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IDP Fantasy Football Rankings for Week 4

Joey Bosa - IDP Rankings, Draft Sleepers, Fantasy Football DST Rankings, Defense Streamers

Another week is in the bag, and several more noteworthy injuries hit us. While we are keeping an eye on Joey Bosa’s injury and the fallout of Myles Garrett's car crash, it is simply too early to know the impact of either. What we can say is the injuries to Trent Williams and Rashawn Slater appear clear and significant, as Williams has a high ankle sprain that typically lasts for several weeks, and Slater is out for the year with a torn bicep. Both injuries are disappointing but offer new opportunities for fantasy edge rushers this season.

The injury to Williams is of the short-term variety. While he played through a similar ankle issue in last season’s playoffs, Williams later admitted he was limited by the injury and shouldn’t have played with it. This time the Oklahoma alum is expected to miss four-to-six weeks, which will exacerbate the leaks that were always hiding along that 49ers line. Denver was the first real test for San Fran’s front in 2022, and the Broncos got pressure even before Williams went down. Elevate all Rams pass rushers in Week 4.

The injury to Slater is a longer-term concern, however. The Northwestern product has been one of the best blindside protectors since he was drafted last year, and Justin Herbert’s rib injury makes that role even more important. With Slater out all year, you have to elevate every opposing pass rusher on Los Angeles’ schedule…. And with that, we will get to our rankings. As always, remember these ranks are primarily based on my Casual IDP Scoring system. See last week’s rankings for a specific breakdown.

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Top Fantasy Defensive Linemen of the Week

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Micah Parsons Cowboys Commanders
2 Nick Bosa 49ers Rams
3 Aaron Donald Rams 49ers
4 Danielle Hunter Vikings Saints
5 Myles Garrett (Q) Browns Falcons
6 Alex Highsmith Steelers Jets
7 Matthew Judon Patriots Packers
8 Za’Darius Smith Vikings Saints
9 Brian Burns Panthers Cardinals
10 Khalil Mack Chargers Texans
11 Cameron Jordan Saints Vikings
12 Trey Hendrickson Bengals Dolphins
13 Joey Bosa (Q) Chargers Texans
14 Maxx Crosby Raiders Broncos
15 Rashan Gary Packers Patriots
16 Aidan Hutchinson Lions Seahawks
17 Shaquil Barrett Buccaneers Chiefs
18 Jaelan Phillips Dolphins Bengals
19 Chris Jones Chiefs Buccaneers
20 Gregory Rousseau Bills Ravens
21 Charles Harris Lions Seahawks
22 Cameron Heyward Steelers Jets
23 Demarcus Lawrence Cowboys Commanders
24 Leonard Floyd Rams 49ers
25 Jeffery Simmons Titans Colts
26 Kwiy Paye Colts Titans
27 Josh Allen Jaguars Eagles
28 Melvin Ingram Dolphins Bengals
29 Robert Quinn Bears Giants
30 Bradley Chubb Broncos Raiders
31 Haason Reddick Eagles Jaguars
32 Von Miller Bills Ravens
33 Sam Hubbard Bengals Dolphins
34 Kayvon Thibodeaux Giants Bears
35 Jerry Hughes Texans Chargers
36 Emmanuel Ogbah Dolphins Bengals
37 Randy Gregory Broncos Raiders
38 Montez Sweat Commanders Cowboys
39 Azeez Ojulari Giants Bears
40 Deforest Buckner Colts Titans
41 Deatrich Wise Patriots Packers
42 Uchena Nwosu Seahawks Lions
43 Oshane Ximines Giants Bears
44 Rashad Weaver Titans Colts
45 Grady Jarrett Falcons Browns
46 Jonathan Greenard Texans Chargers
47 Fletcher Cox Eagles Jaguars
48 Bud Dupree Titans Colts
49 Josh Sweat Eagles Jaguars
50 Daron Payne Commanders Cowboys


DL Gamble(s) of the Week

Emmanuel Ogbah, Miami Dolphins

Joe Burrow continues to run for his life behind a line that was broken long before he came to Cincinnati. The Bengals currently sport the fourth worst Adjusted Sack Rate in the NFL despite spending heavily on their line this offseason, allowing 22 pressures off the edge this year. That spells a positive matchup for Ogbah, a sack-dependent edge who regularly plays more than 70% of Miami's defensive snaps each week.


