Years ago, when Deone Bucannon introduced himself as a “money linebacker” on Sunday Night Football, the audience had a good laugh. The term was a reference to his defensive responsibilities but conjured images in the minds of viewers of the huge game checks that Bucannon was earning at that time. Memes popped up in the following days of Bucannon on top of piles of money and gold coins. Hopefully, following the guidance given in this column will have your rosters overflowing with a wealth of IDP riches. We will primarily focus on edge rushers but will also hit on some of the other players and situations that are likely to impact teams in big play leagues. We will cover risers and fallers in the format, injury situations fantasy general managers need to know, and upcoming matchups to target.
Note: The defensive player injuries covered in this column are not an exhaustive list, but an attempt to cover the situations most likely to impact big play IDP squads. For more extensive coverage of injury situations, see Jene Bramel’s latest Injury Rounds column.
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Seahawks defensive end Jadaveon Clowney has a core muscle strain that kept him from playing in week 12. In his place, Ezekiel Ansah played almost 50% of the snaps and logged a sack and a half. The Vikings matchup is not great for defensive ends, but there are better ones down the stretch. If Clowney misses those, it might be worth picking up Ansah and plugging him in if you need help and he is available.
Jaguars linebacker Quincy Williams is back to playing 100% of the snaps and is on the weak side, the most valuable spot for tackles in this scheme. If he is out there, he is a recommended addition to your teams and will be a solid LB3 for the rest of the way.