Week 1 is in the books, and we saw quite a few surprises on the defensive side regarding who saw the field more… or less, in some cases. @IDP_Baumer will go over some worthwhile additions to your IDP rosters!
All of the suggested players are assuming you’re using IDP123 scoring or something very close to that.
Kenny Young – LB – Rams
Week 1 Stats: 5 solos, 5 assists, 1 PD, 1 FR (IDP123 Points: 21)
When Micah Kiser was released by the Rams, people panicked to find “the guy” in LA. Kenny Young stepped up to the plate in a big way this week. There were rumblings and speculations about Troy Reeder, or even rookie Ernest Jones stepping into the 3-down linebacker role. Those were merely pipe dreams. Young played all 69 snaps for the Rams and made the most of the opportunity. While he may be unfortunately owned in most of my leagues, he’s absolutely worth adding in all “Full IDP” leagues. He has less than 1% ownership on Sleeper, so grab him while you can!
Maxx Crosby – DE – Raiders
Week 1 Stats: 4 solos, 2 assists, 2 TFL, 2 sacks, 5 QBH (IDP123 Points: 31)
After a dominant rookie season in 2019, Maxx Crosby took a step back last year. We now know that he was dealing with personal issues with addiction. It seems like he’s got his head on straight now and come out in week 1 with an explosive performance against the Ravens. He was on Jackson all night. He also saw a 91% snap share, and I’m fairly certain he was the defensive play-caller. Crosby should be rostered in most leagues, but if he’s out there, for some reason, then he’s a must-grab!
Bobby McCain – FS/CB – Washington
Week 1 Stats: 7 solos, 3 assists (IDP123 Points: 17)
Much to the dismay of every Kamren Curl owner, Bobby McCain out-snapped all safeties for Washington, seeing 85% of the defensive snaps. Curl only saw the field 46% of the time. On platforms that have dedicated CB slots, he’s an instant grab, as he has CB eligibility.
Rasheem Green – DE – Seahawks
Week 1 Stats: 2 solos, 1 assist, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 2 QBH, 2 PD (IDP123 Points: 23)
Rasheem Green is entering his contract year with a bang! Green was on the field for 53 snaps (73%) and made the most of his time on the field. Anything above 60% is a respectable snap share for a DE, so if you’re looking for a DL2/3 or just need some depth at the position, then Rasheem is your guy!
Justin Hollins – LB – Rams
Week 1 Stats: 6 solos, 2 assists, 1 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 QBH, 1 FF (IDP123 Points: 32)
I know I already have a Ram on this list, but I think it would be a disservice to my readers, not to mention Justin Hollins. The former Bronco made his presence known in the Chicago backfield Sunday night with two big sacks and a forced fumble. He was only on the field for 74% of the plays, but I can see that increasing if he continues playing at that level. Hollins was the highest-graded defensive player of the game, according to PFF. Could Hollins be yet another elite pass rusher the Broncos let slip out of their hands? I’m looking at you, Shaq Barrett!
John Franklin-Meyers – DE/LB – Jets
Week 1 Stats: 2 solos, 1 assist, 2 TFL, 1 sack, 2 QBH (IDP123 Points: 17)
When Carl Lawson was lost for the season, it was up to fourth-year defensive end John Franklin-Meyers to step up. He stepped up in a big way in Sunday’s loss to the Panthers. He saw a 69% snap share and was able to apply constant pressure and register a sack.
Michael Pierce – DT -Vikings (IDP123 Points: 28; 3 solo, 4 assist, 2 TFl, 2 Sacks, 2 QBH)
I don’t have him higher because he was only at 59% of the defensive snaps… a tad low to keep these numbers up. Definitely worth an add in leagues that have a dedicated DT slot.
Nick Vigil – LB – Vikings (IDP123 Points: 29; 8 solo, 2 assist, 2 TFl, 1 Sacks, 1 QBH)
With Anthony Barr still sidelined with injury, Nick Vigil got the start in Minnesota next to Eric Kendricks. He was on the field for every defensive snap and had excellent numbers. Vigil always seems to find his way into a starting lineup when injuries (or suspensions) hit. He’s sitting on the waiver wire in most leagues. Snag him up and start him as long as Barr is sidelined, and possibly after that as well.
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