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.
WASHINGTON @ MINNESOTA
DE Jonathan Allen, WAS (3 solos, 4 asst, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH)
The former 1st round pick quietly put together a productive season last year with 61 combined tackles and 8 sacks. After a slow start to the season, he’s been one of the most productive edge players in the league over the past month. In his last 4 games, he has been credited with 15 solos, 7 assists, and 4 sacks.
CB Quinton Dunbar, WAS (2 solos, 1 asst)
Dunbar was forced to leave the game early with a hamstring injury. He still managed to collect 3 tackles on his 17 snaps (24%) and has been a productive player with 21 solos and 3 interceptions over 6 games. With a bye week coming in week 10, there’s a chance he may not be back until week 11.
SEATTLE @ ATLANTA
DT Grady Jarrett, ATL (3 solos, 5 asst, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 2 QH)
As we near the midway point of the season, Jarrett ranks 1st among all fantasy defensive tackles. While he has been dominant at times during his career, he mostly lacked consistency. Through 8 games, he’s well on his way to a breakout season thanks in part to the struggles of the team around him as he’s averaging 5.5 combined tackles per game.
S Marquise Blair, SEA (9 solos, 2 asst, 1 FF)
Blair is a rookie 2nd round pick who has been thrust into a full-time role because of an injury to Bradley McDougald. Seattle obviously felt they needed some help at safety when they made a trade for Quandre Diggs, but it looks like they might be in good hands with Blair. He was everywhere on Sunday and now has 19 combined tackles with a forced fumble over two starts. McDougald did see 11 defensive snaps in the game and could reclaim his starting job next week, but Blair has likely earned a larger role.
S Kemal Ishmael, ATL (0 tackles)
Ishmael was in the starting lineup but only saw 18 defensive snaps (30%) in the game and was shut out from the box score. Last week, he split time at strong safety with Jamal Carter so it certainly looks like the coaches are trying to find a better option for the role he was playing.