And a cheer arose from fantasy owners everywhere,celebrating the end of the bye weeks and the roster/lineup shuffling those had required. Lots of defensive players to consider adding to your teams, and a few to consider abandoning as we head into the final week before playoffs begin in many leagues. Take note of the continuing slew of injuries, as well.

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Linebackers

Gerald Hodges ARI

Hodges will see an increased role on the Cardinal defensive squad, taking on additional snaps with Josh Bynes now out for the balance of the season with a thumb injury. He accumulated 10 total tackles (TT), seven solo, while playing 2/3 of the snaps against the Chargers in Week 12.

Preston Smith WAS

Smith has started to collect sacks, with 3.5 over the past three weeks, including 1.5 in the Week 12 game at Dallas on Thanksgiving Day. He also snagged eight TT (three solo) with two of those for a loss of yards (TFL). To add the cherry atop the sundae, he tossed in...