Remember the name Jeremiah Attaochu. He made a real nuisance of himself on limited snaps and is rising up the San Diego Chargers’ depth chart rather quickly. Don’t let your league mates say “Attaochu so!” come season’s end (sorry).
The rookie managed to get a sack and force a fumble in his first NFL start. He is currently listed as the third string LOLB but that will soon change if he continues to make such a mark on his snaps (19 in Week 1). By contrast, the other OLBs on the defense (Jarret Johnson and Melvin Ingram) managed a combined four tackles and two assists. Keep your eye on this kid, especially in Dynasty. I would expect his involvement to rise considerably in the early weeks of the season. If you’re in a Dynasty league with multiple LBs, or a league with 16+ teams, he’s a must add this week. If you’re in big-play heavy leagues, Attaochu could be a super smart pickup early on.
» Jacksonville third-year DE Ryan Davis, who only just made the roster after spending large parts of the last two years on the practice squad, managed to get two sacks off of his 22 snaps against the Eagles. Davis is a deep sleeper, no doubt, and like Attaochu, he is sitting behind two other DEs. This performance will have made Todd Wash (Jags’ DL coach) take note and he will be used rotationally to prove his worth. Davis is on monitor status, even in deep Dynasty leagues.
» Kevin Minter was widely expected to get a ton of snaps with the decimating injuries and suspensions to the Arizona Cardinals’ LB group. Once Desmond Bishop was released, all signs seemed to point to Minter realizing his sleeper status. However, in Week 1 he managed just 24 snaps. He was productive on his snaps, though, making three tackles. Minter may have disappointed you in Week 1, but hold steady for now.
» Second-year ILB Jonathan Bostic is listed as a second string LB, but managed 34 snaps to D.J. Williams’ 22. Bostic performed well, boasting the fourth-highest PFF rating in Week 1 for ILBs. Bostic’s four tackles and an assist looked much better than Williams’ lone tackle. Bostic could be staking a claim for a starting job and is definitely one to target in Dynasty leagues where you must start multiple LBs.
» Denver’s LB crew includes rookie LB Lamin Barrow, and while nobody expected a huge opening day from the former LSU man, his solo special teams tackle showed how minimal his role was in the game on the defensive end of the ball. Meanwhile, Nate Irving — who started at MLB — saw 39/76 defensive snaps and recorded a sack, four tackles and an assist. Brandon Marshall, who is replacing the injured Danny Trevathan in Denver, had eight tackles and a pair of assists. Marshall played all 76 defensive snaps which is very encouraging, though his PFF rating of -2.7 is maybe not so. Either way, Marshall earning the plaque of every down LB so early into the season is very good news for fantasy.
Thanks to ProFootballFocus.com for stats and grades.