DL Fold(s) of the Week

Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tryon-Shoyinka has just six total tackles in three games, with a single solo in each contest. Despite an advantageous role on a good defense and receiving favorable snap rates, he has just one half-sack on the season. The Washington product is a talented project, but he hasn't produced fantasy-relevant stats yet, and he now gets an offense with the best Adjusted Sack Rate in the NFL through Week 3. We aren’t playing Tryon-Shoyinka if we can avoid it this week.


Top Fantasy Linebackers of the Week

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Roquan Smith Bears Giants
2 Devin White Buccaneers Chiefs
3 Jordyn Brooks Seahawks Lions
4 Shaquille Leonard (Q) Colts Titans
5 Bobby Wagner Rams 49ers
6 Micah Parsons Cowboys Commanders
7 C.J. Mosley Jets Steelers
8 De’Vondre Campbell Packers Patriots
9 Nick Bolton Chiefs Buccaneers
10 Devin Lloyd Jaguars Eagles
11 T.J. Edwards Eagles Jaguars
12 Logan Wilson Bengals Dolphins
13 Foyesade Oluokun Jaguars Eagles
14 Jordan Hicks Vikings Saints
15 Cole Holcomb Commanders Cowboys
16 Pete Werner Saints Vikings
17 Eric Kendricks Vikings Saints
18 Cody Barton Seahawks Lions
19 Myles Jack Steelers Jets
20 Fred Warner 49ers Rams
21 Denzel Perryman Raiders Broncos
22 Kamu Grugier-Hill Texans Chargers
23 David Long Jr. Titans Colts
24 Mykal Walker Falcons Browns
25 Ernest Jones Rams 49ers
26 Rashaan Evans Falcons Browns
27 Demario Davis Saints Vikings
28 Josey Jewell Broncos Raiders
29 Bobby Okereke Colts Titans
30 Divine Deablo Raiders Broncos
31 Christian Kirksey Texans Chargers
32 Quay Walker Packers Patriots
33 Lavonte David Buccaneers Chiefs
34 Zaire Franklin Colts Titans
35 Zaven Collins Cardinals Panthers
36 Quincy Williams Jets Steelers
37 Shaq Thompson Panthers Cardinals
38 Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (Q) Browns Falcons
39 Frankie Luvu Panthers Cardinals
40 Tremaine Edmunds Bills Ravens
41 Jerome Baker Dolphins Bengals
42 Leighton Vander Esch Cowboys Commanders
43 Malcolm Rodriguez Lions Seahawks
44 Tae Crowder Giants Bears
45 Nicholas Morrow Bears Giants
46 Patrick Queen Ravens Bills
47 Alex Anzalone Lions Seahawks
48 Jamin Davis Commanders Cowboys
49 Dre Greenlaw 49ers Rams
50 Kyzir White Eagles Jaguars


LB Gamble(s) of the Week

Zaire Franklin as an LB1 if Darius Leonard is Out

Franklin isn't so much a "gamble" this week as he is a risk to roster in IDP leagues with a shallow bench. If Shaquille Leonard finally plays this week, Franklin has little fantasy value at all. That said, if Leonard is again ruled out, his replacement is a must-start in most fantasy formats. It is simply unclear how many IDP managers can afford to roster a backup LB who could be relegated to a backup role as soon as this coming Sunday.

If Leonard is out this week, we are ranking Franklin as a top-seven fantasy LB against a Titans team that continues to run the ball a lot. This game has the makings of a close contest where both sides try to dominate the line of scrimmage, which translates well for a linebacker who has secured double-digit tackles in each of his past two games. The only question about Franklin is whether you want to dedicate a roster spot to him all week, knowing Leonard could take over.


LB Fold(s) of the Week

Frankie Luvu, Carolina Panthers

We like Luvu the rest of this season, but we are fading him in a concerning matchup against the Cardinals. Arizona has struggled mightily to establish the run in the few moments they've tried. While there's a chance the Panthers are so woeful on offense that this is the first chance the Cardinals have to commit to the run, Arizona's defense allowed just 23-points to the Raiders and 20 to the Rams, yet the Cardinals still refused to run.

