IDP Upgrades: Week 5

Aaron Rudnicki takes a look around the league to see which IDPs are moving up or down in value this week.

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.

Email: rudnicki@footballguys.com
Twitter: @a_rudnicki

DENVER @ NY JETS

Upgrades:

LB Josey Jewell, DEN (8 solos, 2 asst, 2 sacks, 2 TFL, 2 QH, 1 PD)
A.J. Johnson has played every snap this year but his fellow inside linebacker Jewell has only sat out 14 of 291 snaps thus far for a 95% workload. He hadn’t stood out much in prior games but had his coming out party on Thursday night with 10 tackles and a pair of sacks. After Todd Davis was released and his expected replacement Mark Barron landed on I.R., Jewell appears to have seized the opportunity.

LB Bradley Chubb, DEN (3 solos, 2 asst, 2.5 sacks, 2 TFL, 5 QH)
Chubb likely had some impatient fantasy players cut him loose after he posted 0 sacks through the first 3 games of the season. Some of those games came against tough matchups, but he showed this week that he can still put up a huge game at any time even without Von Miller around.

Downgrades:

Alec Ogletree, NYJ (1 solo, 1 TFL)
Although Ogletree has some history with defensive coordinator Gregg Williams from their time with the Rams, he shouldn’t be playing a significant role for this team. Despite not starting the game, Ogletree saw 39 snaps (56%) in the game and finished with just a single solo tackle. Meanwhile, Avery Williamson was credited with 6 tackles and a pass defense while playing 8 fewer snaps and should earn a much bigger role going forward.

ARIZONA @ CAROLINA

Upgrades:

Yetur Gross-Matos, CAR (3 solos, 1 sack, 1 FF)
The rookie pass rusher has been brought along slowly and is only seeing about 20 defensive snaps/game while playing behind Brian Burns and Stephen Weatherly. He had a bit of a breakout this week, however, as he came up with a key strip-sack of Kyler Murray and several other tackles while playing just under 40% of the snaps. That performance should earn him more playing time moving forward.

S Deionte Thompson, ARI (4 solos, 5 asst, 1 PD)
Budda Baker had surgery on his thumb and the timeline for his return is unclear. That created an opening in the lineup for Thompson, who started in his place and collected 9 tackles on 59 snaps (77%). Baker has been one of the most productive safeties in the league so there’s likely some short-term value here. T.J. Ward was recently signed to the practice squad but has been out of the league since 2017.

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