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Occasionally, there are injuries to the offensive side of the ball that are of particular note for IDP managers. For example, earlier this season, we gave a detailed account of Taylor Lewan's injury and the impact it would have on an already struggling Titans offensive line. As we predicted, since that time, Tennessee's pass blocking has been amongst the worst in the NFL. That has consequently offered a fantasy boon to edge rushers when the game script allows. Now, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could join the Titans on that list.

After multiple preseason injuries ravaged their interior, Tampa’s offensive line has struggled all year. Inside is where 65% of their pressure comes from, and it's where the issues in the run game begin, but the problems don’t end there. While Donovan Smith has been solid, elite edge rushers with speed regularly give him issues. That leaves Tristan Wirfs as Tampa’s only elite blocker, with a pressure rate of just 0.7%, and PFF’s second-best pass-blocking grade amongst tackles with 200+ passing downs.

We mention this because Wirfs suffered an injury on Sunday that will reportedly sideline him for three to four weeks (per Ian Rapoport). Without Wirfs, the Buccaneers will be without their best pass blocker, and Tampa is no longer a worrisome matchup for your top-tier edges. Because Tampa is the most pass-heavy offense in the NFL and is now missing its best blocker, even Tom Brady's elite release and awareness shouldn’t pose a significant obstacle for your DL1 options.

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Top Fantasy Defensive Linemen of the Week

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Micah Parsons Cowboys Colts
2 T.J. Watt Steelers Falcons
3 Nick Bosa 49ers Dolphins
4 Myles Garrett Browns Texans
5 Montez Sweat Commanders Giants
6 Danielle Hunter Vikings Jets
7 Khalil Mack Chargers Raiders
8 Maxx Crosby Raiders Chargers
9 Haason Reddick Eagles Titans
10 Aaron Donald (Q) Rams Seahawks
11 Matthew Judon Patriots Bills
12 Za’Darius Smith Vikings Jets
13 Bradley Chubb Dolphins 49ers
14 Alex Highsmith Steelers Falcons
15 Javon Hargrave Eagles Titans
16 Jonathan Allen Commanders Giants
17 Demarcus Lawrence Cowboys Colts
18 Preston Smith Packers Bears
19 Chris Jones Chiefs Bengals
20 Josh Allen Jaguars Lions
21 Cameron Heyward Steelers Falcons
22 Uchenna Nwosu Seahawks Rams
23 Jaelan Phillips Dolphins 49ers
24 Kwity Paye (Q) Colts Cowboys
25 Deatrich Wise Jr. Patriots Bills
26 Aidan Hutchinson Lions Jaguars
27 Quinnen Williams Jets Vikings
28 Cameron Jordan Saints Buccaneers
29 Jeffery Simmons Titans Eagles
30 Gregory Rousseau (Q) Bills Patriots
31 Dexter Lawrence Giants Commanders
32 Trey Hendrickson Bengals Chiefs
33 Sam Hubbard Bengals Chiefs
34 Denico Autry (Q) Titans Eagles
35 Vita Vea Buccaneers Saints
36 Daron Payne Commanders Giants
37 Chase Young (Q) Commanders Giants
38 Dorance Armstrong Cowboys Colts
39 Josh Sweat Eagles Titans
40 Leonard Williams Giants Commanders
41 Dre’Mont Jones Broncos Ravens
42 Grady Jarrett Falcons Steelers
43 Yannick Ngakoue Colts Cowboys
44 Rashad Weaver Titans Eagles
45 Joe Tryon-Shoyinka Buccaneers Saints
46 Baron Browning Broncos Ravens
47 Deforest Buckner Colts Cowboys
48 Samson Ebukam 49ers Dolphins
49 Jerry Hughes Texans Browns
50 Charles Omenihu 49ers Dolphins

 

DL Gamble(s) of the Week: Josh Sweat, Philadelphia Eagles

This former Seminole has been deceptively efficient this season, sporting an 11.5% pressure rate across 11 games. That rate is better than Josh Allen (Jaguars), Maxx Crosby, Danielle Hunter, and Aaron Donald. The downside of Sweat is he sees about half the snaps of those players, meaning he's still not nearly as valuable in fantasy due to a lack of volume.

