Big Play Payday: Week 7

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.


Seahawks interior lineman Jarron Reed will return this week. Quinton Jefferson has played well in his absence. However, considering Reed’s talent, expect Jefferson’s playing time on the interior to drop.

With 46 sacks, defensive end Danielle Hunter broke the NFL record for most sacks by any player before turning 25 years old. Currently, he is easily the most valuable IDP in big play formats.

The Dolphins claimed defensive end, Taco Charlton, a few weeks ago after he was released by the Cowboys. The former first-round pick seems to have found a home with this regime. He is an interesting pick-up-and-hold option in dynasty big play formats.

It was nice to see Buccaneers linebacker Devin Bush back from injury and playing a full-time role. He was the most productive tackler and can be counted on by fantasy general managers going forward.

It looks like the Cincinnati coaching staff has decided to give rookie Germaine Pratt more playing time. Preston Brown’s playing time dipped and Pratt’s spiked. Grab Pratt now off the waiver wire if you can.

There appears to be a new full-time linebacker next to Todd Davis in Denver. Alexander Johnson racked up six tackles, three assists, and a sack and a half against the Titans. Do not expect that kind of production every day going forward, but Johnson is definitely worth adding.

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