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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Buccaneer Jason Pierre-Paul wasted no time in making his presence felt in his return from a neck injury. He was able to log three tackles for loss and a sack and should benefit from having fresh legs going forward.
The Jets’ Leonard Williams was traded to the Giants. Williams should gain some value with this move, as the scheme is a better fit for what he did best coming out of college. It would be hard to do worse than average only a tackle a game.
Edge Brian Burns’ usage continues to free fall. He was in on a career-low 33 percent of the snaps against the 49ers. He will be a matchup-based play only until the Panthers decide to deploy him more often.