Time to begin the search for weekly rising defensive stars that you might want to plug into your fantasy football lineups for NFL Week 2. We have some notable players rising up IDP fantasy football rankings after the first week of games, like Denzel Perryman and Robert Spillane. These players may be top fantasy football waiver wire pickups if they're available in your leagues. It is also time to analyze whether players that grace your squad would be better off being dropped from active duty and either benched or shipped off to free market/waiver land in your leagues. One of the joys of playing in an IDP league is the recurring need to reevaluate your slate of defensive players and grab those unexpected players climbing the rankings. Plus, we look at the NFL Week 2 injury report as it pertains to IDPs. Let's now look at the biggest IDP risers and fallers heading into Week 2 fantasy football.
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Fantasy Football IDP Risers – Elevator Going Up
Perryman is shaping up to be an every-down LB in the Texan defensive scheme, which will result in great tackle numbers for the middle linebacker this season. He collected 11 total tackles (TT) in Week 1 (six solo), and one of those wrap-ups was for a loss of yardage (TFL). Taking on the Colts and their rookie signal-caller in Week 2 looks promising.
Here is another every-down LB to set your sights on when setting an IDP lineup. He collected seven TT (four solo) in the contest against the Broncos, and should put up similar results when the Raiders head to Buffalo for their second road game to open the season.
While not the starter for the Steelers, he still played a majority of snaps and was able to be involved in nine TT, eight of those solos. His nine tackles led the team and he is on track to continue the production going forward.
Bernard has been named as the starting middle linebacker for the Bills, and will therefore be the recipient of tackle numbers similar to those achieved in Week 1: 11 TT, four solos. Since the starting/every down role was not expected, he is an LB who should be a target for waiver wire claiming.
Pratt not only put up 11 TT in Week 1 (seven solo), he also tacked on a sack and a forced fumble (FF), making him a value in both tackle-oriented and big play IDP league formats. His snap count may drop back to its previous levels, but for now, he is worthy of a starting role in deeper leagues.
Picking up 1.5 sacks against the Titans will thrust Granderson into the defensive end limelight. He also had three TT (one solo). He heads to Carolina to face a rookie QB, so the potential exists for additional big play production.
On the other side of the field, Key also picked up a sack and a half in the game, with a pass defended (PD) and a solo tackle as part of the four TT he accumulated in Week 1. He led the Titan defenders in pressures on the QB, despite playing only about half the snaps on defense.
The veteran has been on six teams over the past six seasons, and stepped into a role on the Bears defense that will likely find him collecting something approaching double digit sacks on the season (he has collected eight or better sacks in all of his seven prior seasons in the league). He collected a sack and four TT in Week 1 (three solo, two TFL).
A DE that racks up three sacks in a game is going to draw attention. He did this while playing less than half the snaps on defense, along with three solo tackles (two TFL). He also had three QB hits/hurries (QH) in the contest. He is behind a couple of top IDP in the form of Nick Bosa and Arik Armstead on the 49er depth chart, but he is playing on a top defense that will generate stats for its players on a weekly basis.
Blakenship is a starting safety for a strong defense, and he picked up 11 TT in Week 1, eight of them solos. He also was credited with a pair of PD, making him a dual threat in tackle-oriented and big play leagues. (Note: Blankenship is on the Injury Report below and is listed as questionable due to rib issues)
Another starting safety to open the season, and another DB that had double digit tackles in the opening game of the season, 13 TT (eight solo). Look for the Dolphin safety tandem to be tackle producers going forward, which includes Jevon Holland.
Delpit emerged as a tackle producer last season, and with the Brown linebackers not known for big tackle numbers, he should be able to improve on last season’s 72 solos. He collected 8 TT in Week 1 (seven solo, one TFL) and also stuck a PD and QH on his stat sheet. He also played 98% of the defensive snaps.
McDuffie was inserted into the productive slot corner role half the snaps he played in Week 1, and that position in the Chief defense yields great IDP results. He had an 8 TT game (six solo) and also forced a fumble (FF) against the visiting Lions. If he sticks at the slot corner role, he is a DB to target for your roster.
D.J. Reed, New York Jets, CB
Reed is playing opposite Sauce Gardner in the Jet secondary, and with Gardner being a corner to avoid by offensive schemers, look to Reed to see plenty of action going forward. A targeted CB is a productive CB. He had 11 TT in Week 1 (10 solo) and the big plays will come if offenses keep testing him.
Fantasy Football IDP Fallers – Escalator Going Down
This is likely a temporary situation, as he recovers from a torn ACL. He was used for just 16% of the defensive snaps in Week 1, and had no tackles credited to him during that limited time on the field. If he sees his snap count grow as the season progresses, he will be a player you are glad to have added to your squad early on.
He had just one assist in the game against the Bengals to open the season, and while the Bengal offense was pathetic, that single assisted tackle is not going to cut it for a LB that was on the field for 59% of the defensive snaps. Keep an eye on this trend, and the propensity for the Browns to rely on an extra CB in their defensive schemes.
