TFL, 3 QH)
Lawrence saw his playing time fluctuate a bit earlier this season as he dealt with some nagging injuries but he’s now played more than 80% of the snaps in 3 of the past 4 games. During the same time frame, he’s been quite productive with 14 solos, 7 assists, and 2.5 sacks and appears back on track as an elite fantasy defensive end.
DE Vic Beasley Jr, ATL (3 solos, 2 sacks, 2 TFL, 2 QH)
Beasley had a huge game this week with a pair of sacks but his performance to date suggests he’s unlikely to replicate this in the weeks ahead. He has often seen more than 70% of the defensive snaps this year but has just 8 solo tackles and 3 sacks in 10 games. Doesn’t help that Drew Brees is coming up next on the schedule either.
LB Jaylon Smith, DAL (2 asst)
Smith hasn’t seen any dropoff in terms of his playing time as he was on the field for every defensive snap over the past two games. In those games, however, he’s only been credited with 3 solos and 3 assists while fellow linebacker Leighton Vander Esch has collected 17 solos and 4 assists with a pair of interceptions. Smith may just be going through a bit of a slump here but it’s worth monitoring.
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