Fantasy Football: Dolphins’ OLB Jelani Jenkins cements starting role – Week 4 depth chart analysis

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jelani jenkins tackles rob gronkowski

Jelani Jenkins is making a name for himself in Miami, his rise up the depth chart combined with production is good news for fantasy owners – photo from fansided.com

» Miami Dolphins’ Jelani Jenkins has elevated himself above the other outside linebackers so far, his total snap count has increased dramatically, especially after taking all 72 defensive snaps last week against the Chiefs. His 188 snaps is almost three times the amount of Jason Trusnik, the next OLB down the list. Jenkins has been impressive with two sacks and 24 combined tackles. Jenkins is a must add, especially in dynasty formats if he hasn’t already been taken.

» Giants’ Damontre Moore was expected to start opposite Jason Pierre-Paul this season but as it stands he has just 50 snaps on the season. 56th for 4-3 DEs, and behind three other Giants including Robert Ayers. Meanwhile, Mathias Kiwanuka is the big beneficiary of this with 158 snaps from DE. Kiwanuka is a viable starter but only in deeper leagues. He has no sacks and just a couple of QB hits this year.

» George Selvie was widely expected to get the bulk of the snaps on the Dallas defensive line, but a rotational system is being used at the Cowboys with Selvie slipping down the pecking order. He has just 87 snaps, lower than both Tyrone Crawford (129) and Jeremy Mincey (87).

» The Chiefs’ current situation at DE is messy, aside from Allen Bailey, no DE in Kansas has over 60 snaps, nobody else is making themselves noticed in Kansas at the position, though Vance Walker has a sack on 25 snaps. It’s unclear who the number one option is opposite Bailey at this stage.

» In the absence of the injured NaVorro Bowman, 49ers’ LB Michael Wilhoite has taken 190 snaps, making him the every down linebacker that fantasy players hoped for. Wilhoite has disappointed so far though with a measly 10 total tackles. Playing alongside Willis hasn’t helped him get the most out of his snaps. He is not a viable option at the moment though his snap count is encouraging.

» George Iloka is a surprise name amongst the studs at the top of the list of safeties by snap. The Bengals’ strong safety has the 5th most snaps at his position with 227 and has a pair of interceptions to go with it. Based on volume of snaps, Iloka has a high floor in fantasy but it remains to be seen if he can be a consistent force.

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