Big Play Payday: Week 14

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 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 about which 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.


Steelers’ linebacker Avery Williamson could be a good pickup with Robert Spillane’s Monday night injury. Williamson was very productive when starting in New York and could pick up a good many tackles in this productive scheme.

Titans’ linebacker Rashaan Evans’ usage jumped to 100% and David Long Jr logged a 76% snap share. General managers can part with Will Compton and rely on Long and Evans going forward.

Dolphins’ cornerback Xavien Howard and Bengals’ safety Shawn Williams were ejected following two separate fights. They could potentially face a suspension.

Giants’ rookie linebacker Tae Crowder is back from injury just in time to fill in for an injured Blake Martinez. Pick him up and play him if you need help at the position.

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