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.
CHICAGO @ DETROIT
LB Roquan Smith, CHI (7 solos, 4 asst, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH)
The rookie still sits out some plays each week but he’s played more than 80% of the defensive snaps in all but 1 game since week 2. He’s also heating up on the stat sheets with 32 solo tackles, 8 assists, and 2 sacks over his last 4 games. At this rate, he looks like a pretty safe LB1 and elite dynasty option considering he’s on pace for close to 90 solo tackles despite a slow start to the year.
CB Kyle Fuller, CHI (7 solos, 1 asst, 1 INT, 2 PD)
While he did recently go through a 3-week stretch that saw him record just 1 solo tackle (with 4 assists), Fuller appears to be back on track as a CB1. He has 13 solos in his last two games, but what sets him apart is the amazing 14 passes defensed with 5 interceptions over his last 7 games.
LB Leonard Floyd, CHI (2 asst)
While Floyd has flashed some potential at times this year, his strong games have been too few and far between. Some of it has been injury-related but it is very disappointing to see him with just 1 sack over 11 games and 538 snaps. While he’s been able to generate some pressure on the quarterback, he hasn’t been nearly as effective as he was in prior years. Floyd actually set a season-high this week with 62 snaps (94%) but only collected two assists.
WASHINGTON @ DALLAS
LB Preston Smith, WAS (3 solos, 5 asst, 1.5 sacks, 2 TFL, 4 QH)
Smith was ineffective for much of the season as he didn’t register his first sack until week 10. Over his last 3 games, however, he’s started to turn things around in a big way. He has 15 combined tackles with 3.5 sacks and an interception in his last three games. The underlying pressure stats for him also support this recent trend and reflect a much more effective pass rusher over the past month or so.
S Xavier Woods, DAL (3 solos, 1 asst, 1 INT, 3 PD)
The young safety missed time in training camp and early this season with an injury so it likely took him a little while to adjust. He’s been one of the more consistent free safeties in the league over the past month, however, and could be worth a look for teams that need help at the position. In his last 4 games, Woods has been credited with 17 solo tackles, 6 assists, 1 interception, and 6 passes defensed. He also figures to stay busy with upcoming matchups against the Saints, Eagles, Colts, and Buccaneers.
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