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.
JACKSONVILLE @ TENNESSEE
DE Jurrell Casey, TEN (2 solos, 4 asst, 1.5 sacks, 1 TFL, 2 QH)
Casey has been on the field for 82% of the defensive snaps for the Titans over the past three games and he’s making it count. He has recorded a sack in three straight games and has 8 solos and 7 assists with some promising matchups coming up that could make him a viable starter for the rest of the fantasy playoffs.
LB Myles Jack, JAX (8 solos, 5 asst, 1 sack, 1 QH)
Jack has not missed a snap all year but he’s seen a clear increase in his production over the last two weeks. During that span, he has been credited with 15 solos and 8 assists compared to 17 solos and 7 assists over his previous 6 games combined. The young linebacker is still just 23 years old and clearly has the potential to be a prolific fantasy linebacker but he needs to improve his consistency.
LB Wesley Woodyard, TEN (1 solo, 6 asst)
Woodyard had a recent 3-game stretch from weeks 9 to 11 that saw him collect 19 solos with 2.5 sacks. Over his last three games, however, he’s been credited with just 5 solos (and 15 assists). The large drop-off in solo tackles has coincided with a clear drop in playing time as he saw just 70% of the defensive snaps over the past two games after playing close to an every-down role in the past. Rookie 1st round pick Rashaan Evans is starting to show improvement and has 12 solos (with 6 assists) over his last 3 games.
N.Y. JETS @ BUFFALO
CB Trumaine Johnson, NYJ (3 solos, 2 INT, 2 PD)
The Jets defense struggled while Johnson sat out 5 straight games earlier this year, but he’s clearly an integral part of their defense. He now has 11 solo tackles and 3 interceptions with a touchdown over his last three starts. With matchups looming against the Texans and Packers, he looks like a strong starting option in CB-required leagues.
LB Matt Milano, BUF (6 solos, 1 TFL)
Milano has clearly emerged as a playmaker for the Bills with 3 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries on the season. Unfortunately, he was carted off the field late in the game with what appeared to be a serious injury. He underwent surgery on Monday to repair a broken fibula and will be placed on I.R. for the rest of the season. Look for Tremaine Edmunds to pick up some of the slack and it appears that Corey Thompson may be next in line at weakside linebacker. He is a former safety out of LSU but has almost no NFL experience.
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