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.
NEW ORLEANS @ DALLAS
DE Cameron Jordan, NO (3 solos, 4 asst, 2 sacks, 2 TFL, 2 QH, 1 FF, 1 FR)
With two more sacks this week, Jordan now has 4 in his last two games and is once again looking like an elite fantasy defensive end. This was his fourth multi-sack game of the season and his 10 sacks rank among the top-10 in the league.
CB Marshon Lattimore, NO (9 solos, 1 asst, 1 FF, 1 FR)
Lattimore came into the year as one of the top-ranked fantasy cornerbacks in the league but got off to a slow start. He’s been heating up of late, however, and now has 17 solo tackles, 2 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, plus an interception and 4 passes defensed over his last 3 games. With some promising matchups against Mike Evans and Antonio Brown coming up, he should remain a valuable starter for the fantasy playoffs.
DT David Onyemata, NO (4 solos, 3 asst, 3 sacks, 2 TFL, 2 QH, 1 FF)
Like many teams, the Saints favor a rotational approach on the defensive line so Onyemata has only played a little more than half of the defensive snaps the past few weeks. Considering he came into the game with 2.5 sacks over his last 1000 snaps prior to this week, it’s unlikely we’ll see more multi-sack games from him moving forward. The seven tackles he was credited in this game were the same amount he had in the prior five games combined.
BALTIMORE @ ATLANTA
LB Deion Jones, ATL (13 solos, 2 asst, 1 sack, 1 TFL)
Jones finally made his return to the lineup this week and filled up the box score with 15 tackles plus a sack on 64 snaps (79%). He was certainly helped by the matchup as the Ravens ran the ball 49 times, but it’s a promising sign of what Jones can do the rest of the year. Note that De'Vondre Campbell led all Falcons linebackers in snaps this week but he only collected 6 tackles on 70 snaps compared to 6 on 52 snaps for Foyesade Oluokun.
LB Matt Judon, BAL (1 QH)
Judon followed up his 3-sack game against the Raiders last week with a disappointing game this week. This represents the sixth time this year he’s been held to 1 or fewer solo tackles but the first time he was shut out on the stat sheet apart from a single quarterback hit that most leagues don’t award points for. With tough matchups against the Chiefs and Chargers coming up as well, it’s probably safe to assume we won’t see a lot more production from him this year.
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