Week 10 is a big bye week for us IDP players, as it has six teams on bye. Listed below are some players that can help owners not only get through this week, but also going forward as the playoffs approach. All league sizes and formats are different so these players may or may not be available in your league.
Dre Greenlaw – LB – San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers just lost Kwon Alexander for the season to a torn pectoral injury and are going to need someone to step up at linebacker for their defense. Rookie, Dre Greenlaw, will get the first shot at replacing Alexander and filled in for him once he left the game last week. Greenlaw showed well in the preseason and had been starting on the strong-side before now. There are plenty of snaps for the rookie to inherit and if he plays well he could be a solid grab for your roster.
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Brandon Copeland – LB – New York Jets
The New York Jets’ interior linebacker unit has been absolutely decimated with injuries this year. Last week, Copeland was tasked with filling in for the razor thin unit and delivered a breakout game. He played every defensive snap and collected nine total tackles (8 solo), two tackles for loss, and one sack. As long as Neville Hewitt and C.J. Mosley remain out, Copeland should see plenty of snaps for a defense that is on the field a bunch.
Alexander Johnson – LB – Denver Broncos
After a slow Week Seven, Johnson has been balling out the past two weeks, posting 21 combined tackles (10 solo), one pass defended, and a forced fumble while playing over 90% of the defensive snaps. The only catch is, he has a bye this week. If he’s available on your waiver wire or an owner in your league drops him over the bye, I would definitely scoop him up. Johnson looks like a difference maker on that Denver defense going forward.
Chris Jones – DT – Kansas City Chiefs
Jones got off to a slower start than usual to begin the year and then suffered a groin injury in Week Five, causing him to miss the next three games. Jones made his return in Week Nine and made his presence felt, amassing three total tackles, one tackle for loss, and one sack against the Vikings. Now healthy and looking back to form, Jones makes for a great pickup this week as he goes up against a Tennessee offensive line that has given up a league high 38 sacks on the year.
Maxx Crosby – DE – Oakland Raiders
One of the pleasant surprises for the Oakland Raiders this season has been fourth round rookie, Maxx Crosby, out of Eastern Michigan. Crosby has played at least 70% of the snaps the past four weeks and has been over 90% twice (weeks 5 and 8). In those four weeks, he has collected 11 total tackles, four tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and two sacks. Crosby draws the Chargers this week, but has spicy matchups against the poor offensive lines of the Bengals and Jets in weeks 11 and 12 respectively.
Morgan Burnett – S – Cleveland Browns
After missing time due to injury and losing snaps to fellow safeties in the secondary, Burnett is back to a full time role. In Week Eight, he played 100% of the snaps with Damarious Randall out and then again played every snap in Week Nine. The Browns recently released safety, Jermaine Whitehead, meaning Burnett will have the strong safety role locked down going forward.
Erik Harris – S – Oakland Raiders
Last week, Harris led the Raiders in tackles on his way to a huge night with 11 total tackles (9 solo), one tackle for loss and a pass defended. He’s been an every down safety the past five weeks and makes for a solid DB3 going forward.
Good luck everyone and you can reach me on Twitter @KBellf54 with any questions or feedback.