Big Play Payday: Week 3

Helping IDP fantasy general managers prepare for the upcoming week in big play formats.

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’ll 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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Washington’s Cole Holcomb will be a hot name this week after logging 90% of the snaps for his team at linebacker.

Defensive end Calais Campbell is working through a foot injury. Additionally, Campbell has been playing interior snaps in recent games, which takes down his sack upside.

Eagles linebacker Zach Brown’s usage increased from 44% last week to 76% this week. Hopefully, Brown will become nearly a full-time player next to Nigel Bradham.

Titans linebackers Jayon Brown and Rashaan Evans continue to trend upward. Both logged nearly full-time snaps against the Colts while Wesley Woodyard played only a paltry 8%. Woodyard would become interesting again only if one of either Evans or Brown were injured.

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