So it begins. Week Four is the start of bye weeks, with both the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets on a bye. And of course, there are the injuries that just keep happening. So zig when you zag and here are some players that can help you negotiate the landscape.
Brian Burns, Linebacker, Carolina Panthers
In Week Three, Burns played on 74.7% of the defensive snaps. On the field, he collected one sack, two quarterback hits, three quarterback hurries, and one tackle for loss. In Week Four, he will go against the Houston Texans. The Texans have given up 10 sacks in two weeks. They rank last in pass protection per DVOA.
Ryan Connelly, Linebacker, New York Giants
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In Week Three, Connelly had seven total tackles, one interception and one pass defended. That was while playing 92.2% of the defensive tackles. With all the men going down around him, look for him to remain on the field at least 90% and that means opportunity. Opportunity is a fantasy player’s best friend.
Vic Beasley, Defensive End, Atlanta Falcons
This is about what is on the horizon for Beasley. In Week Four, he will go against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans, if you remember, just gave up nine sacks to the Jacksonville Jaguars. In Week Five, he goes against the Houston Texans who have given up 12 sacks in three games. And then there is Arizona in Week Six, whose generosity helped pad the Carolina Panthers’ stats. (The Panthers had four sacks in two weeks and upon meeting the Cardinals collected eight sacks in one game).
Khari Willis, Defensive Back, Indianapolis Colts
Malik Hooker is out with a knee injury. Willis will most likely move to FS. That is good because in Week Four the Colts will play the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders are extremely generous to defensive backs, giving up 73 total tackles, three interceptions in three weeks.