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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Seahawks defensive end Ezekiel Ansah’s snaps rose slightly in his second game back from injury. Ansah is hard to trust because of his propensity to get hurt, but the surrounding talent on the defense is likely to help Ansah be a productive player if his snaps continue on an upward trend.
Panthers rookie defensive end Brian Burns had a fantastic week on the stat sheet, but we need to be careful about expectations going forward. Since Bruce Irvin returned from injury, we have seen a steady decline in snaps. Volume is important for IDP and ignoring lack of opportunity will burn you.
Buccaneers linebacker Devin White returned to the active list this week. Some owners may have thrown him in, but ended up burned when he remained on the sidelines and did not play a single snap. We will need to see White’s playing time return to normal before we can trust him in our lineups going forward.