This article attempts to immediately highlight defensive players whose production was significantly better or worse than normally expected for the prior week of games. Note there is sometimes limited information available when this article is written, but I will try to give everyone an early look at players who are moving up or down in value among IDP circles. When warranted, I'll also call out some players under No Change that tries to explain why the stat lines may be misleading. It’s difficult to give waiver advice for IDPs since there is such a wide variety of lineups and scoring systems, but hopefully, the information provided can help inform your waiver, trade, and upcoming lineup decisions. If you have any questions about specific players or situations, feel free to email me or reach out via twitter.
TENNESSEE @ JACKSONVILLE
DE Calais Campbell, JAX (7 solos, 3 sacks, 4 TFL, 5 QH)
Campbell has been one of the elites at his position since joining Jacksonville and he showed why again on Thursday night. He led the way with 3 sacks as the Jaguars got to Mariota 9 times and finished with 7 solos and 5 quarterback hits while playing just 54 snaps (68%).
LB Myles Jack, JAX (2 solos, 1 TFL)
Unfortunately, Jack had to leave the game early after suffering a concussion. He was limited to just 38 snaps (48%) and was injured by a knee to the head while making a tackle on Derrick Henry. Jack also missed most of week 1 after being ejected for throwing a punch so his season is off to a rough start.
CINCINNATI @ BUFFALO
S Jordan Poyer, BUF (10 solos, 1 asst, 1 FF, 1 FR)
Poyer continues to play at a very high level for an underrated Bills secondary. He finished with 10 solo stops in the game, which was twice as much as anyone else on the team, and also added a forced fumble with recovery. The Bengals offense only generated 41 tackle opportunities in the game, which makes his 11 tackle effort even more impressive.
CB TreDavious White, BUF (1 solo, 1 TFL, 2 INTs, 2 PD)
White has been an above-average corner since entering the league but his fantasy value has been limited due to a lack of interceptions and big plays. While he’s fully capable of playing shutdown defense in man coverage, the Bills also employ a lot of zone coverages. He’s been spending extra time working on his ball skills and it paid off with two key interceptions in the second half this week.