Reddick was a non-factor, and may be limited by his recent thumb surgery. Even so, a single assist and one QH are not starting DE stats, and he was likely drafted as a starting DE in your league. If you were the one taking him, bench him for the present time.
He was part of the defensive actors for 88% of the snaps in New Orleans, and he came up with a goose egg in the stat column for tackles. He was moved out of the slot position due to an in-game injury to Kristian Fulton, which obviously had an effect on his production.
Week 2 Matchups to Exploit
With just one week in the books, it is a bit too early to look for trends among teams as far as who you want to target when selecting your IDP starters. This portion of the IDP Report will highlight the best options for IDP usage where you have a coin-flip decision between two players.
Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets
This section is intended to serve as a shortened cheat sheet listing those waiver wire targets you should be considering if you need to plug a hole in your starting lineup. All these players are spotlighted above, and you can read my comments about them in the "Elevator Going Up" section of this article. Not all the players commented on are here, however, as there is no need to waste your time searching for players that are heavily owned. This group consists of those that you may have a chance of locating on your league's waiver wire in that they are owned in significantly less than 50% of leagues. Happy claiming for your weekly matchups.
- Denzel Perryman, Houston Texans
- Robert Spillane, Las Vegas Raiders
- Kwon Alexander, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Terrel Bernard, Buffalo Bills
- Germaine Pratt, Cincinnati Bengals
- Carl Granderson, New Orleans Saints DE
- Arden Key, Tennessee Titans DE
- Yannick Ngakoue, Chicago Bears DE
- Drake Jackson, San Francisco 49ers DE
- Reed Blankenship, Philadelphia Eagles S
- DeShon Elliott, Miami Dolphins S
- Grant Delpit, Cleveland Browns S
- Trent McDuffie. Kansas City Chiefs CB
- D.J. Reed, New York Jets CB
NFL IDP Injuries – 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.
- Troy Andersen, Atlanta Falcons – concussion
- Dylan Cole, Chicago Bears – hamstring
- Quay Walker, Green Bay Packers – concussion
- Blake Cashman, Houston Texans – hamstring
- Daiyan Henley, Los Angeles Chargers – hamstring
- Chris Rumph II, Los Angeles Chargers – hamstring
- Marcus Davenport, Minnesota Vikings – ankle
- Cam Brown, New York Giants – ankle
- Nakobe Dean, Philadelphia Eagles – foot IR
- Lavonte David, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – concussion
- Henry Anderson, Carolina Panthers – foot IR
- Genard Avery, Indianapolis Colts – knee-meniscus IR
- Ifeadi Odenigbo, New York Jets – undisclosed IR
- Bradlee Anae, New York Jets – undisclosed IR
- LaTrell Bumphus, San Francisco 49ers – undisclosed IR
- Efe Obada, Washington Commanders – knee IR
- David Bada, Washington Commanders – triceps IR
- Haasan Ridgeway, Houston Texans – calf IR
- DaVon Hamilton, Jacksonville Jaguars – back IR
- James Lynch, Minnesota Vikings – knee-ACL IR
- D.J. Davidson, New York Giants – knee-ACL
- Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles – ribs
- Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers – groin
- Calijah Kancey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – calf
- Marcus Williams, Baltimore Ravens – pectoral
- Juan Thornhill, Cleveland Browns – calf
- Donovan Wilson, Dallas Cowboys – calf
- Caden Sterns, Denver Broncos – knee
- Emmanuel Moseley, Detroit Lions – knee-ACL
- Jimmie Ward, Houston Texans – hip
- Jalen Pitre, Houston Texans – chest
- Antonio Johnson, Jacksonville Jaguars – hamstring
- Tre'von Moehrig, Las Vegas Raiders – thumb
- Brandon Facyson, Las Vegas Raiders – shin IR
- Elijah Campbell, Miami Dolphins – knee
- J.T. Gray, New Orleans Saints – shoulder
- Gervarrius Owens, New York Giants – hamstring
- Reed Blankenship, Philadelphia Eagles – ribs
- Jamal Adams, Seattle Seahawks – knee
- Amani Hooker, Tennessee Titans – concussion
- Jeff Okudah, Atlanta Falcons – foot
- Marlon Humphrey, Baltimore Ravens – foot
- Jaycee Horn, Carolina Panthers – hamstring
- Josh Blackwell, Chicago Bears – hamstring
- Kyler Gordon, Chicago Bears – hand
- Riley Moss, Denver Broncos – sports hernia
- Brian Branch, Detroit Lions – lower body
- Julius Brents, Indianapolis Colts – personal
- Gregory Junior, Jacksonville Jaguars – hamstring
- Jack Jones, New England Patriots – hamstring IR
- Cordale Flott, New York Giants – hamstring
- Deonte Banks, New York Giants – undisclosed
- Aaron Robinson, New York Giants – knee-ACL/MCL PUP
- James Bradberry, Philadelphia Eagles – concussion
- Devon Witherspoon, Seattle Seahawks – hamstring
- Tre Avery, Tennessee Titans – hamstring
- Kristian Fulton, Tennessee Titans – hamstring
- Jartavius Martin, Washington Commanders – concussion
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