Luckily for Sweat managers, he faces the Titans this week. Tennessee's offensive line has earned PFF’s worst pass-blocking grade amongst whole units this year, and they allow 10.6 quarterback pressures per game. That is a high rate, especially when you consider the team threw just 26 total passes in the two games Malik Willis started. Given their poor blocking and the likelihood the Eagles get out to an early lead, we are upgrading Sweat and co.

 

DL Fold(s) of the Week: Trey Hendrickson & Sam Hubbard, Cincinnati Bengals

We may live to regret this one, especially considering our fondness for Hendrickson, but the Chiefs remain a poor matchup for opposing pass rushers. We even faded Aaron Donald against this offense last week, and it proved to be the right call. So, we are managing expectations for this duo. Their floor and ceiling are lower than many options this week.

While the Chiefs remain more vulnerable on the edges than they are up the middle, their entire offensive line has been credited with just one sack per contest this season. Their Adjusted Sack Rate also rates amongst the league's best. What's worse, Patrick Mahomes makes things hard on pass rushers who do eventually get pressure on him. That's why we are fading these Bengals pass rushers, though we don’t want to.

 

Top Fantasy Linebackers of the Week

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Jordyn Brooks Seahawks Rams
2 Foyesade Oluokun Jaguars Lions
3 T.J. Edwards Eagles Titans
4 C.J. Mosley Jets Vikings
5 Roquan Smith Ravens Broncos
6 Devin White Buccaneers Saints
7 Rashaan Evans Falcons Steelers
8 Zaire Franklin (Q) Colts Cowboys
9 De’Vondre Campbell (Q) Packers Bears
10 Josey Jewell Broncos Ravens
11 Bobby Wagner Rams Seahawks
12 Drue Tranquill Chargers Raiders
13 Mykal Walker Falcons Steelers
14 Nick Bolton Chiefs Bengals
15 Jordan Hicks Vikings Jets
16 Quay Walker Packers Bears
17 Micah Parsons Cowboys Colts
18 Jack Sanborn Bears Packers
19 Myles Jack Steelers Falcons
20 Eric Kendricks Vikings Jets
21 T.J. Watt Steelers Falcons
22 David Long Jr. Titans Eagles
23 Bobby Okereke Colts Cowboys
24 Alex Singleton Broncos Ravens
25 Denzel Perryman Raiders Chargers
26 Demario Davis Saints Buccaneers
27 Fred Warner 49ers Dolphins
28 Logan Wilson  Bengals Chiefs
29 Lavonte David Buccaneers Saints
30 Pete Werner (Q) Saints Buccaneers
31 Dre Greenlaw 49ers Dolphins
32 Cody Barton Seahawks Rams
33 Christian Kirksey Texans Browns
34 Tremaine Edmunds (Q) Bills Patriots
35 Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Browns Texans
36 Matt Milano Bills Patriots
37 Elandon Roberts Dolphins 49ers
38 Willie Gay Jr. Chiefs Chargers
39 Sione Takitaki Browns Texans
40 Jerome Baker Dolphins 49ers
41 Malcolm Rodriguez Lions Jaguars
42 Quincy Williams Jets Vikings
43 Nicholas Morrow Bears Packers
44 Chad Muma Jaguars Lions
45 Kyzir White Eagles Titans
46 Christian Harris (Q) Texans Browns
47 Alex Anzalone Lions Jaguars
48 Ernest Jones Rams Seahawks
49 Patrick Queen Ravens Broncos
50 Kaden Elliss Saints Buccaneers

 

LB Gamble(s) of the Week: Jack Sanborn, Chicago Bears

Rostered in just 7.6% of IDP leagues and started in just 6.1% this past week, Sanborn is a bargain readily available in all leagues. He's on an absolute tear since Roquan Smith left town, nearly matching his predecessor in the tackle department. Now the Wisconsin grad gets a Packers team that could become more run-heavy if Aaron Rodgers is out or limited by injury, which helps us feel safer about him despite his extremely limited track record (four starts).