We expect there is some chance Luvu will pay off this week if the Cardinals do control this game and James Conner proves healthier than he looked last week. However, you cannot feel comfortable betting an LB3 spot on that small chance. We have Luvu as an LB4 this week, despite three strong performances to start his season.


Top Fantasy Defensive Backs of the Week

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Derwin James Jr. Chargers Texans
2 Minkah Fitzpatrick (Q) Steelers Jets
3 Marcus Williams Ravens Bills
4 Jonathan Owens Texans Chargers
5 Jordan Poyer (Q) Bills Ravens
6 Harrison Smith (Q) Vikings Saints
7 Talanoa Hufanga 49ers Rams
8 Jalen Thompson Cardinals Panthers
9 Antoine Winfield Jr. Buccaneers Chiefs
10 Jeremy Chinn Panthers Cardinals
11 Jevon Holland Dolphins Bengals
12 Grant Delpit Browns Falcons
13 Budda Baker Cardinals Panthers
14 Vonn Bell Bengals Dolphins
15 Kevin Byard Titans Colts
16 Johnathan Abram Raiders Broncos
17 Kamren Curl Commanders Cowboys
18 Jaquan Brisker Bears Giants
19 Jalen Pitre Texans Chargers
20 Kyle Dugger (Q) Patriots Packers
21 Brandon Jones Dolphins Bengals
22 A.J. Terrell Falcons Browns
23 Nate Hobbs Raiders Broncos
24 Marlon Humphrey Ravens Bills
25 Richie Grant Falcons Browns
26 Xavier McKinney Giants Bears
27 Trevon Diggs Cowboys Commanders
28 Marcus Maye Saints Vikings
29 Andre Cisco Jaguars Eagles
30 Nick Scott Rams 49ers
31 Jayron Kearse (Q) Cowboys Commanders
32 Jalen Ramsey Rams 49ers
33 Kenny Moore II Colts Titans
34 Camryn Bynum Vikings Saints
35 L’Jarius Sneed Chiefs Buccaneers
36 Xavier Woods Panthers Cardinals
37 Julian Love Giants Bears
38 Marcus Epps Eagles Jaguars
39 Carlton Davis Buccaneers Chiefs
40 Desmond King Texans Chargers
41 Jordan Whitehead (Q) Jets Steelers
42 Donovan Wilson Cowboys Commanders
43 Marcus Epps Eagles Jaguars
44 Derek Stingley Texans Chargers
45 Logan Ryan Buccaneers Chiefs
46 Kyle Hamilton Ravens Bills
47 Kendall Fuller Commanders Cowboys
48 Patrick Surtain II Broncos Raiders
49 Anthony Brown Cowboys Commanders
50 Marshon Lattimore Saints Vikings


DB Gamble(s) of the Week

Patrick Surtain II, Denver Broncos

NFL teams draft a player like Surtain to shadow guys such as Davante Adams. While the Broncos' brain trust leaves much to be desired, putting their best defender on an opponent's clear #1 weapon is obvious.

Adams is averaging more than 11-targets per contest in Las Vegas, and we expect Derek Carr won't avoid him even with Surtain in tight coverage. That could lead to enough involvement that Surtain sneaks into the DB2 conversation this week, even in Casual scoring formats. He's a must-start in CB-mandated leagues and our favorite DB lottery ticket widely available in most IDP leagues.


DB Fold(s) of the Week

Byron Murphy, Arizona Cardinals

Baker Mayfield is attempting 27 passes per game this season and has thrown just one interception across three games. While Mayfield misses a lot, he often misses well short of his receivers, and the ball ends up in the dirt or on the sideline. He also makes less effort than most passers to involve his #1 option, which is something Odell Beckham Jr. could've told you years ago.

With D.J. Moore averaging a meager six targets per game with the Mayfield under center, and no Panthers receiver seeing more than 20.9% of his passes, it's hard to see Murphy being overly involved in this game. Carolina's leading target getter (Robbie Anderson) isn't worthy of a shadow, and Mayfield won’t force passes to Moore if Murphy is blanketing him. Expect the Cardinals’ top corner to see a maximum of seven or eight fantasy opportunities this week.

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