We are back with your weekly IDP report, to keep you up to date on those defensive players that are moving up in the rankings or dropping down the lists, based on recent performance. Below is also the most up to date injury report as of date of publication. Plus, even though the sample size is small, consisting of just one week of action, the best matchups for IDP purposes are suggested for your consideration. The Waiver Wire Target section will return once ownership levels start to shake out a bit more after the first couple of weeks of waiver wire claims being processed.

Elevator Going Up


Leonard Floyd CHI

The Bear pass rushing LB collected a pair of sacks against the visiting Packers, to go with his four solo tackles, two of which were for a loss of yardage (TFL). He also hurried the QB twice (QH) in the opening week game. Khalil Mack is the name IDP in the Windy City, but this former first round draft choice is coming on.

Patrick Onwuason BAL

Onwuason is trending as a three-down LB for the Ravens, a valuable commodity on a superb defense. He put up a stellar stat line against the Dolphins: five solo tackles (one TFL), two QH, a pass deflection (PD) and a sack. Of course, it was in a blowout victory against an overmatched Dolphin squad, so this sort of production should not be expected every week, but do look for continued IDP goodness going forward.

Neville Hewitt NYJ

Hewitt was on the field for a whopping 68 of 69 defensive snaps in Week One, filling in for the injured Avery Williamson . He collected four solo tackles as part of his seven total tackles (TT). He added an interception (INT), a PD and two QH to flesh out his impressive statistical performance.

Blake Cashman NYJ

Hewitt’s teammate stepped in when C.J. Mosley was knocked out of the first week’s contest in New Jersey against the Bills, and so long as Mosley is sidelined, he will be a three-down LB, which as noted above with Onwuason, makes him valued in IDP circles.

Cole Holcomb WAS

Holcomb put up nine TT (eight of those being solos and two TFLs) against the host Eagles last week. The rookie made the most of limited snaps in putting those numbers on the stat sheet, and should be seeing more snaps on defense as the season progresses.

Devon Kennard DET

Kennard responded to being named the defensive signal caller for the Lions with his first three sack effort in his NFL career. He also added in four solo tackles (three TFL) and a trio of QH. With Jarrad Davis residing on the injury list below heading into this week’s contest, similar results could be in store for those who employ his services.

Devin Bush PIT

Bush had the difficult task of taking on the Patriots and Tom Brady , but played well when on the field (76% of defensive snaps played). He put up double digit tackle numbers with 11 TT (seven solo).

Kyzir White LAC

White had near every-down playing status in Week One (86%), and collected nine TT (eight solo) as a result. Beware of the Chargers going to a heavy rotation among their LBs, though, which would reduce his value to something more of a bye week stash.

Josey Jewell DEN

Jewell snagged 14 TT against the Raiders, playing as an every down LB. Todd Davis being sidelined helped with his playing time, and he could drift back to two-down status going forward once Davis returns to action, but for now, he is worth grabbing and starting.

Defensive Linemen

Sam Hubbard DE CIN

Habbard has a starting role on the defensive line for the Bengals, and rewarded his owners with a striking stat line in Week One: 10 TT (six solo, two TFL), two sacks, four QH. With low ownership across the board, now would be a great time to add him to your IDP roster.

Nick Bosa DE SF

The rookie acquitted himself quite well in his first game as a pro, but note that he is listed as questionable on the injury report heading into Week Two. He opened the season with three TT and a sack against the Buccaneers, and if someone drops him due to the ankle issue, snatch him up now.

Quinton Jefferson DT SEA

Jefferson was averaging better than two sacks a game during the latter portion of 2018 as a part-time player, and collected two sacks against the Bengals last week. He also had six TT (two solo, two TFL), while also picking up two PD and three QH. In a DT-required league, he has tremendous value.

Defensive Backs

Tracey Walker S DET

Walker had nine solo tackles on Sunday against Arizona, but the frosting on the cake for a safety was the INT and two PD, making him valued in both tackle-oriented and big-play leagues.

Juan Thornhill S KC

The rookie has secured a starting role together with Tyrann Mathieu for the Chiefs, and had an eight TT effort against the host Jags last week (five solos).

Kevin King CB GB

King spread his fantasy value across the board against the Bears, with five solo tackles (one TFL), a sack, a QH and a PD. Not an overwhelming point total but varied and top-notch for a cornerback, to be certain.

Eric Rowe CB MIA

It is looking like the Miami defense is going to be on the field a lot this season. Rowe had double digit tackles against the Ravens, with 11 TT (nine solo). Look for offenses to target Rowe a bunch, which will lead to weeks similar to his efforts in Week One popping up consistently.

Escalator Going Down


Reggie Ragland KC

Ragland was a healthy scratch in Week One, never a great sign for a LB expected to start in the middle of the linebacking crew. Unless and until he sees the field, he is good to cut from your team.