 

LB Fold(s) of the Week: Devin Lloyd, Jacksonville Jaguars

I cannot recall a rookie linebacker taken in the first round of the NFL Draft who started as hot as Devin Lloyd did… only to fall off a cliff. Unfortunately, that's what has happened over the past two weeks. Lloyd started the year averaging 9.8 tackles per game while totaling six PDs and two INTs. However, the Utah product has averaged a measly 2.5 tackles in his past four games with no sacks or forced turnovers.

In recognition of his decline in play, the Jaguars have cut Lloyd's playing time in each of his past two games. It’s now Chad Muma starting and seeing the lion's share of the snaps while Lloyd plays sparingly. Reports from Jacksonville suggest the team sees a decline in Lloyd's play, and it could take some time to right this ship. The threat of that being true and Lloyd continuing to see so few snaps drops him from a weekly top-10 option to a bench stash for now.

 

Top Fantasy Defensive Backs of the Week

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Derwin James Chargers Raiders
2 Jordan Poyer Bills Patriots
3 Talanoa Hufanga 49ers Dolphins
4 Harrison Smith Vikings Jets
5 Jonathan Owens Texans Browns
6 L’Jarius Sneed Chiefs Bengals
7 Julian Love Giants Commanders
8 Minkah Fitzpatrick Steelers Falcons
9 Marcus Williams (Q) Ravens Broncos
10 Donovan Wilson Cowboys Colts
11 Ryan Neal (Q) Seahawks Rams
12 Jaquan Brisker (Q) Bears Packers
13 DeShon Elliott Lions Jaguars
14 Grant Delpit Browns Texans
15 Jevon Holland Dolphins 49ers
16 Jalen Pitre Texans Browns
17 Antoine Winfield Jr. Buccaneers Saints
18 Richie Grant Falcons Steelers
19 Kevin Byard Titans Eagles
20 Justin Simmons Broncos Ravens
21 Kerby Joseph Lions Jaguars
22 Adrian Amos Packers Bears
23 Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner Jets Vikings
24 Damar Hamlin Bills Patriots
25 Rayshawn Jenkins Jaguars Lions
26 Tariq Woolen Seahawks Rams
27 Jayron Kearse Cowboys Colts
28 Kamren Curl Commanders Giants
29 Kyle Dugger Patriots Bills
30 Marlon Humphrey Ravens Broncos
31 Andre Cisco Jaguars Lions
32 Mike Edwards Buccaneers Saints
33 Trevon Diggs Cowboys Colts
34 Vonn Bell Bengals Chiefs
33 Jaylinn Hawkins Falcons Steelers
35 Jalen Ramsey Rams Seahawks
36 Nick Scott Rams Seahawks
37 A.J. Terrell Falcons Steelers
38 Carlton Davis Buccaneers Saints
39 Jordan Whitehead Jets Vikings
40 Marcus Maye Saints Buccaneers
41 Jessie Bates III Bengals Chiefs
42 Kenny Moore II (Q) Colts Cowboys
43 Jeff Okudah (Q) Lions Jaguars
44 Quandre Diggs Seahawks Rams
45 Paulson Adebo Saints Buccaneers
46 Charvarius Ward 49ers Dolphins
47 Marcus Epps Eagles Titans
48 Stephon Gilmore Colts Cowboys
49 Chuck Clark Ravens Browns
50 Devin McCourty Patriots Bills

 

DB Gamble(s) of the Week: Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, New York Jets

Sauce leads the NFL in PDs. Justin Jefferson is third in the NFL in targets. Need we say more?

 

DB Fold(s) of the Week: Patrick Surtain II, Denver Broncos

Yet again, we are folding on Surtain II. While the Alabama product has shown cracks in his armor of late, he remains one of the most avoided corners in the entire league. In fact, he’s received the fifth-fewest targets amongst all corners who have played at least 80% of their team snaps. He also has a less-than-ideal matchup against a Ravens team that sends just 11.4 targets per game to its wide receivers and averages the seventh-fewest pass attempts in the NFL.



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