Big Play Payday: Week 9

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.


Ravens’ edge rusher Matt Judon was ejected from Sunday’s contest for making contact with an official.

Saints’ edge rusher Marcus Davenport is starting to come on. In addition to increased playing time, he has generated lots of pressure and has 1.5 sacks over the last two games.

Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt had a massive day. He had nine total tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss, and three quarterback hits against the Ravens on Sunday. He is quickly turning into an every-week start in spite of the matchup.

Jets’ linebacker Avery Williamson was dealt to the Steelers in a trade.

The 49ers and Saints swapped linebackers Kwon Alexander and Kiko Alonso in a deal. Dre Greenlaw gets a huge boost with this news and is now startable in every format.

Eagles’ linebacker T.J. Edwards looked fantastic in his return from injury, logging 12 total tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble. Part of this was the matchup, but Edwards may also be showing us he is the best linebacker to roster for this defense.

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