Raekwon McMillian MIA

McMillian saw only 29% of the defensive snaps against the visiting Ravens, and collected just three TT (one solo). That is not the type of results that make him even worth a bench spot in IDP leagues.

Sean Lee DAL

Decline appears to have arrived for the former top LB in Dallas, who was relegated to just 16 snaps in the first week’s contest against the visiting Giants. Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch are the primary LBs you want on the Cowboys going onward into this season and beyond.

Defensive Linemen

Solomon Thomas DT SF

Thomas put up a huge goose egg on the stat sheet in Tampa Bay. Not a surprise, as he was on the field for just 17% of the 49ers’ defensive snaps. Of course, with Nick Bosa inhabiting the injury report below, that could shift in a positive way, but that is no certainly at this point.

Defensive Backs

None to mention yet, except those in the injury report below

Matchups to Exploit

Remember, the first team listed is the one to use your IDPs against. Do not go crazy, and play a LB5 against the Lions, but certainly you will do well if you own a top LB on the Chargers, Giants or Buccaneers that you can plug in this week, for the most part.


LA Chargers @ Detroit

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina

New York Giants vs Buffalo

Defensive Ends

Chicago Bears @ Denver

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Seattle

Defensive Tackles

San Francisco 49ers @ Cincinnati

Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota


Philadelphia Eagles @ Atlanta


Carolina Panthers vs Tampa Bay

New York Jets vs Cleveland

Ouch (My Aching Roster)

All the injury reports below need evaluation prior to kickoff.  Teams are notoriously sketchy about injury reports, and we often do not know a player's status until just before game time. Consider the list below as a "heads up" as to what is going on early in the week, and should not be considered definitive.


SioneTakitaki CLE hamstring

Luke Gifford DAL ankle

Todd Davis DEN calf

Joe Dineen DEN hand

Jarrad Davis DET ankle

Oren Burks GB chest

Quincy Williams JAX knee

Manase Hungalu JAX undisclosed

Brock Hekking LAC foot

Quentin Poling MIA undisclosed

Anthony Barr MIN knee

Craig Robertson NO hamstring

Will Compton NO ankle

Kareem Martin NYG knee

Uani’ Unga NYG undisclosed

C.J. Mosley NYJ groin

KamuGrugier-Hill PHI knee-MCL

T.J. Watt PIT hip

Mark Nzeocha SF illness

Erik Walden SEA hip

Reggie Gilbert TEN knee

Defensive Linemen


Jonathan Bullard ATL hamstring

Bruce Irvin CAR hamstring

Da’Shawn Hand DET elbow

KemokoTuray IND neck

Jabaal Sheard IND knee

Yannick Ngakoue JAX hamstring

Jonathan Ledbetter MIA ankle

Trent Harris MIA foot

Mario Edwards NO hamstring

Jeremiah Harris NYG undisclosed

Maxx Crosby OAK undisclosed

Derek Barnett PHI shoulder

Nick Bosa SF ankle

L.J. Collier SEA ankle

Ezekiel Ansah SEA shoulder

Jeremiah Ledbetter TB ankle

Jonathan Allen WAS knee-MCL


Jordan Phillips BUF illness

Tyrone Crawford DAL hip

Ira Savage-Lewis HOU undisclosed

Marcell Dareus JAX elbow

Sheldon Rankins NO Achilles

Dexter Lawrence NYG shoulder

Quinnen Williams NYJ ankle

Corey Liuget OAK knee

Fletcher Cox PHI toe

Poona Ford SEA calf

Caleb Brantley WAS ankle

Defensive Backs


Carrington Byndom BAL undisclosed

Daniel Henry BAL undisclosed

Rashaan Gaulden CAR groin

Jomon Dotson CHI undisclosed

Damarious Randall CLE illness

Donovan Wilson DAL ankle

Darian Thompson DAL ankle

Tyvis Powell DAL hamstring

Dymonte Thomas DEN knee

Stefan McClure DET undisclosed

Michael Cirino IND undisclosed

Roderic Teamer LAC hamstring

Eric Weddle LAR concussion

Reshad Jones MIA ankle

Jamal Adams NYJ hip

Johnathan Abram OAK shoulder-labrum

Sean Davis PIT ankle

Adrian Colbert SF hamstring

Neiko Thorpe SEA hamstring

Montae Nicholson WAS foot


Marlon Humphrey BAL back

Jimmy Smith BAL knee

Taron Johnson BUF hamstring

Bryce Callahan DEN foot

Kevin King GB hamstring

Ka’Dar Hollman GB neck

Shakial Taylor IND head

Michael Davis LAC hamstring

Bobby McCain MIA shoulder

Mark Fields MIN groin

Mike Hughes MIN knee-ACL

Mackensie Alexander MIN elbow

Gareon Conley OAK neck

Devin Ross PHI undisclosed

Joe Haden PIT shoulder-AC joint

Jimmie Ward SF hand

Ugo Amadi SEA shoulder

Quinton Dunbar WAS knee

Fabian Moreau WAS ankle


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