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.
NY JETS @ BALTIMORE
CB Marlon Humphrey, BAL (4 solos, 2 PD)
In a crowded and talented Ravens secondary, Humphrey has emerged as the only reliable fantasy option. He’s been a top-5 fantasy corner all year and has been remarkably consistent with just 2 low-scoring weeks.
DE Henry Anderson, NYJ (1 solo, 1 QH)
Anderson was a pleasant surprise for the Jets last year when he posted 7 sacks, but he regressed this year and has just 1 through 11 games played. The move to more of a 4-3 front under Gregg Williams seems like it should have created more pass-rush opportunities for him but it hasn’t worked out that way.
SEATTLE @ CAROLINA
DT Vernon Butler, CAR (2 solos, 3 asst, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH)
Butler is a former 1st round pick who contributed very little during the first three years of his career so the Panthers declined to pick up his 5th-year option. Injuries to Kawann Short and Dontari Poe have opened up more opportunities for him of late, however, and he’s been taking advantage. He has 12 combined tackles (with 5 for a loss) and 2 sacks over the last 3 weeks. His late breakout will likely help him earn a big contract in free agency and a significant role somewhere next year.
S Quandre Diggs, SEA (3 solos, 5 asst)
Diggs has provided a clear spark to the Seahawks defense since joining the team and he was on his way to another strong outing with 8 tackles on 35 snaps (49%). Unfortunately, he left the game with a sprained ankle that’s likely to keep him out for next week and possibly longer.