It is Week 5 and it is beginning to look like a war of attrition in the world of IDP players. Among those gone are Bradley Chubb, Roquon Smith and Kawaan Short. That’s not even counting the weekly injuries and bye week replacements.
So let’s get to it:
Olivier Vernon, Defensive End, Cleveland Browns
It’s happening…it’s happening. The hype train is coming back around to Cleveland and it includes the defense. Vernon is someone that you believed in and then lost confidence in…believe again.
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Teams are going to have to account for Myles Garrett. That leaves space for Vernon. Last week, he had two tackles and one sack. This week, the Browns are on MNF against the San Francisco 49ers. It’s happening.
Nick Williams, Defensive End, Chicago Bears
Speaking of injuries, the Chicago Bears have caught the injury bug on offense and defense. Fortunately, they have a deep reservoir of players to put in place. And thankfully most are relevant.
Williams replaced Akiem Hicks last week. In that particular outing, he put up seven tackles, two tackles for loss, two sacks and a fumble recovery. You also know that he has at least one sack in the past three weeks. He is relevant.
Todd Davis, Linebacker, Denver Broncos
Face it, the Broncos offense is not doing the defense any favors. Davis is going to be good for you if you play in a tackle heavy scoring fantasy league. Last week, he was on the field for 100% of the snaps. He recorded 12 total tackles.
Buyer beware, if your IDP league values sacks more than tackles, Davis is not your man.
Nick Kwiatkoski, Linebacker, Chicago Bears
Doubling up on the Bears on here, because the Bears are dropping like a prom dress. You are going to have to replace Smith. Do it with Kwiatkoski. While playing less than 60% of the defensive snaps last week, he accumulated nine tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.
Erik Harris, Safety, Oakland Raiders
The front line of the Raiders is…meh. So opposing quarterbacks have time to throw. This week, the Raiders go across the Pond and play the Chicago Bears. The Bears’ offense is…meh.
But this is about opportunity. Last week, Harris was on the field for 100% of the defensive snaps. He collected seven total tackles and the game winning interception for a touchdown.
Khari Willis, Safety, Indianapolis Colts
This means the Colts secondary will be tested. Willis fared admirably in a losing effort last week, getting his eight tackles. He will have lots of opportunity to increase that and perhaps add an interception.